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Mr. Rajiv Malhotra is an Indian American public intellectual and philanthropist. He works full-time with The Infinity Foundation, a non-profit organization in Princeton, New Jersey, which he founded in 1995 with is own funds to foster harmony among the diverse cultures of the world. Prior to this, he worked as a senior executive in several multinational companies, as a management consultant, and as a private entrepreneur, spanning the computer, software, telecom, and media industries. Driven by his vision of humanity that would respect the diverse civilizations of the world, many of the projects of his foundation strive to upgrade the quality of understanding of Indian civilization in the American media and educational system, as well as among the English language educated Indian elite. The Foundation has already given over 250 grants for research, education and philanthropy, including grants to leading institutions of higher education, specialized research centers, as well as many individual scholars. It routinely organizes conferences and scholarly events in the US and India that challenge Eurocentrism to bring out a more balanced worldview. Mr. Malhotra’s pluralistic outlook stems from his Hindu background. He is an active writer, columnist, and speaker on a variety of topics, including the traditions and cultures of India, the Indian Diaspora, America and the West, globalization and East-West relations. Mr. Malhotra has been appointed to the Asian-American Commission for the State of New Jersey, where he serves as the Chairman for the Education Committee created by the Governor to start an Asian Studies program in schools. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the American Red Cross in New Jersey. Details of the Infinity Foundation’s projects may be found at: http://www.infinityfoundation.com

sensory spiritual teacher in international demand for her guidance, wisdom, and capacity to heal the soul. Her books have sold over a million copies world wide including her New York Times bestseller The Answer Is Simple… She is most recognized for her ability to instantly change vibration, lift depression, and connect others to their intuition. She helps people understand their souls’ plan and purpose and leads them to a successful, meaningful and peaceful lives.

Educated at the University of Denver, and the Sorbonne, Paris in addition to holding a doctorate in Metaphysics from the American Institute of Holistic Theology, and a member of the Transformational Leadership Council, Sonia has been featured on ABC,NBC,CNN as well as New Woman Magazine, USA Today as well as The Chicago Tribune and The London Times. She is also the host of her own weekly radio show Trust Your Vibes on Hay House Radio( www.hayhouseradio.com). For personal appointments, and information on her current workshops and speaking engagements visit her at www.soniachoquette.com.

On Sacred Therapy

Estelle Frankel is a practicing psychotherapist, spiritual advisor, and seasoned teacher of Jewish mysticism who blends depth psychology with the wisdom and healing practices of Kabbalah. She has taught Jewish studies in Israel and the U.S. for over 30 years and was ordained as a Rabbinic Pastor and spiritual guide (mashpiah ruchanit) by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. While living in Israel from 1970-1978 Estelle attended the Michlalah College for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and taught at several Yeshivas, including Neve Yerusyhalayim and Shapell (Beruriah). Estelle is currently on the teaching faculty of Chochmat Halev: Wisdom of the Heart Meditation Center, where she teaches Jewish mysticism, meditation and healing, and offers group spiritual guidance. Estelle has also been an instructor at Lehrhaus Judaica Adult School for Jewish Studies since 1978 and has been involved in organizing several symposia on Judaism and Psychology. She is a popular public speaker and chant master, and has been a keynote speaker and presenter at many professional conferences.

In addition to Sacred Therapy, Estelle is the author of numerous essays on Jewish mysticism and psychology that have been published by a variety of professional and spiritual journals including: Tikkun Magazine, Women and Therapy: A Quarterly Journal, The Responsive Community, and Parabola Magazine. Several of her essays have been selected for publication in professional and literary anthologies.

On Spirituality and Psychotherapy

Bernard Starr, Ph.D. formerly professor of developmental and educational psychology at the City University of New York now teaches “Psychology and Spirituality in Film” at Marymount Manhattan College. He is founder, author and editor of a number of publications and books on psychology, aging and spirituality. For seven years he was writer, producer and host of an award winning radio commentary, “The Longevity Report,” and currently produces and hosts T.V. documentaries on meaningful, active and productive living in the third age of life (Phoenix Rising T.V. Productions). His numerous op-ed and commentary articles for the Scripps Howard News Service have appeared in newspapers throughout the United States. He is currently President of the Association for Spirituality and Psychotherapy and is the main United Nations representative for the Institute of Global Education that founded the Mucherla Global School in Mucherla, India. For the last 25 years he has been a spiritual seeker experiencing many traditions worldwide. His recently published book, “Escape Your Own Prison:Why We Need Spirituality And Psychology To Be Turly Free” (Rowman and Littlefield) explores spirituality as a psychology of consciousness.

