Our Guest Teachers
Our guest teachers are an exquisitely curated group of creatives, edge-walkers, thought-leaders, interrupters and ruckus-makers. They are masterful in their fields and bring deep practice, experiential learning and access to traditions and paths from around the world.
Michael Bernard Beckwith
Michael Bernard Beckwith founded the Agape International Spiritual Center, a trans-denominational community of thousands of local members and global live streamers. Highly regarded for its cultural, racial, and spiritual diversity. Dr. Beckwith is a sought after meditation teacher, conference speaker, and seminar leader on the Life Visioning Process, which he originated. He has authored eight books, produced three movies, and co-authored 120 songs with his wife Rickie Byars Beckwith. He has appeared on the OWN's Help Desk, Dr. Oz, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, Tavis Smiley, and in his own PBS Special, The Answer Is You and he hosts a weekly radio show in Los Angeles on KPFK.
Neil Strauss is a seven-time New York Times best-selling author. His books, The Game and Rules Of The Game, for which he went undercover in a secret society of pickup artists for two years, made him an international celebrity and an accidental hero to men around the world. Both books topped The New York Times best-seller list and were #1 on Amazon, and the former has the dubious distinction of being the most stolen book at Barnes & Noble besides The Bible. In his follow-up book, The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships, Strauss dives deep into the worlds of sex addiction, non-monogamy, infidelity, and intimacy, and explores the hidden forces that cause people to choose each other, stay together, and break up.
For twelve years Dr. Maté worked in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver's Supervised Injection Site. With over 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience and extensive knowledge of the latest findings of leading-edge research, Dr. Maté is a sought-after speaker and teacher, regularly addressing health professionals, educators, and lay audiences throughout North America.
Ms. Jones is the Co-Artistic Director of the San Francisco acclaimed performance company Cultural Odyssey. She is an actress, teacher, singer, and writer. Ms. Jones is also the Director of the award-winning Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, which is a performance workshop that is designed to achieve personal and social transformation with incarcerated women.
Madame Cleo is an internationally recognized Kink Educator, BDSM Coach and Consultant. She is known for combining heart, sex and spirit, bringing intuition and skill to inspire a fully connected experience, regardless of gender or sexual persuasion.
Michael Hebb is an innovative and influential cultural figure, entrepreneur and activist, described by the New York Times as an "underground restaurateur, impresario and provocateur." He believes that the dinner table is one of the most effective (and overlooked) vehicles for changing the world.
Since 1997 Michael has been staging invitation-only salons and dinners where guests from multiple disciplines and various backgrounds focus on specific themes or ideas. These "convivial gatherings," as he terms them, have taken place on five continents and have been exhibited in several museums, attracting coverage in the New York Times, W, Art Forum, The New Yorker, GQ, The Guardian and dozens of international publications.
Jack Canfield is an American author, motivational speaker, seminar leader, corporate trainer, and entrepreneur. He is the co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which has more than 250 titles and 500 million copies in print in over 40 languages.
Shauna Shapiro, PhD, is a professor, author, and internationally recognized expert in mindfulness. With twenty years of meditation experience studying in Thailand, Nepal and in the West, Dr. Shapiro brings an embodied sense of mindfulness to her scientific work. She has published over 150 journal articles and chapters, and coauthored the critically acclaimed texts, The Art and Science of Mindfulness, and Mindful Discipline: A loving approach to setting limits and raising an emotionally intelligent child. Dr. Shapiro is the recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies teaching award, acknowledging her outstanding contributions to graduate education, as well as a Contemplative Practice Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, co-founded by the Dalai Lama.
Trudy Goodman Kornfield, Ph.D., is a vipassana teacher in the Theravada lineage and the Founding Teacher of InsightLA. She teaches residential retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA, Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center, and Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, among others.
Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist and the cofounder/director of research for the Flow Genome Project. He is one of the world’s leading experts on ultimate human performance.
His latest work, Bold was called a "visionary roadmap for change," by president Bill Clinton and spent many weeks atop both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.
