Joyce Vissell is a nurse/psychotherapist who, with her husband Barry, founded the Shared Heart Foundation dedicated to changing the world one heart at a time. Together they write a syndicated column for 80 periodicals worldwide.
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Juanita Lew, Taoist Master Share K. Lew’s wife, partner and co-teacher of 34 years, teaches traditional Taoist healing arts such as chi kung and meditation. Juanita Lew's decades of teaching carries on Master Lew's 1300-year-old monastic style of chi kung. She has taught across the US and Esalen since 1991.
Judith Hemming practices and teaches Constellations worldwide. She has developed and taught applications of the systemic approach in family, educational, and organizational contexts. She is a UKCP registered psychotherapist and the director of Moving Constellations in the United Kingdom.
Judith Orloff, MD, is the New York Times best-selling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide and Thriving as an Empath. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA psychiatric clinical faculty. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, O, the Oprah Magazine and the New York Times.
Judy Greenman teaches Cortical Field Reeducation®, Integrated Awareness®, and conscious parenting at Esalen, in the Florida Keys, and internationally. She introduced Challenge Days to the Keys and founded Monroe Youth Challenge Program.
Juergen Bamberger is a Gyrotonic® master trainer who has been educating and certifying instructors worldwide for more than 25 years. Originally a professional dancer with a degree in dance education, Juergen has studied many modalities of movement arts, bodywork, and human anatomy.
Julie Baker Chouteau is a psychotherapist specializing in empowerment of the individual’s authentic voice, recovery from substance abuse, and navigation of life transitions. She works with creative process as an expression of one’s inner landscape. She has a private practice in Marin County, Calif.
Julie Holland, MD, is a psychiatrist and author of Weekends at Bellevue and Moody Bitches, editor of The Pot Book, and Ecstasy: The Complete Guide, and medical monitor for clinical studies of cannabis or MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in the treatment of PTSD in veterans.
Julie Murphy, MA, LMFT, is a professor, author, international Hakomi trainer, and somatic psychotherapist. With a background in anthropology, contemplative psychology, attachment theory, Buddhism, and poetry, Julie has developed numerous programs that integrate cutting-edge research with humanistic and contemplative approaches.
Julieanna Hever, RD, CPT, is a registered dietitian and the host of the talk show series What Would Julieanna Do? Author of The Vegiterranean Diet and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, her work has appeared widely on television and other media. She has a private practice in Los Angeles, Calif.
Juliet Bradley practices full-spectrum family medicine in Cook County Hospital in Chicago, and teaches at Loyola University's Stritch School of Medicine. She tries to keep up with her six-year-old son, Declan, and dreams of someday stepping off the merry-go-round.
June Gruber, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychology at Yale University and director of the Positive Emotion and Psychopathology Laboratory. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who has authored more than 60 journals and articles and received several early career awards from the APA, SRP, and NARSAD.
Justin Hilton is a guide through the terrain of shadow work, relationships, and addiction. Educated as a counselor, Justin went on to own and run Whole Life Expo and trained hundreds of coaches as a leader at the Ford Institute.
Kamara McAndrews, LMFT, DAACS, is a psychotherapist with an expertise in sex, marriage, and intimacy issues. She also is an AASECT licensed sex therapist.
Kamini Desai is the author of Yoga Nidra: The Art of Transformational Sleep, and creator and education director of the Amrit Method Yoga Nidra curriculum. Kamini lectures and trains internationally, uniquely combining Eastern philosophy with Western psychology and science.
Karen Axelrod, MA, CST-D, CMT, is a certified somatic therapist specializing in CranioSacral Therapy. She teaches CST internationally for the Upledger Institute and maintains a private practice in Redondo Beach, Calif. Her passion is helping clients connect to inner resources necessary for healing body, mind and spirit.
Karen Cook is an acupuncturist with more than 25 years of experience in the movement arts. She has been teaching Yoga since 1997, influenced by Thomas Fortel Yoga and SpectorDance. Her love of movement is her joy and invites all to open to their divine light.
