Adam Elenbaas is the author of "Fishers of Men: The Gospel of an Ayahuasca Vision Quest." Adam is the director and founder of Nightlight Astrology, a donation based astrology school located in Washington DC and NYC. Elenbaas is one of the founding writers and contributing editors for RealitySandwich.com.
An itinerant veteran of Indian ashrams, Nepali and American Buddhist monasteries, Peruvian jungle medicine journeys and advanced Jewish study in the heart of Old Jerusalem, Adam Gilad invites the readers of his popular newsletter into conjuring a robust life of passion, authenticity, daring and, ultimately, deeply fulfilling relationships with themselves, their lovers and the wonder of life. Adam has a newsletter on conscious and successful dating for women at www.therightmanforever.com and for men at www.approachconnectinspire.com.
Alan Scheurman is a musician, artist, writer, permaculturist, and student of the medicine path
Aleidria Licahu is the founder, CEO, and Executive Director of OEDSI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. She has been working for hte past five years on case studies about the cultural and environmental impact of education systems in developed and underdeveloped countries. Aleidria is currently developing an online teacher training and education program that incorporates education for sustainability within standard curricula.
Alejandro Jodorowsky is a playwright, filmmaker, composer, mime, psychotherapist, and author of many books on spirituality and tarot, and over thirty comic books and graphic novels. He has directed several films, including The Rainbow Thief and the cult classics El Topo and The Holy Mountain. He lives in France.
Alex Munslow is an independent video producer based in Brighton, UK.
Alexis Zeigler is a communitarian, builder, orchardist and environmental activist living in central Virginia. He is the author of a recently published book, Culture Change; Civil Liberty, Peak Oil, and the End of Empire. More information can be found at conev.org.
Ali Hossaini is an American philosopher, filmmaker and pacifist.
Aline Duriaud is a mental health advocate and freelance writer. She is currently co-curating an art exhibition with Vegas Gallery in East London, to open in February 2009.
Allan Badiner is a writer, activist, and editor of three books: Dharma Gaia: A Harvest of Essays in Buddhism and Ecology, Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics, and Mindfulness in the Marketplace: Compassionate Responses to Consumerism.
Dr. Amit Goswami ‘s life work has been to successfully integrate science and spirituality, applying the principles of quantum physics in proving that consciousness, not matter, is the ground of all being. Now, in his new book How Quantum Activism Can Save Civilization (Hampton Roads January 2011) he applies this knowledge to the restoration of spirituality in both our personal lives and society.
Dr. Goswami began the conversation of activist thinking and activist living in the award winning documentary film, The Quantum Activist. In How Quantum Activism Can Save Civilization, Dr. Goswami continues his call-to-arms to all who believe that change is needed and necessary if we are to start leading meaningful lives. He clearly lays out a manifesto for personal and social change based on the principles of Quantum Activism.
...And like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea all which inherit it, shall disolve, And like this insubstatial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep...
Born George Myers, evolved into Amy George, the author’s transformation from male-to-female took place during 13 years of monastic solitude.
Amy Lansky was a NASA researcher in artificial intelligence when her life was transformed by the miraculous homeopathic cure of her son's autism. In 2003, she published Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy, now one of the best-selling introductory books on homeopathy worldwide (www.impossiblecure.com). Since then, Lansky has broadened her investigations to include ancient and modern teachings about consciousness, psychic phenomena, meditation, and our collective power to evolve and transform our world. The result is her newest book, Active Consciousness: Awakening the Power Within, published in 2011 (www.activeconsciousness.com).
Andras Jones is a writer, actor, musician and the creator of Radio8Ball, a live musical divination show which can be heard Tuesdays from 6 to 8pm (pacific standard time) at www.kaosradio.org, and now on Thursdays from 2 to 3pm (PST) at 1150 AM - KKNW in Seattle. In relation to the new masculine archetype Andras describes himself as "either one of the last 20th century men or one of the first of the 21st century men. Probably a little of both."
Andrew is an author, humorist, and a 20-year veteran of creative campaigns for social change. He co-founded the 2004 media sensation "Billionaires for Bush." He's written a few books, including two books of "serious" humor published by W. W. Norton: "Daily Afflictions" and "Life's Little Deconstruction Book." He's at work on two others: "Wherever You Go, They're Already There," about the ironies of adventure travel when there's no elsewhere anymore; and "Enlightned Machismo," about the odd challenges men face in a "post-feminist" world. His writing has appeared in The Nation, The Village Voice, Salon.com, Marie Claire, and elsewhere. For part of his bread and butter he's been training the next generation of creative activists. For another part, he's a founding partner of Agit-Pop Communications, a "subvertising" agency cranking out award-winning flash animation and on-line video for environmental & social justice campaigns. Last year he co-produced "The Oil Enforcement Agency," a mini-mockumentary on global warming (think Inconvenient Truth meets Spinal Tap). This year he co-wrote and produced "Stop the Clash of Civilizations," which became the 2nd most discussed political video on youtube ever – woo-hoo. He lives in New York with his wee laptop.
Professor Andrew Gurevich lives with his partner in Portland, Oregon where he teaches Religion, Literature and Philosophy. While finishing his Masters work in Biblical Theology, he had a series of transformative experiences that led him to renounce the experiential detachment and institutionalized hierarchy of the patriarchal religions and embrace a path of discovery in the archaic, integrative wisdom traditions. His work has appeared in The Ecologist, The Voice, Reality Sandwich, Current.com, dtheather.com as well as in the book "The Afterlife Survey." He is currently writing an article about the Goddess imagery in the Chauvet Cave in Southern France; as well as a book about the origins of YHWH from among the mythologies of the Fertile Crescent. Andy wishes he looked more like Russell Brand but in actuality looks more like a "jewier" Jeff Goldblum. He also recently stopped eating anything with eyes (except potatoes). He has two children and no warrants (that he is aware of).
Andy Dale is the founder and president of ooTao, having worked in software development for over 10 years as a company principal and team leader.
Have done some compilations of podcasts for RS: Podcast Alembic
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Anna Anthropy is a prolific game developer and critic and is the creator of Calamity Annie, Mighty Jill Off, and Lesbian Spider Queens of Mars among many other games, which are available on her website, www.auntiepixelante.com. She lives in Oakland, California, with her pet girlmonster and two lovely cats.
Anna's writing has been published in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, and Canada's Globe and Mail. She writes a bi-monthly column on sustainability for Spirituality and Health and contributes book reviews to the San Francisco Chronicle and the New Scientist. Her Web site is www.takeabite.cc.
Fifth Estate editorial collective and is a founding member of Pumpkin Hollow Community.
Anya Kamenetz tells stories about change. She is a journalist, nationally syndicated columnist, and author of Generation Debt (2006) and DIY U (2010). She blogs at DIYUBook.com and Twitters at Anya1anya.
Archetype Events is a small independent company based in the UK. We are dedicated to providing high quality and thought provoking events aimed at enhancing personal growth, self-liberation and well-being. We bring together leading experts and practitioners from fields ranging from the scientific to the spiritual. Our goal is simple: to provide affordable events that will open the mind to new possibilities and realities, deepening our knowledge of life and beyond. It is our express desire that attendees leave our events with new ideas, knowledge and practices that will enhance their life in a realistic and beneficial way. Our aspiration is to run the kind of well organized, beneficial and enlightening events that we would like to attend our selves! But we also believe passionately in running our organisation in an ethically, socially and environmentally responsible manner. Archetype Events -- Bringing New Perspectives to Reality www.gatewaysofthemind.com
B. Alan Wallace has authored, translated, edited, and contributed to more than forty books on Tibetan Buddhism, science, and culture. With fourteen years as a Buddhist monk, he earned a BA in physics and the philosophy of science and then a PhD in religious studies. After teaching in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, he founded the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies (http://sbinstitute.com) to explore the integration of scientific approaches and contemplative methods.
Barbara Marx Hubbard A world-renowned visionary futurist, evolutionary educator and inspiring speaker, Barbara is the author of six acclaimed books that communicate the new worldview of conscious evolution. She is the co-founder and chair of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution, and additionally co-founded many progressive organizations, including The Association for Global New Thought, as well as The World Future Society. In 1984 her name was placed in nomination for the vice presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket with the campaign theme "To Fulfill the Dream, a Campaign for a Positive Future." She is currently co-producing with The Shift Network a global multi-media event entitled, "Birth 2012: Co-Creating a Planetary Shift in Time" on Dec. 22, 2012 which aims to unify 100 million people worldwide in coherence and social synergy to birth a new "evolved" era and "universal humanity."
I've been an anarcho-punk musician/writer/eco-activist for 15 years. I've always been interested in shamanism and altered states. My studies of Terrence McKenna's work led me to an understanding of the year 2012 as an opportunity for cultural alchemy. I'm now on a mission to utilize my band and my non-profit organization to catalyze a global survivalist/eco-feminist/permaculturist/neo-tribalist meme wave to peak sometime in 2012 that activates dormant imaginelle memes within the punk, grindcore, metal, goth/industrial, and psytrance underground music movements effectively putting hundreds of thousands of scenesters and fashionistas into eco-warriors to collectively build self-sufficient egalitarian autonomous communities to survive the shift of ages and resist the rise of patriarchal post-industrial/post-state bands of barbarian cannibals.
Bernard Lietaer has been active in the domain of money systems for a period of 30 years in an unusual variety of functions. He is currently Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Resources of the University of California at Berkeley. While at the Central Bank in Belgium, he was responsible for the implementation of the convergence mechanism (ECU) to the single European currency system. During that period, he also served as President of Belgium's Electronic Payment System. His consultant experience in monetary issues on four continents ranges from multinational corporations to developing countries. He was General Manager, Co-Founder and Chief Currency Trader for the Gaia Hedge Funds, one of the world's largest off-shore trading funds, during which time Business Week identified him as "the world's top currency trader" in 1990. He is the author of fourteen books, written in five languages, including The Future of Money translated in 18 languages. More information about the author, and technical papers, are available on www.lietaer.com.
Bill is a free thinker, technology addict, and intergalactic musician and DJ.
Bob Kull is the author of SOLITUDE: Seeking Wisdom in Extremes. A radical adventurer and spiritual seeker, he has spent 45 years exploring the wild edges of North and South America and the risky depths of his inner world. He began undergraduate studies at age forty and now holds a Ph.D. from University of British Columbia.
Brad has been an innovator in computer animation in the entertainment industry since 1982, particularly in the areas of realtime characters, ride films, and the Web. In 2000, Wired called Brad "an icon of 3D Animation," and it's been all downhill since then.
Brain K. Akers, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of biology at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, NC. Akers completed his undergraduate work at Western Michigan University and his Doctor of Philosophy at the Department of Plant Biology at Southern Illinois University. His research focuses on mycology and the systematics and morphology of Lepiotaceae. Akers is a member of the Mycological Society of America and the North American Mycological Society. Akers is also interested in scientific photography and illustrations. He chairs the Religion and Science Roundtable Local Society at St. Andrews Presbyterian College.
If I were a structure, it would be a geodesic dome home - my mind in the skyloft, my heart in the hearth. I am a seasoned poet who was senior editor of a literary arts magazine for three years ten years ago. Since then I have travelled all around the USA and Mexico, worked housing homeless people in Minneapolis, Minnesota and started a family consisting of my husband Jeffrey, and our sons Griffin and Skyler.
Bruce is creating GoodBank™(IO), a high-transparency, impacts-aware bank built in and for the Information Age. (See, http://bit.ly/CahanFRBSF) Bruce is a serial social entrepreneur, Ashoka Fellow, Stanford Visiting Scholar (School of Civil & Environmental Engineering) and Stanford CodeX Fellow (Computer Science and Law Schools’ Center for Legal Informatics). Beginning in 1991, Bruce pioneered capital investment strategies for governments to create open geospatial data now used in Google Maps and similar web services. He provided geospatial data and logistical support as an emergency responder at the Command Center in NYC after the 9/11/01 World Trade Center Attacks. In March 2012, Bruce organized www.TEDxNewWallStreet.org in Silicon Valley to re-imagine banking built in and for the Information Age.
Bryce Zabel has created five primetime network series, notably NBC's Dark Skies, which will be released on DVD in January 2011. He also wrote and produced SyFy's first original film, Official Denial, about Majestic-12, and worked on the development team on the Spielberg-produced abduction miniseries, Taken. In 2008, Zabel received the WGA award for writing the Hallmark miniseries, Pandemic. He has written multiple studio feature scripts, receiving credit on two produced films, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. Zabel was also elected chairman/CEO of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He has been an award-winning PBS investigative reporter and on-air CNN correspondent.
CC Treadway is an energy and sound healer, channel and artist with a private practice in New York City. She is a graduate of the four-year program, The Barbara Brennan School of Healing. She is also a Theta Healer, having completed the rigorous course "Intuitive Anatomy." She has studied and traveled extensively with world-renowned author and teacher, Drunvalo Melchizedek, working ceremonially with indigenous tribes for Earth's healing. Her articles are published monthly on his online magazine, The Spirit of Maat. CC regularly teaches workshops, performs original sacred music and facilitates global healing circles in NYC.
Dr. Carl A. Hammerschlag is a gifted storyteller, internationally recognized author, teacher, physician, and healer. He is a pioneer in the practical applications of the science of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), or mind-body-spirit medicine.
He is the only physician to hold the CPAE, Speakers Hall of Fame Award the highest honor in the speaking profession. With his wealth of legends, unique insights, and sense of humor, Dr. H.inspires audiences worldwide.
"Carl brings spiritual profundity and tender concern for humanity that will create a healthy society." - Patch Adams M.D.
Caroline Savery has been producing and directing digital video productions for more than ten years. Her ongoing aesthetic interest in experimenting with genre conventions has lead her to produce nearly two dozen short videos experimenting with a broad range of genres, including horror, comedy, music video, futuristic drama, and documentary, with a preference for subjective, reflexive and experimental storytelling. As a long-time community activist, she has always had a personal passion for merging social issues with video, resulting in several creative nonfiction and educational video projects. Her first nonfiction film, a short documentary about Beatlemania, won the Regional Individual Media Award for the National History Day competitions in 2000. She has since won several awards for her video production and academic achievement. During high school, she attended the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts magnet school for Film + TV, and was awarded the Outstanding Student Achievement award in 2004 from the film and television department. In 2008, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Point Park University with a B.A. in Cinema & Digital Arts, with concentrations in Producing and Directing, and was one of seven finalists university-wide for the Outstanding Graduating Senior award.
Since 2000, Caroline has also consistently served in leadership capacities on various creative, non-profit and activist projects throughout Connecticut and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, preferring to work in collaborative frameworks. She designed and headed up the ambitious Sust Enable series, an independent eight-part online educational episode series about living within a "one-Earth" ecological footprint. Her intriguing mixed experiences while working on Sust Enable lead her to challenge her own assumptions about the nature of sustainability, and what she is learning is the fuel inspiring her full dedication to producing and directing The Metamentary.
Carolyn Baker, Ph.D., was an adjunct professor of history and psychology for 11 years and a psychotherapist in private practice for 17 years. Her latest book Sacred Demise: Walking The Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization's Collapse, is unique in its offering of emotional and spiritual tools for preparing for living in a post-industrial world. Carolyn's forthcoming book is Navigating The Coming Chaos: A Handbook For Inner Transition. Her other books include: Coming Out From Christian Fundamentalism: Affirming Sensuality, Social Justice, and The Sacred (2007) , U.S. History Uncensored: What Your High School Textbook Didn't Tell You (2006) and The Journey of Forgiveness, (2000)
Carolyn earned her doctorate in Critical and Cultural Studies in 2012 from the University of Pittsburgh with Poetic Inquiry, a controversial and paradigm-shifting dissertation on the potential role of intuition and expanded consciousness in humanistic study and education. Carolyn writes in all conceivable genres, through counsels creative people who need compassion, and sporeganizes for Evolver Pittsburgh. Her book, Awesome Your Life: The Artist's Antidote to Suffering Genius is forthcoming later this year. She blogs at www.awesomeyourlife.com.
Catherine Austin Fitts is the Founder and President of Solari. She served as Managing Director and Member of the Board of Directors of the Wall Street investment bank, Dillon, Read & Co., Inc. She also served as Assistant Secretary of Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner at HUD in the first Bush Administration and was the President and Founder of Hamilton Securities Group, Inc.
Chad Carpenter is Director of Corporate Communications for HOV Group, Inc. based in New York City. HOV Group, Inc. is dedicated to improving the world's human and environmental health through outstanding vegetarian foods and foodservices. To accomplish this mission, we commit to using the following core values to make key decisions: Humility, Empathy, Providence, Passion, Integrity.
