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Artists and Speakers

Featured Speakers

Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith
Founder and spiritual director, Agape International Spiritual Center

Michael Bernard Beckwith founded the Agape International Spiritual Center, a trans-denominational community of thousands of local members and global live streamers since 1986. Highly regarded for its cultural, racial, and spiritual diversity, Agape’s local community outreach programs feed the homeless, serve incarcerated individuals and their families, partnership with community service organizations active in children’s schools and homes for youth at risk, support the arts, and advocate the preservation of our planet’s environmental resources. Dr. Beckwith is a sought after meditation teacher, conference speaker, and seminar leader on the Life Visioning Process, which he originated.  

Charles Eisenstein
Author of Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible

Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. Author of “Sacred Economics” and “A More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible”, his on-line writings have generated a vast following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events, and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts. Eisenstein graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, and spent the next ten years as a Chinese-English translator. He currently lives near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with his wife and four sons.

Featured Performers and Artists

Geeta Novotny
Award-winning international vocalist

Geeta is an award-winning artist who has established herself as a leading and innovative singer, teacher, and performer. As a classical singer, Geeta continues to meet abundant acclaim for her powerful, rich, mezzo-soprano voice and her captivating stage presence. Geeta has performed in a wide range of principal roles nationally and internationally, holds a B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and a MFA from the University of North Texas. As a profound believer in the power of holistic mind / body health and wellness, Geeta continues to use the human voice as a source of healing.

Vernon Bush
Acclaimed actor, composer, and musician

Vernon is a singer, composer and educator who has been teaching the power of singing for over 25 years to individuals around the world. He is a member of the highly imaginative a cappella group SoVoSo and will be releasing his own self-produced album of empowering original songs called "I Am Somebody" later this year.  Vernon is also the newly named head choir director at the celebrated Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco.

Nina Wise
Performance artist and founder of Motion Theater

Nina is a performance artist and writer known for her provocative and original performance works produced in the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. Per pieces have garnered seven Bay Area Critics’ Circle Awards, three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and four awards from the Marin Arts Council. She is the founder of Motion Theater, a form of autobiographical, improvised performance, which she teaches at Esalen and around the Bay Area. 

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