Nancy Slonim Aronie is the author of Writing from the Heart. A former commentator for NPR’s “All Things Considered,” she received the Derek Bok Teacher of the Year award at Harvard for 2 consecutive years, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Artist in Residence “Eye of the Beholder” award. She teaches the Chilmark Writing Workshop on Martha’s Vineyard.
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Nicholas Wilton is an artist whose paintings are sold internationally. He is the founder of the ArtLife Creativity workshops and classes, and he established the Creative Visionary Mentoring Program, which offers artistic, business, and creative coaching to artists.
Nikki Mirghafori, PhD, left academia as an artificial intelligence scientist, and now regularly teaches meditation retreats and classes at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and other internationally recognized Buddhist centers. She is also a Stanford-trained Compassion Cultivation instructor and UCLA-certified mindfulness facilitator.
Roxanne "Nikki" Myers is a yoga therapist, Somatic Experiencing practitioner, certified recovery specialist, and founder of CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health. Nikki is the co-founder of Y12SR, the Yoga of 12-Step Recovery.
Nilima Bhat is founder of Sampurnah: The Wholeness Practice. She facilitates personal transformation through self-awareness, self-leadership, and self-empowerment. After a successful multinational career, she was certified as a yoga teacher and became an integrative medicine coach and spiritual guide.
Nina Merrens is a global leadership expert with 20 years of experience. Based in Munich, Nina founded Intercultural Communication, facilitates leadership seminars for the United Nations, and is a consultant on organizational culture for large private-sector clients worldwide. She teaches intercultural sensitivity at a leading German university.
Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers, is a social entrepreneur, author and activist. Her purposes and passions include regenerative leadership, women’s leadership, indigenous wisdom and social practices, and healing relationships with ourselves, nature and one another other. Nina speaks and teaches internationally, and is a recent winner of the Goi Peace Award.
Nina Wise is a performance artist and founder of Motion Theater, a form of autobiographical performance. Her provocative and original works have been honored with 7 Bay Area Critics’ Circle Awards and 3 National Endowment for the Arts fellowships.
Noah Mazé has a fierce and compassionate dedication to yoga that inspires and holds space for students to journey deeper into body, heart, mind, and spirit than they ever could have imagined. Noah teaches internationally and online, and lives with his family in Los Angeles.
Noël Vietor is co-founder of Wildtender. Noël is dedicated to helping people build meaningful relationship with self, earth, and community. Having found healing and belonging while hiking the Big Sur wild, Noël is honored to create this opportunity for others through Wildtender’s immersive wilderness programs.
Nora Bateson is president of the International Bateson Institute, Sweden. She is a filmmaker, lecturer, researcher, writer, and educator. Nora wrote, directed, and produced the award-winning documentary, An Ecology of Mind. She lectures and teaches internationally, and has advised for EU policy makers, created curricula for schools, and written for several journals.
Norman Wolfe, CEO of Quantum Leaders, guides executive teams and boards in inspired strategy execution. A coach, mystic, interfaith minister, and spiritual guide, he is the author of The Living Organization, a new paradigm for creating extraordinary impact.
Nubia Teixeira is a Brazilian-born yogini who has devoted herself to teaching different aspects of yoga since 1991. Her unique teaching is a blend of Hatha and Bhakti yoga. She is the author of the CD Pranayama: May Breath Be Our Prayer.
Pam Houston is the author of five books of fiction and nonfiction including Cowboys Are My Weakness and Contents May Have Shifted. She is the director of creative writing at UC Davis and lives in Colorado near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.
Pam Kramer is a career specialist, executive coach, and human potential expert. She is president of ITP International, stewarding the work of Esalen cofounder Michael Murphy and George Leonard, author and visionary. Pam is a frequent Esalen workshop leader.
Pamela Weiss has been practicing Buddhism since 1987, including several years of Zen monastic training and teacher training with Jack Kornfield through Spirit Rock. Pamela leads a weekly sitting group at SF Insight and offers retreats and workshops internationally.
