Susanne is an independent scholar who is recognized for her ground-breaking work in ego development theory and the function of language in meaning making. 2018 her focus will be on writing a book on these topics. She has a doctorate in human development and psychology from Harvard. Susanne is a founding member of Ken Wilber’s Integral Institute (2000) and an elder of its community. She sees herself as a benevolent skeptic as she likes to question any certainties espoused in the field of transformational and consciousness studies. At the same time, she remains fascinated by novel approaches and directions in supporting human growth.
She travels world-wide to facilitate learning about adult development, works as a consultant and coach for organizations with a developmental mandate. She certifies coaches and scorers in using the MAP, a validated developmental tool she developed since 1980, and enjoys scoring herself as each MAP provides a genuine encounter with another human being.
Mikey Siegel is a robotics engineer turned consciousness hacker. He envisions a present and future where science and technology support psychological, emotional and spiritual flourishing. Where our devices not only connect us to information, but also connect us to ourselves and each other, acting as a catalyst for individual and collective awakening.
He is currently teaching at Stanford University, founder of Consciousness Hacking, BioFluent Technologies, the Transformative Technology Conference, and serving on the board of Trustees of the California Institute of Integral Studies. He received an MS in robotics from the MIT Media Lab.
Mikey believes we all have the potential to live easeful, peaceful, and balanced lives. But in order to get there we need to cut through the internal noise. Modern brain researchers are continually shedding new light on thousands of years of wisdom about reality and human experience. He believes its possible to change the way our brains work and live stress free. His goal is to apply that knowledge to the creation of tools that help us increase the efficiency of our own efforts towards that end.
Karen Jaenke, Ph.D. is Chair of the Consciousness & Transformative Studies Masters degree program at John F. Kennedy University in the SF Bay area (from 2013 to present). Starting in 2016, she launched and then built the online version of Consciousness & Transformative Studies, giving this cutting-edge program global reach.
Formerly, she served as Director of the Ecotherapy Certificate at JFKU (2011-14) and Dissertation Director at the Institute of Imaginal Studies in Petaluma, CA (2001-2008). Currently an Executive Editor of ReVision: Journal of Consciousness and Transformation, she has edited journals and published articles on the topics of Imaginal Psychology, Shamanism and the Wounded West, and Earth Dreaming, as well as numerous articles on dreams and consciousness. She has been a repeat presenter at the International Association for the Study of Dreams, Society for the Study of Shamanism, and Science and Nonduality conferences. In 2000, she founded Dreamhut Consulting (www.dreamhut.org), offering consulting services for dissertation and thesis writing, dreamwork, hypnotherapy and mentoring.
Loch Kelly, M.Div., LCSW is author of Shift into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness which was named “Top 10 Best Books of the Year” by Spirituality & Health Magazine. He is an educator, licensed psychotherapist and recognized leader in the field of meditation who is affiliated with Adyashanti. Loch is the founder of the non-profit Open-Hearted Awareness Institute. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary, where he received a fellowship to study Insight Meditation, Advaita, and Tibetan Buddhism in Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal.
He has worked in community mental health, established homeless shelters and counseled family members of 9/11 in New York City. Loch trained with Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and served on the Teacher’s Council at New York Insight. He offers the advanced, yet simple, direct methods of effortless mindfulness, informed by psychology and social engagement. He collaborates with neuroscientists at Yale, UPenn and NYU to study how awareness training can enhance compassion and wellbeing. For more information, http://www.
Jonathan Robinson is a psychotherapist, best-selling author of 11 books, and a professional speaker from Northern California. Mr. Robinson has made numerous appearances on the Oprah show, as well as many other national TV talk shows, and articles about him have appeared in USA Today, Newsweek and The Los Angeles Times. For the past 30 years he has spoken to dozens of Fortune 500 companies including Google, Microsoft, Dell Computer, Coca-Cola, and Fed-Ex.
Jonathan has written several bestseller books including, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Awakening Your Spirituality;” “The Experience of God,” “The Little Book of Big Questions;” and “Communication Miracles for Couples.” He co-hosts the podcast “Awareness Explorers” with author Brian Tom O’Connor. Through TV, live lectures and radio, Mr. Robinson has reached over 100 million people around the world. He is known for providing his audiences with immediately useful information presented in a fun and entertaining manner.
Dawa Tarchin Phillips is the Founder/CEO of Empowerment Holdings, the co-founder of the Mindful Leadership Online Training Conference, the world’s largest online training conference for mindful leaders. He is a mindfulness and meditation expert, author, entrepreneur, spiritual teacher, researcher and educator. He is the acting President of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association a global professional association for Mindfulness teaching professionals, and founder of The Mindful Leadership Tribe, an online community of mindful leaders.
Dawa completed two 3-year meditation retreats and teaches mindfulness and meditation, awakened business and mindful leadership around the world. He is a member of the prestigious Transformational Leadership Council and the Association of Transformational Leaders, and a leading voice in the global mindfulness movement. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Men’s Fitness, Forbes and Fast Company. He lives with his family in Santa Barbara, California.