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Michael Nagler: Story of Principled Nonviolence
Our Forest Call guest this week will be: Michael Nagler, a world renowned Gandhian scholar.   He was founder of first Peace and Conflict Studies program, at UC Berkeley, and is now Professor emeritus there.  Author of more than 16 books, and recipient of many awards...
Hakim Ilyas: Traditional Islamic Healing
Every week, we have a "Forest Call" to share insights and inspiration from various corners of the ServiceSpace ecosystem.  Typically, the call opens with a circle of sharing, then features a guest speaker and is followed by dynamic Q&A around the emergent themes....
Tracy Cochran: Journalism and Social Change
Our Forest Call guest this week will be: Tracy Cochran, the executive editor of Parabola magazine.  Her articles and book reviews have appeared in places ranging from New York Times to Oprah Magazine to Psychology Today.  She has herself the co-author of Transformations,...
Jayesh Patel: Living Service, at the Gandhi Ashram
Born at the Gandhi Ashram, in India, Jayesh Patel's journey of service is exemplary in every imaginable way. His father, Ishwar Patel, revolutionized the face of sanitation in the country, building 400 thousand toilets for the underprivileged communities and igniting more than a 100...
Chaz Howard: Radical Joy and Holy Play
Our guests this week will be: Professor Charles Howard, aka Chaz!  After his early life struggles, he became a young leader and activist to uplift others.   He sang.  He preached in many places of worship on topics wide-ranging from Tupac and Hip Hop to poverty and...
Mony and Alberto: Walking 5000 Kilometers For Peace
In 2001, Mony  Dojeiji and Alberto Agraso made decisions that would profoundly alter the course of their lives. Mony, a Lebanese-Canadian woman with a successful career, was so moved by the events of September 11 that she decided to embark on a humbling journey for peace. She began on the...
Suzanne Toro: Surrendering To Bliss
Suzanne Toro is a creative global visionary and strategist who has a commitment to humanity and the environment with an emphasis on human spirit, global transformation, and assisting in healing the planet. Her life purpose melds writing, design, travel, teaching, and assisting in healing. Her...
Jerry Wennstrom: In the Hands of Alchemy...
"In 1979 Jerry Wennstrom was a rising star in the New York art world when he let go of his identity as an artist by intentionally destroying his large body of art and giving away his possessions. With this leap of faith Jerry embarked on a journey which...
Danny Martin: Art of Dialogue
Danny Martin is a thought leader and an  environmentalist, bringing for a unique combination of spirituality and consciousness of our natural world. "People are not changed by information, they have to be grabbed. Some kind of human transformation has to happen to create...
Dr. James Doty: The Science of Compassion
James Doty, M.D. is a neurosurgeon and founder of Project Compassion at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. Project Compassion seeks to work with both the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neuroscience and a variety of...
Americ Azevedo: Truth Demands to be Lived..
A few years ago, Americ Azevedo sat in a college classroom with about 15 students. It was a meditation class and he was the instructor. This past fall, that same class enrolled 603 students and took place in one of the largest lecture halls on the UC Berkeley campus. A philosopher,...
Sheetal Sanghvi: Creating an Urban Oasis
The Urban Ashram, an urban oasis in the heart of the city of Pune, is a space to dedicated to the work of inner transformation. Sheetal Sanghvi, the founder of this space considers himself as a pilgrim on his way back home to the source. He remembers starting his spiritual enquiry early in his...
Aisha Salem: Embrace of truth
Aisha Salem was born and raised in Denmark. At the age of 24 the question “Who am I?” rose in her mind with the demand for Truth. Life broke loose eradicating every idea of individual existence through a year and a half of extreme spiritual unfoldment; dying into the flame of...
Quaglia: Innovative Community and Spirituality in Action
Damanhur is a vibrant and evolving spiritual eco-community based in northern Italy that values optimism, solidarity and peace. With about 1,000 citizens and members worldwide, Damanhur has been active since 1975 and has its own complementary currency system, constitution and schools. Damanhur was...