Karen Ely is the founding director of A Woman’s Way, one of the country’s premiere women’s retreat programs, and the author of Daring to Dream: Reflections on the Year I Found Myself, A Retreat of My Own, Breathing Space, and A Safe Place to Stand (forthcoming).
Karishma Darby is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in the Sierra Foothills, Calif. Her passion is awakening consciousness within and in relationship with others. She facilitates workshops, active and silent mediation, and relationally centered psychotherapy groups.
Karla McLaren, MEd, is an award-winning author, researcher, and pioneering educator whose empathic approach to emotions revalues even the most “negative” emotions and opens new pathways into self-awareness and healthy empathy. She is the author of The Art of Empathy.
Kata Kálmán is a mindfulness trainer and coach with multinational clients including Audi, Wendy's, Coca Cola, and GE. Her work has led her to the most prevalent disorders of our times: depression and anxiety. Kata practices Thich Nhat Hanh’s Buddhist mindfulness-based tradition.
Katchie Ananda is an internationally recognized yoga and dharma teacher whose leadership in yoga and social change prompted Yoga Journal to name her one of five top yoga teachers making change in the world.
Kate Mackinnon is a diplomat-certified CranioSacral Therapist through the Upledger Institute, and a licensed physical therapist in California and the United Kingdom. She is a passionate advocate of CranioSacral therapy and of the importance of healthy touch.
Kate Munger has devoted herself to creating non-hierarchical, collaborative models for singing, community building, and fellowship since 1973. She founded the first of 160 Threshold Choirs, an organization for those who sing in service at the bedsides of people who are dying.
Katharina Sophia Volz is a medical researcher and entrepreneur. She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of OccamzRazor, a start-up in San Francisco that looks to identify cures for Parkinson's Disease using machine learning.
Katherine Woodward Thomas is author of the New York Times bestseller, Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After and the national bestseller, Calling in “The One:” 7 Weeks to Attract the Love Of Your Life. She is a licensed psychotherapist and has taught hundreds of thousands to find greater happiness in love.
Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, is an inspiring educator, innovator, and practitioner in the field of integrative and holistic nutrition, and education director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s nutrition trainings.
Kathlyn (Katie) Hendricks, PhD, BC-DMT, is an evolutionary catalyst and contextual disruptor who creates transformational collaboration around the world. A pioneer in the field of body intelligence and conscious loving, she has coauthored 12 books with Gay Hendricks, including Conscious Loving, At the Speed of Life, and Ever After.
Kathryn Rossi, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and certified yoga instructor (RYT 500). She recently coedited the 16-volume Collected Works of Milton H. Erickson. She and Ernest Rossi are in private practice in Los Osos, Calif.
Katie Hafner is the author of the memoir, Mother Daughter Me, which was featured by the New York Times and Oprah. Hafner was on staff at the New York Times for more than a decade, and she is the author of five previous books.
Katy Butler is the author of Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death , a New York Times Notable Book of 2013. Her award-winning personal essays have appeared in the New Yorker, the NY Times Magazine, Best American Essays, and Best Buddhist Writing.
E. Kay Trimberger, PhD, is professor emerita of Women’s & Gender Studies at Sonoma State University and author of The New Single Woman. She is an ever single woman and single mother, who has taught classes on single women and written articles and blogs on singleness.
Kelly Boys is a certified iRest® Yoga Nidra and Search Inside Yourself teacher. She has taught meditation to veterans with PTSD and at Google. She has worked with the Search Inside Yourself Institute and Integrative Restoration Institute, training meditation teachers.
Ken Dychtwald is the founder and CEO of Age Wave and co-recipient of the 2016 Esalen Prize. He is a psychologist, gerontologist, and best-selling author of 16 books on aging-related issues.
Ken Koles is an acupuncturist who developed the use of CranioSacral Therapy (CST) and Oriental medicine in private practice and as an instructor with The Cleveland Healing Arts Institute. He studied Oriental medicine in Japan, China, and Taiwan, and has studied CST since 1979.
