Leland H. Faust is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (B.A. Economics with Great Distinction) and an honors graduate of the Harvard Law School where he was an instructor in U.S. Income Taxation. He was certified for more than 3D years as a specialist in Taxation Law by the California State Bar of Legal Specialization and has lectured extensively on tax and financial matters. He is also the co-author of Personal Tax Planning a book published by the Continuing Education of the Bar. In 1978, he began his career in Financial Management as Founder and Chairman of CSI Capital Management. There, he served as Chief Investment Counsel for over $1.5 billion in assets. Barron's has named Leland to its annual list of the Top 100 Mutual Fund Managers and in 2007 through 2010 to its list of the Top 100 Independent Investment Advisers in the country. Because of his extensive work with professional athletes, Leland has been named by The Sporting News to its list of "100 Most Powerful People in Sports", one of the only two investment advisers ever named to that list.
Richard Whittaker is the co-founder, with Rue Harrison, of the non-profit "Society for theReCognition of Art" and founding editor  of the magazine "works & conversations". Earlier he founded The Secret Alameda [published from 1990-96]. He is also the West Coast editor of Parabola magazine. Although Whittaker has a background in philosophy [BA] and clinical psychology [MA] and has done graduate work at the GTU in Berkeley, his connections with art go back over forty years including photography, ceramics, painting and sculpture.
Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D. DHL. graduated from Australia’s Queensland University with degrees in psychology, physiology, neuroscience, and medicine, and then came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar. He is now at the University of California at Irvine where he is professor of psychiatry, philosophy, and anthropology, as well as a professor in the religious studies program.
Will Rosenzweig is a mime, magician and master gardener. As his day job, he serves as a partner of Physic Ventures, the first venture capital firm dedicated to investing in keeping people healthy. Will has been involved in growing more than 20 companies. Will served on the faculty at UC Berkeley for nearly a decade teaching social entrepreneurship and in 2010 was honored with the Oslo Business for Peace Award, “the highest distinction… in the area of ethical business.”
Robert McDermott is President Emeritus of CIIS, the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is chair of the CIIS programme in philosophy, cosmology, and consciousness. He has been president or chair of the board of many other institutions including the Rudolph Steiner institute. Robert McDermott has written and lectured extensively on the evolution of consciousness, the spiritual mission of America, eastern and western spiritual masters, Rudolph Steiner, and anthroposophy.
Ladd Bauer is a physician ethicist, radio host and essayist. He is an associate editor of the journal of alternative and complementary medicine. His consulting practice is based in part on the principles of slow medicine. His current project explores how our cultural blind spots obscure the effect of medical choices on our shared environment, economy and spirit.
Peter Newsom MD was an emergency room doctor for 18 years then trained in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry.
Dr. Newsom has spent over 40 years studying the brain and mind, from neurophysiological, psychological, medical, and psychiatric perspectives. He has also studied meditation and mindfulness with some of the world's greatest teachers. Dr Newsom's approach is mindfulness centered healing. Holistic based on trust respect and commitment to healing, mindfulness training integrates with psychotherapy and other modalities.
Sylvia Timbers has been involved in consciousness studies and training for over twenty-five years, developing multi-media projects and practices focused on psychological and spiritual development. She has worked as a counsellor to the terminally ill and is currently writing and co-producing a feature-length documentary about Tibet.
Martha Heyneman is a journalist, poet, teacher, and social commentator who is deeply engaged in the practice and understanding of the Gurdjieff teachings. She is the author of ‘The Breathing Cathedral: feeling our way into a living cosmos’, and ‘The Productions of Time, Collected Essays’. Many of her essays exploring western views of the cosmos literature and science have appeared in the magazine, Parabola.
Dr. Martin Shaw is a mythologist, storyteller and award winning wilderness Rites-of-Passage guide. Author of ‘A Branch From The Lightning Tree: Ecstatic Myth and the Grace in Wildness’ (June 2011 White Cloud Press), he works internationally and is visiting lecturer on Archbishop Desmond Tutu's Leadership Programme at Templeton College, Oxford. As Director of the Westcountry School of Myth and Story he has a weekly blog.
