Retreat Week Teachers
Teo Alfero is an associate Tensegrity® instructor and founder and director of Wolf Connection Conservancy. Born and raised in Argentina, Alfero worked as a mountaineering instructor in the Andes Mountains before moving to Los Angeles to deepen his Tensegrity® practice. He also helps lead events with Cleargreen and further the vision of Wolf Connection. wolfconnection.org
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. bigheart.nl/english
Deborah Davis, LAc, MAOM, is an acupuncturist and medical intuitive who has practiced alternative medicine for more than 30 years. Deborah specializes in women's qigong and authored Women's Qigong for Health and Longevity along with a companion DVD series on women’s qigong. She teaches qigong and intuitive healing internationally. womensqigong.com
Pam Dunn is a social justice advocate who works with Mindful Schools, Challenge Day, Be Present, and a number of other organizations on staff development and training, youth program development, and leadership development as well as nonprofit program evaluation, strategic planning, and conflict resolution.
Vinny Ferraro is a senior trainer at Mindful Schools and a founding member of Dharma Punx. He is a longtime mindfulness practitioner and instructor and a nationally recognized leader in designing and implementing interventions for at-risk adolescents. mindfulschools.org
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.
Joseph Luzzi author of several books, including The Art of Reading, is a literary critic and reviewer, professor of comparative literature at Bard College, where he has taught for more than a decade. He lectures widely on literature, art, film, and Italy. josephluzzi.com
Linda Mackenzie has a 50-year track record in the world of paranormal phenomena. As a psychic, lecturer, and author, she has appeared on many television programs and in several award-winning documentaries. She is the founder and general manager of healthylife.net radio. lindamackenzie.net
Nyei Murez, MA, a student of Carlos Castaneda, is a Tensegrity® Facilitator and Instructor who has been teaching Tensegrity® since 1993. The creative codirector at Cleargreen, she is a member of the original team of leaders who helped formulate the modernization of the Magical Passes® and other Tensegrity® practices. cleargreen.com
Kambiz Naficy, MA, MBA, MFA, is founder of the Joy of Life Organization. He is a master meditation teacher who integrates the Western sciences of psychology and spiritual quantum physics with ancient Vedic scriptures and the Persian poetry of Rumi and Hafez to help people cleanse their psyche, emotions, and soul. He is fluent in English, French, and Farsi, and teaches Kriya Yoga meditation, personal transformation, and coaching programs internationally. joyoflifeorganization.com
Jason Stern has been a student and teacher of G. I. Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way for 25 years. He has extensive experience in the several Fourth Way lineages, including PD Ouspensky, JG Bennett, and the Gurdjieff Foundation. He is founder of Chronogram magazine, and author of Learning to Be Human. aieioiuoa.com
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. brianweiss.com
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.
Carin Winter, LMSW, is the founder and chief executive officer of Mission Be. She has successfully led the Mission Be Mindful Education Program into 46 schools from Big Sur, California, to Brooklyn, New York. She has a clinical background and 16 years of experience working with youth in schools, offering children’s yoga, movement, counseling, and mindfulness. missionbe.org