Kenn Chase, founder of Integral Way Tai Chi™, has taught Yang-style tai chi since 1969. He is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner and integrates Awareness through Movement® into his unique teaching approach. Teaching locally and internationally, he consults with corporations, hospitals, and privately.
Kenneth Cohen, MA, a qigong master-level teacher, is the author of The Way of Qigong and best-selling Sounds True audio/video programs. Dynamic and inspiring, with more than 40 years of experience, he is winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Energy Medicine.
Kerena Saltzman, LCSW, is a presenter, trainer, coach and Gestalt therapist. She specializes in authentic leadership. She has clients who work for Google, LinkedIn and NASA Space Center. Kerena has presented at Wisdom 2.0, Emerging Women and Omega Institute.
Kerri Kelly is the founder of CTZNWELL, a movement to mobilize the well-being community into a powerful force for change. Her work was sparked on 9/11, when she lost her fireman step-dad in the towers. She discovered the power of mindfulness, not just as a tool for personal healing, but as a catalyst for collective change. She has been teaching yoga since 2004.
Kevin Griffin is the author of the Buddhist recovery book, One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps and teaches internationally on that topic. His latest book is Recovering Joy: A Mindful Life after Addiction.
Kia Miller is a Kundalini yoga teacher who has an ability to translate the subtle teachings of Kundalini in a highly accessible way. Kia’s study of yoga began when she was 15. She is also certified in Hatha yoga and teaches workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings throughout the world.
Kim Krans is an artist, author, and the creator of the New York Times bestseller, The Wild Unknown Tarot. She teaches events and workshops that activate the forces of creativity and radical transformation through creative practices, meditation, and movement.
Kim Mooney has worked for more than two decades in the field of dying, death, and grief, with hospices, families, and spiritual, medical, caregiver, and mental health communities, providing practical and emotional guidance on navigating grief and loss personally and professionally.
Kirtaniyas is a global collective of kirtan musicians, producers, and dancers. Since 2009 they have toured internationally, infusing the ancient tradition of kirtan with youthful spirit and energy. Kirtaniyas combines melodious electronic dance music and subsonic bass with the call and response singing of ancient Sanskrit mantras, accompanied by live acoustic instruments.
Konda Mason is co-founder and CEO of Hub Oakland, a co-working space connecting socially engaged changemakers and social entrepreneurs to bring their projects to life. A human equity advocate, certified Kripalu yoga instructor, and meditation teacher, Konda’s work is driven by the vision of realizing in her lifetime a genuinely just and sustainable world.
Krista Bremer is the author of A Tender Struggle: Story of a Marriage and the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, and elsewhere.
Kristi Funk, MD, is a board-certified breast cancer surgeon, best-selling author, and co-founder of the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills, and has helped thousands of women through breast treatment, including well-known celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Sheryl Crow.
Kristi Panik, MD, is chief of psychiatric services of the University Student Health Services at UC Berkeley.
Kristin Hodson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. She is founder and executive director of The Healing Group mental health clinic in Salt Lake City and co-author of Real Intimacy: A Couples Guide for Genuine, Healthy Sexuality.
Kristin Neff, PhD, is an associate professor of human development at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneering researcher into the psychological health benefits of self-compassion. She is the author of Self-Compassion and Self-Compassion: Step-by-Step, and is featured in the book and documentary The Horse Boy.
Krys Hunter is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist and EFT practitioner. She is employed by the California State Department of Corrections and maintains a private practice in Stockton, Calif. Krys has extensive experience using EFT in group work with challenging populations.
Kyla Pearce teaches yoga, meditation, and mindfulness to people with brain injury, caregivers, and health professionals through her work with the LoveYourBrain Foundation. Kyla has blended her expertise as a yoga teacher, caregiver, and researcher to develop a brain injury-focused yoga program that integrates gentle yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, and psychoeducation. This program is designed based on the science underpinning resilience, and empowers people with brain injury to become more active participants in their healing process.
