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Alicia Allen

Alicia Allen has been practicing and studying meditation for 35 years. She teaches meditation to individuals and groups in Santa Fe, NM, and elsewhere in the US. She also teaches in the Grief, Loss and Trauma program at Southwestern College. A former editor of Shaman’s Drum Magazine, Alicia was trained in a number of traditional and contemporary healing methods. A lifelong artist, she began her creative studies at an early age, and continues to teach and perform the improvisational arts of movement, physical theater, and vocal music. She paints and writes, and is currently writing a book on Meditation and Creativity.

Elsa Menedez

Elsa Menedez is a writer, director, producer, and performer with Tricklock Company and the Director of Education at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC). She has spent the last 30 years working in theatre around the world. In 1992 she co-founded BOOM!theatre, a theatre company within a men's medium security prison comprised of individuals serving the longest sentence. Elsa served as associate artistic director / co-artistic director of Tricklock from 2004 - 2009. She is the founder and director of the Circo Latino and Circo Radical summer youth institutes at NHCC.

Kate Cook

Kate Cook, MA, LPCC, TEP is a licensed professional clinical counselor and nationally board certified trainer and practitioner of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy. She joined the faculty at Southwestern College in 1990. Since 1994 Kate has been a trainer in Action Methods both locally and nationally. Kate maintains a private practice and is a counsultant and educator. She is the Director of Southwestern College’s Certificate Program in Psychodrama and Action Methods.

Sara Crowell

Sara Crowell has taught dance, theater,and violence prevention to youth and adults for over 20 years. She currently serves as Artistic Director at Destiny Arts Center. Sara received 9 California Arts Council grants and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. She is the recipient of the KPFA Peace Award and the Purple Moon DreamSpeakers Award. Sarah has spoken and facilitated workshops at numerous national conferences since 2000.

Jake and Hannah Eagle

Jake Eagle is a licensed professional counselor, an internationally certified NLP trainer, and an author. Jake provides counseling for individuals, couples, and business leaders. His approach ranges from existential therapy (exploring the meaning of life) to pragmatic approaches for finding meaningful work and creating financial stability. He co-leads personal growth workshops for people interested in learning Green Speak, as well as for professionals interested in certification in Green Psychology.

Hannah Eagle is a Homeopathic Practitioner and a licensed massage therapist with a background in meditation and holistic health. After years of mentoring by John and Joyce Weir, the creators of Percept Language and leaders of the Self-Differentiation Laboratory (workshop), Hannah and Jake began teaching Percept Labs, which have now evolved into Green Psychology personal growth workshops. Hannah grounds the theory of this work by leading participants through unique experiences, meditation, dream work, and movement.

Diane Haug

Diane Haug, M.A., LPCC is a licensed therapist living in northern New Mexico and a senior member of the Grof Transpersonal Training staff. Her background includes a decade of working with adults and children dealing with life-threatening and terminal illness. Having completed the Grof’s first three year training program, Diane has been involved with transpersonal psychology and the Holotropic Breathwork since 1986. Over the last years she has been deeply involved with the international breathwork community participating in Grof training events in Ukraine, Russia, Scandinavia, South America, and Europe. Diane has developed GTT training modules including 'Shamanism: An Exploration of Traditional Wisdom', 'The Language of the Soul: The Art and Practice of Integrating Deep Inner Experiences', 'Living with Dying', and 'The Psychedelic Experience: Promises and Perils'. She is an adjunct faculty member with Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Executive Director of the Ocamora Retreat Center.

Toby Herzlich

Toby Herzlich is a leadership trainer, facilitator of transformational change, and network weaver, focused on assisting groups and individuals dedicated to building community assets and catalyzing progressive social and environmental change. As founder of Biomimicry for Social Innovation, Toby guides leaders in learning from nature's wisdom. Toby is co-founder of Cultivating Women's Leadership and a Senior Trainer with the Rockwood Leadership Institute. Working nationally and globally, Toby has supported women to be effective and heartfelt leaders in the Middle East, Bosnia, the US, and Canada. Toby is presently the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Ocamora Retreat Center. For more information contact or visit

Cynthia Jurs

Cynthia Jurs is an authorized Buddhist teacher (“dharmacharya”) who has been practicing in both the Tibetan Vajrayana and Zen traditions for almost 30 years and received dharma transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh in 1994. She is the director of the Open Way Sangha in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she leads meditations, ceremonies and pilgrimages including the Tibetan practice of bringing healing and protection to the Earth by filling earth treasure vases and burying them in places of need around the world. She recently directed and produced the film, Turning Prayer Into Action: Indigenous Grandmothers meet the Bioneers.

