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Roger Walsh

Roger Walsh MD, Ph.D. DHL is professor emeritus of psychiatry, philosophy, and anthropology at the University of California. His research focusses on topics such as meditation, psychological wellbeing, wisdom, and our global crises.

His books include Essential Spirituality: The Seven Central Practices, The World of Shamanism, and The World’s Great Wisdom. His research and writings have received over twenty national and international awards, while his teaching has received one national and six university awards. He is a student, researcher, and teacher of contemplative traditions, and an authorized lama in Tibetan Buddhism. With John Dupuy, he cohosts the podcast Deep Transformation: Self-Society-Spirit with listeners in over 130 countries,

His more curious careers include having been a circus acrobat, and having had an extremely brief and unsuccessful career as a standup comedian.

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Andrea Calderon

Born in Colombia, Andrea Calderon is a spiritual leader Kuraka (Healier) from Sumak Kawsay Cosmovision who has devoted more than 15 years to the recovery of ancestral memory guarding traditional ancient ceremonies and different altars from the Andes Mountains, Ecuador. Devoted to the recovery of ancestral memory and following the Sumak Kawsay tradition from the Andes.

Andrea, together with her partner Santiago Andrade, an indigenous shaman and well-known Kuraka in this tradition, have guided hundreds of people through transformative spiritual pilgrimages known as Vision Quest and Sundance in the mountain of Ayapuma in Ecuador and in Sicily, Italy. These ceremonies and spiritual offerings involve a period of intense fasting, where participants abstain from food and water for several days while alone to shed societal norms and limiting beliefs, allowing them to rediscover themselves and find inner peace.

Andrea and Santiago are well known for their sacred chants to the plant medicine of the Awakolla.

Santiago Andrade León

Santiago Andrade, social communicator, photographer, medicine man, spiritual leader, and Ecuadorian Andean doctor, has received instruction for more than 30 years in the spiritual path of Sumak Kawsay (Andean cosmovision) and its traditional practices. During his career, he assumed the responsibility of sustaining the cultural tradition and ancient knowledge of the native peoples for medicinal plants, guarding healing altars and ceremonies.

Santiago’s art comes from a spontaneous and empirical inspiration, from learning as Kuraka (Andean Doctor). This ritual art created as an instrument of healing and transmission of ancestral knowledge is the legacy that it offers us. With the deep conviction that by painting myths and making medicinal pictures, he makes that continuity in tradition, preserving ancestral knowledge, the memory of ancient peoples, considering other points of view on the cosmos and life, portraying the path of wisdom that the native peoples of America have developed as their culture. Representing the expression of a people, Santiago paints the vision of the healer, the mystic, the teacher who has decided to walk, recognizing himself as the son of this mother earth.

Olga Louchakova-Schwartz

Olga Louchakova-Schwartz is a philosopher, comparative religionist, and interdisciplinary researcher with backgrounds in transpersonal psychology, medicine, and neuroscience.  Her training included Vedanta, Kundalini Yoga, Orthodox Christian spirituality (Hesychasm), paganism, and Turkish Sufism. She holds the title Professor Emerita from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (1992-2016). Her Hridayam® public health and spirituality program was created in the Russian spiritual underground (1987-1992) and reached more than 5000 people in trauma relief all over the world.  Prior to 1992, as a scientist at the USSR Academy of Sciences, she developed new diagnostic tests for autoimmune diseases of the nervous system. At present, she is the Founding President of the Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience, Professor of Philosophy of Religion at the Hult International Business School, Clinical Professor at the University of California at Davis, and adjunct lecturer at the Jesuits School of Theology in Berkeley. A well-known author,  she wrote more than 250 papers and book chapters. Her two books, The Problem of Religious Experience: Case Studies in Phenomenology (editor, Springer 2019), and Image and Imagination in Phenomenology of Religious Experience (Bautz, 2023, with Martin Nitsche) inaugurated phenomenology of religious experience as a special field of studies in the philosophy of religion. She is the founding editor of a new book series Phenomenologies of Religious Experience (Lexington). She is currently working on the book Husserl and Suhrawardi: Reappraising Apodicticity, to be published with Lexington Books in 2023.

Stanley Krippner

Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., is a pioneer in the study of consciousness, having conducted research for over 50 years in the areas of dreams, hypnosis, shamanism, and dissociation, often from a cross-cultural perspective, and with an emphasis on anomalous phenomena that seem to question mainstream paradigms.

He has held faculty appointments at Akamai University, Fordham University, Kent State University, New York University, Saybrook University, Sofia University, and the California Institute for Integral Studies. He has received lifetime achievement awards from the Parapsychological Association, the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and the Society for Humanistic Psychology.

Krippner is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, which granted him its 2002 Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Development of Psychology.

He is co-author of the award-winning book Personal Mythology, and co-editor of the award-winning book Varieties of Anomalous Experience, and has published over 1,000 peer-reviewed articles.

Lama Michel Rinpoche

Lama Michel Rinpoche was born in Brazil in 1981 and began his journey in Buddhism when, at the age of five, he met T.Y.S Lama Gangchen Tulku Rinpoche (who would later recognise him as his spiritual son) and, at the age of eight, he was recognised as a tulku, the reincarnation of a Tibetan lama.

When he was only twelve years old, he decided to follow traditional monastic training, going to live and study in a monastery in southern India for twelve years, and for the next ten years, travelling annually to Tashi Lhunpo University in Tibet to complete his academic and monastic training. For much of his life, Lama Michel followed Lama Gangchen during his Dharma preaching missions in the West and his pilgrimages to holy places.

In addition to the Albagnano Healing Meditation Centre, he is spiritual director of dozens of centres in the NgalSo tradition around the world and in charge of eight foundations. Since 2014, he has offered thousands of hours of teachings on various social media platforms and on the NgalSo YouTube channel.



Each one of us inevitably experiences reality through one’s own self, filtered through one’s own body and mind.

We live in the illusion of seeing the subjective reality as if it were objective.

By recognizing subjective reality as subjective, we begin the path of awakening.

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