Lama Drimed offers awareness teachings from Great Perfection/Dzogchen and Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism. His Tibetan teacher, Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, recognized Lama Drimed as his lineage holder in 1995. His vision is to open dialogues that include current discoveries and the ancient tantric arts.
Lama Norbu dedicates his life to sharing the treasure of Tibetan yoga and meditation. Lama received extensive training in Buddhism for 20 years as a monk, completed a traditional 3-year meditation retreat, and studied under many teachers, including the Dalai Lama's tutor. Lama Norbu teaches Tibetan yoga internationally.
Lama Palden Drolma was authorized as a Buddhist lama in 1985 after completing the traditional three-year-long retreat. She has been teaching ever since. She also is a licensed psychotherapist, and believes that the spiritual path is most effective when mind, body, and psyche are integrated.
Lamara Heartwell is a body intelligence expert who inspires people to claim their bodies as an essential source of intelligence, power, and pleasure. She is the founder of Santa Barbara Dance Tribe, holds a coaching certification from the Hendricks Institute, and completed counseling training from the Interchange Institute.
Lansing Barrett Gresham, founder of Integrated Awareness, is a teacher, healer, philosopher, and visionary able to beautifully transmit the possibilities of human experience. His inspirations were Moshe Feldenkrais, John Upledger, Jean Pierre Barral, Fritz Smith, June D’Estelle, and Milton Erickson.
Lara Zilibowitz is an internationally touring yoga teacher and artist with a passion for creative expression through the body. She offers a fluid and dynamic teaching style delivered with heartfelt poetic prose, as well as cosmic creativity and mandala art.
Larry Payne was named one of America's most respected yoga teachers by The Los Angeles Times. He is coauthor of Yoga for Dummies and Yoga Therapy & Integrative Medicine. He leads programs at Loyola Marymount University.
Laura Inserra is a multi-instrumentalist, sound therapist and teacher from Sicily who developed Harmonizing Therapy. Her 30+ years of work is focused on the vibrational nature of existence and on music as a tool for personal transformation, healing and self-awareness.
Laura Davis is author of seven best-selling books, including The Courage to Heal and I Thought We'd Never Speak Again. Founder of The Writer's Journey, she leads writing retreats and tours worldwide specializing in the use of writing as a transformational tool.
Laura Day has taught at Esalen Insitute for more than 2 decades. A New York Times best-selling author of 6 books on intuition in business, love, and healing, Laura travels the world creating communities of intuitives and healers.
Laura Kunysz is a senior CFR instructor and cranio-sacral therapist. She has a background in Esalen Massage, Somato-Emotional Release work, the Chickly Brain Curriculum, energy healing, and lymph drainage. She is in private practice in California.
Laurel Parnell is the director of the Parnell Institute and developer of Attachment-focused EMDR™. She is a clinical psychologist and author. Since 1995 she has trained thousands of clinicians in EMDR both nationally and internationally.
Lauren McHale is a yoga instructor, certified personal trainer and founding SoulCycle instructor in San Francisco. Her signature class, NAMASWEAT, is a blend of yoga and strength training designed to help people strike a balance between hard work and self-care.
Laurence Cole has led song circles at gatherings and festivals across North America. He is an advocate for reclaiming our natural right to sing together as a most basic and primal technology of belonging and connection. Through singing, we regain the enlivening power of group singing using our hearts, souls, voices, and love.
Laurie Cahoon is a licensed acupuncturist, Zero Balancer, and advanced Process Acupressure practitioner in private practice in Petaluma, Calif. She is a certified teacher of Process Acupressure 1 Gateway To Soul and Inner Child Healing.
Layla Martin is the founder of The Tantric Institute of Integrated Sexuality and shows the way to incredible sex with humor and love. She’s reached millions of people on her YouTube channel and with her books, Epic Sex for Couples and Wild Woman in the Bedroom.
