is a Spiritual Wellness Coach, intuitive and founder of Inspired Ideas and the Emergence Coaching™ program. Inspired Ideas is the product of Maria’s own spiritual awakening. Over the past seven years, her path as a spiritual seeker has led her to certifications in a variety of different healing modalities to include Soul Coaching, Past Life Coaching Dream Coaching, the Akashic Records, The Wish®, and Usui and Hermetic Reiki. Currently Maria is completing a 5-year Spiritual Teacher Training program with Corelight, an international non-profit dedicated to the opening of the global heart.
received a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado and practiced as a psychotherapist for over a decade. She chaired the Depth Psychology program at Pacifica Graduate Institute (Santa Barbara) and served as Academic Dean there. At the age of five, Dianne had a mysterious experience that she believes saved her life. She learned firsthand that we can be guided and protected by forces beyond the personal self. Dianne has devoted the past 20 years to researching experiences like hers in many time periods and cultures. Her latest book is entitled, “When Oracles Speak
serves as the Director of Spirituality and Education programs at Wellesley College. She also teaches this year at Omega Institute, Esalen Institute, Kripalu Institute and UCLA. She trained intensively in Zen for nineteen years, including fifteen years as a nun in the Korean Zen tradition. She has served as Abbot of Cambridge Zen Center and as a teacher of meditation and physical education at Boston University and Harvard-Radcliffe United Ministry. As a member of Wellesley College's Religious and Spiritual Life Team, she provides formal meditation practice, pastoral support and leadership to the college community for spiritual and ethical issues. Ji Hyang Padma especially loves working with clients intuitively, helping them access their inner resources; which is the direction of her Natural Wisdom practice. Now as an author her first book is entitled, “Living the Season: Zen Practice for Transformative Times
is the author of “Shine in Kashmir
” a spiritual and spirited novel. Chris studied Philosophy and Religion at Colgate University and received a Fulbright Scholarship to study Sanskrit, Pali and Buddhist philosophy at the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka. Chris spent a year in Japan teaching English and learning Aikido. Born in Lima, Peru, he has traveled extensively through India and South America. Chris has life-long interests in Buddhist traditions, tantra, ba gua, shamanism, tarot, plant-spirit medicine and the healing arts. Some of his most influential teachers include Nina Murphy, Oscar Miro-Quesada, Mercedes Longfellow, He Jinbao and John Perkins.
Deb DeGraff is a licensed Acupuncturist and Oriental Medical Doctor and a student of Archetypal Dreamwork with Marc Bregman and Christa Lancaster for 16 years. She is a founding member of North of Eden, an organization of Dreamwork analysts and educators in Montpelier, Vt. She is the author of “The Body Owner's Manual
”. Deb has found the practices of BreathWork and Zen meditation to powerfully enhance her spiritual practice of working with dreams. She practices Taoist Alchemical Acupuncture in Montpelier, Vermont and can be reached at email@example.com or on the North Of Eden website at www.northofeden.com
Tom Whalen, MD has been a seeker of unity with God since childhood. He has been practicing Zen for 40 years and been in intimate Zen practice with Jitsudo Ancheta Roshi for 16 years. He also is a student of Archetypal Dreamwork with Marc Bregman for 22 years. He began BreathWork practice four years ago with David Elliott. David has authorized him to teach BreathWork.
Both Tom and Deb have a keene interest in bridging and interpenetrating diverse spiritual practices and find BreathWork a powerful tool in that process. They have been teaching BreathWork together for the past year and a half. Practicing and teaching together is an important part of their spiritual evolution. Tom can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the North Of Eden website at www.northofeden.com
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is a freelance writer and editor specializing in the re-awakening of feminine consciousness, metaphysics, physics and the meeting ground between science and mysticism. She is is a long-time journalist with the Northwest Bureau Chief for Indian Country Today for several years. A widely-read freelance writer, her work has appeared regularly in the Tacoma News Tribune. She has been the publisher of the Global Intelligencer, along with being editor of The Bleeping Herald, the newsletter which accompanied the distribution of the transformative documentary, “What the Bleep Do We Know?!,” that explored the science of consciousness. Her latest book is entitled, “Unearthing Venus: My Search for the Woman Within
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