Charla Devereux is Network Manager of the Scientific & Medical Network, and has published several books, including the million-selling The Aromatherapy Kit. She co-organised the first academic university courses in the USA on the nature of essential oils, and organised a number of international conferences on the same topic. She has a special interest in Sufi mysticism and the history and politics of the Middle East, and has worked with her husband on archaeological field research in the USA, Greece, the UK, and elsewhere.
Charles Shaw is a regular contributor to Reality Sandwich, and the author of the critically-acclaimed book, Exile Nation: Drugs, Prisons, Politics & Spirituality, appearing as an exclusive series throughout 2010 on Reality Sandwich. He is the Director of The Unheard Voices Project, and Editor of the openDemocracy Drug Policy Forum and the Dictionary of Ethical Politics, collaborative projects of Resurgence, openDemocracy, and the Tedworth Charitible Trust.
Chen Cho Dorge is the author of www.changaevolution.blogspot.com<http://www.changaya.blogspot.com/> , and is currently writing a book on the subject of Changa titles after the site, Changa: The Evolution of Ayahuasca. Chen Cho Dorge is a practicing healer, as well as transpersonal anthropologist and has studied with an Ayahuascero for 6 years. His current work with Changa is also the subject for a documentary that will be released in the near future.
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Researcher and author Chris Carter received his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Oxford. The author of Parapsychology and the Skeptics, and Science and the Near Death Experience, Carter is originally from Canada and currently lives in Venezuela.
An anthropologist, writer, and artist exploring comparative iconography through altered states of consciousness within the depths of the Collective, Gaian, and Omniversal Consciousnesses, in which we are all subject.
Chris Kilham is a medicine hunter, author and educator. The founder of Medicine Hunter Inc., he has conducted medicinal research in over 20 countries. Chris is the FOX News Medicine Hunter and appears on FOX News Health online in the US and international television markets. Chris works with companies to develop and popularize traditional plant-based food and medicinal products into market successes. These include kava, maca, rhodiola, schisandra, horny goat weed, catuaba, tamanu oil, herbal beverages and dozens of other plants. He is currently working to build market demand for cat's claw and dragon's blood, both strong medicinal plants from the Amazon rainforest. Chris is the author of fourteen books, including Hot Plants, The Five Tibetans, Psyche Delicacies, Tales from the Medicine Trail and Kava, Medicine Hunting in Paradise. Chris also writes articles on plant medicines for several publications, and is a contributing columnist for FOX News Health.
Chris Kraus is the author of three novels - most recently, Torpor - and a book of essays about the contemporary Los Angeles art world. She is a co-editor of Semiotexte (http://www.semiotexte.com) and is currently Visiting Professor in the Literature Department of UC San Diego.
Christopher T. Funkhouser is Associate Professor of Humanities at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and author of Prehistoric Digital Poetry: An Archaeology of Forms, 1959-1995 (University of Alabama Press, 2007), an historical view of the birth of electronic poetry, Technopoetry Rising: Essays and Works (forthcoming) and Selections 2.0, an eBook.
A seeker since childhood, I have left everything behind and journeyed to the Bay Area in pursuit of Spiritual Knowledge...
Tantra: Living in Seattle with his beloved Kamala. He enjoys teaching and coaching people on how to become energy aware and have thriving relationships. He has studied with David Cates and many others on the subject of Tantra.
Spiritual Healer: As a healer and teacher with the Modern Mystery School in the Lineage of King Salomon. His spiritual wellness organization Daenin Wellness acts as a light center and bridge into a new paradigm; offering healings and activations as well as advanced training in numerous wellness, nutrition, spiritual awareness and new paradigm living topics.
Chronicles of Journeys: Skilled as a metaphysician and adept at astral travel and soul travel and dream travel, and Synchronicity Reading he journeys interdimentionally like a shaman without using drugs and records his journeys in deep service to his community to bring forth relevant insights.
Nutrition: An advocate of high vibration nutrition has studied with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a health counselor
Energy Medicine: A long time student of Energy Medicine of many kinds, he has worked with over 30 types of healing modalities has been instrumental in the formation of wellness centers in Seattle and also developed a line of tools for healers, taught certification programs and continuing education courses.
His agenda: share our gifts and raise our consciousness so we can create new solutions to old problems.
Dani Katz established her reputation as one of Los Angeles' finest literary talents by way of her bold voice, her expanded perspective and her mastery of language, having published hundreds of articles in the LA Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Whole Life Times, LA Yoga and Santa Fe Reporter, as well as nerve.com, Reality Sandwich and Planet Waves, among oh so many others. In addition to her broad spectrum of practical experience and formal studies, including a Master's Degree in Journalism, she has spent the past seven years immersed in the study of mindful languaging and conscious communication, researching and perfecting the myriad ways, whys and hows that language influences our every human experience. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her first book, Love in the Time of Chemtrails, a gonzo unraveling of our singular relationship mythology set against the backdrop of spiritually seeking Los Angeles.
Daniel Pinchbeck is the author of Breaking Open the Head, 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, and Notes from Edge Times. His essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Wired, and many more. He is the co-founder and creative director of Evolver, which publishes Reality Sandwich. He is the executive editor of Evolver Editions, a publishing imprint with North Atlantic Books. He is a producer and featured interviewer in 2012: Time for Change, directed by Joao Amorim and produced by Giancarlo Canaversio and Mangusta Productions. He is a founder and producer of Unify Earth ( www.unifyearth.com ), a global spectacle set for December 21, 2012. He writes regularly for Dazed & Confused ( wwwdazeddigital.com ).
Daniel Vitalis is a Health Motivator and Personal Development Coach, as well as the founder of SurThrival.com and FindASpring.com. He can be found at DanielVitalis.com
Darrin Drda is an artist, musician, and author of The Four Global Truths: Awakening to the Peril and Promise of Our Times, published by North Atlantic Books under the Evolver Editions imprint. He was recently asked by his mother if he "hates America," to which he replied that he doesn't hate anything, except maybe that particular question.
Dave Oswald Mitchell is an independent editor, researcher and writer last seen in Toronto. He is currently co-editing "Beautiful Trouble: Toolbox for the Next Revolution" [http://beautifultrouble.org], forthcoming from O/R Books. He can be reached at daveomitchell AT gmail DOT com.
David Jay Brown is the author of four bestselling volumes of interviews with leading-edge thinkers, Mavericks of the Mind, Voices from the Edge, Conversations on the Edge of the Apocalypse, and Mavericks of Medicine. He holds a master’s degree in psychobiology from New York University, and was responsible for the California-based research in two of British biologist Rupert Sheldrake’s books on unexplained phenomena in science: Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home and The Sense of Being Stared At. David’s work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Scientific American Mind and Wired, and he is periodically the Guest Editor of the MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) Bulletin. David is also the author of two science fiction novels, Brainchild and Virus. To find out more about David’s work visit his award-winning Web site: www.mavericksofthemind.com
David Kupfer is a native of San Francisco, a city for which he recently designed and produced a Green Map (www.sfgreenmap.org). He has worked as an environmental consultant, greening Hollywood studios and productions, Bill Graham Presents and String Cheese Incident Festivals, Zen Centers and Taquerias, as an organic farmer and advocate, environmental educator and activist, for the University of California's Appropriate Technology Program as an editor and teacher, and has written for a variety of national publications such as The Sun Magazine, Progressive, Whole Earth, Hope, New Farm, Earth Island Journal, High Times, Backpacker, Adbusters, Alternet, Sing Out!, Diva, Permaculture Magazine and for the Directors Guild of America and California Certified Organic Farmers.
David McConville is a media artist and researcher, President of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, and co-founder of The Elumenati.
David Metcalfe is a Contributing Editor to Reality Sandwich and Books Editor for The Revealer, the online journal of NYU's Center for Religion and Media. An independent researcher and artist focusing on the interstices of art, culture, and consciousness, his essay "Of Dice and Divinity - Some Thoughts on Gambling and the Western Tradition," was featured in The Immanence of Myth, available from Weaponized Press.
Writing and scrawling for The Eyeless Owl, his illustrations were brought to life in the animated collaborative grotesquery A Serious Enquiry Into the Vulgar Notion of Nature featured at select venues in downtown Chicago during the Spring and Fall of 2010. He also writes regularly for Modern Mythology, Reality Sandwich, The Revealer, Evolutionary Landscapes, The Teeming Brain and co-hosts The Art of Transformations study group with support from the International Alchemy Guild.
David Nicol, PhD, is Director of the Center for Subtle Activism, an action research center based at the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco that advances the study and practice of subtle activism. His forthcoming book Subtle Activism: The Inner Dimension of Social and Planetary Transformation is the first comprehensive academic treatment of the topic. His articles have been published in Tikkun Magazine and the Journal for Transformative Education. He has been on a path of spiritual development for over twenty years and is a long-term practitioner of the Diamond Approach of A.H. Almaas. A former environmental lawyer from Australia, he now lives in Berkeley, California with his wife Kate and dog Jackson. He can be contacted at email@example.com. Visit the Gaiafield Project on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gaiafield-Project/42251757904
David Rothenberg, author of Why Birds Sing (www.whybirdssing.com) is currently writing Thousand Mile Song: Whale Music In a Sea of Sound, to be published by Basic Books in March 2008.
David Ulansey is a Professor in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University, and has taught at Princeton, Barnard College, Boston University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Vermont, and Pacifica Graduate Institute. David specializes in the religions of the ancient Mediterranean, particularly the Mystery religions, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, ancient astronomy and cosmology, and the relationship between religion, myth, and the evolution of consciousness. David is creator and webmaster of MassExtinction.net, founder of the Species Alliance, and co-founder of the Planetwork Project.
music and writing. with a splash of footbag, travel, tech, nature and new agism.
David Winston is an Herbalist and Ethnobotanist with over 40 years of training in Cherokee, Chinese and Western herbal traditions. He has been in clinical practice for over 34 years and is an herbal consultant to physicians, herbalists and researchers throughout the USA and Canada. David is the founder/director of the Herbal Therapeutics Research Library and the dean of David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies, a two-year training program in clinical herbal medicine.
David Wolfe is the author of Chaga: King of Medicinal Mushrooms, Eating For Beauty, Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future, The Sunfood Diet Success System, and several other bestselling books. David is the founder and the leading contributor to the peak performance and nutrition online magazine, www.TheBestDayEver.com. He is the co-creator and host of the world-famous LongevityNOW Conferences, and produces a line of raw, organic, superfood and superherb products available through: www.LongevityWarehouse.com.
Dean Radin, PhD, is Senior Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. His early career as a concert violinist diverted into science after earning a masters degree in electrical engineering and a PhD in psychology from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. For a decade he worked on advanced telecommunications R&D at AT&T Bell Laboratories and GTE Laboratories; for over two decades he has been engaged in consciousness research at Princeton University, University of Edinburgh, University of Nevada, and three Silicon Valley think-tanks, including SRI International, where he worked on a classified program investigating psychic phenomena for the US government. He is author or coauthor of over 200 technical and popular articles, a dozen book chapters, and several books including the bestselling The Conscious Universe (HarperOne, 1997) and Entangled Minds (Simon & Schuster, 2006). His technical articles have appeared in journals ranging from Foundations of Physics, to Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, and Journal of Consciousness Studies. He has been interviewed on television shows ranging from Oprah and Larry King Live, to the BBC's Horizon and PBS's Closer to Truth, and he has presented over a hundred invited lectures in venues ranging from the physics department at Cambridge University, to the psychology department at Princeton University, the computer science department at Virginia Tech, DARPA, and Google headquarters.
Debra Devi is the author of the new eBook The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu (Guitar International 2012), which includes a foreword by Dr. John, is blurbed by Bonnie Raitt and Joe Bonamassa, and won the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Outstanding Book on Popular Music. She is the lead singer/guitarist for the rock band Devi, and a former associate editor of Blues Revue who has also written for The Village Voice, Rolling Stone.com and Guitar World.
Deepak Chopra, M.D., is a world-renowned authority in the field of mind-body healing, a bestselling author, and the founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. Before establishing the Chopra Center, he served as chief of staff at Boston Regional Medical Center. He received his medical degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Dr. Chopra is the prolific author of more than fifty-five books, including fourteen bestsellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than eighty-five languages.
Derek Beres has devoted his life to exposing people to international music, yoga and mythology, and better nutritious choices as a means of creating both better individuals and a more understanding global culture. He is one of the leading figures in international music in America, working as a journalist and DJ as well as producer and presenter. He has published five books, and has contributed to dozens of magazines and websites regarding the traditional and digital realms of global music.
RoseRose is a paleoanthropologist from a distant timeframe, in deep cover on Google Earth as a video performance artist, writing on domes in 3D light and motion with the glyphs of her native language, Glide.
Dieter Broers has conducted research in the fields of frequency and regulation therapy since the 1980s. He headed an interdisciplinary research project, funded by the Federal Ministry for Research and Technology, whose groundbreaking findings were used for the development of completely new therapy devices for medical research. Broers has been granted patents in 85 different countries and was invited to become a member of the International Council for Scientific Development (ICSD), whose members include 100 Nobel prize winners. He is a member of the Committee for International Research Centres and has, since 1997, been a biophysics director at the ICSD.
1975 saw a distancing from leftist dogmatism and a shift towards a more thorough human alternative, leading to the establishment of the ‘Bauhutte' project: a three year social experiment with 40 participants in the Black Forest in Germany. With the theme of ‘founding a community in our times' the experiment embraced the questions of the origin, meaning and aim of human existence on planet Earth. Arising from the experiment come outlines of a new possibility of existence with the concepts of ‘free love', ‘spiritual ecology' and ‘resonance technology'.
In 1995, together with Theologian Sabine Lichtenfels and others, he founded Tamera Peace Research Centre in Portugal, which today has more than 180 international co-workers. Dieter Duhm has dedicated his life to creating an effective forum for a global peace-initiative which is a match for the destructive forces of capitalistic globalisation.www.dieter-duhm.com
Dimitri Ehrlich is the author of Inside the Music: Conversations with Contemporary Musicians about Spirituality, Creativity, and Consciousness. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Interview, Vibe, Details, and New York Magazine. He has written numerous television shows for MTV, VH1 and the Sundance Channel. He is also a singer songwriter who has released three critically acclaimed albums and written with artists ranging from Moby to the Backstreet Boys.
Dmitry Orlov was born in Leningrad and immigrated to the United States at the age of 12. He was an eyewitness to the Soviet collapse over several extended visits to his Russian homeland between the late eighties and mid-nineties. He is an engineer who has contributed to fields as diverse as high-energy Physics and Internet security, as well as a leading Peak Oil theorist whose writing is featured on such sites as www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net and www.powerswitch.org.uk.
Dorothea Hover-Kramer is a founding elder of Healing Touch. She cofounded the International Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP), and is author of eight other books, including Second Chance at Your Dream (Energy Psychology Press, 2009) and the textbook for practitioners Healing Touch Guidebook (Healing Touch ProgramTM, 2009). She is a professional psychotherapist and director of Behavioral Health Consultants in Port Angeles, Washington. See healingtouchprogram.com.
Before returning to California to teach in 1973, I studied yoga in India for seven years with T.K.V. Desikachar, the son of renowned yogi Krishnamacharya. Back then, when I was building a teaching practice, hardly anyone had heard of the word yoga. In fact, most people could hardly pronounce the word. Today, yoga is practiced in America by millions on a daily basis. What I discovered as a yoga teacher was that despite my excellent training, yoga did not adequately address the difficult psychological problems that most of my students brought to me. In my own case, yoga was a wonderful discipline for my physical health, but not the right tool for developing the psychological strength that I needed for my own self-recovery and spiritual healing. For many years, I continued to search for what I sensed was missing in my understanding of myself. My search ended when I found the Enneagram, a groundbreaking, new discovery about human character, and its basic operations. As making a living as a Yoga teacher was very difficult in the 70's, and I had a growing family to support, I decided to go into business. I helped to create a successful computer business, Sun-Flex Company, (Inc. Magazine's 26th fastest growing company, 1984). Eventually, my partners and I sold Sun-Flex, which provided me, and my wife, Olivia, the time and resources to delve into archetypal psychology in general, and the Enneagram in particular. In 1992, we began a ten-year process of developing Relationship Renaissance; a unique interactive method of life coaching that utilizes Enneagram wisdom in a unique and very accessible way.
Douglas Rushkoff is an author, teacher, and documentarian who focuses on the ways people, cultures, and institutions create, share, and influence each other's values. His ten best-selling books on new media and popular culture have been translated to over thirty languages. They include Cyberia, Media Virus, Playing the Future, Nothing Sacred: The Truth about Judaism, and Coercion, winner of the Marshall Mcluhan Award for best media book. Rushkoff also wrote the acclaimed novels Ecstasy Club and Exit Strategy and graphic novel, Club Zero-G. He has just finished a book for HarperBusiness, applying renaissance principles to today's complex economic landscape, Get Back in the Box: Innovation from the Inside Out. He's now writing a monthly comic book for Vertigo called Testament.