Leah Alchin began her Tantric education in 1997. She is an advanced certified Tantra Educator with the Source School of Tantra Yoga and has her own private practice. A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, she is a powerful advocate of Tantric sexual awakening and healing.
Leah Weiss, PhD, MSW, is a founding faculty member of the Dalai Lama’s Compassion and Cultivation Program at Stanford University and a lecturer at Stanford Business School. She has dedicated her life to teaching people how to leverage research-based mindfulness and compassion insights to create outstanding leaders and thriving work environments.
Lee Holden is a senior teacher for Mantak Chia, the Taoist master, and has edited several best-selling books on Taoist sexuality. He is a leading qi gong instructor whose DVD series has been featured on PBS and is the author of 7 Minutes of Magic: Recharge Your Body Each Day with Qi Gong.
Lee Klinger Lesser has led Sensory Awareness workshops for more than 40 years. She studied and taught with Charlotte Selver, the founder of Sensory Awareness in the United States, and an original Esalen pioneer. She is the co-founder of the nonprofit Veteran’s PATH, which shares mindfulness and meditation practice with returning veterans.
Lena Axelsson, PsyD, is a psychotherapist, trainer, and supervisor specializing in the treatment of trauma in private practice and public health/social service settings. Focusing on the relational dynamics of healing and empowerment, she draws on the neuroscientific and somatic basis of contemporary Gestalt-based trauma and recovery work. She coauthored (with Gordon Wheeler) the book Gestalt Therapy.
Leora Gaster has been teaching Mind Body Studies internationally for more than 40 years, expanding practical applications and collaborating with her mother, Mia Segal, in developing the curriculum and methodology of Mind Body Studies for MBS Academy.
Leslie Cerier is an international chef, educator, recipe developer, farm-to-table caterer, health coach, TV guest chef/presenter, and author of 6 cookbooks specializing in local, seasonal, organic vegetarian, and gluten-free cooking for health, vitality, and pleasure.
Leslie Howard is a yoga educator who pioneered the growing field of yoga for pelvic health. Sonima Health named her one of the top 50 yoga instructors in the U.S. Leslie leads Pelvic Floor Yoga™ certification trainings and other workshops internationally. Her most recent book is Pelvic Liberation.
Leslie Waters is a family physician who divides her professional time between practicing full-spectrum family medicine and serving as residency director in rural Northeast Washington. She spends her personal time hiking, skiing, singing, reading, playing guitar, volunteering, and cooking gourmet meals.
Liam McDermott is a permaculture activist, massage therapist, and professionally trained chef with a degree in literature from Stanford University. He leads workshops and caters at several hot springs in central California: Esalen Institute, Tassajara Zen Monastery, and Wilbur Hot Springs.
Licia Sky, LMT, has more than 25 years of experience as a therapist and singer-songwriter who leads therapeutic attunement-dynamic experiential exercises that integrate music, movement, vocalizing, and touch to foster safe, transformative, interpersonal connection. She has taught at Kripalu and other national and international venues.
Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of national best-selling novels The Book of Joan and The Small Backs of Children, the widely acclaimed memoir The Chronology of Water, as well as the novel Dora: A Headcase, and books Allegories Of Violence and The Misfit's Manifesto.
Ligia Giese is an obstetrician/gynecologist with Kaiser in Northern California. She lives with her husband and two sons in Berkeley. She practices yoga and meditation, is a serious student of flamenco dance, and is committed to helping her fellow health care professionals explore new paths for personal and career growth.
Rosie Lila writes and speaks on how to increase human engagement through inclusion, diversity, and collaboration. She is the creator and host of the show What Comes Now, and founder of the infrastructure investment firm Lumera. Rosie worked with the Burning Man Project for three and a half years supporting areas around culture, production, and public relations including coaching public speaking.
Linda Bloom is a licensed clinical social worker and educator. She and her husband Charlie are cofounders of Bloomwork and coauthors of Secrets of Great Marriages: Real Truth from Real Couples about Lasting Love and 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married. They have facilitated workshops internationally since 1986.
