New York Times best-selling author Gregg Braden is internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging science and spirituality. Following a successful career as a Computer Geologist for Phillips Petroleum during the 1970′s energy crisis, he worked as a Senior Computer Systems Designer with Martin Marietta Defense Systems during the last years of the Cold War. In 1991 he became the first Technical Operations Manager for Cisco Systems where he led the development of the global support team that ensures the reliability of today’s internet.
Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer. Six of her ten published books have been New York Times Best Sellers. Four of these have been #1 New York Times Best Sellers. A Return to Love is considered a must-read of The New Spirituality. A paragraph from that book, beginning “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…” – often misattributed to Nelson Mandela’s Inaugural address – is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers. Marianne’s latest New York Times Best Seller is A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever. A Course in Weight Loss was selected by Oprah to be one of her Favorite Things in 2010.
Barbara Marx Hubbard has been called “the voice for conscious evolution of our time” by Deepak Chopra and is the subject of Neale Donald Walsch’s new book “The Mother of Invention.” A prolific author, visionary, social innovator, evolutionary thinker and educator, she is co-founder and chairperson of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution. She is the producer and narrator of the award-winning documentary series entitled Humanity Ascending: A New Way through Together and has recently partnered with The Shift Network as a global ambassador for the conscious evolution movement;
6 Members of the International Council of Indigenous Grandmothers
Grandmother Flordemayo (Mayan)
Born the youngest of 15 children in the highlands of Central America, Grandmother Flordemayo was found at an early age, like others in her family, to have the gift of Sight. By age four she was being trained in the art of curanderismo which had been handed down from mother to daughter for many generations. Flordemayo’s mother was a midwife and healer and taught her daughters in the use of herbs, women’s medicine, and how women are to honor and care for the Earth. Read More
Grandmother Mona Polacca (Hopi, Tewa)
Grandmother Mona, a Hopi/Havasupai/Tewa elder, has a Master of Social Work degree. She serves on several United Nations committees on indigenous people’s issues and is a featured author, speaker, and educator on indigenous people’s human rights, aging, mental health, addiction, and violence. She is also the President/CEO and faculty of the Turtle Island Project, a non-profit program that promotes a vision of wellness by providing trans-cultural training to individuals, families, and healthcare professionals.
Grandmother Agnes is a world-renowned spiritual leader and keeper of her people’s Sacred Salmon Ceremony which she revived after 150 years. The ceremony had been lost to her people because so many Takelmas had been killed. Survivors of the bloodshed were forced onto their own “Trail of Tears” and relocated to the reservation in Siletz, Oregon.
Grandmother Beatrice is a Lakota keeper of the traditional ways, great grandmother, Native American Church elder, sundancer, and health worker for people with diabetes. Beatrice is a member of the Council of Language Elders, focusing on Oglala Lakota language immersion and teaching their native tongue to children and to elders.
Grandmother Margaret is the fifth generation of Sand Creek Massacre survivors. As a child, she attended the Catholic Mission and Government Boarding Schools. Margaret is a Cheyenne traditional dancer. She has served as a dance leader in Oklahoma and in powwows across the U.S. A sculptress for 30 years, she creates clay figurines that have won her many honors, including shows at Eastern New Mexico University, University of Wisconsin, Santa Fe Indian Market and the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial.
Grandmother Rita is a Lakota keeper of the traditional ways, great grandmother, Native American Church elder, and bead worker. Rita is a member of the Council of Language Elders, focusing on Oglala Lakota language immersion and teaching their native tongue to children and to elders.
Don Alejandro Cirilo Pérez, Wakatel Utiw (Wandering Wolf) is Quiche Maya from the highlands of Guatemala. Wandering Wolf serves as: leader of the National Mayan Council of Elders of Guatemala; Day Keeper of the Mayan Calendar; 13th generation Quiche Mayan Spiritual Leader; a founder and Grand Elder of the Continental Council of Elders & Spiritual Guides of the Americas; Extraordinary Ambassador in the Guatemalan government representing the indigenous pueblos; and an international lecturer on Mayan culture. Read More
James O’Dea is the lead faculty for the Shift Network’s Peace Ambassador Training with hundreds of international participants. These trainings are ongoing. His Path of the Peacemaker course attracted students from 24 countries. He is a well-known figure in international social healing who has conducted reconciliation dialogues for 15 years. James also leads break through Intensives for emerging leaders of all ages. He is on the extended faculty of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and its former President. The former Washington office director of Amnesty International… Read More
Leroy Little Bear (Blackfoot)
Leroy Little Bear is a member of the Blood Tribe of the Blackfoot Confederacy. Leroy is the former Director of the American Indian Program at Harvard University and professor emeritus of Native Studies at the University of Lethbridge where he was department chair for 25 years. He has served as a legal and constitutional advisor to the Assembly of First Nations and has served on many influential committees, commissions, and boards dealing with First Nations issues. In 2003, Little Bear was awarded the prestigious National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Education, the highest honor bestowed Read More
Dr. Rangimarie Turuki Rose Pere
Dr. Rangimarie Turuki Rose Pere is a Maori elder who has been involved in education, community development and language revitalization for the past 40 years. Rose, as she likes to be called, welcomes people from all over the world into her home to talk about ancient
Sequoyah Trueblood is a blood member of the Choctaw nation and a traveling Medicine man who works in the Mountains of British Columbia as well as traveled all over the world holding healing ceremonies. He has served in Vietnam as a Green Beret Special Forces. Sequoyah embodies the heart doctrine and elaborates the ancient teachings of the Mamos and native peoples.