Wu De: Awakening of Harmony
Walk into a café today, and you’re likely to find yourself hit with an assortment of to-go beverages: coffee, chai, espressos, Americanos, hot chocolate, green tea lattes, Frappuccinos, Dunkaccinos, and on and on. With so many rich options, hot tea is almost listed as an...
Rick Hanson: The Science of Happiness
Rick Hanson is a graduate of UCLA, a neropsychologist, and the author of several books, most recently “Hardwiring Happiness". Dr. Hanson is an authority on self-directed neuroplasticity - the effects of mental attention, focus, thought, and behavior on brain structure, emotional...
Jacques Verduin: Guiding Rage into Power
Jacques Verduin, MA Somatic Psych. is a father, community organizer and a teacher with a unique understanding of the profound meaning of criminal activity. He is the Founding Director of the Insight Prison Project (IPP), a non-profit that since 1997 pioneers innovative in-prison...
Jayeshbhai Patel: Love in Action
Born at the Gandhi Ashram, in India, Jayesh Patel's journey of service is exemplary in every imaginable way. His father, Ishwar Patel, revolutionized the face of sanitation in the country, building 400 thousand toilets for the underprivileged communities and igniting more than a 100...
Jon Madian: Reflections on a Life of Service in Public Education
When a bio was requested, educator & author Jon Madian, our guest this week, introduced himself in this poetic manner.....   What to say about a long life just begun  so suddenly nearly over--   At 72, still climbing hills and drilling wells to make myself and the world...
Nipun Mehta: Where Do We Find Gandhi Today?
Nipun Mehta is the founder of ServiceSpace (formerly CharityFocus).  In 2001, at the age of 25, Nipun quit his job to become a "full time volunteer." Since then, his work has reached millions, he has received many prestigious awards, and has tirelessly addressed hundreds...
Bidyut Bose: One Breath at at Time
After his PhD in Computer Science at UC Berkeley, Bidyut Bose spent many years doing research and development for Silicon Valley's tech companies.  However, in 1998, he started paying forward a gift that his father (and later monks from the Himalayas) had endowed him with -- gift of...
Randy Yeh: From CEO of Lucent to Serving Seniors
After his PhD in Computer Science, Randy Yeh got a job at Bell Labs in Texas. Years later, he successfully climbed up the ladder to become the CEO of Lucent and President of AT&T Taiwan. "Somehow, I fell in love with money," he says. Along the way, though, he realized that what...
Will Pye: Radical Gratitude, For the Good and the Bad
Will Pye is a spiritual entertainer, writer and mentor. Following many years of increasingly tiring practicing of self-loathing, hopeless despair and nihilistic hedonism, Will gave himself wholeheartedly to a quest to realize the nature of reality only to discover the quest had already begun....
Ven Pannavati: The Journey from Inner Change to Outer Change
Born into a Baptist family, Ven. Pannavati shares, "I felt the love of Jesus enter my heart when I was 6. But, when I was 13, I had an experience that the Baptist church said was not real, so I had to look outside of the church for an explanation. Eventually I became a Christian pastor,...
Randy Taran: Accessing the Happiness Within
Randy Taran is a filmmaker, author, businesswoman, and founder and CEO of Project Happiness, a non-profit organization that empowers youth and communities to create greater happiness in their lives and in the world. Drawn from research in neuroscience, mindfulness and positive psychology, Project...
Duane Elgin: Voluntary Simplicity
Duane Elgin is a social visionary who looks beneath the surface turbulence of our times to explore the deeper trends that are transforming our world. He has met the heads of state, he has bent the laws of physics under research settings at Stanford Research Institute, and he has co-authored a...
Steve Karlin: When Animals Are Our Teachers
Steven Karlin has spent the last 40 years exploring the amazing and mysterious relationships between humans, nature and animals. As the founder of Wildlife Associates and the Wild Teachers Wildlife Sanctuary, Steve has been living with wild animals for more than thirty four years and has...
