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Kristin Neff Ph.D. is a world expert in the field of self-compassion. She has researched the benefits of self-compassion and teachers internationally. She is the author of Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself up and Leave Insecurity Behind.
Vidyamala Burch is co-founder of Breathworks, the internationally acclaimed mindfulness organisation based in the UK. Breathworks arose out of her experience using mindfulness to manage severe pain following spinal injuries in her teens. She has written a range of articles and books and recorded a number of audio CDs and downloads of guided meditations. Her main titles include Living Well With Pain & Illness and Mindfulness For Health, co-written with Dr. Danny Penman, published in 2013. Vidyamala trains and teaches mindfulness internationally.
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo (born 1943) is a bhikṣuṇī in the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. She is an author, teacher and founder of the Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery in Himachal Pradesh, India. She is best known for being one of the very few Western yoginis trained in the East, having spent twelve years living in a remote cave in the Himalayas, three of those years in strict meditation retreat.
Tara Brach is a leading Western teacher of Buddhist meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening. She has practiced and taught meditation for over 35 years, with an emphasis on mindfulness meditation. Tara is the senior teacher and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and author several books on meditation and spiritual awakening.
Sylvia Boorstein has been teaching Dharma and mindfulness meditation since 1985. She is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, a psychotherapist, wife, mother and grandmother. She is particularly interested in emphasizing daily life as mindfulness practice and including informed citizenship and social activism as integral to spiritual maturation. Her books include: It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness; Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There: A Mindfulness Retreat; That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist; Pay Attention for Goodness’ Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness and Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life.
Sharon Salzberg is a New York Times best selling author and teacher who co-founded the Insight Meditation Society at Barre, Massachusetts with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein in 1974. Salzberg has been leading retreats around the world for over three decades. She’s written many books including Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness , and Real Happiness – The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program.
Shannon Harvey is the director of the internationally acclaimed documentary, The Connection: Mind Your Body, about the link between our mind, body, and health. Her new book The Whole Health Life is about her own journey to wellness after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. As a journalist and filmmaker she spent many years working for the leading news organisations in Australia such as ABC and Fairfax. She now writes her own popular blog while balancing her health, work, and being the mother of two adventurous boys.
With a PhD in microbiology at Harvard University, Dr. Lazar has led numerous scientific studies. Her most notable research observes changes in the brain, also known as neuroplasticity in long-term meditators under Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Dr. Lazar’s research has been covered by numerous news organizations including The New York Times, USA Today, Time Magazine, CNN, ABC Evening News, National Public Radio, WebMD, and the Huffington Post.
Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine, Dr Richard Davidson, PhD., is a researcher at the University of Wisconsin and a pioneer in the exciting frontier of mind-body medicine. His best-known work focuses on neuroplasticity, the capacity of the brain to develop and change throughout life. His latest book is The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live–and How You Can Change Them.
Paul Gilbert, Ph.D., is head of the Mental Health Research Unit as well as Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby. He was made a fellow of the British Psychological Society for contributions to psychological knowledge in 1993 and was president of the British Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy in 2003. He has published over 100 academic papers and 39 book chapters, and he has published or edited 22 books, most recently Mindful Compassion.
Oren has had a dedicated mindfulness practice for nearly twenty years, and has taught classes, workshops and retreats for youth and adults nationally since 2008. In the early 2000s, he developed a deep interest in the relationship between mindfulness practice and communication. Oren has extensive experience with mindfulness-based programs for children and adolescents; he was one of the first generation of teachers at Mindful Schools and made significant contributions to the development of the Mindful Schools curriculum. Oren is also trained and certified in Somatic Experiencing – a modality developed by former NASA-trauma specialist Peter Levine that emphasizes the role of nervous system regulation in the trauma healing process. He holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University.
Nancy Badarke, midwife, mindfulness teacher, and the founding director of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) Program, has been assisting birthing families since 1971. In her many years working as a midwife, Nancy has attended births in homes, birth centers, and hospitals. A longtime meditation practitioner, she began her professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reductions (MBSR) with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, in 1994. After teaching MBSR for a number of years, Nancy began adapting the program to meet the needs of pregnant women and their partners, creating the MBCP program. Since 1998, Nancy has taught MBCP to more than 1500 expectant parents. Nancy currently leads the MBCP program at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.
Mark Nepo moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” “a consummate storyteller,” and “an eloquent spiritual teacher.” His work is widely accessible and used by many and his books have been translated into more than twenty languages. A bestselling author, he has published eighteen books and recorded thirteen audio projects. In 2015, he was given a Life-Achievement Award by AgeNation. And in 2016, he was named by Watkins: Mind Body Spirit as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People, and was also chosen as one of OWN’s SuperSoul 100, a group of inspired leaders using their gifts and voices to elevate humanity. Recent work includes The One Life We’re Given (Atria, 2016), Inside the Miracle (Sounds True), selected by Spirituality & Health Magazine as one of the top ten best books of 2015, The Endless Practice (Atria).