Dr. Barry Taff, who holds a doctorate in psychophysiology with a minor in biomedical engineering, is a world-renowned parapsychologist who worked out of UCLA's former parapsychology laboratory from 1969 through 1978 as a research associate. During his 43-year career, Dr. Taff has investigated more than 4,500 cases of ghosts, hauntings, poltergeists and conducted extensive studies in telepathy and precognition, which led to the development of the initial protocols and methodologies for what was later termed "remote viewing." He was also himself investigated as a psychic subject in 1969, the results of which were published in Behavioral Neuropsychiatry, "A Laboratory Investigation of Telepathy: The Study of A Psychic," Vol. 6, Nos. 1-12, April-December 1974-January-March, 1975.
One of the cases Dr. Taff investigated in 1974 gained international fame as the book and motion picture The Entity, starring Barbara Hershey, released by Fox in 1983. Dr. Taff served as technical adviser on The Entity as well as being represented in the film by the character of "Gene Kraft". What's unknown by the media is the fact that, in real life, The Entity followed its female victim for quite some time after our initial investigation, continuing its vociferous nature. The Entity's real-life victim, Doris Bither, (a.k.a. Doris Donner & Doris McGowan) passed away at the age of 58 in 1999 of cardiopulmonary failure. While it was stated that her death was the result multiple organ failure, the precise cause of such untimely organ failure was never medically determined.
Dr. Taff has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs including CBS News, KNBC News, KABC News, Strange Universe, Unsolved Mysteries, The Joan River's Show, A Current Affair, Hard Copy, Sightings, Judge for Yourself, The Extraordinary, The Montel Williams Show, The Wil Shriner Show, The Suzanne Sommers Show, was a recurring guest on NBC's The Other Side, Haunted History, Mysteries & Scandals, ABC's World's Scariest Ghosts Caught On Tape, The Girls Next Door and most recently the Sci-Fi Channel's An Unknown Encounter & California's Most Haunted (highest rated shows in Sci-Fi's history) for which Dr. Taff also served as creative consultant and technical adviser.
He has consulted for government, business, and law enforcement, including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), National Security Agency (NSA), Defense Language Institute (DLI), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the FBI, Interpol, LAPD, California Highway Patrol, Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department, and the Westminster Police Department. He has served as a technical advisor or script doctor on the films Logan's Run, Demon Seed, Altered States, Poltergeist, and The Entity.
In the spring of 2010, Dr. Taff's new book Aliens Above, Ghosts Below: Explorations of the Unknown was published by Cosmic Pantheon Press (www.cosmicpantheon.com).
Dr. Jim Carpenter is both a clinical psychologist and a research parapsychologist. He is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, ABPP, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Clinical Psychology, and is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He served two terms on the board of directors of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology, and carries on an active private practice.
Dr. Carpenter has been active in parapsychological research since he came to Duke University as an undergraduate in order to meet and work with Dr. J. B. Rhine who founded the Parapysychology Laboratory there. His research work has continued since then, with over 100 research articles, book chapters and more popular articles. He has been President of the Board of the Rhine Research Center, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Parapsychology Association. For many years he has also provided pro bono clinical consultation for persons who approach the Rhine Center for help with unpleasant experiences that they think of as psychic. He recently published a book developing a theory of psi, called First Sight: ESP and Parapsychology in Everyday Life.
Dr. Linda Lancaster is a Naturopathic Physician, specializing in Energy Medicine and founder of Light Harmonics Institute. She maintains clinical practices in Santa Fe and New York City. On Peace Prayer Day 2002, Yogi Bhajan honored Dr. Linda with the Conscious Healer and Humanitarian Award. Contact: www.lightharmonics.com for Energy Medicine Training Seminar.
Duncan Crary is a journalist, editor, independent communications specialist and new media consultant. The host and producer of The KunstlerCast, a popular weekly podcast featuring James Howard Kunstler (author of The Geography of Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and World Made By Hand), Crary has recorded face-to-face podcast interviews with dozens of noted authors, including: Sir Salman Rushdie, Christopher Hitchens and E.O. Wilson. Duncan Crary lives in Troy, New York.
Eliezer Sobel is the author of The 99th Monkey: A Spiritual Journalist's Misadventures with Gurus, Messiahs, Sex, Psychedelics and Other Consciousness-Raising Adventures.
Australian artist Elissa Hawke has been writing poetry since childhood, music since her teens, comedy/film scripts since her twenties and has worked as a musician and comedian/ TV and radio host for most of her adult life. Elissa has often supplemented her art by functioning as a remedial massage/reiki therapist/iridologist since 1991. Since 2010 Elissa has resided in a tent on a Caribbean beach on Mexico's sweetest jewel, Isla Mujeres. (The Island of Women). She bakes delicious pies and manages a local bar, teaches yoga, snorkels, dances and studies contract law everyday, and occasionally massages.
Eliza Bishop is a Yogini -- a practitioner of self-transformation. Since her childhood in western Pennsylvania, tuning in with the inner, outer, micro and macro cosmos through poetry, communion with human beings, meditation in nature, play, and wonder have been a gateway to the multi-verses of existence. Despite the inhuman processes of capitalistic alienating commodity culture, she foraged through a university degree, published several papers, lived in New York City, worked as an editor, bar tender, and numerous odd jobs -- all while meeting a few radical, enlightening beings along the way. In 2008, the inward journey became of supreme importance and she bought a one-way ticket to India. There she met Sakya Trinzin, the head of Sakya Tibetan Buddhism, and received the name Ngawang Lhakyi. She also studied Iyengar Yoga with B.K.S, Geeta, and Prashant Iyengar. Now she is living as a refugee from America in Switzerland. She continues to practice and teach the 'infinite benefits of yoga and meditation', as she calls it. www.elizabishop.com
When the energy of the brain descends to meet the heart - access to a higher consciousness opens - you are the knowledge - there is no duality anymore. The understanding and you are one. Finally, the eternal self shines alone in the mind.
Elizabeth Whitney is writer living in Point Reyes Station, California. Her connection to Jose Arguelles began in Boulder, Colorado, a few days before Harmonic Convergence in 1987. She has kept the 13 Moon calendar since 1992.
Ellen Grace Jones is a London based arts and culture writer published in VICE, Dazed and Confused, DRAMA, Plastique, Don't Panic and Art Wednesday magazines. She is also the Editorial Director of the digital design agency Black Ghost Media plus the founder and editor of the provocative fashion news site The Real Runway. Ellen recently joined the Evolver London team.
Erik Davis is an award-winning journalist, independent scholar, and “performance lecturer” based in San Francisco. He is the author, most recently, of The Visionary State: A Journey through California’s Spiritual Landscape, with photographs by Michael Rauner. He also wrote Led Zeppelin IV and TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information, the latter a cult classic of visionary media studies that has been translated into five languages. His essays on art, music, technoculture, and contemporary spirituality have appeared in over a dozen books, including AfterBurn: Reflections on Burning Man, Zig Zag Zen, The Disinformation Book of Lies, 010101: Art in Technological Times (SFMOMA), and Prefiguring Cyberculture. Davis has contributed articles and essays to a variety of publications, including Bookforum, ArtForum, Salon, Blender, the LA Weekly, and the Village Voice. For many years he was a contributing writer at Wired.
Erin's vocation to astrology converged with her active experience in the 1960's consciousness movement. As a Hog Farm member from its inception and creator of light shows for UK/US bands, she was integral to establishing the foundations of the Woodstock Festival. An award-winning astrologer, Erin has been a consultant, author and teacher since the late 1960's. As editor of the prestigious Penguin Arkana's Contemporary Astrology Series, London, she worked with the best minds of her generation.
She is the author of many classic astrology texts, including Retrograde Planets: Traversing the Inner Landscape; The Astrology of Family Dynamics; Saturn in Transit: Boundaries of Mind, Body and Soul; Where in the World? Astro*Carto*Graphy© & Relocation; Venus and Jupiter: Bridging the Ideal and the Real; and The Astrology of Midlife and Aging. She has created the most innovative personal report, "Your Personal Heroic Journey."
With a background in classics and archetypal psychology, she lectures worldwide and leads workshops and symposia on human development using myth, archetypal psychology and the rich language of astrology.
Erin's fresh, non-elitist approach to her ‘whole system astrology' brings the profession of archetypal, psychological and practical astrology into contemporary times. Her client work is international. For consultation information, articles, mp3's, free podcasts, books, the Heroic Journey report, and more: http://www.erinsullivan.com
Founder of The Club of Budapest and Chancellor-Designate of GLOBALSHIFT University (www.globalshiftu.org),.and author of more than 400 papers and articles and over eighty books including THE CHAOS POINT (2006), SCIENCE AND THE AKASHIC FIELD (2007) and QUANTUM SHIFT IN THE GLOBAL BRAIN (2008).
Ethan is a Buddhist meditation practitioner and teacher. His parents were both early students of the Buddhist pioneer Chogyam Trungpa. A poet and writer, Ethan is a featured performer in Sacred Slam, a performance series which brings together artists from different spiritual traditions. He is the author of the acclaimed book One City: A Declaration of Interdependence (Wisdom Pubs) and a forthcoming novel, The Last Year on the Island. His writing has been featured in Tricycle Magazine and BuddhaDharma Magazine, Sentient City, Shambhala Sun, as well as other online publications.
Eugene Igma is a self-described mercurial trickster, techno-shaman, and transformational engineer. He makes video mash-ups and writes subjective nonfiction, research essays, and poetry -- crossing-checking his own perceptions with those of other human beings to maintain a working map of reality.
Previously, Foster was CEO of MindCenter Corporation and an instructor in the non-violent martial art of Aikido. He was the on screen host for the PBS documentary Aikido - The Way of Harmony.
Foster created three training programs Interaction Dynamics, LifeBalance and Zonesport He has delivered these programs for corporations, schools and sports teams throughout the country.
A lifelong calling toward a unified understanding of universal energy principles led to his co-convening The Sequoia Symposium, an ongoing series of brainstorming gatherings bringing together scientists, mystics, philosophers and intuitives in a team quest for a Unified Field Theory that includes spirit and consciousness. His specialty is the geometry of space.
Foster has four grown children and in his spare time enjoys music, sports and being in nature.
GJ Gaura, MFTGerald is a Psychotherapist and Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in the Litchfield, CT region. An advanced Gestalt practitioner, his interests lie in treating acute, emergent psychospiritual crises, and in developing a treatment approach for individuals, couples, and families experiencing anomalous phenomenon.Gerald is a Psychotherapist and Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in the Litchfield, CT region. An advanced Gestalt practitioner, his interests lie in treating acute, emergent psychospiritual crises, and in developing a treatment approach for individuals, couples, and families experiencing anomalous phenomenon.
Gerald is a Writer, Explorer, and Psychotherapist practicing in the Litchfield, CT region. An advanced Gestalt practitioner, his interests lie in treating acute, emergent psychospiritual crises, and in developing a treatment approach for individuals, couples, and families experiencing anomalous phenomenon.Gerald is a Psychotherapist and Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in the Litchfield, CT region. An advanced Gestalt practitioner, his interests lie in treating acute, emergent psychospiritual crises, and in developing a treatment approach for individuals, couples, and families experiencing anomalous phenomenon.Gerald is a Psychotherapist and Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in the Litchfield, CT region. An advanced Gestalt practitioner, his interests lie in treating acute, emergent psychospiritual crises, and in developing a treatment approach for individuals, couples, and families experiencing anomalous phenomenon. Gerald is a Psychotherapist and Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in the Litchfield, CT region. An advanced Gestalt practitioner, his interests lie in treating acute, emergent psychospiritual crises, and in developing a treatment approach for individuals, couples, and families experiencing anomalous phenomenon.
Gabriel D. Roberts is a former Evangelical Christian Minister turned researcher and published author, writing about the realms of Science, Spirituality and Anthropology. His primary focus is to bring the message of a balanced life through a thoughtful observation of these three traditionally opposed disciplines. He lives in Queens, NY with his wife Elizabeth and uses his time sharing his experiences and continuing his research. He may be contacted at gabrieldroberts.com
Gary Lachman is the author of several books on the link between consciousness, culture, and alternative thought. His books include Turn Off Your Mind: The Mystic Sixties and the Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius; A Secret History of Consciousness; In Search of P.D. Ouspensky; A Dark Muse; Rudolf Steiner: An Introduction to His Life and Thought; and The Dedalus Book of Literary Suicides: Dead Letters. As Gary Valentine he was a founding member of the rock group Blondie, played guitar with Iggy Pop, and fronted his own groups the Know and Fire Escape. New York Rocker: My Life in the Blank Generation is an account of his years on the New York and Los Angeles underground music scenes in the 1970s and 80s, and in 2006 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is a regular contributor to Fortean Times, Independent on Sunday, Strange Attractor, What is Enlightenment and other journals in the US and UK. A frequent lecturer on the history of the counterculture, Lachman has appeared in several UK television documentaries and has broadcast for the BBC. He lives in London. His most recent book is Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen (Quest, 2008).
Gilberto Gil is a Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter, known for both his musical innovation and his political commitment. From 2003 to 2008, he served as his country's Minister of Culture in the administration of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Gil began playing music as a child and was still a teenager when he joined his first band. He started out as a bossa nova musician, eventually writing songs that reflected a new focus on political awareness and social activism. He was a key figure in the Música Popular Brasileira and Tropicalismo movements of the 1960s, alongside artists such as longtime collaborator Caetano Veloso. The Brazilian military regime that took power in 1964 saw both Gil and Veloso as a threat, and the two were held for nine months in 1969 before they were told to leave the country. Gil moved to London, but returned to the Brazilian state of Bahia in 1972 and continued his musical career, as well as working as a politician and environmental advocate.
Graham Hancock is the author of Fingerprints of the Gods, The Sign and the Seal, Underworld, Supernatural and other bestselling investigations of historical mysteries. His books have been translated into twenty-seven languages and have sold over five million copies worldwide. His public lectures and broadcasts, including two major TV series, Quest for the Lost Civilisation, and Flooded Kingdoms of the Ice Age, have further established his reputation as an unconventional thinker who raises controversial questions about humanity's past. Written with the same page-turning appeal that has made his non-fiction so popular, Entangled is his first work of fiction. He is editor-at-large of Reality Sandwich.
I am a cultural anthropologist researching electronic dance music cultures & visionary arts festivals, including lately Total Solar Eclipse Festivals. Executive Editor of
Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture (dj.dancecult.net).
Greg is a community catalyst for new and emerging projects in the fields of local business organization, online event management, socially responsible investing and general metathinking. He is the founder of Green Business Networking, a non profit business group to bring owners and decision makers together www.greenbusinessnetworking.org and he is founder of the LA Regional Green Economy Think Tank Day conference www.greeneconomythinktank.org
In his business je is Director of Sustainable and Responsible Investing for Enright Premier Wealth Advisors.
A native of Southern California, and long time resident of Santa Monica, Greg continues lifelong learning and study of reality, generally speaking.
You can see more about Greg and his business on www.gregwendt.com
Guido Masé RH(AHG) is a clinical herbalist, herbal educator, and garden steward specializing in holistic Western herbalism, though his approach is eclectic and draws upon many influences. Guido works clinically and teaches at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, holds the position of Clinical Herbalist on staff at Urban Moonshine, is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild, and is a part of United Plant Savers and the American Botanical Council. His is the author of The Wild Medicine Solution: Healing with Aromatic, Bitter, and Tonic Plants.
He trained as a classical guitarist and studied orchestration with the Swiss conductor Antoine-Pierre de Bavier, who had been Wilhelm Furtwängler's favorite pupil. The Hungarian composer Miklós Rózsa, who wrote the soundtracks of "Ben-Hur," "El Cid," "Double Indemnity," etc., and won three Academy Awards, used to spend his summers across from the Mina di Sospiro's seaside home in Italy. Then in his seventies, he took young Guido under his wing and acquainted him with the University of Southern California, where he and Arnold Schönberg had taught composition.
At twenty, after attending the University of Pavia and making a feature film that premiered at the National Cinémathèque in Milan, Mina di Sospiro left Italy to attend USC School of Cinema-Television. Among his mentors were Ernest Lehman, Hitchcock's favorite screenwriter and, later on, Christopher Sinclair-Stevenson, the celebrated English editor and publisher, who launched among others William Boyd, Peter Ackroyd and Paul Theroux.
Mina di Sospiro's novel "The Story of Yew" (the memoirs of an age-old tree), published in the UK, is permanently featured on the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and has been translated into many languages, as has "From the River", the memoirs of a mighty river. Both books have met with critical acclaim.
Mina di Sospiro currently lives in the DC area with his wife and their three sons, and travels often to Europe and elsewhere so as to promote the various editions of his books.
He has recently completed the novel "The Forbidden Book," co-authored with Joscelyn Godwin, the noted scholar of western esoteric tradition.
