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Maria Jain: Buddhas on Death Row

Maria Jain is a seeker, traveler, writer, entrepreneur, advocate, and story teller. For the past 8 years, she has been working in international development, focusing on women's empowerment, gender equality and ending gender-based violence.  Between 2008 and 2012, she lived and...

Barbara Crooker: Chronicling Life's Loves, Losses, and Disabilities Through Poetry

Barbara Crooker has been writing poetry since the late 1970’s.  Her work, for which she has won many awards, incorporates themes of nature, home, family, love, loss, and disability. Over 700 of her poems have been published in anthologies and magazines, as well as compiled in several...

Mushim Patricia Ikeda: Taking the Great Vow Not to Burn Out

Mushim Patricia Ikeda is a sansei (third-generation Japanese American) poet and writer, social justice activist, diversity and inclusion consultant, secular mindfulness coach and core Buddhist teacher based in Oakland, California.  She teaches primarily at the East Bay Meditation Center...

Elle Luna: Designing a Life Beyond the Crossroads of Should and Must

Elle Luna is an iconic designer, artist, painter, and writer.   If you’ve used ever the Uber app … If you’ve ever swiped an email on your iPhone… If you’ve ever deferred an email for some date in the future… If you’ve ever self-published on...

Marjorie Maddox: Engaging With the World Through Poem & Story

"As one re-reads Marjorie's poems, which have airy beginnings usually in breath, voice, intimation, they grow increasingly concrete until situations, relationships, and feelings are palpable and deeply moving." -A.R. Ammons on Maddox's poetry collection As Perpendicular as I....

Liz Mitten Ryan: The Wisdom of the Herd

In 1999 Liz Mitten Ryan, award-winning artist, mother of six and founder of a successful fine art publishing company in Vancouver, traded in the secure terrain of her known life to move with her architect husband, and a herd of eleven horses, to Gateway 2 Ranch -- a 320-acre slice of paradise...

Debra Roberts: Sacred Path of Bees

“Many of the challenges in this world stem from our disconnect with nature — both within us and outside of us. When we steward bees in a bee-centric rather than business-centric way, there is an opportunity to learn about the interconnectedness we share with all life.” When...

Meredith May: Why Mercy Matters

Meredith May is a storyteller, award-winning journalist, author, and third-generation beekeeper. For much of her career, Meredith was (until 2015) a feature writer at The San Francisco Chronicle.  Her 2004 newspaper series “Operation Lion Heart,” about a war-wounded...

Ulrike Reinhard: Skateboard Parks and the Power of Relationship

Ulrike Reinhard is a German publisher, author, futurist, and a catalyst for global development efforts.  As the woman behind the Barefoot Skateboarders of Janwar, a skateboard park in rural India that is upending notions of caste and gender barriers and empowering a community...

David George Haskell: Songs of Trees: Interconnections Between People and Trees

"He thinks like a biologist, writes like a poet, and gives the natural world the kind of open-minded attention one expects from a Zen monk rather than a hypothesis-driven scientist." --A profile of David Haskell by James Gorman in The New York Times  David...

Ann Medlock: Sticking Her Neck Out For Democracy and Our Common Humanity

Ann Medlock is a writer and social activist who founded the Giraffe Heroes Project, a nonprofit organization that's given countless people around the globe the stories and inspiring examples of real heroes—people sticking their necks out for the common good—for more than...

Mandy Catron: A Better Way To Talk About Love

“It seems like we want it both ways: we want love to feel like madness, and we want it to last an entire lifetime. That sounds terrible.” -- Mandy Len Catron Driven largely by her attempts to make sense of the divorce between her parents as well as the end of her first romantic...

Shabnam Virmani: Transcending Identity Through Poetry and Music

Shabnam Virmani is a documentary filmmaker, former journalist, and singer of Kabir folk songs. In 2003, stung by the religious riots of Gujarat, India in 2002, she set out in quest of the 15th century mystic poet/saint Kabir, exploring how his poetry intersects with ideas of identity, religion,...

Parker Palmer: An Elder's Look Back at Healing Our Divided Selves and Worlds

Parker J. Palmer is a renowned writer, teacher, and activist whose work speaks deeply to people in many walks of life. For more than five decades, he has written and spoken about subjects ranging from contemplation to community, the inner life to public life, education to social change. He is...

Mary Pipher: Women Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing As We Age

When Mary Pipher, a New York Times best-selling author, told her friends she was next writing a book on older women “like us,” they immediately protested, “I am not old.” What they meant, she says in a recent New York Times opinion piece, was that “they didn’t...

Linda Hess: Devotion to a Truth Beyond Form

Dr. Linda Hess is a scholar, a writer, a translator and a lover of devotional/mystical poetry from North India – especially of the 15th-century poet Kabir, who remains a popular and influential figure in India and Pakistan. She taught in various universities, concluding with 21 years in the...

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