Patrice Hamilton has worked in the fields of education and counseling for more than 20 years. She holds an MEd in counseling, is a certified Cortical Field Reeducation practitioner and teacher, a certified Hakomi Practitioner (The Refined Method), and is trained in Esalen Massage.
Patricia Berry, PhD, is a Jungian analyst who worked with James Hillman for more than 20 years in developing Archetypal Psychology and its focus on myth and image. She is the author of Echo’s Subtle Body: Contributions to an Archetypal Psychology.
Patricia Campbell Carlson has worked closely with Br. David Steindl-Rast, OSB, since 2001. She was executive director of A Network for Grateful Living (ANG*L) from 2005-2013, and before that, she helped develop Gratefulness.org.
Patricia de Jong, Rev, is an ordained minister and community leader with experience in educational and graduate institutions. She works as a consultant to emerging leaders nationally and coaches in spiritual nurture and transformation. She is deeply involved in justice and peace issues.
Patrick Anderson is an executive coach and transformative facilitator. He is the cofounder of the T12N Institute, which offers specialized coaching and programs, including the flagship Coaching Mastery training, for leaders who are making a foundational shift in their lives.
Patrick Douce, one of Moshe Feldenkrais's first American students, has been associated with Esalen since 1972. Since 1986 he has lived some months of each year in Bali, developing programs with Indonesian Silat martial-arts-for-health schools.
Paul Denniston created Grief Yoga and studied with William Worden and Peter Levine. He also studied with yoga masters Gurmukh and Seane Corn. Paul has taught Grief Yoga to therapists, counselors, and health care professionals to use with their clients in the U.S., England, and Australia.
Paul Grilley has taught yoga since 1979. His asana classes integrate skeletal variation and the importance of fascia. He teaches meditation informed by the theories of his teacher Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama.
Paul Heussenstamm comes from a family immersed in art and spirituality. At 35, he began painting in earnest after a single art class expanded into a consuming passion, a new profession, and a new perspective on life. He understands mandalas as psychic maps and symbols of wholeness.
Paul Selig is a conscious channel, intuitive, and empath. His books include I Am the Word, The Book of Love and Creation, The Book of Knowing and Worth, and The Book of Mastery.
Paul Sibcy is a founding faculty member of Process Acupressure who has been teaching and practicing since 1984. A founder of Palo Alto's Integrated Healing Arts and Pathways to Self Healing, he is the author of Healing Your Rift with God.
Paul Zelizer is one of the first business coaches to focus specifically on the needs of wisdom entrepreneurs. He is the co-founder and chief weirdness officer of Wisdompreneurs and the former director of social media for Wisdom 2.0.
Paula Gurak, LMT, LLCC, a manual therapy practitioner since 1997, has been an instructor for the Chikly Health Institute since 2007. She maintains a private practice in Texas with an emphasis on lymph drainage therapy, lymphedema maintenance and education, and craniosacral therapy.
Paula Shaw, a professional actress and acting teacher for more than 40 years, has conducted workshops for those interested in expanding their self-expression, well-being, and creativity in the U.S., Canada, Germany, and the UK.
Pawan Bareja, PhD, teaches mindfulness and trauma classes in the San Francisco Bay Area and at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She has trained professional care providers in India. In her private practice as a trauma resolution practitioner, she works with a diverse population of clients.
Perry Holloman has been a teacher and practitioner of Esalen Massage, Deep Bodywork, and body-oriented approaches to Relational Gestalt Process work for more than 30 years. He teaches in the U.S., Asia, and Europe, and makes his home in Big Sur.
Pete Guinosso, E-RYT 500, teaches yoga that is grounded in breath and intention, and always leaves room for playfulness and fun. After intensive training with renowned yoga instructor Ana Forrest, Pete founded his own yoga school and draws on his years as a scientist to approach yoga with a sense of wonder and curiosity.
