Sabine Lichtenfels is a freelance theologian, author, and co-founder of Tamera and the GRACE Initiative for a Future without War. Her spectrum of knowledge and activity includes international peace work, community building, spiritual research, and developing a new female consciousness and reconciliation of the sexes. With her comprehensive knowledge and radical commitment, she is an ambassadress for a global perspective of peace.
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Safron Rossi, PhD, teaches mythology and depth psychology at Pacifica Institute and is curator of collections at Opus Archives. Her focus is Greek mythology, archetypal psychology, western astrology, goddess traditions, and feminist studies. Safron is the editor of the recently published volume of Joseph Campbell's Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine.
Sally Kempton teaches applied spiritual wisdom and helps students work with meditative experience as a framework for practical life change. Sally teaches workshops in meditation and practical yoga philosophy based on Kashmir Shaivism. She is the author of the best-selling book, Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga and Meditation for the Love of It.
Sam Berne, OD, is a pioneer in the field of vision science and holistic health. He is a behavioral optometrist, certified medicinal aromatherapist, certified craniosacral therapist, and authorized Continuum teacher.
Sam Jinich, PhD, is a San Francisco-based clinical psychologist, relationship expert, and Hold Me Tight workshop leader for couples. He is a certified trainer, supervisor, and therapist in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and co-founder of the Northern California Community of Emotionally Focused Therapy.
Sam Keen is a freelance philosopher, teacher, and workshop leader. He is the author of numerous books, including Fire in the Belly, Learning to Fly, and Faces of the Enemy. He has taught at Esalen for 50 years.
Samantha Dunn Camp was a PEN Award finalist for her novel, Failing Paris. She has also authored two memoirs. Her essays are widely anthologized, and her writing has been featured in many publications, including O the Oprah Magazine and Ms. She teaches in the UCLA Writers Program.
Samantha Snowden is a mindfulness coach for youth, adults, and families. She has taught courses at the graduate level at Columbia University in subjects such as mother-child matrix, adjustment, and mindfulness with youth. She developed a well-funded mindfulness program at Columbia while leading researcher in the mindfulness lab.
Sandra Ingerman, MA, is a shamanic teacher who teaches internationally on shamanic journeying, soul retrieval, and planetary healing. She is the author of 10 books, including Soul Retrieval and most recently, Walking in Light and Speaking with Nature (coauthored with Llyn Roberts).
Sara Vetter is the business development director at the Soul of Money Institute. She leads trips to the Amazon rainforest for The Pachamama Alliance, a non-profit organization that links indigenous people of the Amazon with committed people worldwide to create a socially just human presence on this planet. She also works closely with the Nobel Women Peace Prize Laureates.
Sarah Marshank is the founder of Selfistry, a methodology dedicated to mastering the art of being human. Integrating theory from Eastern and Western philosophy and psychology with meditative and somatic practices, Sarah guides practitioners to discover their authentic self and purpose in life.
Sarah McLean is a contemporary mindfulness and meditation teacher and best-selling author. She’s taught thousands of people to be more present, live with more self-awareness, and meet their own minds with meditation. She directs the McLean Meditation Institute in Sedona, Ariz., known for its international teacher certification program.
Sarah Powers blends the insights and practices of yoga and Buddhism into an integral practice to enliven body, heart, and mind. She leads retreats and classes internationally and is the author of Insight Yoga.
Sarah Sandhill has been a sex educator and workshop facilitator for more than 20 years. She leads workshops for the Human Awareness Institute (HAI), she is a counselor (individual and couples), and has trained in Process Therapy.
Sarah Weiss, MA LMT, is a medical intuitive, spiritual teacher, and founder of SpiritHeal Institute. Sarah has been a pioneer in the healing/energy arts for over 40 years. She is adjunct professor at Baldwin Wallace University and contributes regularly to the Sedona Journal.
Sarana Miller has been a faculty instructor at Yoga Journal and leads annual retreats at Esalen and Wilbur Hot Springs, and in Mexico and Alaska. Trained in the Iyengar and Forrest Yoga traditions, she has built her life around sharing the benefits of the practice of yoga.
