Barbara Brown Taylor

Barbara Brown Taylor

Barbara Brown Taylor is a best-selling author, teacher, and Episcopal priest. Her first memoir, Leaving Church, won an Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association in 2006. Her next three books earned places on the New York Times bestseller list. Taylor has served on the faculties of Piedmont College, Emory University, Mercer University, Columbia Seminary, Oblate School of Theology and the Certificate in Theological Studies program at Arrendale State Prison for Women in Alto, Georgia. Her latest book, Always a Guest, was released in October 2020 from Westminster John Knox Press.

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John Philip Newell

John Philip Newell

John Philip Newell is an internationally acclaimed spiritual teacher, speaker and author of several books, including Listening for the Heartbeat of God and A New Harmony. The former Warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland, he is the founder of Earth and Soul (a Celtic Initiative of Study, Spiritual Practice and Compassionate Action) and teaches regularly in California, New England, Virginia, Colorado, New Mexico and Canada and leads international pilgrimages to Iona. He lives with his wife in Edinburgh, Scotland. Earth & Soul.

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Claire Bidwell Smith

Claire Bidwell Smith

Claire Bidwell Smith is a therapist specializing in grief and the author of three books including Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief. Led by her own experiences with grief, and fueled by her work in hospice and private practice, Claire strives to provide support for all kinds of people experiencing all kinds of grief. Claire has written for and been featured in many publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, MSNBC, CNN, Oprah Magazine and Psychology Today.

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Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller, PhD, is the New York Times bestselling author of The Spiritual Child and a professor in the clinical psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is the founder and director of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, the first Ivy League graduate program in spirituality and psychology, and for over a decade has held joint appointments in the department of psychiatry at Columbia University medical school. Dr. Miller is Editor of the Oxford University Press Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality, Founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the APA journal Spirituality in Clinical Practice, an elected Fellow of The American Psychological Association (APA) and the two-time President of the APA Society for Psychology and Spirituality. Her innovative research has been published in more than one hundred empirical, peer-reviewed articles in leading journals, including Cerebral Cortex, The American Journal of Psychiatry and the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and three children.

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Lama Rod Owens

Lama Rod Owens

Lama Rod Owens is a Buddhist minister, author, activist, yoga instructor and authorized Lama, or Buddhist teacher, in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism and is considered one of the leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers. He holds a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School and is a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation. Owens is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice and study community. Has been published in Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle and The Harvard Divinity Bulletin and offers talks, retreats and workshops in more than seven countries.

Michelle Cassandra Johnson

Michelle Cassandra Johnson

Michelle Cassandra Johnson is a social justice warrior, author, dismantling racism trainer, empath, yoga teacher and practitioner and an intuitive healer. With over 20 years of experience leading dismantling racism work and working with clients as a licensed clinical social worker, Johnson has a deep understanding of how trauma impacts the mind, body, spirit and heart. She has led Dismantling Racism Trainings with large corporations, small nonprofits and community groups, including the ACLU-WA, Duke University, Google, This American Life, The Center for Equity and Inclusion, Eno River Unitarian Universalist Church, Lululemon and many others. She published Skill in Action in 2017 and teaches workshops nationwide.

 

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Valerie Naranjo

Valerie Naranjo

Valerie Naranjo is the professor of West African percussion, song and dance at New York University’s Steinhardt School, and is a member of NYU’s “Global Institute of Advanced Studies” which helps professors to an improved international understanding. She has performed and taught as a guest artist internationally, including nine African countries and in such situations and locations as The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver; The White House and The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.; New York’s Lincoln Center, City Center and Carnegie Hall; London’s Royal Festival Hall; The Johannesburg Civic Theatre; The National Theater of Ghana.

 

Valerie has been the percussionist for the NBC Saturday Night Live Band for 26 years, performing with such artists as Paul Simon, Lady Gaga and Mick Jagger.

 

Valerie Dee Naranjo is a true “world musician”, having performed on six continents and having researched and facilitated artistic links between them during the past three and a half decades. Drum! magazine reader’s poll named Valerie “World Music Percussionist of the Year” 2005 and 2008 and “Mallet Player of the Year.”

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Nicki Cohen

Nicki Cohen

Nicki Cohen, PhD, MT-BC, is a Fellow and Primary Trainer of the Association for Music and Imagery. She is also a Professor of Music Therapy at Texas Woman’s University. She has a private GIM practice that incorporates music therapy techniques and classical, modified and music and imagery forms of the Helen Bonny Method. Nicki is the author of Advanced Methods of Music Therapy Practice.

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Matt Levine

Matt Levine

Matt Levine is an accomplished composer and producer of music for games, film, television and other pictured media. His unique ability to compose memorable themes across a wide range of genres, his cutting edge technical skills and his resourceful and collaborative approach have earned him a stellar reputation among producers and directors.

 

In 2015, Matt joined the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM), where he teaches composition and production for video games and film, including collaborations with Sony Interactive Entertainment, SFFilm and San Francisco Art Institute.

 

In 2019, Matt released Tone Pool, a sound healing app for iOS and Android.


Matt frequently gives presentations on music and sound at conventions and institutions including: The Shanghai Conservatory of Music, IGDA, Game Developers Conference, SF MusicTech Summit, NARIP, Sony Game Tech Conference, Dolby Labs, Playcrafting, Tech for Games, Academy of Art University and San Francisco State University.

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Maggie Wheeler

Maggie Wheeler

Maggie Wheeler is best known in the U.S and internationally for her work as an actress in film, television and voice-over and most notably as the character of Janice on NBC’s hit series Friends. Maggie is a passionate singer, songwriter, choir director and workshop facilitator. Maggie directs the 100-voice Golden Bridge Community Choir in Hollywood, an inter-generational, non-auditioned choir now going in its 16th year.

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