Peter Bregman, MCC, is CEO of Bregman Partners, a company that uses coaching to help people and organizations get collective action on their most important work. He is a best-selling author of Leading with Emotional Courage, 18 Minutes, and more.
Peter A. Levine, PhD, has a background in medical biophysics, psychophysiology, and psychology. He developed Somatic Experiencing®, founded the Foundation for Human Enrichment, and teaches internationally. His recent books include Waking the Tiger, Trauma and Memory, and Freedom from Pain.
Peter Meyers author of As We Speak and founder and president of Stand & Deliver, a global communications consultancy, has worked for more than a decade helping leaders and their teams to enrich their presence and effectiveness through greater clarity, credibility, and connection.
Peter Russell blends scientific rationale, global vision, and intuitive wisdom to bring a sharp, critical mind to the challenge of self-awakening. He has degrees in theoretical physics, experimental psychology, and computer science, and his books include From Science to God: A Physicist’s Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness.
Peter Sandhill, MA, is a workshop facilitator, counselor, and executive coach. He passionately assists people of all ages and backgrounds to create lives filled with joy, love, purpose, and possibility. Peter has been involved in the men’s movement for most of his adult life.
Peter Selwyn, MD, MPH, is chairman of the Department of Family and Social Medicine and director of the Palliative Care Program at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. He facilitates workshops on grief and loss, and is the author of Surviving the Fall: The Personal Journey of an AIDS Doctor.
Peter Sterios is a creative instructor, writer, and originator of LEVITYoga™. Yoga Journal included his DVD, Gravity & Grace, in their “top 15 yoga videos of all time.” Peter taught yoga at the White House for Michelle Obama's anti-obesity initiatives between 2011 and 2013. He teaches internationally.
Phil Borges produces films, exhibitions and books designed to raise awareness and inspire support for social and environmental issues facing people in the developing world.
Phil Cousineau is a freelance writer, filmmaker, teacher, and youth baseball coach. He has published more than 30 books, including the bestselling The Hero's Journey: The Life and Work of Joseph Campbell. He has written award-winning documentary films, and is the host of "Global Spirit," a nationally broadcast series on LINK TV and PBS.
Philip Shepherd is the author of New Self, New World: Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-First Century, which shows how our relationship with the body has changed over history, and serves as the template for all our relationships.
Phillip Moffitt, former CEO and editor-in-chief of Esquire magazine, is the founder of Life Balance Institute. He has served as co-guiding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center since 2010. Phillip is the author of numerous books including Emotional Chaos to Clarity and Dancing with Life.
Pico Iyer is the author of two novels and nine works of non-fiction, translated into more than 20 languages including such long-running travelers’ favorites as The Lady and the Monk, The Global Soul, and The Art of Stillness.
Pierre Grimes is founder and president of the Academy of Platonic Studies and the Noetic Society. He wrote Philosophical Midwifery: A New Paradigm for Understanding Human Problems. He has led workshops and meditation retreats for 30 years.
Pittman McGehee, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Austin, Texas. He studied with Dr. Kristin Neff and is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and teacher trainer, adjunct faculty at Seton Cove Spirituality Center, and faculty in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas, Austin.
Prajna Vieira is the lead singer of the Mukti Kirtan Ensemble and is also known for her work with Jai Uttal and other artists. She has dedicated her life to studying, practicing and sharing traditional yoga practices and Bhakti arts.
Rachel Carlton Abrams is an award-winning integrative medicine physician, treating men, women, and children since 1997. She authored four books, most recently BodyWise, and teaches dynamic workshops throughout the world.
Rachel Berry, MA, shares her passion for community health, medicinal herbs, and sustainable living to inspire and promote herbalism for self-care. She has been teaching classes in skin care, herbalism, and wild foraging for nearly 10 years and is a formulator for skin care products.