Saul David Raye is an evolutionary teacher, healer, and spiritual activist. His teachings are centered in the heart, and support people in connecting with their own authentic power and spirit. His teaching is deeply influenced by Tantra and Bhakti schools of yoga. Saul shares his work through classes, trainings, and sacred music.
Schuyler Grant co-created the Wanderlust festival and directs Kula Yoga Project in New York City. Developer of a popular style of vinyasa called Kula Flow, known for its emphasis on intelligent alignment and creativity, she was noted by The New York Times as the go-to teacher for advanced practice.
Scott Blossom is a Traditional Chinese Medical practitioner, Shadow Yoga teacher and Ayurvedic consultant. He has studied yoga for more than 18 years and taught for 12. His primary teachers are Zhander Remete, founder of Shadow Yoga and Dr. Robert Svoboda, Ayurvedic physician and scholar.
Scott Engler, a longtime student of presence and healing, supports adults, children, and infants through Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and workshops in trauma resolution for the family. He holds a second-degree black belt in aikido.
Scott Von, OMD, PhD, is a physician, psychoanalyst, philosopher, and poet. He is founder and director of the New Clinic for Integral Medicine & Psychiatry. He completed his Doctor of Medicine at the American College of TCM with residencies in neurology and psychiatry, and advanced training in acupuncture and homeopathy and a PhD in psychoanalysis from the University of London.
Sean Brennan is an early childhood educator who specializes in sharing smiles, laughter, and the bliss of life. He has worked with injured children at Shriner's Hospital as a play therapist and is a former teacher at Gazebo School Park. His passions include surfing, freediving, yoga, meditation, and poetry.
Sean Wilkinson is a Circling Europe co-founder with an enduring passion for self-awareness, human potential, wisdom traditions, and an ongoing inquiry into life. This includes extensive academic research, spiritual and psychological practice, coaching, and therapeutic training.
Seena Frost, LMFT, MDiv, is a clinician, teacher, poet, and gardener from California, and the founder of the SoulCollage® process. She wrote SoulCollage® Evolving and has recorded several CDs. Currently she trains SoulCollage® facilitators.
Sera Beak is a Harvard-trained scholar of comparative world religions who teaches the radical reality of the Soul. Her books include Redvelations: A Soul’s Journey to Becoming Human (May 2018), Red Hot and Holy: A Heretic’s Love Story, and The Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine Spark.
Shai Lavie, MA, MFT, is a certified Hakomi therapist and Somatic Experiencing practitioner with a private practice in San Rafael, Calif. Shai teaches mindfulness-centered psychotherapy through the Hakomi Institute of California, the Marin Mindfulness Institute, and as an adjunct professor at Sofia University.
Shama Viola (Manuala Terraluna) is a citizen of Damanhur, the Italian social/spiritual Community dedicated to conscious living, esoteric tradition, and practical approach to sacredness. She has been living there for 17 years. She travels the world to share Damanhur's message through group courses and individual readings.
Shamash Alidina is one of the top mindfulness coaches in the UK. He trains professionals to integrate mindfulness into their work online and in-person. He gives keynotes and workshops globally, and he is the author of Mindfulness for Dummies.
Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer and international teacher. Her work focuses on the development of the mythic imagination, and on the relevance of our native myths, fairy tales and folk traditions to the personal, social and environmental problems we face today.
Shauna Shapiro, PhD, is a professor and author of the critically acclaimed books, The Art and Science of Mindfulness and Mindful Discipline. She is an internationally recognized expert in mindfulness and has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, the Danish government, the Prime Minister of Iceland, and the World Council of Psychotherapy.
Sheva Carr, L.Ac., the architect of HeartMath’s HeartMastery Program, is CEO of Fyera!, and founding executive director of the Fyera Foundation and Sunflower SunPower Kids. She teaches people to access heart intelligence, and to receive the benefits of the heart’s impact on consciousness, health, performance, creativity, and social change.
