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Raylene Abbott is an artist, author, and meditation teacher. Her art combines the paintings of female Bodhisattvas that arise out of the creativity of non-doing with original dance and poetry.

Musician, actress, and educator Ysaye M. Barnwell, PhD, MSPH, has performed as a member of the internationally acclaimed a cappella quintet Sweet Honey in the Rock for nearly 35 years.

George Brandon, PhD, is a musician and anthropologist whose musical roots began with guitar lessons from his father. He is director of sociomedical sciences at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, City University of New York.

Don Conreaux has brought the mystical sounds of the ancient bronze gong, bells, bowls, and shofar to millions of listeners around the world for the past 40 years. Artistic director of the Mysterious Tremendum Consort and School of Sacred Sound, he previously performed as an original member of the Tibetan singing bowl ensemble One Hand Clapping.

Maia 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 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.

David Gershon is a gifted facilitators of personal growth work who has pioneered the field of empowerment over the past three decades. He is codirector, with his wife Gail Straub, of the Empowerment Institute’s School for Transformative Social Change, and author of numerous books on empowerment.

Alok Hsu Kwang-han is a Zen calligraphic painter from China whose work is a synthesis of the beauty of Chinese calligraphy, the spontaneity and simplicity of Zen, and the evolution of healing in Western psychotherapy.

Loch Kelly, MDiv, LCSW, is the founder of the Awake Awareness Institute and author of the forthcoming book, Shift Into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness. He has been a psychotherapist for over 25 years and a meditation teacher authorized by both Adyashanti and Mingyur Rinpoche.

Robert 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.

Gail Straub codirects the Empowerment Institute's School for Transformative Social Change and is director of IMAGINE: A Global Initiative for the Empowerment of Women working with women in Africa, India, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Jordan. She also is the author of four books, including Empowerment and Returning To My Mother's House.