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Justin O'Brien Linda Johnsen Phil Nuernberger Ron Valle & Mary Mohs Christin Lore Weber Laurie Martin Swami Hari Theresa King Prem Prakash Swami Veda Bharati Alla Reneť Bozarth Gopala Krishna


Justin O'Brien, Ph.D. (Swami Jaidev Bharati) is a theologian, philosopher, lecturer, and long-time explorer in human consciousness. This former monk studied theology for years in Israel, Jordan, the Netherlands, and the States. As Professor of Theology at Loyola University of Chicago he became a major lecturer in the U.S., with ground-breaking concepts and vision only recently begun to be matched by others. In 1972 he became a disciple of Swami Rama of the Himalayas and was asked to teach yoga. He helped establish the Himalayan International Institute and its graduate school, lived with the saint in the U.S., Nepal, and India, and led conferences on spirituality and wellness in England, Japan, Nepal, and the United States. He holds a Doctoral degree in the Philosophy of Consciousness, a Post Doctoral in Theology from Nijmegen University in the Netherlands, an M.A. in Theology from Marquette, an M.A. and B.A. in Philosophy from St. Albertís, Oakland, and a B.A. in the Classics from Notre Dame. Past Senior Research Fellow in Holistic Medicine at the University of London Medical School and an Ericksonian hypnotherapist, he now teaches wellness and spirituality to corporate leaders, counsels students, and is core faculty of the Institute of the Himalayan Tradition in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He took vows of renunciation on the bank of the Ganges in India in 1999. He is author of the best-selling Walking with a Himalayan Master, and The Wellness Tree, A Meeting of Mystic Paths, Running and Breathing, Mirrors for Men and several other books.

Linda Johnsen is a long-time student of religious philosophy and spirituality and an initiate in the Shaktavaita Tradition. She holds degrees in Eastern and Western Psychology, and has post-graduate training in theology and Sanskrit. She has traveled to India and lived with women saints. She is a writer for several spiritual magazines and a contributor to several anthologies, including The Divine Mosaic: Womenís Images of the Sacred Other and . Linda is also author of Yes Publishers' Daughters of the Goddess: Women Saints of India, which received Midwest Business Association award for "Best New Age Book of the Year" and The Living Goddess: Reclaiming the Tradition of the Mother of the Universe.


Phil Nuernberger, Ph.D., uniquely and skillfully combines the wisdom and knowledge of the East with the science and practicality of the West to train business executives and students in the personal skills of leadership mastery, emotional integrity, and spirituality. With a doctorate in psychology, he has taught the integration of mind, body, and spirit, and made meditation and spirituality an important part of corporate executive training for over thirty years. A pioneer in the integration of inner human resources beginning in 1970, he was one of the first to direct a successful biofeedback program, provide stress management training to corporate executives, and to develop and educate professionals in holistic health. A student of Swami Rama of the Himalayas for over 30 years he is now Director of Intelligent Integration Systems and continues to provide innovative programs in leadership training and personal effectiveness to executives, corporations and business schools. He is author of Strong and Fearless: The Quest for Personal Power, From Loneliness to Love, and Freedom From Stress. The author resides in Pennsylvania.

Ron Valle, Ph.D. has served as a psychologist for over 25 years, specializing in clients with chronic pain and stress-related disorders, and with individuals facing a life-threatening diagnosis and their families. Professor, counselor, supervisor, and author, he currently serves as a director of Awakening: A Center for Exploring Living and Dying and is the senior editor of both Phenomenological Inquiry: Existential and Transpersonal Dimensions and Metaphors of Consciousness. Ron has worked with the dying and grieving on a volunteer basis since 1982. A long-time practitioner and teacher of meditation, Ron developed An Integrated Therapy Program for Transforming Stress and Pain while co-director of an outpatient university hospital pain clinic.

Mary Mohs, L.V.N., M.A., R.Y.T. has her Master's degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology. Her life's work has included being a nurse, working with the dying and grieving for over 20 years, and serving as a drug and alcohol counselor. Her extensive study of both Eastern and Western spiritual philosophies and approaches to life has deepened her understanding of her own spirituality, and reflects her interest in the commonalities in all of the world's religions. Mary serves as a director and co-founder of Awakening: A Center for Exploring Living and Dying, and is the author of a number of papers addressing living, dying, and grieving with awareness.

Christin Lore Weber, D. Min., grew up in Minnesota, leaving home after high school to enter a convent. A nun for fourteen years, she taught English and religion in high school and junior college. After leaving the convent, she continued her education, receiving a Master of Arts degree in theology and a doctor of ministry degree. Dr. Weber has been a spiritual counselor, educator, lecturer, chaplain, and the author of several books that integrate spirituality with psychology in everyday life. She continues to write and lives with her husband in the mountains of Southern Oregon.

Laurie Martin is a published author, certified personal, business and life coach, and a graduate of the Coach for Life Masters coaching program accredited through the International Coach Federation, ICF. After fifteen years' corporate experience, she resigned as a vice president of Worldwide events for a publicly traded company. Her practice integrates a holistic approach, compiling her knowledge in coaching, speaking, and yoga. Laurie shares her life discoveries of self-love through her writings and teachings.