Shiva Rea M.A. s a movement alchemist, global prana vinyasa teacher, yogadventurer, wave rider and founder of Samudra Global School for Living Yoga, Yoga Alchemy Online and Yoga Energy Activism for a green energy future for all. www.pranavinyasaflow.com
Sianna Sherman is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher, evocative storyteller and passionate speaker at conferences and festivals throughout the world. She is the founder of Rasa Yoga, Mythic Yoga Flow®, RITUAL and the creator of the Goddess Yoga Project with Yoga Journal.
Siegmar Gerken, PhD, ECP, is part of the teaching faculty at the JFK-University and formerly at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. He teaches at universities and private institutes worldwide on the interconnectedness of psychosomatic processes as they manifest on the levels of body, emotions, mind, will, and consciousness.
Sienna Creasy is a Prana Vinyasa yoga instructor who studied with Shiva Rea for more than a decade. Sienna creates an experience of movement that integrates fierce embodiment with the energy of Jamaica, where she resides. A former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, reciprocity is integral to her being.
Sil Reynolds, RN, is a nurse practitioner and therapist who has worked with women and girls for 30 years with a focus on sane solutions to healing issues with body and food. She is a graduate of BodySoul Rhythms® Leadership training and co-authored Mothering & Daughtering with her daughter Eliza.
Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT, is a Grammy®-nominated musician and vocal artist. She is the creator of the Sound, Voice, and Music in the Healing Arts certificate program at California Institute for Integral Studies. She also founded the Vox Mundi School to teach and preserve indigenous musical traditions.
Simon Goland is an educator, facilitator, and consultant who facilitates transformational learning processes internationally for organizations, groups, and individuals. Simon is deeply passionate about ways we connect with and express our individual callings and vocation in the world.
Sonika Tinker, MSW, founded LoveWorks in 1990. Sonika is a relationship specialist with more than 35 years of experience in coaching singles and couples on the issues of relationship, communication, intimacy, sexuality, dating, and personal transformation. In addition to her private practice, she leads trainings and workshops.
Sophie Beach is the executive editor of China Digital Times, a bilingual China news website. She previously served as senior research associate for Asia at the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based press freedom organization. Her writing about China appears in the Los Angeles Times, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post, The Nation magazine, and elsewhere.
Soren Gordhamer is the founder of Wisdom 2.0, which holds events exploring mindfulness and technology. He has written several books, walked for a year through various countries, and has taught mindfulness to incarcerated youth, trauma workers in Rwanda, and companies.
Stan Gerome, LMT, CST-D, is an Advanced Therapy 1 and SomatoEmotional Release 1 and 2 Certified instructor with The Upledger Institute. He maintains a private practice in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., which he established in 1984. He has been a CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release practitioner since 1986.
Stanley Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, is a clinician, author, PACT developer, and co-founder of the PACT Institute. Dr. Tatkin teaches at UCLA, maintains a private practice in Southern California, and leads programs internationally. He is the author of Wired for Dating, Wired for Love, and others.
Stanislav Grof, MD, is a psychiatrist with more than sixty years of experience researching non-ordinary states of consciousness. He was chief of psychiatric research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, and scholar-in-residence at Esalen. Currently he is professor of psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, Calif.
Stella Resnick, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, author, speaker and AASECT-certified sex therapist and supervisor. She practices in Beverly Hills and trains and supervises therapists in Embodied Relational Sex Therapy™ (ERST). Her latest book is Body-to-Body Intimacy: Transformation through Love, Sex, and Neurobiology.
Stephan A. Schwartz is a research associate of the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory of the Laboratories for Fundamental Research. He also is the editor of the daily web publication Schwartzreport.net, and columnist for the journal Explore. He is the author of 4 books.
Stephen Mosblech, is a meditation teacher and multidisciplinary artist with intensive training in vipassana, Zen and Tibetan Buddhist mystical traditions. He has taught mindfulness at Deer Park Institute in India and New Life Foundation in Thailand. His performance work has been staged in New York, Germany, Sweden and Japan.
