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Douglas Beasley is founder and director of Vision Quest Photo Workshops. His workshops worldwide emphasize heart, soul, and vision over the mechanics of camera use. Extensively exhibited and published internationally, Beasley’s second photo book is Earth Meets Spirit.

Jovinna Chan, E-RYT 500, is cofounder of Shakti Initiation™ and A Wild Life Sanctuary™. Formerly an assistant dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga and a 200- and 500-hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Trainer, Chan is currently a Pranotthan Yoga School 200-Hour Teacher Trainer and is also certified in LetYourYogaDance, Soul Motion™, and more.

Peter Gold is a professional trapeze artist, coach, and director of Trapeze-Experience™, an industry-leading organization that promotes wellness through soaring. Gold has performed as the catcher for five trapeze acts and toured in eight circuses, including Ringling Brothers, where he made history as the first American to catch the quadruple somersault.

Jurian Hughes, E-RYT 500, MFA, cofounder of A Wild Life Sanctuary™, is a longtime faculty member at Kripalu, a Yoga Teacher Trainer, Let Your Yoga Dance® Trainer, voice coach, and theater performer. Known for her passionate, playful, and inspiring teaching style, Jurian leads workshops and trainings that cultivate self-esteem, freedom, and joy. She is the creator of the CD and DVD Deep and Delicious Yoga.

Steve Leicach is a master drummer, composer, and educator who has been teaching drumming at schools, universities, and wellness centers throughout the Northeast for more than 35 years. He is an expert in Ghanaian drumming, African and Caribbean hand drumming technique, drum improvisation, percussion theory, and traditional instrument making.

Jason Little teaches cartooning at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He has been a visiting lecturer at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont, The Sequential Artists Workshop in Florida, and The Animation Workshop in Denmark. His latest book, Borb, describes the tragically slapstick decline of a severely alcoholic homeless man.

Dar Williams has been writing songs, recording, and touring in support of 10 critically acclaimed studio albums for more than 20 years. Teaching an undergraduate course about music movements and democracy at Wesleyan University had renewed her faith in the importance of making music and the intrinsic, life-affirming value of creating songs.

Lian Zhen has exhibited his paintings internationally and is author of Chinese Watercolor Techniques: Painting Animals; Chinese Painting Techniques for Exquisite Watercolor; Chinese Watercolor Techniques for Exquisite Flowers, and other books. He taught watercolor at the University of California at Berkeley for eight years and now offers workshops internationally.