Halle's music invokes both a swaying trance and a rock sensibility she describes as "Psychedelic Sufi Trance Rock." Haale's debut recordings, produced by Dougie Bowne, were released on her own DarYaRecords in January. The "Morning" EP is sung mostly in Persian and features the words of mystical poets Rumi and Attar, while the drone-folky "Paratrooper" is primarily in English. After David Byrne invited her to be part of his "One Note" series at Carnegie Hall, she has been touring nearly continuously, playing clubs, colleges, and festivals like South by Southwest in Austin, Bonnaroo in Tennessee and the MIMIFestival in Marseilles, France. Her band is now recording its debut full-length album for release in February 2008.
Author and editor Hal Zina Bennett has published more than thirty books, including Write from the Heart, Zuni Fetishes, Follow Your Bliss, and Spirit Guides. A workshop leader, writing coach, and book doctor, he has helped over two hundred authors and publishers develop successful books, including several bestsellers. He lives in Northern California.
Hank Wesselman, PhD, is a paleoanthropologist and shamanic teacher who has worked with noted anthropologists in Ethiopia investigating the mystery of human origins in the Great Rift Valley. In addition to his scientific publications, his seven books on shamanism include the Spiritwalker trilogy (Bantam, 1996) and Awakening to the Spirit World (with Sandra Ingerman, Sounds True, 2010). He teaches at internationally known centers such as the Esalen Institute and the Omega Institute and lives in Hawaii.
Hardin Tibbs is a futurist and strategist. Now based in England, he used to work for Global Business Network (GBN), the scenario development firm in California, playing a role in its early development in the 1990s. He is also an Associate Fellow at the Saïd Business School at Oxford University, and a Fellow of the RSA in London. His writing about industrial ecology in the early 1990s helped to define a new way of looking at environment and technology, and he regards his recent work as a further extension of the same line of thinking.
Trained as a medical doctor, Harvey Bigelsen practiced in New Jersey as an ophthalmologist in the mid-1970s. After becoming frustrated with the field of mainstream medicine, he learned about homeopathy and holistic medicine and moved to Arizona, where he helped to found the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA). He lives in Nevada City, California, where he continues to practice holistic medicine.
Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen are the authors of the Urban Homestead and blog at www.homegrownevolution.com.
Howard Bloom (Brooklyn, NY) has been called "the Darwin, Newton, and Einstein of the 21st century" and "the next Stephen Hawking." He is the author of three acclaimed books, The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History ("mesmerizing" -The Washington Post); The Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind from the Big Bang to the 21st Century ("reassuring and sobering" -The New Yorker); and The Genius of the Beast: A Radical Re-Vision of Capitalism ("impressive, stimulating, and tremendously enjoyable." -James Fallows, National Correspondent, the Atlantic Monthly). A recent visiting scholar at New York University, Bloom is the founder of the International Paleopsychology Project, founder of the Space Development Steering Committee (a group that includes astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Edgar Mitchell), and a founding board member of the Epic of Evolution Society. He has appeared on Good Morning America, The CBS Morning News, CBS Nightwatch, the BBC, and over a hundred other media outlets.
Howard Rheingold is a critic, writer, and educator specializing in the cultural implications of modern communications media such as the Internet and virtual communities. He was editor of Whole Earth Review and The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog, and was the founding executive editor of Hotwired, the first commercial web magazine. Rheingold is the author of several books including Tools for Thought, The Virtual Community, and Smart Mobs. He teaches courses on social and participatory media at Stanford and UC Berkeley, and is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation grant to build a Social Media Virtual Classroom. Howard Rheingold's blog can be found at www.rheingold.com.
A licensed psychologist in California and Germany, Hunter Beaumont, PhD, was a member of the training faculty and president of the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles. He established a private practice in Munich in 1983 and has taught and lectured extensively worldwide. He lives in Munich.
Ido Hartogsohn is a writer, journalist, Ph.D. candidate in the Bar Ilan university in Israel, media artist, blogger and dreamer. He works from Tel Aviv, where he is part of underground operations for making the middle east a more psychedelic place. Ido is the non-navigator behind operations such as The Intergalactic Underground which published The Intergalactic Masters Course, a pop-theological video course for enlightenment which can be found on YouTube, and the Israeli Psychedelic Party, which participated in the 2009 Israeli elections.
Ido’s debut book “Technomysica: Technology in the Age of Consciosuness” which has been published in 2009 and received wide coverage in Israeli media, was the first book written in Hebrew to have dealt extensively with the psychedelic issue.
Ido is interested in interactions between technology, media and consciousness. He also writes extensively in his Hebrew blog Technomystica and English blog Digital Minds Blog about technology, mysticism, media, psychedelics and culture criticism.
J. D. Arthur began experimenting with hallucinogens during the 1960s. This led to a lifelong interest in spirituality and the enhancement of awareness. He works with disabled adults as well as people with mental illness and lives in northern New England.
J.P. Harpignies, Associate Producer of the Bioneers Conference since 1990, and former Program Director at the New York Open Center, is a Brooklyn, NY-based consultant, conference producer, copy-editor, writer, and also currently a senior member of the review team for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge. J.P. is the author of: Political Ecosystems, Double Helix Hubris, and Delusions of Normality; co-writer of: The Magic Carpet Ride; editor of the collection, Visionary Plant Consciousness; and associate editor of the first two Bioneers books: Ecological Medicine and Nature's Operating Instructions. J.P. also taught t'ai chi chuan in Brooklyn, NY, for 25 years.
In 2010 he established Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal as a means to promote an interdisciplinary dialogue on issues of the paranormal. In 2010 he was also awarded the Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship by the Parapsychology Foundation, and in 2011 he received the Gertrude Schmeidler Award from the Parapsychological Association.
At the young age of nineteen, California surfer Jake Ducey dropped out of college, left behind a drug filled life and went in search of deeper meaning. His quest led him on a life changing journey that has resulted in his debut book: Into the Wind; My Six-Month Journey Wandering the World for Life's Purpose (Waterside Press) being released in April 2013. Upon return from his spiritual adventure he raised the funds to build a school and home in San Marcos, near Lake Atitlan in Guatemala to support orphans who are taken care of by a Quiché Maya Shaman. Jake's profound transformation from a college drop-out and drug addict to a inspirational author and motivational speaker had led him into social and environmental activism, including a three-day unlawful detainment for protesting the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline. He has since formed the non-profit organization The Self Reliance Institute (a 501 C3) organization devoted to providing essential resources and opportunities for young people to become more self-reliant. He is a contributing author to The Rise by NY Times bestselling author Greg S. Reid. A certified yoga-instructor, poet and lyricist, Jake is determined to share his empowering messages to ignite and inspire a new generation of truth seekers.
Jacob Pieter Kotze was born in sunny Johannesburg. At a young age he experienced many peculiar synchronicities, putting him on a lifelong quest to poke at it with a stick. On the Internet the subject has been explored and documented, under the heading "Synchromysticism," through numerous blogs, short videos and Twitter. Home for the past 7 years has been less-sunny Winnipeg.
James Bruges worked as an architect in London, Sudan, and India until 1995 when he retired in order to write about economic and environmental issues. He is the author of Sustainability and the Bristol Urban Village Initiative, The Little Earth Book, and The Big Earth Book, and was a contributor to What About China? His work has also appeared in Resurgence, The Friend, and The Ecologist. He was raised in Kashmir until the age of twelve and now lives with his wife, Marion, in Bristol, England.
James Rotondi, aka Roto, is a post-rock composer, insensitive singer/songwriter, veteran journalist and blogger, and dillettante Shakespearean. He studied at Bennington College and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art; he has played with Mr. Bungle, French super-band Air, The Grassy Knoll, and members of Santana. A former editor at Guitar Player, Guitar World, and Remix, he currently writes for the Huffington Post, plays with Jettatura and the Cringe, and performs live tributes to Nick Drake and Syd Barrett. His solo album, Summer Home, is available here: www.cdbaby.com/roto <http://www.cdbaby.com/roto> , or through iTunes or Amazon.com.
James Linville has contributed to The Financial Times, The Paris Review, Harpers, The Wall Street Journal, Monocle, Esquire, Standpoint magazine, the Sunday Telegraph, the BBC, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. He has reported from the US, UK, Chile, Sweden, Mexico, France, and Lebanon.
Jamye Waxman, M.Ed. is a sex educator, author, writer, producer, director, speaker and host with her Masters in Sex Education from Widener University. When Jamye's not traveing around North America presenting on the topics of female sexuality, oral sex and pornography, she is generally working on spreading pleasure-based sexuality writing and videos. Jamye is the former sex advice columnist for Playgirl Magazine. Waxman is also the author of 3 books, Hot Sex, Getting Off: A Woman's Guide to Masturbationand Women Loving Women.
Jamye wrote, directed and hosted the educational sex positions video, 101 Positions for Lovers and podcasts at <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/hot-sox-with-jamye-waxman/id377796538" target="_blank">Hot Sox</a>. A former radio producer and talk show junkie, Jamye currently resides in San Francisco, CA.
Jari Chevalier is a visual artist and poet/writer who facilitates the creative process in others through custom workshops and seminars. The archive of her multidisciplinary podcast series and blog is accessible at http://livinghero.com. Images of her inlay mixed media collages can be viewed at http://jariart.com.
Jason Thompson studied English Literature at Oxford University and worked in the UK and US media for ten years before moving into work as a counselor with homeless youth. He recently finished a memoir, STELLA, about his relationship to his mother and her struggle with mental illness. He lives in San Francisco and is married with one daughter. He writes regularly about mental health issues at his blog, Neurotransmission.org and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Focus: Raising collective consciousness through all mediums of writing. To evolve and help others on this journey of self-realizing the Creator within, uniting with our Atma, and to make the cosmic evolutionary leap of creative thought-form expansion into the Photon Band of ancient prophesy.
Jay Weidner is a filmmaker, author and hermetic scholar. He is the producer of the feature documentary film, 2012 The Odyssey and its forthcoming sequel, Timewave 2013, as well as director of the Sacred Mysteries DVD Collection. He is also the co-author of The Mysteries of the Great Cross of Hendaye; Alchemy and the End of Time and A Monument to the End of Time (with Vincent Bridges). In addition, he is a contributing writer for the book The Mystery of 2012.
Originally from England, Michael Tew was instrumental in setting up a successful microcredit program for USAID. He has worked with RESULTS and the World Bank on microcredit and health care issues, as well as on local environmental initiatives in both Australia and the U.S.
Jeffrey Roth is an innovative, creative, original thinker with unique people skills. After starting at U.C. Berkeley, he looked past offers from Harvard, Dartmouth and others to attend to Naropa University, née Institute, studying psychology, theater, and dance--as well as the world through his own eyes. He has since gone on to explore diverse subjects, and created a company to explore conscious capitalism, www.GiftedTouch.com, amongst other things.
Jenifer P. Borum writes for Raw Vision and Artforum, and teaches writing at NYU.
Jennifer Braun is the Program Director of International Midwife Assistance. IMA provides aid to areas experiencing crisis in maternal/child health. Ms. Braun has spent the last few years working in Afghanistan, Uganda and Haiti. She has been a midwife for 26 years. Learn about IMA's work at www.midwifeassist.org
Right-brain entrepreneur Jennifer Lee is a certified coach, writer, artist, yogini, and the founder of Artizen Coaching. Before pursuing her own passions full-time, she consulted for ten years for companies such as Accenture, Gap, Sony, and HP, helping leaders and organizations manage change. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Jennifer Palmer has been a part of the Evolver community since 2007. She is a writer, producer and social media strategist who worked as General Manager of Evolver through September 2012 . She is also a blogger, DJ, and philosopher who goes by the name TRUE out on the internet. Her essay about interdependence, telepathy and Twitter is in the Penguin anthology, “Toward 2012: Perspectives on the Next Age.” Her writing is also featured in "The Sync Book: Myths, Magic, Media and Mindscapes" and most recently, "Exploring the Edge Realms of Consciousness: Liminal Zones, Psychic Science, and the Hidden Dimensions of the Mind." Her current projects include working with organizations and individuals to leverage the benefits of social media, writing a book about online telepathy, honing her Twitter battle rhyme skills and being blissfully entangled in beautiful webs of synchronicity and magic.
Jeremiah Phoenix is a poet, singer-songwriter, performance philosopher, and recovering scientist living in Berkeley, CA. As scientist, he assembled DNA sequences for the Human Genome Project at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and the Stanford Human Genome Center, both of which he thanks for subsidizing his surfing of the Deoxyribonucleic Hyperdimension and Hyperborea whilst running genetic sequence assemblies. Previous forays into psychonaut realms include intense discussions with Terence and others on the original Novelty List, as well as working as a conceptual engineer on the 2007 film Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within. He holds a bachelor's degree in Physics from Dartmouth College, and is a dropout of the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies, the latter of which he credits with catalyzing his dismemberment from philosopher-scientist toward the artist self into which he is currently in the process of re-membering. Jeremiah's blog, Familiar Spheres, can be accessed here: familiarspheres.tumblr.com
Jessica Dean is a massage therapist and energy bodyworker. Her work with energy has become a muse for her observations and writing. Jessica lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
Jessica Murray has been writing cultural commentary and practicing astrology in San Francisco for thirty-five years, after graduating from Brown University in 1973 with a degree in fine arts and linguistics. She is the author of Soul-Sick Nation: An Astrologer's View of America (Jessica Murray MotherSky Press, 2008). She maintains a private practice in chart interpretation, offers lectures and a blog on her Web site, www.MotherSky.com, and a column for DayKeeper Journal (http://www.daykeeperjournal.com/).
Jim DeKorne is a former epidemiologist and college English professor. He participated actively in civil rights and antiwar protests in the 1960s, the back-to-the-land and appropriate technology movements of the 1970s, and the psychedelic renaissance of the 1980s. His book Psychadelic Shamanism continues to gain acclaim since its release in the mid-1990’s, and has garnered a cult-like following. Retired, he currently lives on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Dr. John Jay Harper is a clinical hypnotherapist, futurist, medical research scientist, public-speaker and writer with the non-profit corporation American Delphi Academy. A former computer specialist, electronics engineer, and senior mental health counselor with the Department of Defense and a disabled veteran of the U.S. Army, today he is a radio/tv talk show guest in Canada, USA, and UK speaking to our worldwide changes in climate, culture, and consciousness over all else.
John L. Petersen is the founder and president of The Arlington Institute. His most recent book is A Vision for 2012: Planning for Extraordinary Change. He can be reached at email@example.com
John Lamb Lash is an exponent of the practice of mythology. He is principal author of the Marion Institute’s Web site, www.metahistory.org, an inquiry into the contemporary meaning of humanity’s myths and beliefs. He has written a number of books, including The Seeker’s Handbook, Twins and the Double, The Hero – Manhood and Power, and Quest for the Zodiac.
John Major Jenkins’ pioneering work to reconstruct ancient Maya cosmology began with his early books, Journey to the Mayan Underworld (1989), Mirror in the Sky (1991), Tzolkin: Visionary Perspectives and Calendar Studies (1992/1994), Mayan Sacred Science (1994/2000), The Center of Mayan Time (1995), and Izapa Cosmos (1996) and culminated in his groundbreaking book Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 (1998). He is also the author of Galactic Alignment (2002), co-author of Pyramid of Fire (2004), and has a 3-CD audio program coming out with Sounds True in September 2007, called Unlocking the Secrets of 2012: Galactic Wisdom From the Ancient Skywatchers.
John Michael Greer is a certified Master Conserver, organic gardener and scholar of ecological history. The current Grand Archdruid of AODA, his widely-cited blog, The Archdruid Report (www.thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com) deals with peak oil, among other issues. He lives in Ashland, Oregon.
Jonathan Blank is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and creative technologist. He has spent over 25 years studying high-level martial arts, meditation, Eastern philosophy and esoteric metaphysical practices with many remarkable teachers in the US, Asia and Europe. For more information visit: www.jonathanblank.com
After being introduced to the wonders of Ayurveda in northeast India in 2005, Jonathan pursued a one-year program at Dr. Vasant Lad's Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico. The following year brought him back to South Asia, this time to Nepal, where he deepened his studies on a Fulbright grant. Focusing on the Ayurvedic herbal traditions, he observed both modern and classical forms of practice. It was during this time that Jonathan recognized his goal of becoming a vehicle for such endangered classical medical traditions and a practitioner of holistic medicine. He is now studying traditional Western herbalism with Matthew Wood and classical Chinese medicine at NCNM in Portland, OR.
Jonathan graduated with honors in philosophy and English from Ursinus College and has an MA in English from NYU. He is a photographer, author, teacher, paranormal researcher and philosopher who has written extensively on human evolution, contemporary mythology and many other subjects. Jonathan has worked in a variety of fields---as a staff gemologist and instructor at the Gemological Institute of America, as dean and English teacher of a public high school in the South Bronx, as a wilderness guide and in various roles as a writer and speaker. He currently resides in Boulder, Colorado. A large collection of his writings and his popular online oracle can be found at zaporacle.com.