Stephen Sideroff is a clinical psychologist and peak performance consultant in Santa Monica, Calif., assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA’s School of Medicine, and director of Moonview Sanctuary. He also founded the Stress Strategies Center at Santa Monica Hospital.
Steve Almond is the author of 10 books of fiction and non-fiction. His work has been published in The Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize, The New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere.
Steve Edelman, JD, is a veteran of many career changes: law, television broadcasting, entrepreneur, creator of a multimillion-dollar television production company, and designer of cutting-edge experiential workshops. He and Pam Kramer co-developed Unfinished Business.
Steven Hickman, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and associate clinical professor in the UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine & Public Health. He is the executive director of the non-profit Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and the founding director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness.
Steve Paulson is the executive producer of the award-winning public radio show, To the Best of Our Knowledge. He has reported for NPR and written for Salon, Slate, Huffington Post, and Nautilus. His book is Atoms and Eden: Conversations on Religion and Science.
Steve Ross has practiced and taught various styles of yoga for over thirty years. After spending four years as a Vedic monk, Steve traveled to India and around to world to learn the philosophical and spiritual roots of yoga and meditation. He is the author of “Happy Yoga” and two kirtan CDs.
Steve Sorkin, PhD, is a psychologist who worked with R.D. Laing and the Philadelphia Association for several years. He has provided a range of clinical services, held several faculty positions, served as a graduate school president and dean, and as associate executive director of the American Psychological Association.
Steven Harper is a wilderness leader, author, consultant, and Big Sur resident. He has led both traditional and experimental wilderness expeditions internationally for more than 40 years. He has an MA in psychology and his work focuses on mindfulness, Gestalt and somatic practices, and wild nature as a vehicle for awakening.
Steven Kotler is a New York Times best-selling author of The Rise of Superman and cofounder and director of research for the Flow Genome Project. His articles have appeared widely, including in The New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Wired, and Forbes.
Stewart Cubley has more than four decades of experience pioneering a way of integrative and creative living through the practice of process painting. His method is one of respectful questioning, and inviting you to extend yourself into new areas of thought and feeling.
Stuart Mangrum is a longtime co-conspirator and writing partner of Burning Man Founder Larry Harvey. Stuart was a pioneer settler of Black Rock City, and has been active in the community for 25 years. He currently serves as Burning Man’s Education Director.
Susan Anderson is a psychotherapist with 30 years of research and clinical experience working with the victims of abandonment trauma and loss. Founder of “Abandonment Recovery,” her books include Journey from Abandonment to Healing, Taming Your Outer Child, Black Swan:12 Lessons of Abandonment Recovery, and Abandonment Recovery Workbook.
Susan Aposhyan trains professionals in her Body-Mind Psychotherapy. She is the author of Natural Intelligence: Body-Mind Integration and Human Development and Body-Mind Psychotherapy. She has been practicing meditation and body-mind disciplines for more than 30 years, and integrates science with healing and meditative experience.
Susan Bernstein helps people navigate transitions by integrating their embodied intelligence. Her transformational approaches blend left-brain logic honed over 20 years in corporate America with right-brain creative movement gleaned from pioneering research in mind-body psychology.
Susan Collin Marks, a South African, has been an international peacemaker for more than 25 years, and works as Peace Ambassador for Search for Common Ground. She is a Skoll Awardee for Social Entrepreneurship and holds an honorary doctorate from the University for Peace.
Susan Fisher, MA, MBA, is the co-founder, teacher, guide, and speaker of 9 Energies. Since 2012, Susan has worked with thousands of people to identify and deepen the access to each person’s unique activation center. Susan is the author of 9 Energies - Practices for Presence.
Susan Harper has been teaching and contributing to Continuum since 1975. She is the developer of Body of Relating Training, inspired by the teachings of Chris Price's Gestalt Awareness Practice, and she co-developed Portals of Perception with Hubert Godard.