Swami Vedananda: Seeking the Unity Within and Without
Swami Vedananda, a senior monk of the Vedanta Society of Northern California in San Francisco, is well known and respected for his contribution to interfaith dialogs and to guiding students in Vedantic philosophy and religion. Before taking monastic vows to renounce the world and become...
Karma Lekshe Tsomo: Women in Spirituality
How did a Malibu beach girl who then moved to Hawaii and surfed the waves in Honolulu become the Mother of the "Daughters of the Buddha" (Sakyadhita)? Being teased as a teenager is rarely a trigger for life-changing serendipity, unless you're Karma Lekshe. Prior to ordaining as a...
Deidre Combs: Conflict as a Call to Sing Our Proudest Souls' Anthems
Deidre Combs provides leadership on cross-cultural approaches to resolving conflict and to overcoming challenges.  She is a management consultant, coach, mediator and professor.  Her approach to conflict resolution integrates wisdom from the world’s lasting cultural...
Carter Phipps: Evolutionaries: Bridging Creative Individuality and Cooperative Sociality
Carter Phipps is an author, journalist, and contributor to the emerging “integral” or “evolutionary” cultural movement which combines the insights of Integral Philosophy, evolutionary science, developmental psychology, and the social sciences. For the past decade, as...
Aryae Coopersmith: Raising the Sparks: Retrieving the Hidden Light Around Us
Aryae Coopersmith is founder of One World Lights (OWL), a community of global citizens with the shared vision of people everywhere supporting a course change for humanity by supporting each other. The vehicle is wisdom circles – mostly by video-conferencing – where global citizens...
Jacob Needleman: Money and the Meaning of Life
Jacob Needleman’s voice has been prominent in the conversation about man’s inner possibilities for some forty years.  Turning away from a career in medicine while at Harvard, he became a philosopher.  He has been on a lifelong quest to integrate the great spiritual and...
Maki Saionji Kawamura: Power of Prayer
Maki Saionji Kawamura is the Managing Director of Goi Peace Foundation in Japan, that brings “together people in wisdom, united in their hearts toward the common goal of peace on Earth” with events that have included the likes of Bill Gates and Nobel Laureates. She is also the Vice...
Charles Gibbs: Interfaith Peacebuilding: I'd Like to Help
The Rev. Canon Charles P. Gibbs is an Episcopal priest who, from 1996 until his retirement in 2013, served as the founding executive director of the United Religions Initiative – serving from URI’s gestation to its position as an international network which consists presently of more...
Pierre Pradervand: Gentle Art of Blessing
Pierre Pradervand has worked for decades in personal development and social justice. His career includes work on nearly every continent. He is the author of The Gentle Art of Blessing: A Simple Practice That Will Transform You and Your World, in which he posits that making the conscious choice to...
Ron Nakasone: A Calligrapher's Pilgrimage
"Spend five minutes talking with Ron Nakasone and you will sense two things: a wisdom that makes you curious and a casualness that makes you comfortable," Peter Doebler writes. An accomplished scholar in Buddhist Art and Culture at the Graduate Theological Union (an...
Ann Sieben: From Nuclear Engineer to Adventure Pilgrim to Spiritual Pilgrim to Servant Pilgrim
Ann Sieben, the "Winter Pilgrim," has been a life-dedicated mendicant pilgrim since 2007.  A mendicant pilgrim is one who travels on foot along ancient paths to significant destinations. She carries nothing of material value; no money, cell phone, camera, GPS unit, nothing anyone...
Jared Levy: Every Generation Needs A Teacher
Jared Levy sits on the board of Social Venture Network, is an adjunct professor for the University of Colorado advertising program and is founder and CEO of a marketing agency called Guru Media Solutions.  Prior to that, by the age of 25, Jared had his own company with 20 interns and...
Mirabai Bush: Reforming Secular Institutions Through Contemplative Practices
Mirabai Bush has focused her life on the interdependence of social change and individual consciousness, and the potential for reforming secular institutions through practices that once existed only behind monastery walls. She responds to the speed and fear that drives much of American life...