His previous book, The Rise of Superman, was one of the most talked about books in 2013 and the first book in history to land on national bestseller lists in the sports, science, and business categories simultaneously. In it, Steven decodes the science of flow, an optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best.
Rev Dr. Joanne Coleman
Rev Joanne's unique gift lies in her ability to teach and speak honestly, joyously and intimately of her own spiritual experience and that of ancient Semitic cultures. She offers eloquent insight and wise humor that energize the imagination, satisfy soulish aspirations for fulfillment and helps us taste the Awakened State right now.
Daniel Pinchbeck is an American author living in New York's East Village. He is the author of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism and 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl. He is a co-founder of Evolver, a lifestyle community platform that publishes Reality Sandwich, an online magazine centered on spirituality, philosophy and activism.
Jon Boogz is a movement artist, choreographer, and director who seeks to push the evolution of what dance can be – sharing with audiences of all backgrounds an appreciation of the melding of art forms while inspiring and bringing awareness to social issues.
JP is an emotional healing coach, international teacher, world traveler, and student of life. His work is intended to empower people to empower themselves to live more meaningful lives.
He has a one-on-one client practice, leads retreats around the world on different healing and personal empowerment themes for like-minded and like-hearted people to come together and learn, grow, and heal.
He also has a very active YouTube channel, where he regularly releases videos to help people help themselves, including comedy videos known as his 'Ultra Spiritual' series.
She is the founder and director of the Evolutionary Collective and an internationally known contemporary spiritual teacher and author. Her unique discovery of the essential components that create an awakened 'we space' is transforming our understanding of what is possible in the space between us and in creating new fields of higher collective consciousness. Her work creates a powerful field of shared consciousness that reveals previously unimagined potentials for human development that can and is moving humanity far beyond the limits of personal growth. She has worked with over 150,000 people in groups in the last 40 years. Her mastery as a transformative teacher is now innovating a new field of 'inter-subjective awakening' and post-personal development.
Malidoma Patrice Some PhD., West African Elder, author and teacher, as representative of his village in Burkina Faso, West Africa, has come to the west to share the ancient wisdom and practices which have supported his people for thousands of years.
Besides being the writer of The New Fast Girls and the Director of The New Fast Girls Forum on Facebook, (a community of over 300 women who support each other in their weekly fasting practice), Jasai is a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor and Mindfulness Coach, which means she teaches people how to be with what is, just as it is, with clarity, grace, and compassion. Jasai is also the owner of The Orchard, a teaching space where she works with clients one-on-one to understand and employ the technique of using live/raw food to treat and heal disease. And if that was not nearly enough, she makes all-natural hair and skin products with her daughter for their brand new business, Kitchen Pretty. She needs a nap.
Olivia de Haulleville
Olivia de Haulleville is the niece of the philosopher and visionary writer, Aldous Huxley, the author of Brave New World and The Doors of Perception. Born in Belgium in 1938 to an aristocratic clan, her family moved to America when she was four to join her uncle in California. After studying with Alan Watts and getting to know her uncle's close friend Jiddu Krishnamurti, Olivia spent over 20 years travelling and studying in the East. This is the first time Olivia will be talking in public about her life's true passion: "Original Orgasm" which she wrote about in her 1970s memoir, Autobiography of a Fairy. She currently lives in Yucca Valley.
Willkasara is a cultural group from Peru, whose purpose is to keep the ancient ways alive and to heal the heart and mind of modern society through sacred sound. The group is led by Wachan Bajiyoperak, a third generation Paco Inca medicine man from a long line of medicine people born and raised in the highlands of Peru. He is an herbalist and ceremonial facilitator. Wachan is a skilled sound therapist and healer as well as a gifted traditional instrument builder. He has a deep connection with Mother Nature, Pachamama. Martika Qorichayna is a descendent from the Tairones, the Kojis, the Keepers of Harmony for Humanity up in the Sierra Nevada of Santa Maria Colombia. She is a skilled practitioner of both herbal medicine and sound healing. She is a ceremonial facilitator of work that brings balance to the women and men of the Andes. She leads tours to sacred sites around the world including Peru and Columbia.
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