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Sandy and Ranganath: Spirit of Service
Our Forest Call guest this week will be: Sandy and Ranganath from Boston!  From traveling across India on third-class train tickets, and opening up their homes to generations of strangers-turned-family and serving up countless gourmet meals to helping preserve...
Dr. Sriram Shamasunder: Poetry of Medicine
There are corners of the world whose struggles and triumphs seem hidden from view. Kigutu, is one of them -- a little village three hours away from Bujumbura, capital of Burundi. Whereas New York has one doctor per 200 people, Burundi has one per every 200 thousand. As an American doctor and UCSF...
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...
Charlie Hess: Rethinking Finance For Inner Transformation
From the glossy pages, Charlie Hess has had a stellar career as an entrepreneur in financial services.  His consulting firm, Inferential Focus, generates rare insights for major financial organizations.   Yet on the inside, Charlie has been going through a different process - one...
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...
Christopher Lowman: Learning To Serve With Love
Sometimes the introduction are best done in first person.  Here is Chris on his website:  In 2011, I wrapped up the life I was living in the USA (giving up job, home, and almost all of my earthly possessions), to pursue a life of travel and service. You could call it a 'jump and...
Krishan Patel: Living Life Like a Pilgrimage
Krishan Patel is not afraid to search for the heart of life.  In his last year at the University of Michigan, he gave up his math major so that he could focus on writing.  During that time, he worked in a maximum security prison, where he learned about the human experience. As a child,...
Elizabeth Murray: Cultivating Sacred Spaces
Elizabeth Murray quit her dream job to volunteer in Monet's garden in Giverny, France. Her family thought she was mad to leave her comfortable horticulture job in California on a verbal promise for free room and board. But Elizabeth says her urge to work there was unbreakable. And she has...
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...
Christopher : Amplifying Altruism...
Christopher and his daughter Aubrey's mission is to generate altruism in others. They do this through their labor of love project, lovelist.org In their own words, "There are many people who need things. While we help people based on situational need, we primarily focus on people...
Scaughdt Iam: Inspiring the Altruistic Moment
In the summer of 2003, Scaughdt (pronounced “Scot”) had reached a dead end. After many years of reading and philosophizing about truth and “the meaning of life,” his life still felt meaningless.   In his own words, he says, “Full of despair over my failure to...
Patty de Llosa: Practice of Presence
Patty de Llosa is an author, a meditation teacher, and seeker of higher truths. After college, she worked as reporter for Time Magazine for six years, got married to a Peruvian and raised three children in Lima. When her husband became governor of Loreto province, she served as president of...
Sachi Maniar: Bloom Where You Are Planted
Sachi Maniar (aka Sachmo!) is one who does not let a day slip by unnoticed. A talented filmmaker with an eye for what makes life beautiful, she puts every inch of her body and mind into all that she takes on. She is a fierce change-maker, resourceful sister, social media...
Shwetha Sridharan: Receiving requires showing up
Shwetha Sridharan started her life in this world as a migrant.  When she was a few months old, she moved to Zambia, Africa with her family as part of the migration of Indians into African countries. The first 7 years of her life, which she later came to know, were filled with community,...
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...
Moin Khan: Dissolving Boundaries, One Heart At A Time
Moin Khan was born and raised in Pakistan and moved to Norther California in 2005 to go to Business School. He found himself depressed and hurt when he used to hear news from his home country and wanted to do something to change the image in people's minds. What better way than to touch their...
Vilma Caban-Vazquez: How Morocco Changed My Life
Proud of her humble beginnings, Vilma Caban-Vazquez feels that perhaps she was destined to become a global humanitarian vessel.  Although she faced great adversity along the way, she flourished like a resilient urban flower.  Vilma’s mother, with a 2nd grade education,...
Lily Yeh: Art for Social Transformation
In 1986, Lily Yeh was asked by the dancer and educator Arthur Hall to create a park in an abandoned lot next to his building in North Philadelphia. With a small grant, a few shovels, and little else, Lily invited children and adults in this ravaged inner city neighborhood to join her in clearing...
Bob Sadler: Art That Can Heal
Bob Sadler is a photographer that has been involved with a project called, "Inherent Worth and Dignity."  One day in 1983, while he was shooting landscape photographs, a homeless man approached him and asked, "I suppose the question for you is—are you an artist or are...
Lilou Mace: Art of Interviewing People You Just Met
Lilou Macé is a French-American author, webTV host and international Internet video blogger since 2005 with over 25-million video views on YouTube.  Back in 2006, Lilou met Oprah Winfrey which then inspired her to start interviewing and a few months later, with no television or...
Polly Letofsky: Walking the World at 3 Miles Per Hour
On August 1, 1999, Polly Letofsky left her home in Vail, Colorado, and headed west. She traveled across 4 continents, 22 countries, and over 14,000 miles – by foot – to become the first woman to walk around the world. As an awareness campaign for breast cancer, survivors and...
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...
Linda Cruse: Of Marmalade and Machine Guns
She's visited 40 countries in 15 years, with just one suitcase. Inspired by the "power of one," Linda Cruse's all-encompassing friendliness, explorer's spirit, and desire to serve has brought her to every continent amid its catastrophic moments of crisis-- from...
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...
Jane Baldwin: Stories from Women and Displaced Natural Communities
Jane Baldwin is an American photographer and educator who gives voice to people on the verge of displacement from their ancestral land and loss of cultural identity.  Since 2005, she has made annual trips to photograph and record stories from the women of indigenous communities in...
Giuseppe Spadafora: Serving Up Community One Tea Cup at a Time
Giuseppi Spadafora, a/k/a Guisepi, also known as the tea-time-traveler, Tea-sippi, G-sips, and G'steepy, has been adventuring the land since 2006 when, while living in a truck on Hollywood Boulevard and working as a video editor, he accidentally stumbled upon the power of serving free...
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...
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...