F. David Peat was born in Liverpool and earned a PhD at Liverpool University before moving to Canada. For many years he carried out research in theoretical physics, but his unwavering desire to find “the question that lies behind the question” led to an encounter with the physicist and philosopher David Bohm, whom Einstein had described as his “spiritual son.” The two men stayed friends and were working together on a second book at the time of Bohm’s death.

In 1979 Peat decided to focus on writing and is now author of more than 20 books on such topics as Jungian synchronicity, creativity, chaos theory, quantum theory and the Native American universe. In 2007, his scientific autobiography Pathways of Chance was published by Pari Publishing. Peat has also organized meetings of artists and scientists, and scientists and Native American elders.

On Trauma Research and Healing

Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D. has been active as a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress and related phenomena since the 1970s. His work integrates developmental, biological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment. His book Psychological Trauma was the first integrative text on the subject, painting the far ranging impact of trauma on the entire person and the range of therapeutic issues which need to be addressed for recovery.
Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development in traumatized children and adults, and the psychobiology of trauma. He was co-principal investigator of the DSM IV Field Trials for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. His current research is on how trauma affects memory processes and brain imaging studies of PTSD.
Dr. van der Kolk is past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School, and Medical Director of the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, Massachusetts. He has taught at universities and hospitals across the United States and around the world, including Europe, Africa, Russia, Australia, Israel, and China. His latest book, co-edited with Alexander McFarlane and Lars Weisaeth, explores what we have learned in the past twenty years of the re-discovery of the role of trauma in psychiatric illness.

Carol Look is a success and abundance coach in the energy psychology field. Her specialty is inspiring clients to attract abundance into their lives by using EFT/ Meridian Tapping and the Law of Attraction to clear limiting beliefs, release resistance and build “prosperity consciousness.” With a distinguished background in traditional psychotherapy, Carol discovered that combining energy healing methods with her classic training brought incredible results to her clients and unlimited success to her practice.
Before becoming an EFT Master, Carol was trained as a Clinical Social Worker and earned her Doctoral Degree in Clinical Hypnotherapy. Since discovering EFT, Carol has been a pioneer, bringing unprecedented innovations to the application of Meridian Tapping techniques, and publishing her work for the benefit of others.

On Energy Psychology

Mary Sise, LCSW, D.CEP is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Diplomate in Comprehensive Energy Psychology with a private practice in the Albany, NY area. In addition to being traditionally trained, she integrates energy therapies into her work and has trained hundreds of therapists in these methods. Past-president of the Board of Directors for the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology, she presents at conferences both nationally and internationally on the use of energy therapy for trauma.
A former adjunct professor at Siena College, she has produced numerous training videos, teaches an eight week on-line course in trauma and energy psychology for the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine and is the co-author of The Energy of Belief: Psychology’s Power Tools to Focus Intention & Release Blocking Beliefs.
Mary is a student of Her Holiness Sai Maa and teaches programs for Sai Maa on the Spiritual Dimension of Health and Healing. Mary has also trained in qigong with Chinese Grandmaster Professor Xu and Master Nan Lu. In 2004 she started The Center for Integrative Psychotherapy as a way to sponsor conferences and trainings on topics that integrate mind/body and spirit.

Laurel Parnell, Ph.D. is a leading expert on the therapeutic tool, eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing which is more widely known as EMDR.
Dr. Parnell has written four books on EMDR and is one of the most respected leaders of EMDR trainings & EMDR workshops. Her latest book (also available as spoken word audio) is ”Tapping In: A Step-by-Step Guide to Activating Your Healing Resources Through Bilateral Stimulation”. View the Tapping In online press kit provided by her publisher, Sounds True.
While Dr. Parnell has trained thousands of clinicians in EMDR both nationally and internationally, she has also taught transpersonal psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and was core faculty at John F. Kennedy University in the Graduate School for the Study of Human Consciousness. Currently, she teaches EMDR through Alliant International University, Omega Institute, Omega at the Crossings, Esalen Institute, The New York Open Center, ID Institut in Kassel Germany, The New York Open Center and the Kripalu Center.

