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Carl Big Heart’s work and visions have been blessed and approved by elders from the Abenaki, Muskogee Creek, and Iroquois Nations, as well as by leaders in the Sufi, Buddhist, and Hindu traditions. Big Heart focuses on building bridges between the world’s wisdom traditions and healing relationships between humankind and all living beings.

Stephanie Flanders, MDiv, works alongside Carl Big Heart in the United States, Europe, and Canada. A facilitator of women’s circles and ceremonies and a gifted healer, Flanders has been a massage therapist at the Omega Wellness Center for nearly 20 years.

James 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 and internationally.

Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa is the author of Art & Yoga: Kundalini Awakening in Everyday Life, and has been quoted in Yoga Journal, Yoga International, and Spirituality & Health magazine. She is a teacher, artist, lead trainer of Kundalini Yoga, and a member of the 3HO Foundation International Board of Directors.

Ajeet Kaur Khalsa, a fresh new presence in New Age Music and devotional chant, is a Spirit Voyage recording artist, yogi, and teacher. Her music has been featured on the Billboard New Age Top 10 and and iTunes New Age charts. Ajeet has released three albums: Sacred Waters, At The Temple Door, and her latest, Darshan.

Carmen Mensink has a background in graphic design and typography and has been practicing Buddhism since 1999, the same year she began her training in the art of Tibetan thangka drawing and painting. Her work has been displayed in the Netherlands and Australia. She lectures on Tibetan Art around the world.

Thomas Moore, PhD, is a former monk and the author of Care of the Soul and 20 other books on spirituality and soulful living. A psychotherapist for 30 years, Moore has spent his life combining depth psychology and spirituality, and he lectures widely on spirituality, archetypal psychology, and medicine.

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.

Zindel Segal, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology in Mood Disorders at the University of Toronto Scarborough and a pioneer in the use of mindfulness meditation for promoting wellness in the area of mood disorders.

Brian Weiss, MD, is chairman emeritus of psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami and the nation’s leading authority on past-life regression therapy. He is author of nine books, including the best-selling Many Lives, Many Masters. His new book, Miracles Happen: The Transformational Healing Power of Past-Life Memories, documents the experiences of workshop participants and how understanding our past lives can dramatically improve the present.

Carole K. Weiss, MSW, CHt, has worked with her husband, past-life regression therapist Brian Weiss, since 1981 and has been coteaching with him since 1995.

Susan Woods, MSW, LICSW, is a psychotherapist who has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1981. She teaches MBCT professional training programs, leads mindfulness-based professional training retreats, is a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor, and provides consultation in mindfulness-based approaches.