The Rev. Alan Jones is Dean of Grace Episcopal Cathedral in San Francisco, California. Born in England, Alan was educated there and at General Theological Seminary in New York City, where he later founded the Center for Christian Spirituality. Dr. Jones is a well-known writer and skilled storyteller. Among his books on Christian spirituality are Passion for Pilgrimage, Soul Making, and Sacrifice & Delight: Spirituality for Ministry.
Jurriaan Kamp founded Ode Magazine in The Netherlands in 1995 with his wife, Helene de Puy. The magazine continues to thrive there and in 2007, Ode Magazine’s U.S. offices opened in the Bay Area.
Ode’s mission is to publish stories about the people and ideas that are making a difference. The magazine for “intelligent optimists,” Ode reports on positive news in the areas of health, science, spirit, life, energy and business. Odemagazine.com is a vibrant community that connects readers from around the globe.
Frances Vaughan, Ph.D. is a psychologist, educator and author of books, chapters and articles on psychology and spirituality. Her books include Awakening Intuition, The Inward Arc: Healing in Psychotherapy and Spirituality and Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions. With her husband, Roger Walsh, she is co-editor of Paths Beyond Ego: The Transpersonal Vision, and Gifts from A Course in Miracles.
As a pioneer in transpersonal psychology, Dr. Vaughan was a founding faculty member of the Institute of Transpersonal psychology. Later she joined the clinical faculty at the University of California Medical School at Irvine. At present she is a founding faculty member of the Metta Institute.
David Heiden is a physician, humanitarian, author, and photographer. He is an ophthalmologist whose work centers on the prevention of blindness in people with AIDS. Dr. Heiden founded the AIDS Eye Initiative part of the SEVA foundation's center for innovation in EyeCare, to train doctors in the diagnosis and treatment of the blinding CMV infection. In collaboration with Doctors without Borders, this project has also brought drugs and necessary medical equipment to treat AIDS patients throughout Africa and Asia.
Michael Krasny, Ph.D., is host of KQED's award-winning Forum, a news and public affairs program that concentrates on the arts, culture, health, business and technology. Before coming to KQED Public Radio in 1993, Dr. Krasny hosted a night-time talk program for KGO Radio and co-anchored the weekly KGO television show Nightfocus. He hosted Bay TV's Take Issue, a nightly news analysis show, programs for KQED Public Televison, KRON television and National Public Radio, and did news commentary for KTVU television. Since 1970 he has been a professor of English at San Francisco State University and is a widely published scholar and critic as well as a former regular contributor to Mother Jones magazine and a fiction writer. He has also worked widely as a facilitator and host in the corporate sector and as moderator for a host of major non-profit events.
Nipun Mehta is the founder of servicespace.org, a fully volunteer-run organization that has delivered millions of dollars of web-related services to the nonprofit world for free. The recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service and the President's Volunteer Service Award, his work creatively leverages web technologies for collaborative and transformational giving, lending him insight into service, leadership, organizational design, and spirituality. He serves on the advisory boards of the Seva Foundation, Dalai Lama Foundation, and Airline Ambassadors.
Angeles Arrien is an anthropologist, educator, award-winning author, and consultant to many organizations and businesses, including the Fetzer Institute. She lectures nationally and internationally; conducting workshops that bridge cultural anthropology, psychology, and mediation skills. Requests for her expertise have taken her to Bali, China, Indonesia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Spain, Denmark, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), Germany, Ireland, South Africa, and Canada. Her work with multi-cultural issues, mediation, and conflict resolution has been used with the International Rights Commission and the World Indigenous Council. She has also presented her material on the Cable News Network (CNN).
Michael Murphy is the co-founder and chairman of the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, the Center for Theory and Research, a citizen diplomat, and the author of both non-fiction and fiction books that explore evidence for extraordinary human capacities. Among his many books are God and The Evolving Universe (with James Redfield and Sylvia Timbers), The Life We Are Given (with George Leonard), The Future of the Body, and four novels: Golf in the Kingdom, The Kingdom of Shivas Irons, Jacob Atabet, and An End to Ordinary History.
Jack Kornfield was trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma and India and has taught meditation worldwide since around 1974, in addition to holding a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. He has authored numerous best selling books, audio and meditation tapes. In 1972 he co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts and is a founding teacher of the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California, where he currently lives and teaches.