Susan Hauser founded Now Power Yoga, a diverse multi-modality studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. Susan credits yoga with getting her through raising her two sons after her husband passed away from cancer. She shares her passion for yoga through teaching.
Susan Morgan, MSN, RN, CS, is a couples psychotherapist in private practice and a faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. She emphasizes body awareness and empathy in her teaching, and has co-led retreats with William Morgan since 1999.
Susan C. Steiner trained as an occupational therapist, has been affiliated with The Upledger Institute since 1989 and has been an instructor for CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release II since 1994. She maintains a private practice in Providence, R.I.
Suzanne Scurlock, author of Reclaiming Your Body and Full Body Presence, CranioSacral therapy instructor for The Upledger Institute since 1987, and creator of the Healing From the Core curriculum, specializes in conscious awareness and its relationship to the healing process. She has taught at Esalen since 1994.
Suzanne Sterling is an ecstatic vocalist, innovative teacher, and sacred composer whose music has been commissioned for film and theater. Her work as a ritual designer has been incorporated into curriculums and trainings nationwide, and as a co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World®, she trains activist-leaders worldwide.
Suze Allen is a writer, editor, and coach. She is the owner of Manuscript Mentor and director of education and resident playwright at 3Girls Theatre. Suze is coauthor of The Time-Starved Woman's Guide to Emotional Wellbeing, with SD Shanti.
Suzee Grilley has practiced yoga since 1980. She is a former professional dancer, choreographer, and educator, and has studied many styles of yoga. She teaches the slow, healing, Yin style of yoga that prolonged her career in dance and aids her practice of meditation.
Sy Safransky is editor and publisher of The Sun.
Sybil Krauter teaches Cortical Field Reeducation® and Integrated Awareness® internationally. Her background is in education, clinical hypnosis, and NLP. Her focus is on how we create reality.
Sydney Spears, PhD, LCSW, LSCSW, TCTSY-F, is a licensed clinical social worker, adaptive yoga facilitator, mindfulness instructor and professor in the Kansas City area. She is passionately committed to advancing social justice efforts through providing and maintaining a non-oppressive, trauma-sensitive and culturally responsive practice.
Sylvia Boorstein, PhD, a co-founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, has taught internationally since 1991. She is the author of five books on Buddhism and mindfulness practice, most recently Happiness is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life.
Sylvia Haskvitz, MA, RD, is a certified NVC trainer and nutritionist, and author of Eat by Choice, Not by Habit. She offers Nonviolent Communication training and Eat by Choice workshops worldwide. She cares about what goes into your mouth and what comes out of it. www.eatbychoice.net.
Sylvie Rokab, MA, is an award-winning filmmaker and director of Love Thy Nature, narrated by Liam Neeson. She is a nature therapy guide trained with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. Sylvie seeks to inspire a diverse audience to transform their relationship with nature and ignite a desire to protect our vital and spellbinding more-than-human world.
Tama Kieves is the best-selling author of A Year Without Fear: 365 days of Magnificence,This Time I Dance!, and Inspired & Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life’s Work! Featured on Oprah radio, she is a speaker and a leading career/success coach.
Tanya McGinnity is an international facilitator and coach. Her passion is to support groups and individuals with cutting-edge tools for self-mastery. Originally from Northern Ireland, she now lives in Barcelona. Tanya also runs transformation workshops in Barcelona and online groups. She is a qualified yoga and tai chi instructor.
Teja Bell has more than 40 years of experience practicing and teaching energy arts and Buddhist meditation. A Rinzai Zen master and teacher of aikido (5th degree black belt) and qigong, he leads retreats and trainings internationally.
Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is one of very few masters of the Tibetan Bön Dzogchen tradition living in the West. He founded Ligmincha International, and is known for his ability to make Tibetan practices easily accessible to all students. Rinpoche is the author of nine books, including Wonders of the Natural Mind.