Music professor and historian of the esoteric
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Joseph Gelfer is an Honorary Postdoctoral Associate at Melbourne College of Divinity, Australia, and editor of “2012: Decoding the Countercultural Apocalypse”. He is also author of “Numen, Old Men: Contemporary Masculine Spiritualities and the Problem of Patriarchy” and editor of Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality.
Josh Potter is a 27-year-old writer and editor from Albany, NY, working for the weekly publication Metroland. He also contributes art and music journalism to Relix Magazine, State of Mind and Jambase.com. His fiction can be found in Pindeldyboz, Elimae, Thieves Jargon , The American Drivel Review, The Taj Mahal Review, and The No-Record Anthology.
As a cosmologist and healer Dr Jude Currivan has journeyed to nearly 70 countries around the world. Since early childhood she has had numerous mystical experiences and learned from many spiritual guides. She has a Masters Degree in Physics specialising in cosmology and quantum physics, a PhD in Archaeology researching ancient cosmologies, in the early 1990s was the most senior businesswoman in the UK and is the award winning author of five books. In 2010 she was presented with a Circle Award by WON Buddhism International and sponsored by the UN, cited for her ‘outstanding contribution towards planetary healing and expanding new forms of consciousness.' She is also a worldshift20 Council member (www.worldshiftcouncil.org). Her world-wide service aims at helping in any way she can to empower people and midwife the Shift.
Julia Assante is the author of The Last Frontier: Exploring the Afterlife and Transforming Our Fear of Death. She is an established social historian of the ancient Near East (PhD Columbia University) and has been an active professional intuitive and medium for over three decades. Visit her online at http://www.juliaassante.com.
Centripetal Notion and 9rules, independent web consultant/designer and on-and-off musician from Charlotte, North Carolina.
PsychicGirl.com's Justine Kenzer reviews spiritually inclined CD's and videos.
Based in Portland, Oregon, Kal Cobalt writes fiction and nonfiction about consciousness, sexuality, food, robots, and whatever else the muse whispers. www.kalcobalt.com
Ken Jordan is co-founder, publisher and editorial director of Reality Sandwich and Evolver.net. He has been an online pioneer since leading the 1995 launch of the award-winning SonicNet.com, the web's first multimedia music zine and digital music store, which later became a property of MTV. He is co-author of the influential white paper "The Augmented Social Network: Building Identity and Trust into the Next-Generation Internet;" he collaborated with the legendary playwright and director Richard Foreman onUnbalancing Acts: Foundations for a Theater (Pantheon, 1992), and is co-editor of the anthology Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality (W.W. Norton, 2001). With Daniel Pinchbeck he co-edited the Reality Sandwich anthologiesTowards 2012, What Comes After Money?, and Exploring the Edge Realms of Consciousness. He has written for Wired, Paris Review, Index, and First Monday, among other publications.
KENAZ FILAN is the author of TheHaitian Vodou Handbook, Vodou Love Magic, and Vodou MoneyMagic and the coauthor of Drawing Down the Spirits. A frequentcontributor to PanGaia, Planet Magazine, and Widdershins,Filan is the former managing editor of newWitch magazine.
Author of Bright Colors Falsely Seen: Synaesthesia & the Search for Transcendental Knowledge, and Across the Great Border Fault: The Naturalist Myth in America, Kevin Dann teaches history at State University of New York at Plattsburgh, and plays mandolin in the Vermont-based band “Upstream.”
Born: San Mateo, California September 6, 1957. Along with one brother, raised by mother, a social worker. Attended San Jose State University on an athletic scholarship after winning California State Championship in the pole-vault. Received a BFA. After being nationally ranked and placing in international meets, moved to Los Angeles to train for the 1984 Olympics. Artistic career began after a career-ending injury before Olympic trials. Signed on with R.B. Stevenson gallery in La Jolla, Pierette Van Cleve and Art Cellar Exchange in San Diego, and had several successful sold out showings. Ended artistic career after being burned out, chemicaly poisoned and physically compromised.
Began producing Hawaiian music with my father, world-renowned pedal-steel guitar player Bobby Black, who has had long stints with the likes of Commander Cody, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Asleep at the Wheel.
Currently living in Burligame, California with my wife, Angelina.
People call me Kimmi. I'm a writer and storyteller. I'm a triple Leo. I'm a big laugher. And I use the expression "I understand" way too much. I've performed my comedic monologues throughout New York City at venues such as The Original Improv, The Kraine Theater, and The Bitter End. My one-woman show played to sold-out houses at the New York International Fringe Festival, and I have competed in several Moth GrandSLAM Championships. I've also been on TV. I was a "Girls On" girl for a live entertainment segment on Oxygen's magazine format show "Pure Oxygen." I hosted a pilot for Lifetime Television. I did another pilot for MTV where I was on a panel discussing various social and political issues. And I made a brief appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. Latest news: My one-woman show inspired a memoir called The Devil, The Lovers & Me: My Life in Tarot, which was released by Dutton on August 2, 2007.
Kingsley L. Dennis, Ph.D., is a sociologist, writer, and cofounder of WorldShift International. The author of New Consciousness for a New World, he spends his time between Andalusia, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Kit Herring is the author of Descending the Cairo Side – a novel of the traveling life. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Diana, and his son, Shawn. His favorite hobby is watching the play of cosmic energies on Planet Earth.
Dr. Burk is currently president of Healing Imager, Inc. in Durham, NC, specializing in musculoskeletal MRI teleradiology and EFT. He is a Certified Energy Health Practitioner and is also certified in clinical hypnosis and trained in medical acupuncture. He was former associate professor of radiology and director of integrative medicine education at Duke University Medical Center and has served as board president of the Rhine Research Center. His scientific articles, newspaper columns, newsletters and video blogs are posted at www.letmagichappen.com.
The author of nine books and numerous articles, Dr. Larry Dossey is the former Executive Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, the most widely subscribed-to journal in its field. The primary quality of all of Dr. Dossey's work is scientific legitimacy, with an insistent focus on "what the data show." As a result, his colleagues in medical schools and hospitals all over the country trust him, honor his message, and continually invite him to share his insights with them. He has lectured all over the world, including major medical schools and hospitals in the United States --Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, the Universities of Pennsylvania, California, Washington, Texas, Florida, Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic.
Larry Malerba, DO, DHt is a physician, educator, and author whose mission is to build bridges between holistic healing, conventional medicine, and spirituality. He is the author of Green Medicine: Challenging the Assumptions of Conventional Health Care. He writes for Huffington Post, Natural News, and the American Holistic Medical Association. Dr. Malerba is board certified in Homeotherapeutics, is Clinical Assistant Professor at New York Medical College, and past president of the Homeopathic Medical Society of the State of New York. He is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Ireland and has a private practice in upstate New York. You can learn more about Dr. Malerba at his website: http://docmalerba.com
Larry's book, The Spiritual Imperative: Sex, Age, and the Last Caste, presents his macrohistorical discoveries and predicts future trends based on them. He has published articles on the subject, presented related papers at conferences, has been interviewed on radio and television, and has successfully predicted unexpected trends and events since the late 1970s.
Lex Pelger recently moved from New York City to Mumbai to work as a journalist. He learned about the March to Tibet from an email by Tenzin Tsundue and joined as a staff writer. He writes the marcher's biographies for the March website as well as magazine articles to spread awareness of the March. If you have a contact for publishing about the March to Tibet, feel free to email him at pelger (at) gmail (dot) com. You can read more of Lex's impressions of the March to Tibet on his blog: A Blond Scientist in India (www.blsciindia.blogspot.com.
Linda Star Wolf, creator of Shamanic Breathwork and founder of Venus Rising Association for Transformation and Venus Rising University for Shamanic Psychospiritual Studies, has led workshops worldwide since 1984. The author of eight books on contemporary shamanism, she and her husband live and work at their Isis Cove Retreat Center near Asheville, North Carolina.
Lisa Kirchner's first paid article, a review of the film, I'll Do Anything, presaged a career. During day jobs with the Ohio Arts Council, The Andy Warhol Museum and Carnegie Mellon University she's written about art, literature, food, film and fame. At one point she was a regular columnist writing about religion for Pittsburgh's gay and lesbian newspaper, Out; weddings for Pittsburgh's society rag, Whirl; and dating for the alternative newsweekly, Pittsburgh City Paper and Pulp. She is a regular contributor on Arab/American issues with Qatar Today and Woman Today and writes about health for Personal Best. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, dialogue: arts in the midwest and Pittsburgh Magazine. In 2004, she attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Her flash essay, "My Husband: My Moto," appeared in the compilation Learning to Love You More (Prestel Publishing, 2007). The piece was excerpted from her forthcoming memoir, The Years of Sleeping: 1001 Nights in Arabia. She is currently an associate editor with SMITH Magazine, and occasionally can be seen telling stories at The Moth. She writes and teaches yoga in New York City.
Livia Hall practices acupuncture and herbology in Boulder, Colorado. Formerly she was a health-oriented private chef in Los Angeles. Combining her devotion to good food and natural health her aim is to reacquaint people with how to take command of their kitchens, their families, their health and their happiness.
Llyn Roberts is a prominent teacher of healing and shamanism. The author of The Good Remembering and Shamanic Reiki Llyn directs the non-profit organization, Dream Change, dedicated to preserve indigenous wisdom and transform human consciousness. Llyn's latest book is Shapeshifting into Higher Consciousness (O-Books June 2011). Learn more at www.dreamchange.org
Lodro Rinzler is the author of two books: THE BUDDHA WALKS INTO A BAR (January 2012) and WALK LIKE A BUDDHA (October 2013). He is a meditation practitioner and teaches in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. Over the last decade he has taught numerous workshops at meditation centers and college campuses across the U.S. His column, What Would Sid Do?, appears regularly on the Huffington Post and the Interdependence Project. He writes from his apartment in New York City.
Louis G. Herman, a professor of political science at the University of Hawaii, was born in an orthodox Jewish community in apartheid South Africa. He was educated in England, studied medicine at Cambridge University, and then moved to Israel to live on a kibbutz. After a life changing wartime experience as an Israeli paratrooper, he turned to political philosophy. He now lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he spends as much of his free time as possible in the mountains and the ocean.
M.T. Xen is an educator, ceremonialist, and event organizer, with an academic (PhD) background in medical anthropology and spiritual ecology. He specializes in the prescriptive teachings of medicinal plants, aka Nature's plan to save the humans. His website is www.tribesofcreation.com.
Margaret Ruth, one of the USA's most popular intuition expert and psychic, has been a regular guest on one of the country's top morning radio shows for the last 10 years, and the author of the Superconscious Relationships: The Simple Psychic Truths of Perfectly Satisfying Connections (October 2010 by O Books). Margaret was also tapped by the national USA magazine, AstroGirl, to be its psychic expert/writer and appeared on numerous regional radio and television segments. Articles about and by Margaret Ruth have been published in Huffington Post, Salt Lake Magazine, Catalyst Magazine, The Salt Lake Tribune, IN Magazine (Cover Feature), City Weekly and others. She is also a featured metaphysical blogger on Intent.com and HuffingtonPost.com and teaches Tarot and other metaphysical classes at the University of Utah.
Margarete Jahrmann, Artist, professor in Mediapoiesis at New Media Department. University for Arts and Design Zurich.
Mark Pilkington is a writer and editor of Strange Attractor Journal. His new book, Far Out, is due in late 2007 from Disinformation Publishing. More info at http://www.strangeattractor.co.uk
Martin Boroson is emerging as a playful, practical new voice in the next generation of meditation teachers. His book, One-Moment Meditation: Stillness for People on the Go, has been published in eight languages, and he has taught this radical new approach to meditation in leadership seminars, hospitals, public workshops, and the media. He also consults to organizations on the applications of a meditative mind for leadership and stress-relief at work. He trained with Dr. Stanislav Grof and is President of the Association for Holotropic Breathwork International. He offers e-training and other ways to learn One-Moment Meditation at www.onemomentmeditation.com.
I've been lucky to have many books and articles published, and more recently my images have been distributed online and in print. Along the pathway, I've won awards for teaching, playwriting, essays, and now photography. My teaching experience spans classrooms in prisons, colleges, public schools, and a variety of retreat settings where I conduct workshops. My current teaching and coaching interests include journaling about photographs, Photoshop & PhotoArt coaching, career portfolios, leisure wellness, and retirement lifestyle planning. I have lived in Tumwater, Washington for almost 30 years. My wife Judy and dog Franky really enjoy the Pacific Northwest.
A master of eloquence and innovative language, Martín Prechtel is a writer, artist, and teacher who, through his work both written and spoken, hopes to promote the subtlety, irony, and premodern vitality hidden in any living language. A half-blood Native American with a Pueblo Indian upbringing, he left New Mexico to live in the village of Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala, eventually becoming a full member of the Tzutujil Mayan community there. For many years he served as a principal in that body of village leaders responsible for instructing the young people in the meanings of their ancient stories through the rituals of adult rites of passage. Once again residing in his native New Mexico, Prechtel teaches at his international school, Bolad's Kitchen. Through music, ritual, farming, sacred architecture, ancient textiles, tools, and story, Prechtel helps people in many lands to remember their own sense of place in the daily sacred through the search for the Indigenous Soul.
Massimo Citro, M.D., is a medical doctor specializing in psychotherapy and the discoverer of pharmacological frequency transfer (TFF). He is a member of the Club of Budapest, is the founder and director of the Alberto Sorti Research Institute (IDRAS), and also has a degree in literature. He lives in Torino, Italy.
Matthew Gilbert is editor-in-chief of Shift: At the Frontiers of Consciousness, the quarterly publication of The Institute of Noetic Sciences (www.noetic.org), and author of The Workplace Revolution and Communication Miracles at Work. He is also a facilitator, consultant, and book editor who has served in a variety of research and management positions over the past 20 years. For seven of those years he was the managing editor of NAPRA ReView, the country's leading lifestyle trade magazine in the body/mind/spirit marketplace. He is a trained bodyworker, and for two years was state coordinator for the Colorado State Green Party.
Matty Miller is a painter, musician, and writer living in Colorado.
Maxi Cohen is a filmmaker of the feature documentaries & shorts "Joe and Maxi," "Seven Women - Seven Sins," "South Central LA: Inside Voices," & "The Holy Give Me."
McKenzie Wark is the author of A Hacker Manifesto, Gamer Theory, 50 Years of Recuperation of the Situationist International and The Beach Beneath the Street, among other books. He teaches at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College in New York City.
Melinda Joy Miller has an extensive background as a cultural anthropologist, medicine woman, feng shui master, and sensory motor-integrative therapist, with over 30 years experience in permaculture, herbology, and gardening. Melinda Joy owns the Shambhalla Institute with her daughter, Kim Colwell. They are known for transforming the environments in which you live and work through a unique integration of design psychology, interior design, feng shui, permaculture, and shamanic arts. By fusing these five disciplines into a single, powerful system, they revolutionize the way our homes, gardens, and businesses function, and uncover the hidden blocks to our growth and success.
Brooklyn-based freelance journalist Melinda Wenner writes about science, health and the environment for numerous publications, and for her website She Blinded Me With Science.
Country Cousins, Self-Reliance, and The Touch. He has taught literature and writing at the University of Colorado, Naropa Institute and Columbia University. As a result of his involvement in the anti-globalization movement he wrote World on Fire, from which he has read widely at conferences and universities, including at the World Summit for Sustainable Development in South Africa and the World Social Forum in Brazil. Shamanic work has become part of Michael's daily life. Journeying to the spirit realm, he set aside time to heal Dick Cheney's heart (healingdick.com)because he believes simple protest won't change what is basically a demonic intrusion into our lives.
I am a reconstructionist in every sense of the word - a songwriter, essayist, and live painter dedicated to applying my background in evolutionary biology toward the grand synthesis of all human knowledge and experience.
You can find the portal to my work (and my biweekly newsletter) at michaelgarfield.blogspot.com.
Michael Gurstein is currently Executive Director of the Centre for Community Informatics Research, Development and Training (Vancouver BC and Cape Town, South Africa). Canadian, he completed a B.A. at the University of Saskatchewan and a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Cambridge.
From 1995 to 1999 Dr. Gurstein was the NSERC/SSHRC Associate Chair in the Management of Technological Change at the University College of Cape Breton, where he pioneered in the development of sustainable community-based technology applications.
His edited book "Community Informatics: Enabling Communities with Information and Communications Technologies: (Idea Group, 2000) provided a focal point for the development of "Community Informatics" as the discipline concerned with enabling communities with Information and Communications Technologies. He is currently on the Steering Committee of the Global Telecentre Alliance, and on the High Level Panel of Advisors of the United Nation's Global Alliance for ICT for Development.