Quest for the Kingdom: The Secret Teachings of Jesus in the light of Yogic Mysticism

John Michael Newman, Jr., was born on December 20, 1950, in Dayton Ohio. He earned a BA in Chinese Studies (George Washington University, 1973), MA in East Asian Studies (George Washington University, 1976), and PhD in Modern Far Eastern History (George Washington University, 1992). He served in US Army Intelligence, 1974-1994, became the Assistant to the Director, National Security Agency (1988-1990), and was a US Army Attaché in China (1989-1991). He began teaching history at the University of Maryland in 1981, and has been teaching for the University of Maryland Honors Program since 1992. Currently, he teaches courses on Counterterrorism, America in the 60s, and The Historical Jesus. He has been teaching Yoga since 2004. He is the author of JFK and Vietnam (Warner 1992), and Oswald and the CIA (Carroll and Graff 1995, Skyhorse 2009).

In his 21 years of service for the US Army and the National Security Agency, John Newman worked principally as an intelligence analyst. He received many awards and commendations for solving difficult intelligence problems with only minimal evidence to work with. Today, he is known around the world for his expertise in textual records interpretation and in documents forensics. His skills have been widely sought by foreign and US media organizations. On several occasions the Public Broadcasting System (WGBH Boston) called upon his textual records skills in their production of award-winning documentaries. His work and his views have been highlighted in several documentaries aired on the History Channel, and he has often been featured on CSPAN, NBC, and other news organizations. His expertise with documents and experience in intelligence analysis led to his testimony before the US House of Representatives, Government Operations Committee, on CIA compliance with documents release legislation, and to his presentation before the US House of Representatives, 911 Hearings, on the 911 Commission’s final report. ds

On Eastern Spirituality and Psychotherapy

Brant Cortright, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who works from a psycho-spiritual perspective. He has practiced depth psychotherapy for 30 years in numerous contexts, from hospitals and mental health centers, to workshops and private practice. For the past two decades he has been in private practice in San Francisco working primarily with individuals and couples.

A teacher of transpersonal psychology, Brant conducts workshops and lectures in Europe, India, and the United States. His book Psychotherapy and Spirit: Theory and Practice in Transpersonal Psychotherapy (SUNY Press) is widely used in the field. He has also authored numerous articles. For the past 20 years he has worked in the field of Integral Psychology, a synthesis of the two major streams of depth psychology – the humanistic-existential and contemporary psychoanalytic – within an integrating east-west framework.

Trained in contemporary psychoanalysis, gestalt therapy, and existential psychotherapy, Brant integrates Western psychology with Sri Aurobindo’s integral yoga and philosophy. A long-time practitioner of meditation and hatha yoga, he also draws from Buddhism, Krishnamurti, and mystical Christianity.
Brant is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Integral Counseling Psychology program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He is the past Director of the Spiritual Emergence Network. His forthcoming book, Integral Psychotherapy: The Meeting of East and West will be published by SUNY Press in spring, 2007.

In her first book in several years, Daphne Rose Kingma takes us on a path of emotional and spiritual healing with particular attention to the complex and frequently overwhelming circumstances of our lives right now. Whether you’re struggling with money issues, job loss, relationship problems, an unexpected health crisis or all of the above, this book will light your path and heal your heart. Along with giving sound practical advice, THE TEN THINGS will help you see your crisis in a larger context, one in which no matter what you are going through you’ll be able to find a sense of renewal and peace. Everybody has hard times and this is the book that will carry you through them.

“Anyone going through a dark night of the soul needs to have this book. It will be your closest companion and your most tender angel. Daphne Rose Kingma more than speaks to your soul; she knows how to heal it.” –Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love

Awakened Wisdom

Patrick J. Ryan is an internationally renowned executive coach, leadership trainer, entrepreneur, #1 bestselling author, and founder of Awakened Wisdom Experiences Inc. He specializes in leadership development coaching, Leadership and Coach Training, and working with C-suite leaders as they face the challenges of these demanding times.

Patrick brings twenty-five years of proven experience working with the private sector and executives worldwide. Patrick’s techniques call upon his intuition, the wisdom of ancient traditions from around the world and a wealth of training in the systems of coaching, relationship coaching and study of the Enneagram to help deepen his clients’ understanding of their own experiences. He has been a senior trainer for the Coaches Training Institute in Coaching and Leadership Development Program for over 10 years. Certified as a co-active coach by the Coaches Training Institute, he has accumulated over twenty-five hundred hours of one on one, group and team coaching experience.

Patrick is a graduate of CTI, The Newfield Network post grad program, The Riso-Hudson Enneagram program, A 2.5 year Council Guide training. He created and leads the Awakened Wisdom Experiences, Advanced Coaches Training Program which has earned CEU accreditation from the International Coaches Federation.