Terces Engelhart is co-owner of Café Gratitude. She has coauthored 3 books with Matthew Engelhart, and when they are not on the road speaking or teaching, she and Matthew live on “Be Love” Organic Farm where they grow food for their 7 restaurants.
Terry Hunt is a licensed psychologist, bioenergetic therapist, and longtime Esalen instructor. Specializing in body-centered psychotherapy, he works with individuals, couples, and people struggling with trauma and addictive behaviors. He also consults nationally with families in intergenerational transitions.
Terry Patten is the co-author, with Ken Wilber, of Integral Life Practice. He is a pioneering innovator, advancing the evolutionary edge of spirituality, as well as a facilitator of intimate collective awakening. He has a lifelong commitment to social activism.
Tery Elliot facilitates leadership programs to organizations around the country, including Wharton, MIT, and West Point. She also leads women's empowerment circles locally and virtually. Tery is a senior consultant with The Authentic Leadership Institute and has an MA in Counseling in Psychology.
Theodore Kyriakos is an integrative transpersonal psychotherapist, teacher, and supervisor. He draws from the Sufi and Shamanic traditions to engage with the shadow in order to reveal wisdom from inner conflict. A native of Greece, Theodore brings passion, warmth, and humor into his offerings.
Thomas Matus, PhD, has been a monk at New Camaldoli Hermitage since 1962. As a teacher of comparative mysticism, he is the co-author of Yoga and the Jesus Prayer and Belonging to the Universe with Fritjof Capra and Brother David Steindl-Rast.
Thomas Michael Fortel is a longtime yoga practitioner/teacher, influenced by the Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Anusara styles of Hatha yoga, and drawing from his devotional experience in Bhakti yoga. He travels widely, sharing his love for yoga.
Thrity Umrigar is the bestselling author of a memoir, seven novels, including The Space Between Us and Everybody's Son, and a children's book, When I Carried You in my Belly. A recipient of the Nieman fellowship to Harvard, she is the Armington Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University.
Tias Little synthesizes classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhist studies, anatomy, massage, and trauma healing. He has studied B.K.S Iyengar and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga systems, and is a longtime student of the meditative arts and Buddhism. He is the author of The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop, and Yoga of the Subtle Body.
Tim Walsh is a mental health professional, outdoor educator, and recovery coach trainer with 25 years of experience building and leading treatment and prevention programs. Tim is a dynamic presenter and thought leader in adventure-based counseling and addiction recovery.
Timothy J. Beyer, PhD, is a psychologist and co-founder of the Center for Courageous Living in Beverly Hills, Calif. In practice for more than 16 years, his passion lies in helping others clarify and achieve their personal goals and realize their best life.
Tino Plank, MA, MSN, RN, is a nurse educator working in end-of-life care with a background in grief counseling. Tino has degrees in nursing and multicultural spirituality, has taught postgraduate nursing courses, and is the co-developer of the Healthy Empathy® program.
Tobin Simon, poet and educator, has been collaborating with Linda Trichter Metcalf since 1977. Coauthor of Writing the Mind Alive, he is cofounder of the PW Center, and is a poetry teacher and writing coach of more than 30 years.
Todd Norian, E-RYT 500, is the founder of Ashaya Yoga®. Todd combines precise, therapeutic alignment with heart while holding the intention to awaken others to their true nature – unlimited joy.
Todd Williams has practiced and taught Zero Balancing for nearly two decades under the guidance of Dr. Fritz Smith. He is also a dance artist and movement educator, as well as a lifelong yoga and meditation practitioner.
Tom Myers directs Anatomy Trains, which runs continuing education classes for manual therapists and movement educators worldwide. He is the author of Anatomy Trains and co-author of Fascial Release for Structural Balance. Tom studied with Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Buckminster Fuller, and has practiced integrative bodywork since 1975.
Tom Stella is executive director of Soul Link Inc. in Colorado Springs, where spiritual seekers enhance their life journey through retreats, study, spiritual direction, and small group work. He also teaches at Colorado College. His books are The God Instinct, A Faith Worth Believing and Finding God Beyond Religion.