He is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Community Informatics http://ci-journal.net and Foundation Chair of the Community Informatics Research Network. He has consulted in the area of ICT for Developoment to the governments of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Nepal, South Africa and Jordan and to the Ford Foundation, the UN Development Program, and the European Union among others. His most recent book is "What is Community Informatics (and Why Does It Matter)?", Polimetrica, Milan (2007) http://eprints.rclis.org/12372/1/WHAT_IS_COMMUNITY_INFORMATICS_reading.pdf
Additional information may be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Gurstein
The pioneering work of Michael Harner, PhD, brought shamanism to the West. In 1979, he created the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, the world's foremost shamanic training center. In 1987, he left academia to devote himself full-time to shamanism. He has received many honors and awards for his work on the preservation, study, and transmission of shamanic knowledge. His classic books on shamanism, including The Way of the Shaman, have been translated into dozens of languages. He lives in Mill Valley, CA.
After reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X, MICHAEL MUHAMMAD KNIGHT converted to Islam at 16, and traveled to Islamabad at age 17 to study at a madrassa. He is the author of nine books, including The Taqwacores, Blue-Eyed Devil, Impossible Man, Osama Van Halen, Journey to the End of Islam, and William S. Burroughs vs. The Qur'an. He lives in North Carolina.
Michael Robinson is the Creative Director of Reality Sandwich and Evolver, and is available for lectures and demonstrations based on all the RS topics. He is a designer, educator, and visual artist. Michael is currently at work on the first monograph of his art projects which will feature 22 meditations for people who use Alphabets in their day to day communications.
In June of 2009, Michel P. Anderson left an active artist warehouse community in Baltimore, Maryland USA, to illuminate and reveal his perspective as a global citizen. After living on a secluded mesa in the desert of New Mexico, he moved to Hanoi, Vietnam, to chase shadows throughout Southeast Asia. His primary interests are folk art, mythology, sustainable living, shamanism, avant-garde music, rainbows, and the beautiful people of this world. Visit his website to view his latest photographic work and writings: Playing Shadows
http://www.thegodabovegod.com. Over the past five years and for over 200 shows he has interviewed many of the most important writers, scholars and practioners who deal with Gnosticism and alternative spirituality.
Primitive Times - a new media source documenting and reflecting on these primitive times.
Mitch Fraas has been an artist and a musician since his teens. In the late 1990s, he traveled to Guatemala where he met a medicine woman, Dolores Ratzan (the former wife of Martin Pretchell) and began to study under her. He is currently planning a tour for Ratzan in the US, as well as assisting with Ratzan's Guatemalan shamanic tours. He continues to immerse himself in shamanic Mayan culture, and divides his time between Portland, Oregon and Santiago Atitlan. He still paints and performs music whenever he finds the time.
I started my journey in Memphis, TN. Since, I've called Texas, Minnesota, Colorado, and New York home. From an early age my love of film, art, music and storytelling fueled my path, and established an extensive background in film, broadcast, and interactive. I've worked with Ghost Robot (ghostrobot.com) , Synthetic Pictures (syntheticpictures.com), and a variety of television work.
Monica Mody is a writer from India currently living in Oakland, California. Her first book of cross-genre poetry, Kala Pani, is forthcoming in Fall 2012 from 1913 Press. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Morgan Maher is an artist, writer, designer and researcher exploring food, medicine, plants, art and music.
I am a curator, producer, anthropologist and performing artist who has been working in New York since 1999. I have the current honor of being the Director of Development for Performance Space 122 http://www.ps122.org/ and the curator of the 2010 Prelude Festival http://www.preludenyc.org/, but well before either of those I managed Richard Foreman's theater for 2 years in the middle of this past decade and have been sitting on the Board since. I was in Foreman's 2008-09 play Astronome, and he has some footage of me in a pewter ball gown that he may or may not use if he ever gets around to editing his New York film footage together.
Nate Summers, L.Ac. is an acupuncturist, internal martial artist, and qigong practitioner. He has been studying systems of wisdom for over 20 years and divides his time between teaching wilderness skills, bagua, qigong, and taichi and being a father. His interest in different systems of thought and ways of viewing the universe come primarily from his own wacky experiences on this planet.
Neil Sieling is a media arts curator, television producer, and media systems architect. He was the Executive Producer of Alive From Off Center, the experimental arts/television showcase on PBS. He was the Executive Producer for the digitally animated documentary works "Figures of Speech" by Bob Sabiston and Tommy Pallotta (Co-Creators of "Waking Life" and “A Scanner Darkly”). He helped launch and program Link TV (www.linkTV.org), and is currently the New Media Fellow for the Center for Social Media at American University in Washington DC.
Neşe Devenot, MA is a doctoral student in the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania, founder of the Psychedemia psychedelics conference, and a contributing editor for Reality Sandwich.
All These Serious Faces Will Only Drive You Mad. To help bring the book to life, he is accepting donations in return for gifts, ranging from project updates to copies of the book. Nick created the experimental magazine Supraterranean, where people can self-publish any type of creative work. He runs the Refractor blog over there. He recently self-published the e-book Seeking the Upward Spiral, a collection of early works available as a pay-what-you-want PDF download. Nick is originally from Troy, Michigan.
Nina Mehta lives in New York, but travels to other places doing social science and ethnographic research. She plays music, formerly in rings and first nation, on Animal Collective's Paw Tracks label, and now a new project called earthbones. She is also currently making a documentary, telling different Jain stories, interrelated versions, practices and experiences of and with Jainism. Nuns traveling between London, Texas, Florida and pilgrimages in Rajasthan, an ex-monk living in New York, an animal hospital in Delhi, vegan animal activists in Bangalore, a cooperative dairy farm in Tanzania, temples in suburban New Jersey homes, are some of the sites and characters explored.
Noa Jones is a writer of fiction and creative non-fiction. She is a Hertog Fellow in the MFA program at Hunter College of the City University of New York where she also teaches creative writing. She wrote and edited Nature, Creativity, and Our Collective Future (Palace Press, 2007) and edited What Makes You Not A Buddhist (Shambhala, 2006). She wrote A Story in Bhutan, a coffee table book about the making of the film Travellers & Magicians (Prayer Flag Pictures, 2005) and contributed to Vogue Beauty a collection published by Conde Nast (Ediciones Conde Nast S.A., 2006). She has written about everything from hula hoops to holy men for a number of newspapers and magazines including The Los Angeles Times, Body + Soul, Buddhadharma, Shambhala Sun, Marie Claire Australia and Seventeen Magazine. Noa grew up splitting her time between parents in New York City and the Sangre De Cristo Mountains and Rocky Mountains and continues to live here and there.
Poet, author, and Zen priest Norman Fischer is also the founder and head teacher of the Everyday Zen Foundation. A leader of retreats worldwide, he has appeared on Oprah, PBS's Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, and Michael Krasny's Forum on NPR. He lives in Muir Beach, CA.
Odd is a digital native, a noösphere squatter spreading Awareness awareness, and a participant of local and unusual arts and actions.
In 1974, I moved to California from the East Coast, in part to find myself through my artistic creativity, and also through the ever-growing human potential movement. After many years of study with outstanding teachers such as Martha Graham and modern dance, Karl Lindemann and opera, and David Hardy and classical painting, neither my training or performing experience adequately answered the question, "Who am I, really?" I was looking for a way to understand myself that would guide me to grow regardless of the obstacles. If I was feeling overwhelmed by my life, I wanted to be able to do something about it. The Enneagram discovery provided me with the keys I so needed to find.
As a stay at home mom, I had continuous opportunities for self-reflection, mostly when my children were napping or at school. The work that I did on myself created a window of perception for me to understand other people who were also struggling to find themselves. These days, I believe that most people are looking to integrate both the inner and outer dimensions of their lives, even if they don't know how to put their needs fully into words. This is where I come in.
When I first begin to coach a client, my goal is to make the process I have discovered available, while supporting his or her individual needs. I, myself, have come from a very troubled family. In my own recovery, I have worked through a full spectrum of issues. The insights I offer to my clients support them to find their own answers, which they absolutely have. I non-invasively coach each person to release negative patterns of anger, shame, confusion, etc., so they can move forward with their lives. For me, there is no more rewarding work. I learn as much from my clients as they learn from me.
Padmani is a lawyer, yoga teacher and spiritual seeker. She lives with her partner in Toronto, Canada.
Patricia J. Heavren is principal of The Wisdomkeeper Connection, LLC in Woodbridge, CT. She is a master shamanic energy medicine practitioner, wisdom-based life coach, business consultant and senior teaching faculty with the international Four Winds Society's Light Body School. She works with clients world-wide from her office, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patrick Chouinard is a writer, freelance journalist, and former producer of Archaeology TV. The editor in chief of The New Archaeology Review, he lives in North Largo, Florida.
Patrick Roseman Dunn is a philosopher and poet. His writings have appeared in Fifth Estate, AREA Chicago, Undetectable Changes, and elsewhere.
Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid, is a conceptual artist, writer, and musician working in New York. Miller’s recent collaborative music release, Drums of Death, features Dave Lombardo of Slayer, Chuck D. of Public Enemy, Vernon Reid of Living Color, and Jack Dangers of Meat Beat Manifesto. Drums of Death was released in April 2005 on Thirsty Ear Records. He is the author of Rhythm Science (MIT Press, 2004) and his video remix Rebirth of A Nation will released on DVD in the fall. For more information, check out his website at http://www.djspooky.com.
Paul Devereux is Managing Editor of Time & Mind - The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture (www.bergjournals.com/timeandmind), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, research associate of the Royal College of Art (see www.landscape-perception.com), co-director with Amanda Feilding of the Black Swan Project (a new, innovative psi research programme), and a senior research Fellow of International Consciousness Research Laboratories (www.icrl.org). His specific research interests include the study of sound at archaeological sites, the anthropologies and archaeologies of consciousness, and consciousness studies, especially psi research. He has published 28 books in 33 years, including The Long Trip, and Sacred Geography, plus dozens of magazine articles and a string of academic papers. He is archaeology columnist with Fortean Times and lectures worldwide. Website: www.pauldevereux.co.uk
Paul Glover is founder of 18 grassrooots organizations and campaigns, a former professor of urban studies at Temple University, and author of six books. In 1978 he walked entirely on foot from Boston to San Diego and in 2003 was asked by the Green Party to stand as a presidential primary candidate.
In 1981 Paul was drafted into a higher-dimensional shamanic initiation process which mimicked psychosis but was an experience of a far different order. A healer, Paul is in private practice helping others who are also spiritually awakening. Now, Psychiatrists study and consult with him and send him clients. As the ex-bookstore manager of the C. G. Jung Foundation of New York, Paul has been studying Jung’s work for 25 years. He is a long-time Tibetan Buddhist practitioner. Paul is the author of The Madness of George W. Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis (which can be ordered on his website). He facilitates “Awakening in the Dream Groups,” to help awaken participants to the dreamlike nature of reality.
Michael Richardson, writing under the name Paul Lonely, is an Oxford educated American visionary poet, artist and integrative entrepeneur born in 1978 in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky. His poetry and writings have been recognized as “works of genius” by such intellectual luminaries as Integral philosopher Ken Wilber. His work is often included in the same category of well known and respected avante garde creative artists as legendary painter Alex Grey and alternative hip hop star Saul Williams.
After completing his studies at Oxford, Michael traveled to Japan for a year where he taught English while studying deeply the theory and practice of Zen Buddhism. Upon returning home to Georgetown, Kentucky, he engaged a five year traditional spiritual retreat of intense meditation practice and writing during which time he experienced the transformative state of enlightenment known as kensho and completed his first inspired creative work of poetry. In 2007, Suicide Dictionary: The History of Rainbow Abbey, was published to rave critical reviews worldwide.
Recently, Michael has been affiliated with Ken Wilber’s Boulder, Colorado-based think-tank, Integral Institute. He has been featured in such cutting edge magazines as Andrew Cohen’s What Is Enlightenment?, and was recently invited to participate in multimedia artist Stuart Davis’ latest television pilot ‘Sex, God & Rock ‘n’ Roll’. As an artist, he is currently writing volume two of Suicide Dictionary, entitled Semiotic Butterflies, and is planning to present his work at the 2009 Parliament Of the World’s Religions. As an entrepenuer, he is an active member of the board of directors of Integrative Performance Group and is currently overseeing the successful operation of the first truly Integrative Wellness Center in Los Angeles, HOLOS.
50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" in their November-December 2008 issue. In February 2010, Paul received the President's Award from the Society for Ecological Restoration: Northwest Chapter, in recognition of his contributions to Ecological Restoration.
Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., the author of numerous best-selling books, is a psychologist and medical anthropologist who has studied the spiritual practices of the Amazon and the Andes for more than 25 years. While at San Francisco State University, he founded the Biological Self-Regulation Laboratory to study how the mind creates psychosomatic health and disease. Dr. Villoldo directs The Four Winds Society, where he instructs individuals throughout the world in the practice of energy medicine and soul retrieval. He has training centers in New England; California; the U.K.; the Netherlands; and Park City, Utah. An avid skier, hiker, and mountaineer, he leads annual expeditions to the Amazon and the Andes to work with the wisdom teachers of the Americas.
Award-winning nvestigative journalist Peter Gorman has spent more than 25 years tracking down stories from the streets of Manhattan to the slums of Bombay to the jungles of Peru. Specializing in Drug War issues, he worked for High Times magazine for 14 years, during which time he was a Senior Editor, Executive Editor and Editor-in-Chief. He is credited as the primary journalist in the medical marijuana movement, the hemp movement and in property forfeiture reform, where his early 1992 series came to the attention of Senator Henry Hyde and was a catalyst in Sen. Hyde's fight for forfeiture reform. His groundbreaking story on a missionary plane shootdown in Peru in 2000 led Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney to call for congressional hearings which led to a reform in way the US identifies suspected drug planes in Colombia and Peru. He is the author of Ayahuasca in My Blood: 25 Years of Medicine Dreaming.
Peter Ladner is a lifelong food gardener and student of urban planning who became especially interested in urban agriculture while serving as a Vancouver City Councillor in 2002-2008. He worked with the Vancouver Food Policy Council in initiating the city's program to add 2010 food-producing community garden plots by 2010 as an Olympic legacy.
Peter has been publisher, president and part owner of the Business in Vancouver Media Group, which he co-founded by establishing the award-winning Business in Vancouver weekly newspaper in 1989. He has more than 35 years of journalistic experience in print, radio and television and is a frequent speaker on business, community and sustainability issues.
He brings an invaluable mix of communication skills, food- growing experience and business savvy to the urgent need to bring more local, fresh affordable food back into urban living.
From 2009-2011 he was a Fellow at the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue, researching, teaching and organizing public events around the theme Planning Cities as if Food Matters. He is on the board of The Natural Step Canada.
He lives in Vancouver with his wife Erica on a lawn-free city lot dedicated to food production. They have four grown children.
Peter Lamborn Wilson is a poet-scholar of Sufism and Western Hermeticism and a well-known radical-anarchist social thinker. He is the author, among others, of Sacred Drift: Essays on the Margins of Islam and Escape from the Nineteenth Century.
Philip Coppens is an author and investigative journalist, ranging from the world of politics to ancient history and mystery. He co-hosts The Spirit Revolution radio show with his wife Kathleen McGowan and is a frequent contributor to NEXUS Magazine and Atlantis Rising Magazine. Since 1995, he has lectured extensively and has appeared in a number of television and DVD documentaries, including Ancient Aliens: The Series (The History Channel). He is the author of The Stone Puzzle of Rosslyn Chapel, The Canopus Revelation, Land of the Gods, The New Pyramid Age, Servants of the Grail, the ebook 2012, Science or Fiction?, Killing Kennedy, The Ancient Alien Question and The Lost Civilization Enigma.
Philip H. Farber is the author of Futureritual: Magick for the 21st Century, a manual of neurological exploration and Meta-Magick: The Book of Atem (Weiser Books, 2008). His articles on magick and popular culture have appeared in Green Egg Magazine, The Journal of Hypnotism, Hypnosis Today, Mondo 2000, High Times, Paradigm Shift, and other unique publications and web sites. Phil is an instructor for Maybe Logic Academy, a Certified Hypnotist and a Licensed Trainer of Neuro-linguistic Programming, with a private practice in New York's Hudson Valley.
Preston Peet is a NYC-based writer, editor, dj, actor, musician, painter, and practitioner of art and magick in many forms. Currently sharing a tiny apartment in Manhattan’s Lower East Side with eight cats and a room-mate, Preston has lived in or traveled to and from many Western Countries. Long a self-described psychonaut, he is at this time taking a break from ingesting most any mood or mind altering substance(s). This personal decision aside, Preston has no opinion on what others do or do not put into their bodies, feeling that prohibition is one of the biggest money-making, rights-destroying scams of all time. While not researching and/or writing about the War on Some Drugs and Users, Preston spends much of his time researching and writing about other topics near and dear to his heart, lately focusing on ancient mysteries and baffling, unusual archaeological finds.