Swami Hariharananda Bharati was born and raised in the foothills of the Himalayas, and after becoming a monk he spent 15 years living and meditating in the mountain forests. Swami Hari is a charismatic and a true forest monk in the 5000 year old tradition of Himalayan sages, and also a direct disciple of the legendary Swami Rama. As a teacher he is known for his ability to guide students into a state of deep meditation. His lectures are filled with practical knowledge, inspiration, and humor. Swami Hari's friendly, cheerful, and compassionate personality attracts to him new friends in all the countries he visits.

Swami Hari has undertaken the ongoing SRIVERM Project in Malathi. He spent many years at the 600 year old sacred shrine of Tarkeshwar in the Himalayas where he is a spiritual head of the temple and ashram. For many years he did special meditative practices in the enchanted valley of Tarkeshwar, where he gained the blessings of great wisdom and sacred knowledge. His purity is evident in his frequent and spontaneous joyful laughter. Although he often claims to know nothing, the wisdom of his pure heart shines with each work.

Theresa King is a writer, publisher, and teacher of spirituality. Her work is the expression of a lifetime of study, practice, and worldwide travel. A religious from her teens, she earned a B. S. in education and taught children in Chicago area schools. She left the convent and moved to Europe to study theology in the Netherlands and England. In 1972 she became a disciple of the saint, Swami Rama of the Himalayas and became his personal assistant. She helped establish the Himalayan International Institute and its press, published thirty-eight books and numerous periodicals, and taught yoga. King lived with the saint in the U.S., Nepal, and India, and assisted in conferences on spirituality and wellness in England, Japan, Nepal, and the United States. After receiving an M.A. in Human Development and Spirituality from St. Maryís University, she served as spiritual director at Seattle University, and served on the core committee of the Theological Insights Program of the College of St. Catherine. She founded Yes International Publishers in 1986 and continues to produce award-winning books. Her poetry has won international awards and her books, The Spiral Path: Essays and Interviews on Womenís Spirituality and The Divine Mosaic: Womenís Images of the Sacred Other, are also recipients of publishing awards. She now serves as core faculty of the Institute of the Himalayan Tradition in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Prem Prakash was born in the United States and spent the first fifteen years of his life like most young men of his culture - absorbed in matters pertaining to sports and sex. With the grace and guidance of his gurus he was awakened to yoga and processes of developing wisdom and compassion. He is the author of Three Paths of Devotion, Yoga American Style, Universal Yoga as well as The Yoga of Spiritual Devotion. His writings on yoga have appeared in many publications in the US and Europe. Prem lives at the Kailash Ashram in Middlebury, Vermont where he serves as co-director on the Green Mountain School of Yoga.

Swami Veda Bharati, is a poet, scholar, research guide, international speaker, and writer. He holds Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of London and a Doctor of Literature degree from the University of Utrecht, Netherlands  In 1969, he met his Spiritual Master, Swami Rama of the Himalayas, while a professor of Sanskrit and Indian religions at the University of Minnesota. He has studied and is well-versed in the scriptures of many religions, understands seventeen languages with varying degrees of fluency, which allows him to teach meditation to people of different faiths - Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs. Swami Veda has guided and taught in all continents and 23 countries; his main seats are two ashrams, spiritual centers, on the banks of the river Ganges in the foothills of the Himalayas, and the Meditation Center in Minneapolis. Before taking his vows of Swamihood in 1992, he was known as Dr. Usharbudh Arya. A prolific writer and speaker, he is the author of numerous books, including Superconscious Meditation, Mantra and Meditation, Meditation and the Art of Dying, Philosophy of Hatha Yoga, God, Yoga-sutras of Patanjali, Light of Ten Thousand Suns, and Subtler than the Subtle.


Dr. Alla Reneť Bozarth was among the first eleven women ordained as Episcopal priests in 1974 in Philadelphia. Dr. Bozarth is author of numerous books, including Soulfire, a book of poetry published by Yes, holds degrees in performing arts from Northwestern University and a certificate in Gestalt psychotherapy from the Gestalt Training Center of San Diego. She has nearly twenty years of experience as a professional counselor for individuals and groups. Dr. Bozarth currently resides at Wisdom House in Sandy, Oregon, where she conducts liturgical and other special celebrations and guides others to find spiritual and emotional health.
Gopala Krishna is director of the Sivananda Yoga Center in Ottawa, Canada. He earned his B.M. from the university of Waterloo and worked for a variety of prominent high-tech firms over the years. An artist and computer consultant, he took his first yoga lesson in 1973 and began to study in the Sivananda tradition with Swami Vishnu-devananda in 1978. He gave up his business career in 1993 at Swami Vishnu-devanandaís death to devote himself full-time to his practice and to teach others. His book, The Yogi: Portraits of Swami Vishnu-devananda, is one of the results of that choice.


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