I have finally found my spiritual home!"
Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian is a spiritual teacher, poet, writer, and the spiritual director of Center for Spiritual Enlightenment—a Kriya Yoga Meditation Center with headquarters in San Jose, California. She teaches nationally and internationally and has received several community service awards, including the 2015 Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Promotion of Religious Pluralism. Her message is “engaged enlightenment” – an invitation to live a spiritually awake, creatively inspired and fulfilled life, now.
Along with her service as a meditation teacher and esteemed Yogacharya, Ellen Grace O’Brian is the Founder and President of Carry the Vision, a community nonviolence educational project bringing meditation instruction to staff and children in schools, the prison population, and other segments of society. She is the founder and President of Meru Institute, providing lifestyle education and leadership training in yoga studies, Ayurveda, and community service. She holds a Masters Degree in Education, with an emphasis in Transpersonal Counseling.
Yogacharya O’Brian’s published works include Living the Eternal Way: Spiritual Meaning and Practice in Daily Life and Living for the Sake of the Soul, and three volumes of poetry including the award-winning 2017 release: The Moon Reminded Me. She is editor of Enlightenment Journal and host of The Yoga Hour, a weekly podcast.
Reverend Willow Scott has been an Independent New Thought Minister since 2004. As a lifelong student of metaphysics, and a student of the school of hard knocks, Rev Willow brings a passion for spiritual healing, along with a lot of heart and grit into her ministerial work. She has been a practitioner of A Course in Miracles since 1982 and a teacher of ACIM since 2007. She founded the Love Church of Maui, an Independent New Thought Ministry, in 2005 and led a small diverse congregation for 2 years. Currently Rev Willow is co-founder and senior Minister of the non profit One Love LGBTQ Youth Outreach Services. One Love focuses on helping LGBTQ youth who have been displaced and harmed by fundamentalist religions.
Mandy is an energetic healer as well as the owner of Body Mechanics Pilates and Bodywork in Portland, OR. Body Mechanics is a Pilates Studio and Wellness Center that offers sanctuary for people to allow the unfolding of their own transformation to take place. She began developing her Energy work after becoming certified in Pilates. It is deeply healing and is continuously evolving as a co-creative process with each person with whom she works. Her work gets to the root of whatever trauma is residing in your body, whether it be physical, emotional, or karmic and helps you move through the process of acknowledging and healing those patterns that reside within your physical, emotional and energetic bodies. In addition to personal Energy sessions Mandy does energetic space clearings of both homes and businesses. She also works with vibrational flower essences. She creates personalized essences to help support and ease people through stress and transition.
Harris Zafar is National Spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA – among the oldest Muslim organizations in America – and author of book “Demystifying Islam: Tackling the Tough Questions.” Harris addresses issues facing Islam and the Muslim world in various media while also elucidating Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s global efforts towards pluralism and understanding. A staunch advocate for universal human rights, Harris was praised in a March 2012 motion raised on the floor of the House of Commons in Great Britain for his work defending religious freedom.
From college campuses like Harvard, Yale and Carnegie Mellon to interfaith services, churches and other public events, Harris has spoken across the United States and internationally. He is also an Adjunct Instructor of Islamic Studies at two colleges, instructing courses about the teachings of Islam and the history of both the religion and its Prophet Muhammad. From Fox News and CNN to syndicated radio programs, he regularly appears on national and local news in print, TV and radio to provide insight on current issues from an Islamic perspective and to condemn intolerance and human rights abuses, especially when done in the name of religion.
Son of Pakistani parents, Harris was born and raised in the United States and maintains his identity as a Muslim and an American by following Islam’s commandment to be a loyal citizen of the country in which one resides. He is married with three beautiful children and currently resides in Portland, Oregon.
- From Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/harris-zafar-504
Jenn Tasnim Savage is a Master Sufi Teacher & Energy Healer who supports Sensitive and Empathic Leaders, WayShowers and ChangeMakers on their path of self-discovery. Using her connection to Source, she combines laser like intuition with ancient Sufi healing techniques to help you connect to your body, open your heart and understand the language of your Spirit. Together, you uncover patterns that hold you back as you re-discover your innate superpowers and courageously share your voice and gifts with the world.
“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” ― Joseph Campbell
It has been said that Jean Houston’s mind should be considered a national treasure. There’s a reason for that. Trained as a classical scholar, Jean stepped beyond her teaching positions at major universities to explore the untapped possibilities of the human mind and spirit starting over 60 years ago. Her work and publications drew the attention of leaders around the world and she stepped into the role of a mentor to Presidents of countries, social change agents, and those students on every continent who wanted to hone their personal potentials and put them to use.
Houston became a consultant for the United Nations and has written over 30 books advocating the spiritual genius in each and every person, and the necessary expression of that self-actuated human for good in the world. Deepak Chopra says “Jean Houston is the most important teacher of personal and social change today.” She is and always has been the dedicated champion of the human spirit.
Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor and cofounder of Be Nourished, LLC in Portland, OR. Her work encourages movement toward a compassionate model of radical self-care to heal body shame and patterns of chronic dieting and disordered eating. She is the co-creator of Body Trust® Wellness, a Certified Daring Way™ facilitator, and a transformational workshop leader. Hilary is a popular speaker on topics such as Health at Every Size®, intuitive eating, and body respect in health care communities, and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.
Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD, is a trainer, mentor, Kripalu Yoga teacher, and dietitian specializing in Health at Every Size® and intuitive eating. She is the co-founder of Be Nourished in Portland, OR, a revolutionary business helping people heal body dissatisfaction and reclaim body trust. Dana loves incorporating mindfulness and self-compassion practices into her work. A member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, Dana has facilitated more than 300 workshops throughout the United States for health care providers looking to enhance their skills in behavior-change counseling. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post.
As an international speaker, trainer and consultant, Leeza Steindorf provides practical methodology and inspires transformational change for individuals and in organizations around the globe. She is an expert in communication, conflict resolution, personal transformation, peace education, strategic planning, parenting skills and paradigm shift. She has been teaching Connected/Nonviolent Communication for over 21 years.
Leeza is the award winning author of Connected Parent, Empowered Child: Five Keys to Raising Happy, Confident, Responsible Kids, CORE Success ™ for Schools (titled in German as Frieden lernen) and the upcoming The Unhappiness Solution - Tapping the Genius of NonJudgment.
Leeza holds professional certifications as a Trainer and Group Facilitator, Mediator, Business and Life Coach, a degree in Business Management and is an accredited Trainer for the Department of Education Hessen Germany. Her work CORE Success™ - Clarity Ownership Resolution Excellence - for businesses, educational institutions and parents is internationally acclaimed and accredited.
As Spiritual Leader for Centers for Spiritual Living, Rev. Dr. Kenn Gordon is the public face of Centers for Spiritual Living. He travels worldwide to support the teaching of Science of Mind and Spirit, and writes a weekly blog for Patheos.com, a leading website on religion that includes some of the most well-known and widely read bloggers and columnists of religion in the world. He is the author of the book Mind & Manifestation, and contributes regularly to Science of Mind magazine, which is published by Centers for Spiritual Living.
In 2011, Gordon was awarded a doctorate in divinity by International Centers for Spiritual Living, an honor that has been bestowed on fewer than a dozen individuals, one of whom is Louise Hay, known world-wide for her work in New Thought.