Marc Lesser is the CEO, co- founder and serves on the board of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI). He is a long term Zen teacher. Marc is the author of Know Yourself, Forget Yourself, Less: Accomplishing More By Doing Less, and Z.B.A. Zen of Business Administration; How Zen Practice Can Transform Your Work and Your Life.
Linda Graham, is an experienced psychotherapist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. She integrates modern neuroscience, mindfulness practices, and relational psychology into her nationwide trainings. She is the author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being.
Judson Brewer MD PhD is a thought leader in the “science of self-mastery,” having combined nearly 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, spoken at international conferences, trained US Olympic coaches, and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, TED, TEDMED, TEDx, Time magazine (top 100 new health discoveries of 2013), Forbes, BBC, NPR, Businessweek and others. He is the Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness and associate professor in medicine and psychiatry at UMass Medical School. He is also adjunct faculty at Yale University, and a research affiliate at MIT. A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for addictions, including both in-person and app-based treatments (e.g. www.goeatrightnow.com, www.cravingtoquit.com).
Joseph Goldstein, one of the first American vipassana teachers, is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where he is one of the resident guiding teachers. He has been leading insight and lovingkindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. In 1989, Joseph Goldstein helped in establishing the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. He has also authored several publications such as Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, A Heart Full of Peace, Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom and The Experience of Insight. He also co-authored Seeking the Heart of Wisdom and Insight Meditation: A Correspondence Course.
James Doty, MD, is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and the Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University School of Medicine. He trained in neurosurgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and completed fellowships in pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia (CHOP) and in neuroelectrophysiology focused on the use of evoked potentials to assess the integrity of neurological function. He is on the Board of Directors of a number of non-profit foundations including the Dalai Lama Foundation, of which he is chairman and the Charter for Compassion International of which he is vice-chair. Dr. Doty also writes for The Huffington Post. He is the author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart.
Fleet Maull is an author, meditation teacher, management consultant, end of life care educator, and social activist working for peace, prison reform, and social transformation. He is a senior teacher (acharya) in the Shambhala Meditation community and senior priest (sensei) in the Zen Peacemaker movement. He regularly leads retreats and trainings throughout North America, Europe, Africa, and Latin America, including bearing witness retreats to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and Rwanda. He is the founder of Prison Mindfulness Institute and the Engaged Mindfulness Institute and is particularly known for his pioneering work in mindfulness-based emotional intelligence training programs for prisoners, correctional officers, law enforcement, and other first responders. He is the author of Dharma in Hell: The Prison Writings of Fleet Maull and the forthcoming Radical Responsibility.
Dan Harris is the bestselling author of 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Truly Works which was published in March 2014. His book is a true story about his journey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self help and his discovery of a way to get happier that is truly attainable. He went on this quest after he had an on-air panic attack. Dan Harris is co-anchor of Nightline and the weekend editions of Good Morning America. He is a correspondent for ABC News and regularly reports for 20/20, World News with Diane Sawyer and weekday editions of Good Morning America. He has travelled extensively as a news correspondent including Iraq and Afghanistan.
Daniel Goleman is an internationally known psychologist who lectures frequently to professional groups, business audiences, and on college campuses. As a science journalist Goleman reported on the brain and behavioral sciences for The New York Times for many years. His 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence was on The New York Times bestseller list for a year-and-a-half, with more than 5,000,000 copies in print worldwide in 40 languages, and has been a bestseller in many countries. Apart from his books on emotional intelligence, Goleman has written books on topics including self-deception, creativity, transparency, meditation, social and emotional learning, ecoliteracy and the ecological crisis.
Amanda Sinclair is an author and teacher in leadership, change, ethics and diversity. A Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Business School, she has written many articles and books on leadership including: Leading Mindfully, Doing Leadership Differently and Leadership for the Disillusioned. She consults to organisations and senior management teams, coaches individuals and also teaches yoga and meditation.
Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D. has been advancing the science of positive emotions for more than 20 years. Her books, Positivity and Love 2.0 have been translated into more than 20 languages. Barb’s research, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, reveals how your positive emotions were sculpted by the discerning chisel of Darwinian natural selection to serve as life-giving nutrients for growth. Her innovative contributions have been recognized with numerous honors. Barbara’s scientific work has influenced scholars and practitioners worldwide, in disciplines ranging from education and business to healthcare, the military, and beyond. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, NPR, PBS, The Atlantic, The Economist, Oprah Magazine and elsewhere. She has been invited to present her research at the White House and for the Dalai Lama.