Rachel Brown is a mindfulness and social-emotional learning educator. She currently works at the Teaching Empathy Institute, where she designs curriculum, trains teachers, and works with students. Rachel has ten years of experience as a special and general education teacher in both public and private schools.
Raj Sisodia, PhD, cofounder of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., is a Franklin Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College. He has published more than 100 academic articles and 7 books, including Conscious Capitalism and Firms of Endearment.
Rami Shapiro is a rabbi and author of more than two dozen books on religion and spirituality. He co-directs One River Wisdom School, writes a regular column for Spirituality and Health, magazine, and hosts How to be a Holy Rascal.
Raoul Goldberg, MD, is a South African integrative and participatory medical doctor and psychotherapist. He is an international speaker, workshop facilitator, researcher, and author with a special interest in self-empowerment and self-transformation. His latest book is Addictive Behaviour: The Struggle for Freedom.
Raphael Cushnir has written 6 books, including The One Thing Holding You Back and Setting Your Heart on Fire. He lectures worldwide and contributes to O, The Oprah Magazine, Psychology Today, and the Huffington Post. His heart opened through profound grief.
Rebecca Anders is a thing-maker based in Oakland, Calif. Her works are metal and mixed media sculpture, ranging from hand-held to 40 feet tall. Rebecca has contributed large-scale sculpture to Burning Man since 1999. She has created and shown monumental interactive installations in the U.S. and internationally.
Rebecca Katz is a nationally recognized culinary translator and expert on the role of food and flavor in supporting health. She is the author of 5 healthy cookbooks: Clean Soups, One Bite at a Time, The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen, The Longevity Kitchen, and The Healthy Mind Cookbook. Founder and director of the Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonweal in Bolinas, Calif., she is dedicated to connecting the dots between food, big flavor, and vibrant health.
Rene Henery, PhD, is an ecologist and artist who holds a joint position with the University of Nevada, Reno, Global Water Center and the non-profit Trout Unlimited. Rene’s work embraces water, diversity, connectivity and equity as pathways to resilient ecosystems and communities.
Renee Jennings, MA MSW LCSW, is a somatic and Gestalt therapist/trainer, energy practitioner, meditation teacher, mentor/consultant and writer with more than 25 years in the healing arts. She is especially interested in the integration of mysticism and embodiment in daily life and professional practice. Renee is Gestalt Cleveland faculty.
Renée Peterson Trudeau is an internationally recognized life balance coach/speaker, author of three life balance titles including the award-winning The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal and president of Career Strategists. Passionate about teaching women the art/science of self-renewal and how to connect with their Wise Selves, Renée has been creating transformational retreats for women for more than 20 years.
Rhonda Magee, JD, MA, is a professor of law at the University of San Francisco, and a nationally acclaimed speaker on mindfulness and social justice. She is an expert on mindful teaching and learning, race and law, and professional identity development.
Rich Fernandez, PhD, teaches mindfulness, wisdom and science for everyday life and work. Rich is CEO of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, co-founder of Wisdom Labs and was the head of global executive education at Google. He is a trained psychologist, author and long-time mindfulness practitioner and teacher.
Richard Gold has been practicing and teaching Asian Healing Arts since 1978. He is the author of Thai Massage: A Traditional Medical Technique,'first published in 1998. Currently, he is the President and Executive producer of Metta Mindfulness Music.
Richard Miller is a clinical psychologist, author, researcher, yogic scholar, and spiritual teacher who has devoted his life to integrating nondual wisdom teachings with Western psychology. He is founding president and CEO of the Integrative Restoration Institute and author of Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga.
Richard Schwartz, PhD, is a systemic family therapist and an academic. Dr. Schwartz developed the Internal Family Systems model (IFS) and founded the Center for Self Leadership. A featured speaker for national professional organizations, Dr. Schwartz has published five books and more than 50 articles about IFS.
