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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,...
Dr. Bill Stewart: Deep Medicine
Our Forest Call guest this week will be: Bill Stewart, a modern-day medicine man.  Dr. Stewart's journey spans the bone-chilling winters of his native Minnesota, San Francisco's patchwork of fog and sunshine, the blistering summers of southern India -- and more. He is a man...
James O'dea: Social 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. Our...
Meena Srinivasan: Spirituality and Education
Meena Srinivasan is a leader in India’s Mindfulness in Education Movement. She has developed and organized numerous mindfulness programs for children and trained many teachers as a member of Ahimsa Trust, the leading NGO bringing mindfulness into education in India. Meena is one of 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...
Peace artist: The art of peace!
Our guest this week is the peaceartist, who goal is to run 10,000 miles for love, art and peace!! He has been running all over the US for peace and giving away paintings that he creates for the people he meets. He relies solely on Providence and the kindness of people along the...
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...
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...
Ali, Atman, Andres: Holistic Life Foundation
Brothers Ali and Atman Smith met Andres Gonzalez at the University of Maryland College Park. During their last semester there, the trio spent a lot of time reading books on spirituality, philosophy, modern history, religions, ancient history, politics, and astronomy. They all saw some things...
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...
Marc Ian Barasch: The Compassionate Life
Marc Ian Barasch is an award winning author, magazine editor, TV producer, and media activist.      Desmond Tutu call his book Field Notes on the Compassionate Life "a compulsory read for everyone", while Dr. Larry Dossey said of The Healing Path, “If you read one...
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...
Keidi Keating: Re-awakening Your Inner Spark
Keidi Keating is the creator of the book, The Light, designed to help people reawaken their Divine inner spark and live a more enlightened life. Twenty-two luminaries contributed chapters to the book, including bestselling authors such as Neale Donald Walsch, Don Miguel Ruiz, Marci Shimoff, and...
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...
Jay Chodagam: Fulfillment over Achievement
In 1998, while getting his master’s degree in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, Janardhan (Jay) came to the realization that a life of fulfillment trumps a life of achievement. His search led him to understanding and researching meditation techniques, which had an immediate...
Melina Uncapher: Neuroscience of Service
There’s a wonderful parable that compares lunch in heaven and in hell. Both places have the same set-up; large dining tables filled with delicious food. However, the forks are too long and it is impossible for the diners to eat with them. Those who dwell in hell live in eternal frustration...
Janice Marturano: Finding the Space to Lead
Janice Marturano is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting leaders in the exploration of mindfulness and leadership excellence. She founded the Institute for Mindful Leadership in January, 2011,...
Pamela Sukhum: Transformative Art: Practicing Devotion to Beauty
Pamela Sukhum is an artist whose mission is to bring beauty and light to the world through her paintings. Her work brims with rich colors and textures, and warm, radiant energy. Her use of both broad, sweeping lines and delicate, intricate details give her work a depth and dimension truly unique...
Claudia Horwitz: Spiritual Activism
Claudia Horwitz was one of the first people to speak about the concept of “spiritual activism” and is the author of “The Spiritual Activist: Practices to Transform Your Life, Your Work, and Your World.” (Penguin 2002).  Having stepped down from the Executive Director...
Vinciane Rycroft: A Mind with Heart
Vinciane Rycroft is trained in international environmental law and education for sustainable development, and has worked for non-governmental organizations in this field for twelve years. She is also passionate about the human mind. A particular interest is whether developing our understanding...
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...
Emma Seppala: Science of Service: Why it's Good for You & the World
Emma Seppala speaks 5 languages: French, German, Spanish, English & Mandarin.   She's got three degrees, from Yale, Columbia and Stanford. And she's got many awards for her research on meditation, happiness, social connection and compassion -- and yoga-based interventions for war...
Thuy Nguyen: Heal Yourself, Heal the Community
Thuy Nguyen has been practicing Chinese Medicine for 15 years. Through her experience, she has developed a simple but profound understanding of medicine and healing: that we are sick from the notion of separation -- from our bodies, from one another, from nature, from the present moment, from...
Marilyn Schlitz: Tools for Transformation
Sparked by her own near death experience as a teenager, Marilyn Schlitz has been delving into the nature of consciousness and death for the past three decades. As an author and past president of Institute of Noetic Sciences, she has published hundreds of articles on consciousness studies...
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,...
Michael Lerner: Wounded Healers
Forty years ago, Michael Lerner, a Harvard- and Yale-trained political scientist, left a promising academic career to start Commonweal that would serve at-risk children, help adults with environmentally related health problems and promote public education about environmental health. Today,...
Dawn Agnos: Surviving Life, Surviving Death, and Transforming Through Acceptance of What You Are
Dawn Agnos is a seeker and healer who draws upon her own personal healing journey to help individuals and groups in their journeys.  Among her guiding principles are J. Krishnamurti's words: "If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are...
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...
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...
Cierra McNamara: Building a Community Sanctuary for Stillness and Inner Wisdom
Cierra McNamara is a meditator, inventor, and Denver-based entrepreneur.  She believes that each person has within themselves a “reservoir of wisdom, creativity and resilience that is cultivated through moments of stillness and silence.”  This belief has driven her to found...
Matt Walker: Sleeping Enough to Be Truly Awake
“The evidence is overwhelming, it is irrefutable.  Sleep is the single most effective thing you can do to reset your brain and body health each and every day,” says Matt Walker, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of...
Rhonda Magee: Addressing Social and Racial Injustice with Compassion
Rhonda Magee is a teacher of mindfulness-based stress reduction interventions for lawyers and law students, and for minimizing social-identity-based bias. A full-time faculty member at the Jesuit University of San Francisco since 1998, and a full professor since 2004, she is dedicated to...
Makala Kozo Hattori: Healing Gift of Cancer -- And Life
Makala Kozo Hattori is a healer, counselor, host and writer who was diagnosed with stage 2 colorectal cancer in July 2015. Rather than pursue traditional Western medicine’s allopathic treatments, he chose a path of natural medicine, diet, spiritual practices, and relational healing....
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...
Doug Powers: Cultivating and Teaching Freedom
“Freedom is the goal of the liberal education.” A teacher at Berkeley High School in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Douglas Powers was a student of philosophy exploring phenomenology and freedom of the mind, as well as a self-described Bay Area “happy hippie,” when he...
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...
Pranidhi Varshney: Staying Strong in Values
Pranidhi Varshney is a devoted ashtanga yoga practitioner and teacher, and the founder of Yoga Shala West, a community-supported ashtanga yoga studio in West Los Angeles. She teaches to share the deep love she has for yoga practice and for all students who follow this path. She aims to cultivate,...
Thu Nguyen: Resourcefulness, Resilience, and the Art of Living
A father who left before she was born.  Relocating with her mother and uncles as refugees from Vietnam to Canada as a young child.  Growing up in an overcrowded household.  Gangs.  A scholarship to the prestigious engineering program at the University of Waterloo. ...
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...
Trupti Pandya: A Psychologist Skillfully Weaving Professional Skills with Healing Love
After studying psychology for eight years, Trupti Pandya of Gujarat, India started working with specially-abled children. While working with them, she discovered that there was an urgency to label them within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which did not feel...