Kenny Ausubel is an award-winning social entrepreneur, author, journalist and filmmaker. He is the founder and co-executive director of Bioneers, a nationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to disseminating practical and visionary solutions for restoring Earth’s imperiled ecosystems and healing our human communities. He launched the annual Bioneers Conference in 1990 with his producing partner and wife Nina Simons, Bioneers co-executive director. The Conference attracts over 3,000 people each year to the national conference in San Rafael, California, and in 2007 it will be beamed by satellite Read More
Nina Simons, Co-CEO & Co-Founder of Bioneers, is a social entrepreneur who translates her life experience into tools for serving the emerging leadership of others. Nina maintains a strong focus on writing and teaching about women’s leadership and restoring the ‘feminine’ in us all, and on leveraging Bioneers’ inspiring solutions and stories to make the biggest possible difference in the world. She has co-produced the annual Bioneers conference since 1990.
Ohki Siminé Forest is a vision-holder and spiritual teacher of Canadian Mohawk descent who has lived in Chiapas, Mexico since 1986 where she works with impoverished Maya people. Trained and initiated by Maya, Mongolian and Canadian shamans, Ohki has taught a unified practice of ancient
Tobasonakwut is considered to be “a teacher extra ordinare” by students and faculty at universities where he has taught and at reservations and conferences where he has spoken. A fluent speaker of Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway) and English, Tobasonakwut is an imaginative thinker and orator. Tobasonakwut is a pipe carrier, a member of the Mite’iwin, and a Sundancer for many years in the Read More
Tlakaelel has addressed audiences at M.I.T., Harvard University, The Universities of Connecticut, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Maine, and others, Temple University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Connecticut College, Omega Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico, University of Bern, Switzerland, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, and many other places.
Gershon Winkler is a widely recognized scholar in the fields of Jewish law, lore, theology, and mysticism. A descendant of a scion of rabbis originating in Judea, Rabbi Winkler has devoted much of the past two decades to writing and teaching about the lesser-promulgated wisdom of Judaism and to Hebraic scriptural interpretation. He has published fourteen books since 1980
Rabbi Miriam Maron, Ph.D., M.A., B.S.N., R.N. is the author of Ancient Moon Wisdom: The Kabbalistic Wheel of Astro Mystery and its Relationship to the Human Experience. She is a Soul Healer with the inner wisdom and stamina to boldly take people into the otherwise unfathomable depths of their soul-self, and there, at the very vortex of their persona, to heal, to repair, to transform, and finally to emerge anew as the Phoenix rising out of the ashes.
Uqualla, a member of the Havasupai Tribe (people of the blue-green waters), is a wisdom keeper, gifted orator, story teller, spiritual emissary, dramatist, and bridge between the worlds of ancestral wisdom and the western world.
Ac Tah, which means “The Man who Talks,” is a Mayan seer who has been transmitting the messages of the ancient Maya to all that are called to listen. A direct descendent of the Maya, Ac Tah has been honored to be selected as a messenger of the knowledge and information that is encoded on Mayan glyphs and steles at sacred sites throughout Mexico. Trained at an early age in the old ways by his grandfather, Ac Tah found, upon visitation to the sacred sites, that the teachings of his grandfather came alive in a direct way. As Ac Tah explains, his grandfather seeded the restructuring of his neuronal structures in order to prepare him to directly receive the ancient knowledge. Read More
Don Gaspar Xiu (Mayan)
Even though I cannot explain exactly what I have achieved in my life I have been fortunate to represent my people three times in the State Congress and the House of Representatives and the Senate. I have had responsibilities at the government level to address the needs of my people, the Maya people. I have represented my family in all kinds of problems experienced such as health problems and civil and judicial disputes.
Dr. José Jaramillo is a professional lecturer, Historian, filmmaker and researcher of ancient civilizations, consciousness science. He is a former host of the radio show in Tijuana and San Diego, California called “Ancient Mexico,” from 2004 to 2008. He had studied Mayan spirituality since he was 13 years old. He is an expert in Mayan time science, Mayan philosophy, cosmology and ceremonial rituals. He had studied the holistic aspect of Mayan spirituality with the head of the Mayan Elders in Yucatan Don Gaspar Antonio Xiu. Rad More
Tata Pedro Cruz, whose Maya name is k’u'x’ya meaning ‘heart of the lake’, is one of the last living Tzutujil Mayan elders of Lago Atitlan Guatemala. He is a member of the Council of Mayan Elders of Guatemala and 2005 World Peace Ambassador.