Rick Brown is executive director for the Institute for Relationship Therapy in Winter Park, Fla. Rick was executive director for Harville Hendrix's Institute, and he lectures and gives workshops across the country. He has been married since 1976.
Rick Doblin, PhD, is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. His professional goal is to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist.
Rick Hanson, PhD, is a psychologist, senior fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, and Buddha’s Brain, among others. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, his work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR.
Rik Isensee, LCSW, practices psychotherapy in San Francisco, Calif. He is the author of three self-help books for gay men, plus the mindfulness guide, Shift Your Mood. He is an accredited mindfulness teacher through The Mindfulness Training Institute.
Risa Kaparo, PhD, author of Awakening Somatic Intelligence, teaches Somatic Learning®, the evidence-based method she developed, internationally, from MIT to China’s Dalian Medical School. She practices somatic-psychotherapy in the California Bay Area and elsewhere.
Rob Bauer has been a body-centered psychotherapist for more than 25 years, and conducts workshops across North America. Trained in the Rubenfeld Synergy Method and Imago Relationship Therapy, he maintains a private practice in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Rob Faust is a maskmaker/performer/director who speaks, performs, and teaches worldwide. Rob designs and creates all the masks he uses onstage. Rob’s work is featured in the book Mask Makers and Their Craft, An Illustrated Worldwide Study.
Rob Wilks is a full-time bodywork practitioner and yoga teacher at Esalen. He specializes in Deep Bodywork®. He has taught experiential leadership education in the U.S. and Eastern Europe.
Robert Browning is HeartMath’s master trainer and health care director, and a director for Pathways to Peace. For more than 20 years, he’s trained 8,000 individuals in heart-based living. He leads programs at Stanford, UCLA, Brigham & Women’s (Harvard’s teaching hospital), and Kaiser Permanente.
Robert Corff is one of Los Angeles' most prominent performance teachers. His clients include such award-winning celebrities as Sally Field, Samuel L. Jackson, Vanessa Redgrave, and Hank Azaria. In addition, he has had leading roles on Broadway, television, and in motion pictures.
Robert Fisher, MFT, is an international Hakomi trainer, adjunct professor at CIIS and JFK Universities, and author of Experiential Psychotherapy with Couples. He is the lead instructor of the Certificate Program at CIIS for Mindfulness and Compassion in Psychotherapy and a keynote speaker at national psychotherapy conferences.
Robert Moss is the creator of Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of dreamwork and shamanism. His many books include Conscious Dreaming, Dreamgates, The Secret History of Dreaming and Sidewalk Oracles. He leads popular online courses for The Shift Network.
Robert Peng is a qigong master and teacher who has trained 150,000 students throughout the world. From the age of 8, he apprenticed under Xiao Yao. The distillation of his training is reflected in The Master Key: Qigong Secrets for Vitality, Love, and Wisdom book and CD/DVD series.
Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum, PhD, is entrusted as a lay Zen teacher by Sojun Roshi, and a senior teacher of Dayan Qigong authorized by Master Hui Liu. He has 30 years of experience as a neuropsychologist and psychotherapist. His most recent book is Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching.
Robert Sheeler, MD, is in private practice in Scottsdale, Ariz. Former editor of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter, he is a taiji and qi gong practitioner who has spoken extensively on a variety of topics at conferences on conventional, integrative, and functional medicine.
Robert Thurman is professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, and president of the Tibet House US, a non-profit organization dedicated preserving and promoting Tibetan civilization. The author of many books, in 1965, Thurman became the first American ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk.
Robert Walter, Joseph Campbell's editor for a decade, is president of the Joseph Campbell Foundation and a poet/playwright with several decades of experience as group leader, teacher, publisher, and theatrical producer/director/designer.
Robin Fann-Costanzo has been practicing and teaching Esalen Massage nationally and internationally since 1993. She has a background in dance, and is a yoga instructor and craniosacral therapy practitioner. In 2012, Robin was inducted into the World Massage Hall of Fame. She lives Asheville, North Carolina, and co-owns a wellness spa.