Propaganda Anonymous is one approach to a world drowning in images and vertigo.
Propanon is an MC in the underground Hip-Hop scene of New York, and beyond.
He collaborates with the Brooklyn Hip-Hop collective, Mindspray, and has recently released his first solo EP, 'Todo Corazon.'
He is also a contributor to the on-line publication, 'The Maybe Logic Quartely;' a magazine inspired by Robert Anton Wilson.
I am sometimes a musician, sometimes a would-be poet and philosopher and hopefully will soon be an English Language teacher to adults! I have a degree in English and Film Studies though never felt pulled towards the world of film, media or mainstream teaching, choosing instead to put my efforts into sustainable community activities and the pursuit of enlightenment.
Ram Dass first travelled to India in 1967 as Dr. Richard Alpert, an eminent Harvard psychologist. There he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba (affectionately known as Maharaj-ji), who gave Ram Dass his name, which means "servant of God." Upon his return from India, Ram Dass became a pivotal cultural influence and has served as a guiding light for over forty years, carrying millions along on the journey. He is the co-founder of the Seva Foundation and lives in Maui, Hawaii. www.Ramdass.org
Rampuri is the first foreigner to be initiated into the ancient society of yogis and shamans known as the Renunciates of the Ten Names, or Sannyasis. He has been a Naga Baba since 1970. A yogi and teacher who gives workshops and retreats around the world, he established the Hari Puri Ashram, in Hardwar in northern India in 1984, where he continues the oral tradition of his lineage. In 2004 he was admitted to the Council of Elders of Datt Akhara in Ujjain, India. He lives in India.
Randall Carlson is a master builder and architectural designer, teacher, geometrician, geomythologist, geological explorer and renegade scholar. He has 4 decades of study, research and exploration into the interface between ancient mysteries and modern science, has been an active Freemason for 30 years and is Past Master of one of the oldest and largest Masonic lodges in Georgia. He has been recognized by The National Science Teachers Association for his commitment to Science education for young people. Carlson is the founder of Sacred Geometry International and The Cosmographic Research Institute whose mission is to investigate and document the catastrophic history of the world and the evidence for advanced knowledge in earlier cultures; through educational programs to advance a deeper understanding of the implications of this knowledge for both past and the future of planet Earth and Human civilization upon it; and to promote strategies for successfully coping with the inevitable change that is to come.
www.FirstWays.com, have appeared in dozens of media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, The Oregonian, the Boston Globe, Ad Busters, and the Utne Reader.
Renee Verdier is a writer, DJ, and student. She studies political theory at Wesleyan University and is currently working on her senior thesis, on the political ramifications of Web 2.0 technology. She maintains blogs both for her academic writing (freereverie.com/neticulum) and her personal creative writing (freereverie.org).
Reverend Billy is the pastor of the Church Of Stop Shopping and the most beloved preacher in the Tri-State area.
Richard M. Dolan is author of UFOs and the National Security State. He is also co-author with Bryce Zabel of A.D. After Disclosure. The People's Guide to Contact, which is available for pre-order and ships in October. See http://keyholepublishing.com/AD.html
Richard Foreman is the founder and artistic director of the Ontological-Hysteric Theater. He has written, directed and designed over fifty of his own plays both in New York City and abroad. Five of his plays have received "OBIE" awards as best play of the year-and he has received five other "OBIE'S" for directing and for 'sustained achievement'. He has received the annual Literature award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a "Lifetime Achievement in the Theater" award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the PEN Club Master American Dramatist Award, a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, and in 2004 was elected officer of the Order of Arts and Letters of France.
Richard Grossinger is the publisher and co-founder of North Atlantic Books, and has written some twenty-five books, ranging from explorations of science, culture, and spirituality to memoirs, nonfiction novels, and science. Grossinger holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan and lives with his wife and North Atlantic Books co-founder Lindy Hough in Berkeley, California.
Richard Register is the author of ECOCITIES -- BUILDING CITIES IN BALANCE WITH NATURE, second edition, New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, 2006; ECOCITIES -- BUILDING CITIES IN BALANCE WITH NATURE, Berkeley Hills Books, Berkeley, 2002; editor of VILLAGE WISDOM / FUTURE CITIES, Ecocity Builders, Berkeley, 1997; author of ECOCITY BERKELEY -- BUILDING CITIES FOR A HEALTHY FUTURE, North Atlantic Books, 1987 and ANOTHER BEGINNING, Treehouse Books, Berkeley, 1978. He was founding president of Urban Ecology (1975) and founder and current president of Ecocity Builders (1992), both non-profit California educational corporations.
Robert David STEELE Vivas, born in New York in 1952 (60), has served the US Government in various capacities for over 30 years. A former spy who also worked on technical collection systems and was the senior civilian responsible for the creation of the Marine Corps Intelligence Center, he has testified against secrecy and against torture. Today he is the foremost proponent for M4IS2: Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing and Sense-Making. He ran briefly as an accepted candidate for the Reform Party nomination, forming We the People Reform Coalition, primarily to engage each of the other Presidential candidates and Occupy toward a national Electoral Reform Summit demanding of Congress the Electoral Reform Act of 2012 in time to break the back of the two-party tyranny in November 2012. He failed-everyone else was on an ego trip with no room for reform, unity, or restoring the Republic. He is the #1 Amazon reviewer for non-fiction, with over 1,800 books and some DVDs reviewed since 2000. He reads in 98 categories, with all of his reviews more easily accesses via Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog. See most of his production to date online.
Robert Moss is the creator of Active Dreaming, an original method of dreamwork and healing through the imagination. Born in Australia, he survived three near-death experiences in childhood. He leads popular seminars all over the world, including a three-year training for teachers of Active Dreaming and a lively online dream school. A former lecturer in ancient history at the Australian National University, he is a bestselling novelist, journalist, and independent scholar. His seven books on dreaming, shamanism and imagination include Conscious Dreaming, Dreamways of the Iroquois, The Three "Only" Things, The Secret History of Dreaming, and Dreamgates: Exploring the Worlds of Soul, Imagination, and Life Beyond Death.
He has appeared on many TV and radio shows, ranging from Charlie Rose and the Today show to Coast to Coast, and including The Diane Rehm Show on NPR, Michael Krasny's Forum on KQED San Francisco, The Faith Middleton Show on Connecticut Public Radio, and CBC's TapestryParade to Shaman's Drum and Beliefnet.com. His books have been published in more than twenty foreign languages.
Robert Tindall is a writer, classical guitarist and inveterate traveler, whose work explores themes of pilgrimage and the crossing of frontiers into other cultures and states of consciousness. Besides his recent book on Amazonian shamanism, The Jaguar that Roams the Mind, he has written on the pilgrimage along the Camino to Santiago. He can be contacted through his blog: roamingthemind.com
Roberto Verzola is a convenor and member of the Philippine Greens. He is active in information, environmental and agriculture issues.
Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D., is professor of psychiatry, anthropology, and philosophy at the University of California, Irvine. His publications include the books Essential Spirituality: The Seven Practices Common to World Religions and (with Frances Vaughan) Paths Beyond Ego: The Transpersonal Perspective. A native of Australia, he has been a student of contemplative practices for over twenty years. His writings and research have received over twenty national and international awards.
Ronnie Cummins is founder and Director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), a non-profit, U.S. based network of 850,000 consumers, dedicated to safeguarding organic standards and promoting a healthy, just, and sustainable system of agriculture and commerce. The OCA¹s primary strategy is to work on national and global campaigns promoting health, justice, and sustainability that integrate public education, marketplace pressure, media work, litigation, and grassroots lobbying. Cummins is also editor of OCA¹s website www.organicconsumers.org <http://www.organicconsumers.org/> (30,000 visitors a day) and newsletters, Organic Bytes (270,000 subscribers), and Organic View. He also serves on the steering committee of OCA¹s Mexico affiliate, Via Organica. Cummins has been active as a writer and activist since the 1960s, with extensive experience in human rights, anti-war, anti-nuclear, labor, consumer, environmental, and sustainable agriculture campaigns. Over the past decades he has served as director of US and international efforts such as the Pure Food Campaign, and the Global Days of Action Against GMOs. From 1992-98 Cummins served as a campaign director for the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington, D.C. In 1998, Cummins organized the SOS (Save Organic Standards) Campaign, spearheading the largest consumer grassroots backlash against the US Department of Agriculture in recent history. He is also a frequent lecturer, both in the US and abroad. Cummins has published numerous articles and authored a series of children¹s books called Children of the World. Cummins¹ most recent book is Genetically Engineered Food: A Self-Defense Guide for Consumers (Second Revised Edition Marlowe & Company 2004). He lives with his wife and 13 year-old son in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, headquarters of the OCA in Mexico, as well as in Finland, Minnesota on the north shore of Lake Superior.
Ross Heaven is a psychologist, healer, and workshop facilitator and presenter with extensive training in the shamanic, transpersonal, and psychospiritual traditions. The author of more than 10 books, including Plant Spirit Shamanism, he teaches workshops on shamanism and plant medicines in Spain and England and coordinates trips to Peru to work with indigenous plant shamans. He lives in Spain and the United Kingdom.
Roy Christopher's main interests are figurative language use (hence the Hip-hop) and the evolution of technology (hence the media theory). His main goal as a writer is to entertain and as a scientist is to find novelty, though he admits he's more of the former than the latter and more of a fan than a critic. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Christopher's main project from 1997 to 2007 was frontwheeldrive.com, through which he established himself as what Disinformation editor Alex Burns called, "one of the internet's leading interviewers of subculture and new-science icons." Scott McCloud described the site as "nicely designed and packed with ideas (a rarity on both counts)," and Mark Dery called it "brutally cool." A book-length anthology of the best interviews from the site, Follow for Now: Interviews with Friends and Heroes (Well-Red Bear), was released in 2007, and has been lauded for its eclectic but consistent content. From April, 2004 to October, 2007, he was assistant editor to Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky on his anthology Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture (MIT Press, 2008). Though his work has been featured on numerous websites, in many magazines, and in a few books, roychristopher.com is now home to most of his writing.
R. U. Sirius is a writer, editor, talk show host, musician, and cyberculture icon best known as co-founder and original Editor-In-Chief of Mondo 2000 from 1989-1993. Sirius was also chairman and candidate in the 2000 U.S. presidential election for The Revolution Party. He is currently part of the team at the webzine, 10 Zen Monkeys, and hosts two podcast shows on the MondoGlobo Network. The shows are The RU Sirius Show and NeoFiles.
carl a. p. ruck is a professor of classical studies at Boston University. His work with the Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann and the ethnomycologist R. Gordon Wasson demonstrated that the ancient Greek Eleusinian Mystery was an initiation involving an LSD-like visionary sacrament derived from ergot. In Persephone's Quest: Entheogens and the Origins of Religion, he proclaimed the centrality of psychoactive sacraments at the very beginnings of religion, employing the neologism "entheogen" to free the topic from the pejorative connotations for words like drug or hallucinogen.
josé alfredo gonzález celdrán is a professor of ancient Greek based in Murcia, Spain. He is the author of an historical novel set in ancient Egypt at the time of the heretical monotheistic pharaoh Akhenaten and a book on the role of psychoactive mushrooms in myth and religion, as well as works with an archaeologist on prehistoric rock paintings.
mark a. hoffman is editor of Entheos: The Journal of Psychedelic Spirituality and entheomedia.org. He has written on shamanism, ancient religions, early Christianity, and the role of visionary sacraments in Western mystery tradition. He holds degrees in Religious Studies and Philosophy from San Diego State University and currently lives in Taos, New Mexico.
Rudolph Wurlitzer has published four novels – Nog, Flats, Quake, Slow Fade – and a non-fiction book, Hard Travel to Sacred Places, as well as three screenplays – Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Two Lane Blacktop, Walker. Among his twelve produced screenplays are Voyager, Little Buddha, and Candy Mountain, which he co-directed. He also wrote the libretto for the Philip Glass opera, In the Penal Colony, as well as several plays and numerous short stories and articles.
Ru Callender is a maverick undertaker, celebrant and writer from the UK. For the first 30 years of his life he did little of note. For the past ten, he has done this
DR. RUPERT SHELDRAKE is a biologist and author of more than 80 technical papers and ten books, including A New Science of Life and Dogs That Know When Their Owners Come Home. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, where he was Director of Studies in cell biology, and also was a Research Fellow of the Royal Society. From 2005-2010, he was the Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project for research on unexplained human abilities, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge. He is currently a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences in California, and a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. He is married, has two sons, and lives in London. His web site is www.sheldrake.org.
Russell Targ, born in Chicago and raised in New York City, is a physicist and author who was a pioneer in the development of the laser and laser applications, and was co-founder of the Stanford Research Institute's investigation into psychic abilities in the 1970s and 1980s -- the real X-Files. His work in this new area, called remote viewing, was published in Nature, The Proceedings of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Targ has a B.S. in Math and Physics from Queens College, and did graduate work in physics at Columbia University. He is co-author of seven books dealing with the scientific investigation of psychic abilities.
Ryan Wartena, Ph.D. is a chemical engineer and postdoctorate at MIT in the Department of Material Science and Engineering, developing small and distributed energy systems and applications for social autonomy with a concentration in electrochemical devices and assembly of energy systems for nanotechnology. Artistic endeavors include painting, growing architecture, light art and the applied convergence and integration of all things.
Sandhi is a Jivamukti yoga teacher, fire hoop performer, hoop yoga instructor and creator, and an aerial dancer.
Sarah Maiden is a private investigative journalist with a revolutionary bent. Currently residing in Hana, Maui, she enjoys morning yoga at her ocean view deck & does highly-acclaimed visionary tarot readings for extra income. (See www.maidenvoyagetarot.com). An advocate of magickal practice and entheogenic tools for personal and collective salvation, Maiden feels both hopeful and terrified by the realities of modern society, our loss of the sacred & the lost art of storytelling. She wants to spread new stories like seeds for the communal soul, for the archetypal is the gateway to the material. May our stories grow amazing new horizons and opportunities.
Sati is a teacher for at-risk youth in the Los Angeles. Out of the classroom she is commonly found writing short tales, poetry, and ivory tunes. Sometimes she even dances...
A Fractalverse Surfer.
A language evolver.
An invisible bridge builder.
I AM ZOOMDOUT (multiple puns intended) 0_0
Sera Beak is a world-traveled Harvard-trained scholar of comparative religion and an intrepid "spiritual cowgirl." Her first book, The Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine Spark, is aimed at jaded, yet still spiritually curious young women, although the material speaks to all ages and genders. She calls the book a "firestarter." Sera is called "a woman who is hands down the freshest, boldest breath of fresh air spirituality has heard, read or seen in decades" by Maureen Moss, author, motivational speaker, and radio host of worldpuja.org.
Sergio Lub is an architect, inventor, jewelry designer (www.SergioLub.com), and a social networker. He is passionate about interconnecting visionary people and in 1995, more than a decade before Web 2.0, he designed the community building freeware Friendly Favors (www.Favors.org), which is now used collaboratively by over 100 organizations, interconnecting 50,000+ people within a network of trust extending to more than 150 countries. Favors also hosts physical meetings, mostly around the San Francisco Bay Area. You can RSVP to upcoming gatherings at: Favors.org > Events.
Sergio Magaña, "Ocelocoyotl," is a well-known and respected healer in Mexico City, who has been initiated into the 5,000-year-old Toltec or Toltecayotl lineage of Mesoamerica. The tradition began with the ancient Chichimecas, who transmitted it to Teotihuacans and then Toltecs, who then taught both the Mayans and Aztecs. Sergio is also trained in the Tol shamanic lineage (nahualism) of dreaming knowledge that has been passed on in the oral tradition without interruption from master to student for 1,460 years. The time for these teachings to be unveiled is now and Sergio is one of a few spokespeople asked to share this ancient and hidden wisdom with the world. For additional information please visit: www.sergiomagana.com.
Accelerated Intelligence. Cheyene shares his passion to accelerate intelligence through his latest company and products.Born in Iran,Cheyene is an award winning entrepreneur, writer and filmmaker currently based in Los Angeles, California.
Sharron Rose, MA.Ed, is a filmmaker, teacher, author, choreographer and Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in World Mythology, Religion and the Sacred Arts of Dance, Music and Theatre. She is the writer/director of the feature-length documentary, 2012 The Odyssey (Sacred Mysteries Productions, 2006), and producer of the Sacred Mysteries DVD Collection. Ms. Rose is the author of the award-winning book The Path of the Priestess; A Guidebook for Awakening the Divine Feminine (Inner Traditions, 2003 ), and creator of the instructional DVD Yoga of Light. She is also a contributing writer for the book The Mystery of 2012 (Sounds True, 2007).