Pat McCabe, known as Woman Stands Shining, is an artist, writer, ceremonial leader and international speaker. She is a voice for global peace and her paintings are created as tools for individual, earth, and global healing. She has appeared in two documentary films: SEEDing Change and Journeying to Turtle Island and has presented at the International Healing Conference in Bali. She lives in Taos, NM.
Robert Sitler’s first exposure to the genius of Mayan culture came in the mid-70s while hiking in the rainforests of Chiapas. Since then, he has spent as much time as possible in the Mayan world, visiting regularly among natives from more than a dozen language groups. His long-standing relationships with Maya and their humble wisdom inform and inspire this book. He completed a PhD at the University of Texas – Austin in 1994 with a dissertation on Mayan-related literature under the guidance of Dr. Linda Schele.
Writer, poet, producer, entrepreneur, Birgitte Rasine serves as the Chief Evolution Officer (CEO) of LUCITA Inc., a hybrid design and communications firm committed to sustainability in its work and practices, and oversees the company’s publishing imprint, LUCITA Publishing. She is also the producer of the well-known Mayan Calendar Portal, aka the MCP, the leading portal web site dedicated to the sacred Mayan Calendar.
Kenneth Johnson has studied with the day keepers of the Maya in Guatamala, and has come across some new discoveries not previously revealed. Kenneth Johnson holds a B.A. in Comparative Religions from California State University, Fullerton. He obtained his Master of Arts in Eastern Studies (with an emphasis in Classical Sanskrit) from St. John’s College, Santa Fe.
Vernon Masayesva is a Hopi Leader of the Coyote Clan, and the Chairman of the Hopi Tribal Council from the village of Hotevilla (the oldest continuously inhabited human settlement in the Americas) in, Arizona. Masayesva received his B.A. degree from Arizona State University in Political Science and a Masters of Arts from Central Michigan University in 1970. He returned to Black Mesa of the HotevillaBacavi Community School, the first Indian controlled school on Hopi as the lead educator of the school systems. In 1984,
Jerry Honawa is a member of the Hopi tribe, a retired educator, village elder, and a life-long farmer and cultural advisor. He lives and farms in Hotevilla, one of the original Hopi villages, situated in the high desert country of what is now northern Arizona. He is the Cultural Advisor to the Board of Directors of the Black Mesa Trust.
Jeffrey Wium is a K’anchaq Allkureq in the Andean Altomisayoq lineage. Born in North America, his studies, spiritual apprenticeships and professional life have taken him across five continents and multiple traditions beginning in 1996 with Qigong certifications at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and the Chinese Academy of Somatic Science in Beijing, receiving the Buddhist Avaloketesvara initiation from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and undertaking a spiritual pilgrimage to the monastic temples of Tibet and Nepal. Read More
Szuson Wong is a multi-cultural and eclectic woman. She is a Chinese, Kiwi, American, Canadian writer, speaker and workshop facilitator. Szuson has traveled the world and is highly educated. Szuson is a healer, teacher, and author of Guardian of Gaia. She began as a Registered Nurse and continued with a degree in Acupuncture at the Beijing International School of Acupuncture, followed by a Doctorate in Energy Medicine. With over 25 years in the health profession, her passion is to empower and transform people with Success Coaching, Feng Shui, the World of Womin Conference in 2004, and Seven Hills Health Expo in April and November of 2011. Read More
Mike “Two Bears” Andrews lives in the El Salto (“The Waterfall”) area near Taos, NM. He leads Vision Quests in Marcellus “BearHeart” William’s tradition; pours water for sweat lodges now and then; and does shamanic drumming sessions. He counts Beth Hin, Adyashanti, and Alberto Villoldo as major spiritual influences, in addition to BearHeart. Read More
Michele ‘Ama Wehali’ Rozbitsky is a psychotherapist, shamanic practitioner, ceremonialist and author who has been providing healing and guidance for 22 years in Northern New Mexico as well as long distance. She developed and ran a social services program ‘Peace Keepers’ for ‘Eight Northern Pueblo Indian Council’ for 6 years. She has studied with many Wisdom Keepers as well as spoken on TV, Radio and at Conferences on the topic of 2012.
Michele is the author of “Journey to the Fifth World: Coming Full Circle in Healing and Transformation” a book that relates a healing path to and through 2012. Read more
Glenn Aparicio Parry PhD, (Spanish, Basque and Jewish) a writer, psychologist, educator, and entrepreneur, is the founder and President of SEED. His passion is to reform education into a coherent, cohesive whole.
He has organized and participated in the Language of Spirit Conferences since 1999, which have brought together Native and Western scientists in dialogue, moderated by Leroy Little Bear. Read more