Dean Lerner

Dean Lerner, M.S.:  co-director of the Center for Well Being and advanced Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor, has been practicing Yoga since the mid-1970's, teaching since 1980 and in the State College area since 1985. He has studied with Shri B.K. S. Iyengar on numerous occasions both in the USA and in India.  Dean also teaches workshops nationally and abroad.

Rebecca Lerner

Rebecca Lerner: co-director of the Center for Well Being and an Intermediate junior III Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor, has been practicing and teaching yoga since the 1970's. Rebecca has studied four times in India with Shri B.K.S. Iyengar.  In addition to public classes at the Center, Rebecca conducts private yoga therapy sessions giving students individualized yoga programs to suit their personal needs.  Rebecca has been the resident yoga teacher at the State College Friends School (k-8) since 1992.  Rebecca is also a professionally trained Bradley Method® Natural Childbirth educator

Marianne Murray

Marianne Murray is Program Director for the Academy for the Love of Learning, a member of the core facilitation team, and serves on the Board of Directors. She has a Ph.D. in transformative learning and an MA in transpersonal psychology. She emphasizes transpersonal practices in her work with individuals and groups, and is a breathwork practitioner, body worker, and systemic constellations facilitator.

Wes Nisker

Wes Nisker has practiced Buddhist meditation for thirty years with various teachers in Asia and the West. He is the author of the best selling books, Buddha’s Nature (Bantam), Essential Crazy Wisdom (Ten Speed Press), and The Big Bang, the Buddha, and the Baby Boom (Harper). Wes is the founder and co-editor of the Buddhist journal, Inquiring Mind and an affiliate teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. He teaches retreats and workshops internationally.

Lon Rankin

Lon Rankin, MA, LMHC is a transpersonal psychotherapist with a private counseling practice in Santa Fe, NM. He is a bodyworker as well as a certified practitioner of Grof Holotropic Breathwork. Lon’s passions include African and African based drumming, his work with the New Mexico Men’s Wellness movement, and exploring the healing potential of the natural world.

Nina Simons

Nina Simons is an award winning social entrepreneur and co-editor of Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart. She co-founded Bioneers, and has helped to lead the organization through 23 years of identifying, gathering, and disseminating breakthrough innovations to re-imagine how we live on Earth and with each other. Currently, Nina's focus is on inspiring leadership that connects women, nature, healing, diversity, and justice. She co-founded Cultivating Women's Leadership trainings with Toby Herzlich in 2006, is developing and co-facilitates trainings while speaking and teaching widely. For more information contact or

Jan Stein

Jan Edl Stein, MFT is the director of HOLOS Institute and a Jungian oriented psychotherapist with a deep interest in ecopsychology and the healing power of spiritual practice. She leads workshops and retreats in meditation, shamanic journeying and shamanic psychotherapy. She has taught at numerous venues including the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and Sonoma State University. Jan has maintained a private practice for over 18 years in San Francisco and Marin, which includes clinical supervision, individual and couples psychotherapy. Her spiritual explorations include a long involvement in the yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, Vipassana meditation, and shamanic traditions.

Aaron Stern

Aaron Stern is the director and founder of the Academy for the Love of Learning and serves as President of the Board. He designed the core curriculum, which is at the heart of all Academy programs, and directs its facilitation team. He is a composer, performer, educator and former dean of the American Conservatory of Music. He consults with educational, arts, spiritual and social-change organizations and communities, worldwide. He is also trained and certified as a transpersonal therapist.

Joan Sutherland, Roshi

Joan Sutherland, Roshi is a Zen teacher in the koan tradition and the founder of Awakened Life in Santa Fe, New Mexico and The Open Source network of communities in New Mexico, Colorado, California, and Arizona. Her work appears frequently in Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma. She is involved in an intensive re-imagining of the koan tradition and is deeply interested in what becomes possible when ways of meditation and inquiry developed over thousands of years are brought into contemporary Western lives. She is currently working on two books, a philosophical memoir and new translations of three major koan collections. Please see

Monika Wikman

Monica Wikman, Ph.D. is a Jungian Analyst and author of Pregnant Darkness: Alchemy and the Rebirth of Consciousness (2005) and various articles in Jungian psychology journals. Monika obtained her BA from UC San Diego and her doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, where her research took her deep into the study of dreams of people with terminal cancer. After teaching graduate students at California State University, Los Angeles, she graduated as a diplomat from the Jung-Von Franz Center for Depth Psychology in Zurich. She lectures internationally on mythology and symbolism, dreams and wellness, alchemy and creativity. In private practice as a Jungian Analyst and astrologer, she lives along a creek and under starry skies in Tesuque, New Mexico with horses, dogs, and friends.