Fleet Maull: Waking Up Rather Than Killing Time Behind Prison Walls
Fleet Maull, a longtime student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, is the Founder and Board President of Prison Mindfulness Institute (formerly Prison Dharma Network), with over 175 organizational members and several thousand individual members providing mindfulness-based programs in prisons, jails and...
Phil Borges: Viewing Mental Illness Through Other Lenses
Phil Borges is an artist, activist and filmmaker who uses photography and film for storytelling. For over twenty-five years he has been documenting indigenous and tribal cultures, striving to create an understanding of the challenges they face. His work is exhibited in museums and galleries...
Chase Bossart: Coming Alive With Every Breath We Take
Chase Bossart has devoted over 20 years to living and teaching therapeutic yoga in the tradition of Sri Krishnamacharya/Viniyoga. First introduced to Yoga as part of a study abroad program in Chennai, India in 1991, Chase became hooked on its simple yet profound teachings and returned repeatedly...
21-Day Challenge: Ripples in Reverence
Beauty lies in details. To notice it, you have to be paying attention. In a world that's enamored by speed and information, it's easy to drown out the eternal rhythms upon which our daily lives turn. This Spring, everyday individuals across the globe are embarking on a 21-Day...
David Sands: Bamboo Living: Bettering Our Inner and Outer Worlds
David Sands has made sustainable living his life’s work as an architect. When he was attending Washington and Lee University in Virginia as an undergraduate, a professor of Chinese art introduced him to the idea of bamboo as a metaphor for the perfected human being:  strong yet...
Mickey Lemle: Telling Moving Stories About Human Transformation
Producer/Director Mickey Lemle has been making feature films, television series and documentary specials with spiritual, environmental, and socially conscious themes since 1971. In 1982 he founded Lemle Pictures, Inc., with a mission "to tell moving stories about human...
Arlene Samen: Encountering Open Doors on the Path of Service
Arlene Samen has been a Nurse Practitioner in Maternal Fetal Medicine for over 33 years. In 2004, she left behind her clinical practice to dedicate her life to serving pregnant women living in the most vulnerable conditions in the most remote places of the world. By 2009, she started One Heart...
Liam Chai: 23-Year-Old's Journey of Unlearning
Liam Chai carries a depth of presence that transcends his 23 years. In 2011, while on track to study medicine, he began reading the writings of visionaries like Gandhi, Lao Tzu, Thoreau, and Fukuoka -- and found himself grappling with questions and new perspectives that...
Sonia Deotto: Art and Activism for a Nonviolent World
Sonia Deotto is co-founder and executive director of OraWorldMandala, a global peace movement whose objective is to use art and activism to spread the practice of ahimsa (nonviolence).  Since 2004, the headquarters of Ora World Mandala Research/Action Lab have been located at the Peace...
Nilima Bhat: Men, Women and Shakti Leadership: Exercising Power Regeneratively
A facilitator of personal and collective transformation, Nilima Bhat facilitates leaders in achieving self-mastery in the areas of business and leadership. Her book, Shakti Leadership: Embracing Feminine and Masculine Power in Business (co-written by Raj Sisodia, co-author of Conscious...
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...
Len & Libby Traubman: A Marriage and Life in Dialogue and Bridging Divides
Libby and Len Traubman are peacemakers, filmmakers, authors, and co-founders and co-leaders of a 24-year-old nonviolent conflict resolution group, the Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group, established in 1992 in San Mateo, California, and preparing for its 289th meeting on the San...
Miti Desai: Dancing, Design & the Journey from Form to the Formless
“From the formless comes the form, and the form takes you back to the formless.” - Ancient Indian Scripture At the end of her first day at her first job at a prestigious design firm in Mumbai, 20-year-old Miti Desai came home and wept for five hours straight – without having...
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...
Alfred Tolle: Cultivating and Connecting Conscious Leaders
“Wisdom is not about intellectual debate, but magical moments of presence so deeply connected and so pure with people.”  -- Bernd Kolb (Atman Project) Business leader Alfred Tolle has spent his personal and professional lives at the geographic as well as spiritual...