Shunyamurti is the founder and director of the Sat Yoga Institute, located in Costa Rica. The Institute is now building a residential ashram and eco-village. Shunyamurti leads retreats and offers individual transformation sessions, as well as providing professional training in Clinical Atmanology, a healing modality involving dreamwork, energywork, guided meditation, and spontaneous expression. He is the author of The Transformational Imperative. For more info, go to http://www.satyogainstitute.org/.
ST Frequency is the alias most associated with writer and musician Stephen C. Thomas. He holds a BA in English from Georgia State University and studied British and American History at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK. As part of the artist collective Kids w/ Codenames, ST has organized electronic music events and released several eclectic EPs. Originally from Atlanta, ST lives in Tucson, Arizona where he is a grant writer at Native Seeds/SEARCH, a seed conservation nonprofit.
ST Frequency is a Regular Contributor at Reality Sandwich and is co-founder of Evolver Atlanta, the first Evolver Spore chapter.
Stacy Fine is a rock n' roller who lives in Woodstock, NY and NYC. A firm believer in the revolutionary ideals of the 1960's, she has turned her PR work to stand for Pushing Revolution. She is an independent publicist, show producer, music and book reviewer and now an associate curator.
Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph.D., is a psychiatrist with over forty years experience of research into non-ordinary states of consciousness (induced by psychedelic substances and various non-drug techniques) and one of the founders and chief theoreticians of transpersonal psychology.
Starhawk is the author of ten books on Goddess religion, earth based spirituality and activism, including The Spiral Dance and her latest, The Earth Path (HarperSanFrancisco). She consulted on the Women in Spirituality series of documentaries the National Film Board of Canada, and together with director Donna Read, founded Belili Productions, www.belili.org, making documentaries on issues concerning women and the earth. Their first, Signs Out of Time, explores the life and work of archaeologist Marija Gimbutas and was released in 2004. They are presently working on a documentary on permaculture and regenerative design.
Stella Osorojos is a freelance writer and Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Her stories have appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Spirituality & Health, InStyle, and more. Her private practice in energy medicine is based in Santa Fe, NM. Find out more at www.underthepine.com.
Stephan A. Schwartz is the editor of the daily Web publication The Schwartzreport (http://www.schwartzreport.net), which concentrates on trends that will shape the future, an area of research he has been working in since the mid-1960s. He is also the Senior Samueli Fellow in Brain, Mind and Healing at the Samueli Institute. For over 35 years Schwartz has also been an active experimentalist doing research on the nature of consciousness, particularly Remote Viewing, healing, creativity, religious ecstasy, and meditation. He is the author of several books and numerous papers, technical reports, and general audience articles on these topics.
Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy.
Sue Salinger has been producing and managing multi-platform creative media projects for national and international audiences for over two decades. Current focus: participatory, social change media. Current obsession: digital preservation and archiving of culture and memory. Salinger teaches media history, production and philosophy.
Suresh Fernando is an activist and philosopher with a wide range of life experience and interests. He has recently been heavily involved with the Occupy movement... His impetus to join the movement stemmed from over a decade as a stockbroker and investment banker which left him with a deep sense of unease. He has now completely shifted his focus and is working with local activist organizations, and regularly writing, with a view to both revealing the hypocrisies of the existing system as well as shining a light on the way forward!
Susana Bustos is a Chilean psychologist and music therapist who received her doctorate in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco. Her work has focused on the therapeutic potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness and the supportive role of music in those states, particularly on the role of icaros during ayahuasca ceremonies. Susana co-leads groups into the Peruvian rainforest, teaches courses on entheogenic shamanism and research at CIIS, and works with clients seeking to integrate non-ordinary experiences into their daily lives in her private practice in Oakland, CA. in Oakland, CA.
Talat Jonathan Phillips is the author of “The Electric Jesus: The Healing Journey of a Contemporary Gnostic.” He co-founded the cutting edge web-magazine Reality Sandwich and Evolver.net, coordinating 50+ regional Evolver communities. He is a religion blogger for "The Huffington Post," the creator of “The Ayahuasca Monologues: Tales of the Spirit Vine,” a Reiki Master and Bioenergetic Healer and does Skype sessions and has a healing practice in NYC. www.TalatHealing.com
Tamra Lucid is executive producer of a documentary about Los Aldeanos, co-producer of Exile Nation, and associate producer of The Gits documentary. Her zines T.V.i. and Eracism were reprinted in A Girl's Guide To Taking Over The World: The Zine Revolution by Karen Green and Tristan Taormino, and in Hilary Carlip and Francesca Lia Block's Zine Scene. Her Autopsy Stamp Mandala paintings, and several of her free standing assemblages, were featured at the opening of the Oren Gallery in Venice Beach, California. Mongrel Patriot Review, her blog for Newtopia Magazine, includes interviews with John Trudell, Buddy Roemer, Maggie Vail and Angie Young. She's a founding member and primary singer of Lucid Nation.
Taylor Ellwood is the author of Pop Culture Magick, Space/Time Magic, Inner Alchemy, Multi-Media Magic, and Co-author of Kink Magic with Lupa. He is also the managing non-fiction editor of Immanion Press and a creativity and marketing life coach. For more information about Taylor please visit http://www.thegreenwolf.com, http://www.imagineyourreality.com, or http://magicalexperiments.wordpress.com
The Teafaerie has been an avid entheogenic explorer her entire adult life and she has served as ground control for well over 100 trips. She writes stories, poems, movies, plays and essays, makes videos, organizes flash mobs, and is one of the founders of Prometheatrics, a big cool Esplanade camp at Burning Man. She is active in the flow arts and object manipulation community; putting on shows, giving lessons and co-developing and maintaining a networking and file sharing site for fire dancers. At various times she has been a writer, nanny, actress, childbirth doula, homeless person, live-action storyteller, toy inventor, street performer, and rave promoter. Some people say they serve God or their country; the Teafaerie just serves the Tea. She loves her beautiful life and her amazing family.
Andy Bichlbaum is a guy who couldn't hold down a job until he and Mike Bonanno - even more jobless than Andy - became reps for the WTO, George W. Bush, Halliburton, Dow Chemical, and the U.S. federal government. Now they're the Yes Men, and they use humor, truth and lunacy to bring media attention to the local and global misdeeds of their unwilling employers. They have been called "the Jonathan Swift of the Jackass generation" by author Naomi Klein. The Yes Men are currently making a film that follows them on several of their recent adventures, and in the process asks (and answers) some essential questions about the biggest problems now facing the world.
Thomas B. Roberts is author of The Psychedelic Future of the Mind, co-editor of the 2-book set Psychedelic Medicine: New Evidence for Hallucinogens as Treatments, author of Psychedelic Horizons, and editor of Spiritual Growth with Entheogens. He is a Professor Emeritus at Northern Illinois where he has taught the world's first university-cataloged course in psychedelics since 1981.
Thomas H. Greco, Jr. is a writer, networker, and consultant, specializing in cashless exchange systems and community economic development. A former engineer, entrepreneur, and tenured college professor, he is widely regarded as a leading authority on free-market approaches to monetary and financial innovation, and is a sought-after adviser and speaker at conferences internationally.
He is the Director of the Community Information Resource Center, a U.S. non-profit networking hub, which provides information access and developmental support for efforts in community improvement, social justice, and sustainability.
He is the author of many articles and books, including The End of Money and the Future of Civilization (2009), Money: Understanding and Creating Alternatives to Legal Tender (2001), New Money for Healthy Communities (1994), and Money and Debt: a Solution to the Global Crisis (1990). His blog, http://beyondmoney.net, and his website, http://reinventingmoney.com, offer an unprecedented wealth of information on the interplay of money, finance, economics and democracy.
Thomas Laird has been based in Kathmandu, Nepal, for thirty years and now divides his time between there and New Orleans. His most recent book is The Story of Tibet: Conversations with the Dalai Lama.
Thomas P. Healy is a journalist, community activist and bicyclist in Central Indiana.
Thomas Razzeto has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and many years of experience in software design, technical support, computer training and computer consulting. He studied physics, chemistry, calculus and other scientific subject as part of his college education. Thomas has always been interested in how things work and he likes to find ways to explain these things to the common person. Thomas became interesting in 2012 in the Spring of 2008 when a public lecture left him wondering what the presenter was really trying to say. He decided to dig deeper into the subject and found some things that are frequently misunderstood and other things that seem important to him yet are completely unknown to everyone else. This lead him to write his book, Mystical 2012, which is available at Amazon both as a paperback and as an ebook. You can find out more and read many free essays at: www.2012essays.com or www.mystical2012.com.
Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker and founder of The Webby Awards. She will receive one of the 2012 Disruptive Innovation Awards from the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. Her film Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology was recently selected by The US State Department & USC for The 2012 America Film Showcase, which will bring 19 feature documentaries from the last 10 years to embassies around the world to foster dialogue. Follow Tiffany on Twitter at @tiffanyshlain.
Tom Bradley's latest novel, illustrated by the alchemical artist David Aronson, is coming next year from the occult publisher, Mandrake of Oxford. Other recent books include Family Romance (Jaded Ibis Press, illustrated by Nick Patterson), A Pleasure Jaunt With One of the Sex Workers Who Don't Exist in the People's Republic of China (Neopoiesis Press), Even the Dog Won't Touch Me (Ahadada Press), Hemorrhaging Slave of an Obese Eunuch (Dog Horn Publishing) and Put It Down in a Book (The Drill Press), which was named 3:AM Magazine‘s Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2009. Further curiosity can be indulged at http://tombradley.org
Tony Torn is an actor, director, and long time member of the Reality Sandwich community. His experimental, satirical web miniseries The Grand Inquisitor can be found at http://newsdate2011.com.
Tristan Gulliford is a writer, poet, musician, and DJ living and working in Colorado. He represents one of a relatively rare segment of the population who believe that art and magic have the power to change the world on a daily basis. As a poet, he articulates the beautiful yet challenging mystical path of trying to integrate the spiritual and revelatory aspects of existence with the mundane realities of modern life. As DJ Dreamcode, he drops ethereal and psychedelic beats spanning several genres of electronic music. As a human being, he loves dreaming, gazing up into the stars, watching interesting films, being with people who laugh often, and (of course) music! Visit the DJ Dreamcode MySpace to listen to some of his music online.
Velcrow Ripper is an award-winning filmmaker with dozens of films and videos under his belt, including Scared Sacred, winner of the 2005 Genie (Canadian Academy Award) for best feature documentary, and Special Jury Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. Bones of the Forest, his 1995 environmental medittion, won nine major film awards, including a Genie and best of the festival at Hot Docs. Ripper's latest film is Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action. This award winning feature doc's message of hope and change is delivered via magnificent visuals. He is currently shooting Occupy Love, a feature documentary which chronicles the heart of the Occupy movement, and beyond.
Venkatesh Rao is a writer, consultant and independent researcher. He is the author of Tempo, a book on narrative-driven decision-making, and writes the popular ribbonfarm blog. He consults in the areas of organizational design, technology trend analysis and product marketing. His current interests include the future of data, urbanism, the Internet of Things and the history of innovation. He holds a PhD in systems and control theory from the University of Michigan and has over a decade of experience in startup, academic and corporate R&D environments.
Out of the stripmall dystopias of San Jose, CA, I emerged and discovered my soul first in the giant sequioas of the California redwoods and seaweed of the Pacific Ocean, before traveling thru over 20 countries in the next eight years. From picking avocados and working in an oil barrel factory in an Israeli kibbutz to studying massage in Thailand, from teaching english at the Cambodian LandMines museum and working with the dying in Calcutta, India, from playing music with sufis in Kashmir to treedancing with giant Ceiba trees while studying the mysteries of the year 2012 with Mayan elders in Guatemala, as poet, musician, photographer, and videographer I have been blessed to receive and reflect the tender, aching soul of the world.
Vikram Zutshi is a prolific filmmaker, writer, photojournalist, scuba diver and yogi based out of Los Angeles. When he's not submerged under water circling a sunken galleon or at twenty thousand feet high filming the Himalayan snow leopard, he can be found contemplating the infinite while trying to unwrap himself from the perfect Garbhapindasana.
Aloha, My name is Wahkeena Sitka. I am an artist, mystic, writer, vocalist, web & graphic designer and curious creature of creativity, an explorer of life. I live in Southern Oregon. Sun in Leo, Moon in Aries, Rising in Pisces. My mission in life is to remove the cultural stick up everybody's ass and to empower and inspire more women to embody their feminine divinity. My ultimate creative joy in life is song and singing.
Walter Cruttenden is the Director of the Binary Research Institute, an archaeoastronomy think tank in California. He is the author of Lost Star of Myth and Time, The Great Year Adventures-with Tommy the Time-Traveling Turtle, and the award winning documentary, The Great Year, narrated by James Earl Jones. Cruttenden's work studies the astronomy of ancient cultures, their almost universal belief in a cycle of time with alternating Dark and Golden Ages, and what this means for humanity today.
sustainable community development through stakeholder engagement.
Originator of the Green Map concept, Wendy has co-produced participatory
tools, icons, multimedia and events, as seen at GreenMap.org. Her local
New York Green Maps highlight her areas of expertise, including energy &
climate, composting & local food, ecotourism & shared mobility. Honors for
Green Map include the US National Sustainability Award, Living Labs Global
and the Victor Papanek Social Design Award 2011. As a consultant and
accelerator active for 20 years, Wendy has been appointed Designer in
Residence at Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, an Utne
Visionary, Honorary Citizen of Nagakute Japan (host city of EXPO 2005) and Woman of Earth/Terre de Femme, as seen at EcoCultural.info.
Wendy Strgar, the owner and founder of Good Clean Love, manufacturer of all natural love and intimacy products. She is a sex educator focusing on Making Love Sustainable, a green philosophy of relationships which teaches the importance of valuing the renewable resources of love relationships and family. She lectures on Sustainable Love and is working on both a book and dvd on the topic. She writes on several green blogs and for magazines like Mothering and Natural Solutions. She lives in Eugene, Oregon with her husband, a psychiatrist, and their four children ages 9-19.
William McGillis teaches high school English and mythology in Minneapolis. He is interested in the connection between the imagination, trance, psychological symptoms, cultural disorder, and the regeneration of the world's indigenous soul. He is working on a book-length study exploring the contemporary relevance of visionary poet William Blake.
Wolf D. Storl is a cultural ecologist and university professor who has conducted research and taught in the United States, India, Mexico, the Canary Islands, South Africa, and much of Europe. As an anthropologist his area of research is shamanism and healing in traditional societies with a focus on the role of plants in all aspects of life, including sacred symbolism, magic, medicine, foods, and poisons. The author of more than two dozen books in German and English including Healing Lyme Disease Naturally, he lives with his family and a number of pets in the forested foothills of the Alps in southern Germany, where he gardens, collects herbs, conducts ethnobotanical studies and writes his books.
Woody Tasch is Founder and Chairman of HYPERLINK "http://www.slowmoney.org"Slow Money, a 501(c)3 non-profit formed in 2008 to catalyze the flow of investment capital to small food enterprises and to promote new principles of fiduciary responsibility to support sustainable agriculture and the emergence of a restorative economy. Tasch is Chairman Emeritus of Investors' Circle, a nonprofit network of investors that has facilitated the flow of $134 million to 200 sustainability minded, early stage companies and venture funds. For most of the 1990's Woody was Treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, where he pioneered mission related investing. He is an experienced venture-capital investor and entrepreneur, he has served on numerous for-profit and non-profit boards, and was founding chairman of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, which supports venture investing in economically disadvantaged regions. In 2010, Utne Reader named Woody one of "25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World." His new book "Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money" is published by HYPERLINK "http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/inquiries_into_the_nature_of_slow_money:paperback"Chelsea Green. You can reach him at HYPERLINK "mailto:email@example.com" firstname.lastname@example.org
I was born in 1958 in Paterson N.J., home to William Carlos Williams and Allen Ginsberg. I will pass over the follies of my youth, and only note that I went on to take a BA from Columbia, and a PhD in Classics from Brown, which rendered me virtually unemployable, and for some time not very good company. After almost a decade of waiting tables, digging ditches, selling idols, writing for a small newspaper, &c. &c. in Israel, Ireland and New England, the shifting demographic finally brought demand for my skills, and I am now employed as a High School Latin teacher in New Jersey.
Yannis Toussulis, Ph.D. is the current director of The Center for Human Inquiry in Emeryville, California where he teaches and conducts research in the practice of cross-cultural negotiation, leadership skills, and contemplative practices. In this and other endeavors Dr. Toussulis combines academic qualifications in intercultural psychology and human science research with practical expertise gained from his thirty-year long experience in Mental Health Services. He conducts a separate private practice as a family psychotherapist (M.A., LMFT #11962) in Emeryville, Califronia.