Linda Evans Delman has been teaching the Feldenkrais Method and conducting programs internationally for 20 years. Her deep passion is in connecting work through the body with the spiritual depths of the human being.
Linda Galijan, PhD, was ordained by Sojun Mel Weitsman in 2004 and received dharma transmission from him in 2012. She has been a professional musician, a massage therapist, and a licensed clinical psychologist, and has practiced yoga for over 20 years. She currently serves as director of Tassajara.
Linda Graham, MFT, integrates modern neuroscience, mindfulness practices, and relational psychology in her international trainings. She is the author of the award-winning Bouncing Back and posts weekly resources for recovering resilience on her website.
Linda Nicholls, DipC, PhD, is a dynamic facilitator with an extensive background in group process. Her direct yet compassionate approach establishes a respectful foundation for discovering genuine whole-person health and harmony. She has developed and taught energetically engaging workshops on five continents.
Linda Prout, MS, is a speaker, nutritionist, and author of Live in the Balance – The Groundbreaking East-West Nutrition Program. She works with clients worldwide, creating personalized nutrition, lifestyle, and coaching programs coupled with energy medicine.
Linda Trichter Metcalf, author and educator, created the practice of Proprioceptive Writing (PW) in the mid-1970s. Founder of the PW Center, currently located in the Bay Area of California, she teaches, conducts PW therapy, and leads the PW Teacher Certification Program.
Linda Wobeskya, MSPT, is a physical therapist and dedicated teacher with more than 40 years of teaching experience in a variety of fields including Zero Balancing, physical therapy, anatomy and dance. She practices Zero Balancing in Mill Valley, Calif.
Lisa Firestone is a clinical psychologist, director of research and education at the Glendon Association, and the senior editor of Psychalive.org. Dr. Firestone is the coauthor of The Self Under Siege, Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships, and Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice.
Lisa G. Littlebird facilitates group singing opportunities as a transformational personal practice, healing art, and to foster community building in groups. She leads workshops internationally and has been on the faculty at Esalen since 2007.
Lissa Rankin, MD, was featured on the public television special, “Heal Yourself: Mind Over Medicine.” Dr. Rankin founded the Whole Health Medicine Institute. She is on a grass roots mission to heal health care.
Llyn Cedar Roberts, MA, is an acclaimed teacher of shamanism. She wrote the Nautilus Gold award-winning book Speaking with Nature, co-authored with Sandra Ingerman, Shapeshifting into Higher Consciousness, and Shamanic Reiki. She has studied with diverse indigenous shamanic groups in remote locations.
Loch Kelly, MDiv, LCSW, is author of Shift into Freedom. He is a psychotherapist and leader in the field of awakening. Loch founded the nonprofit Open-Hearted Awareness Institute and co-founded the Awake Luminous Heart Institute.
Lorenzo Cohen is professor and director of the Integrative Medicine Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Cohen conducts research examining the biobehavioral effects of programs aimed at reducing the negative aspects of cancer treatment and improving quality of life and clinical outcomes.
Lori Goldman MFT is a marriage and family therapist working with children, teenagers and adults. She has been a facilitator for Interchange Counseling Institute and leads workshops in mindfulness, spirituality, embodiment and interpersonal process. She is a long-time meditator, yoga practitioner and dancer.
Lori Schwanbeck is a mindfulness-based somatic psychotherapist. Lori developed Sense and Sensibility, a sensory-focused mindfulness treatment for emotional regulation, which she teaches internationally. She is co-founder of Mindfulness Therapy Associates, located in San Francisco.
Lorie Eve Dechar is the author of Five Spirits: Alchemical Acupuncture for Psychological and Spiritual Healing. Her work as an alchemical healer is supported by 30 years of Chinese medical practice and extensive training in Jungian and Gestalt psychotherapy and Focusing-oriented psychotherapy.