Ken Cloke: From Conflict to Transcendence and Transformation
"Once we recognize that every conflict has emotional, energetic, and spiritual overtones, we can go deeper, and explore the subtle, invisible, vibratory lines along which it, and much of reality, runs. By paying attention to the music of ordinary communication we can discover a hidden...
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...
Cheryl Angel: Standing Peacefully Firm at Standing Rock
Cheryl Angel is an indigenous leader, wise (Sioux) Lakota elder woman, mother of five children, and lifelong devoted water protector who helped initiate and maintain the Standing Rock camp since April 2016, and who was vital in the nonviolent resistance to the Dakota Access and Keystone XL...
Frank Ostaseski: What the Living Can Learn From the Dying
“Dying is much more than a medical event. It is a time for important psychological, emotional and spiritual work – a time for transition. To a large extent, the way we meet death is shaped by our habitual response to suffering, and our relationship to ourselves, to those we love, and...
Anil Ananthaswamy: Explorations in the Edge of Self
Anil Ananthaswamy is a science writer and author of The Man Who Wasn't There: Tales from the Edge of Self (Dutton, Penguin Random House, 2015), which has been described as “revealing the awesome power of the human sense of self” via an intimate look at the latest neuroscience...
Maya Breuer: Listen to Spirit and Take Action
After embracing the yogic lifestyle and becoming a successful yoga teacher, Maya Breuer was visited by her grandmother in a dream, having fallen asleep with the question on her mind, “what will my work be?”  In the dream, her grandmother told Maya to be herself and to...
Parag Shah: A Different Kind of R.O.E.
As a diamond merchant and savvy businessman in Surat, India, Parag Shah used to look for R.O.E. -- return on equity. While running one of the most successful companies in the industry at its peak, Parag felt that his cup of gratitude overflowed, and so he started doing lots of...
Thom Bond: Teaching Compassion at Scale
Thom Bond brings 27 years of study and training experience in human potential to his work as a writer, speaker and workshop leader. His passion and knowledge of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) combine to create a practical, understandable, humorous, and potentially profound approach for learning...
Silas Hagerty: Film-making and Gifting for Transformation
Silas Hagerty is a filmmaker and founder of Smooth Feather Productions, a Maine-based film production company that creates films of significance and gives them away.  Silas and Smooth Feather Productions are perhaps best known for their creation of Dakota 38, a feature-length film that...
Jeffrey Mishlove: The Flowers and Roots of Consciousness
"Why am I me?" The chills and sensations of first being conscious of myself being conscious of myself are still vivid in my memory. I was a ten year old child then, sitting alone in my parents' bedroom, touching my own solid consciousness and wondering at it. I was stepping through...
Two Trees (Kaylynn Sullivan): The Practice of Living
“By birth, education and experience, my identity is shaped by a life spent at the crossroads - the place where cultures, ideas and beliefs collide and find both dissonance and resonance. I am most comfortable with those explorers and cartographers whose passion and life is the...
Jonathan Rose: Well-Tempered Cities That Harmonize Humans
Cities are birthplaces of civilization; centers of culture, trade, and progress; cauldrons of opportunity—and the home of 80 percent of the world’s population by 2080. Our Awakin Call guest Jonathan Rose has a vision to transform these cities into well-balanced, nurturing, sustainable...
Mark Whitwell: The Heart of Yoga
Mark Whitwell is a world-renowned yoga teacher and master who has enjoyed a lifelong relationship with the spiritual teachings of some of the world’s greatest masters.  Born and raised in New Zealand, Mark has studied yoga intensively in India, in the home of the...
Shamash Alidina: Mindfulness and Kindfulness
Shamash Alidina, one of the UK’s most well-known mindfulness experts, is an accomplished mindfulness teacher, coach, speaker and author.  He is author of the international bestseller Mindfulness For Dummies, and more recently, of The Mindful Way through...