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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.

Moshe Cohen is the founder of Clowns Without Borders USA. He has worked for 35 years to bring more lightness and laughter into the world. His teachings integrate contemplative and clown practices.

Tim Cunningham, a graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, is a registered nurse, marathon runner, former actor, and member of Clowns Without Borders USA.

Sarah Liane Foster creates, performs, and teaches clown and physical theater around the United States and internationally. She has been an active Clowns Without Borders USA volunteer since 2005.

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.

Barry Lubin author of the Tall Tales of a Short Clown, was the featured clown, director of clowning, and "the face" of Big Apple Circus—mostly through his beloved performances of "Grandma the Clown." He was inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Sarasota Ring of Fame in 2012—the two highest honors in clowning and American Circus.

Louis Schneidman is a professional trapeze artist, coach, and program director for Trapeze-Experience™, an industry-leading organization that promotes wellness, personal transformation and freedom through the flying trapeze activity.

Nina Shengold won the Writers Guild Award for her teleplay Labor of Love and the ABC Playwright Award for Homesteaders. Her novel Clearcut was a Book Sense Notable Selection; other books include River of Words: Portraits of Hudson Valley Writers, and 13 theatre anthologies for Vintage and Viking Penguin. A lively, warm, and dynamic teacher, she is a longtime resident of the Hudson Valley, where she is books editor of Chronogram magazine and runs the Word Cafe author series.

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.

Clowns Without Borders (CWB) is a nonprofit organization that offers resilience through laughter. They aim to relieve suffering of all people, especially children, who live in areas of crisis, including refugee camps, conflict zones, and other situations of adversity. They strive to bring levity, contemporary clown/circus-oriented performances, and workshops into communities, so that community members can celebrate together and reduce the tensions that darken their daily lives.

The Conitinuum Movement, hosted by Elaine Colandrea of Continuum Movement Arts and cotaught with featured teachers Mary Abrams, Ellen Cohen, Bobbie Ellis, Rebecca Lawson, Melanie Noblit Gambino, Bonnie Gintis, and Linda Rabin. Additional contributing teachers include Priscilla Auchincloss, Megan Bathory-Peelor, Robin Becker, Kathy Benners, Frank Carbone, Amber Elizabeth Gray, Caryn Heilman, Bonnie Simoa, and Donnalea Van Vleet Goelz.

Trapeze-Experience™ is an industry-leading organization that promotes wellness and personal freedom through the flying trapeze experience. The team includes some of the best trapeze coaches in the United States. The Trapeze-Experience troupe has helped more than 100,000 people fly, including training many of today's top coaches.