He travels the globe leading retreats, workshops and giving keynotes on personal and professional development, and on organizational and personal wellness. Patrick is proficient in the Enneagram and 360 degree assessment tools.

Patrick’s latest book, Awakened Wisdom – A Guide to Reclaiming Your Brilliance is an international bestseller in the highly competitive spirituality category. Within hours of its release on Amazon, the book rose to become the Number-1 spirituality title in Canada, as well as the Number-2 spirituality title in Kindle sales. It also became a top title in self-help, reaching as high as Number-3 in Canada

Patrick continues to share his insights and experiences from his book “Awakened Wisdom – A Guide to Reclaiming Your Brilliance” through his acclaimed workshop programs, and international speaking engagements.

Healing Special Relationships

Frank West has practiced psychotherapy and family counseling for over fifty years. He holds a master’s degree in divinity from the Union Theological Seminary in New York, where he specialized in the psychology of religion. He completed his graduate and postgraduate studies in psychology at the American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry, the William Alanson White Institute, the City College of New York, and the Nathan Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy. Frank served as lecturer and supervisor in both psychoanalysis and marital/family therapy at the Blanton-Peale Institute, the Union Theological Seminary, and the Millhauser Research Laboratory at NYU Medical Center.

He maintained a private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan for twenty-five years before relocating his practice to Guilford, Connecticut, in 1984. Soon after moving to Connecticut, he and his late wife, Martha, began studying A Course in Miracles, whose psycho-spiritual precepts have since become the cornerstone of his work with patients.

Frank is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and a founding member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He continues to maintain a full schedule of private and group therapy patients.

Dale Goldstein is a Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Psychotherapist who has been actively exploring, since 1966, the uses of meditative, healing, and psychotherapeutic tools in the process of healing individuals, groups, and organizations.
Dale attended the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, where he received a B.S. in Secondary Education in 1967, and a Master of Social Work degree in 1969. In 1971, feeling a lack of depth in his life, Dale moved to Rochester, NY to practice Zen under the guidance of Roshi Philip Kapleau. In 1980, he changed to an inquiry/awareness meditative practice with Toni Packer, with whom he worked for eight more years. Since then, Dale has continued to explore the uses of meditative, healing, and psychotherapeutic tools for opening the heart/mind with a number of world-renowned teachers.
In 1977, Dale co-founded and directed the Rochester Center for the Healing Arts, a wholistic health education and multi-disciplinary treatment center. During this time, Dale also trained in Polarity Therapy, a healing art, with Dr. Pierre Pannetier, and practiced and taught Polarity Therapy throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Grown Up Love

Gloria Arenson is a California based psychotherapist specializing in cutting edge therapies such as Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), an acupressure based method, Thought Field Therapy (TFT), Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She is a licensed hypnotherapist and is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychosynthesis. She is an approved ACEP Certification Consultant and is a Diplomate in Comprehensive Energy Psychology.

Gloria specializes in using and teaching EFT, the revolutionary mind/body approach to provide rapid, effective and often permanent relief from mental and emotional pain. She has helped thousands of people to recover successfully from eating disorders, compulsive spending, anxiety, fears, phobias, PTSD, panic disorder and other problems.

Gloria Arenson maintains a private practice in Santa Barbara, California.

H3. On Conscious Living and Dying

Annamaria Hemingway MA (ABD) is a writer and speaker on the topic of Conscious Living and Dying. She is also a spiritual counselor and member of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS).

The Father of Neurofeedback

President, International MindFitness Foundation, Infinite Potentials Incorporated. Certifications: Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (BCIA) Senior Fellow, BCIA EEG Fellow, BCIA Certification in Stress Management Education, National Registration of Neurofeedback Providers, Diplomate, Neurotherapy and Biofeedback Certification Board, Diplomate in both Neurofeedback and Biofeedback.

Corporate Responsibilities: Founder of Biofeedback Resources International, Co-founder Bio-Monitoring International (develops life sciences products including an EEG performance enhancement system that is selling well in the Asian market), Founder of Health Training Seminars. President and Founder of The International MindFitness Foundation (a 501 c3 not for profit). Founder of American BioTec Corporation and Infinite Potentials Incorporated. Since 1971 Adam and the organizations he has founded or co-founded have provided leadership in the development of biofeedback hardware and software, as well as innovative and effective business models for practitioners.