Robin Stern, PhD, is the associate director for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She is a licensed psychoanalyst, educator, and author of The Gaslight Effect. Robin is co-developer of RULER, an emotional intelligence program that has transformed the lives of over a million children and adults in schools worldwide.
Roger Jahnke, OMD, has dedicated his professional life to sharing the healing traditions of China. He is the director of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi, in Santa Barbara, Calif., and author of The Healer Within and The Healing Promise of Qi.
Rolf Gates conducts Vinyasa teacher trainings and programs internationally. His work has been widely featured in television and in print. As a former U.S. Army Ranger and social worker, Rolf brings his eclectic background to his teaching and his life. He is the author of Meditations from the Mat.
Roma Hammel, PhD is an embodiment-meditation teacher from Los Altos, Calif. Certified by Judith Blackstone in Realization Process, by Russel Delman in Embodied Life Mentorship, and deeply engaged in philosophy, meditation, and qigong, Roma guides people into an embodied spiritual awakening.
Ronald J. Frederick, PhD, is a psychologist and author of the award-winning book Living Like You Mean It: Use the Wisdom and Power of Your Emotions to Get the Life You Really Want. He lectures and facilitates workshops nationally.
Ronald Alexander, PhD, is the director of the Open Mind Training Institute, and leads trainings internationally in mindfulness, mind-body therapies, and transformational leadership. He is the author of Wise Mind Open Mind.
Rosemary O’Connor is a Hazelden author and a certified professional and addiction coach. With more than 17 years of personal and professional experience, she has helped thousands of people recover from addiction and rebuild rewarding lives.
Roxan McDonald dedicates herself to helping people find their voice both on the page and in their lives. She teaches at California State University and leads writing groups throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She taught creative writing to at-risk youth and won the Mary Lonnberg Smith Award in poetry.
Roxann Burroughs is a certified facilitator with more than 28 years of experience doing The Work of Byron Katie for inquiry and stress reduction.
Roxanna Erickson-Klein, RN, LPC, has extensive training in hypnosis that began in early family life as daughter of Milton Erickson. Her extensive clinical work experience encompasses the spectrum from early life to end of life care. Accessing unrecognized internal resources is a central emphasis of her practice in Dallas, Texas.
Tigaro Tihikpas “He who flirts with all life," is a tribal elder formally educated in Europe and fluent in several languages. Tihikpas has facilitated sweat lodges at Esalen and across Europe. His theological background includes Native American, Judaism, Christianity, Gnosticism, Buddhism, and mystic traditions.
Ruediger Dahlke, MD, is the founder of Transformative Medicine, author of 60 books, and trainer of thousands of doctors, psychologists, and laypeople in Europe. He leads the Certificate in Transformative Medicine, a year-long program offered by the Center for a New Mainstream.
Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author of 10 books, including Science Set Free. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, a Research Fellow of the Royal Society, and from 2005-2010 the Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project for research on unexplained human abilities.
Rupert Spira is the author of The Transparency of Things: Contemplating the Nature of Experience and Presence volumes I and II. For 20 years, he studied the teachings of Ouspensky, Krishnamurti, Rumi, Shankaracharya, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta, and Robert Adams, until he met his teacher, Francis Lucille, in 2004.
Russ Hudson is executive director of the Enneagram Institute in New York. He is the co-author, with Don Richard Riso, of several books including The Wisdom of the Enneagram and Personality Types (revised edition).
Russell Delman has dedicated his life to the study of human transformation. Deeply indebted to his more than 40 years of both Zen meditation and marriage, he has helped train more than 2500 Feldenkrais® practitioners and founded The Embodied Life School.
Ryan Babineaux, PhD, is a career counselor, writer, and researcher in the area of purposeful living. He is a lecturer at Stanford University, and co-author of the book Fail Fast, Fail Often: How Losing Can Help You Win.