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Rev. Ed BaconRev. Ed Bacon is the rector of All Saints Church in Pasadena, California, a 4,000 member multi-ethnic urban Episcopal parish, with a reputation for energetic worship, a radically inclusive spirit, and a progressive peace and justice agenda. He is the author of 8 Habits of Love: Open Your Heart, Open Your Mind.

BanafshehBanafsheh, MFA, MA, draws from Sufism and the Taoist view of the body to uncover movement that is at once healing, self-illuminating, and connected to spirit. Her film, In the Fire of Grace with Andrew Harvey, traces Rumi’s journey of the Soul in dance.

Maia DanzigerMaia Danziger, CPCC, is a certified professional coactive coach, who helps writers and artists develop creatively and fulfill their careers. Author of Relax & Write, she is also an Emmy Award-winning actress and founder of the Actor’s Company Theatre in New York.

Panache DesaiPanache Desai is a spiritual master in the field of consciousness and vibration. His energetic gift of vibrational transformation, a set of infinitely expansive energetic tools designed to unlock your infinite potential, has inspired and shifted the lives of thousands around the world. He has produced multiple CDs, including Awakening, Experience Connection, and Igniting Boundless Receiving, along with the DVD Separation Ends—Mastery Begins.

James HigginsJames Higgins, E-RYT 500, is a leading yoga teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. Weaving vinyasa yoga with vipassana (insight) meditation, he offers a unique, appealing, and challenging hatha vinyasa practice. He teaches throughout the United States, as well as in Mexico, Europe, and Asia.

Carmen MensinkCarmen Mensink has a background in graphic design and typography and has been practicing Buddhism since 1999. That same year she began her long training in the art of Tibetan thangka drawning and painting. A resident of Amsterdam, Mensink teaches thangka drawning and painting and gives lectures on Tibetan art around the world.

Christina PrattChristina Pratt is a shamanic healer, teacher, and author of An Encyclopedia of Shamanism. Founder of the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing, Pratt is a teacher of exceptional clarity, humor, and inspiration. Her shamanic work is a synthesis of studies with Ecuadorian, Tibetan, Tamang, and African shamans.

Mirabai StarrMirabai Starr, MA, a former professor of philosophy and world religions at the University of New Mexico, is author of critically acclaimed new translations of the Spanish mystics, including Dark Night of the Soul by John of the Cross and The Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila. She also the author of a new book, God of Love.

David Harshada WagnerDavid Harshada Wagner, creator of the Living Meditation method, is considered among the top teachers of his generation. He is classically trained in the Indian wisdom traditions of yoga, bhakti, Vedanta, and Tantric Shaivism, and has been teaching meditation and self-empowerment since 1996.

Robert PengRobert Peng, author of The Master Key: Qigong Secrets for Vitality, Love, and Wisdom, is the founder of Elixir Light Qigong. He uses his spiritual powers and healing abilities to help and teach people worldwide.