Randy Kritkausky is the author of the new book, Without Reservation: Awakening to Native American Spirituality and the Ways of our Ancestors. Randy is an enrolled tribal member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. He is a founder of ECOLOGIA, an international environmental organization that works on the planet’s more extreme challenges. Trained as a sociologist and historian, his interests have focused on societies undergoing profound economic and cultural transitions. He has been a professor, and research scholar at colleges and universities here and abroad. Randy lives in Vermont.
Donald Altman is the author of the new book, Simply Mindful: A 7-week course and personal handbook for mindful living. Donald Altman is a psychotherapist, an award-winning author, and a former Buddhist monk. Featured in The Mindfulness Movie and profiled in The Living Spiritual Teachers Project, he has written over 15 books that teach how to incorporate mindfulness into daily life. Award-winning books include: The Mindfulness Toolbox, winner of two Gold IBPA BenjaminFranklin Awards as the best book in the “Psychology” and “Body-Mind-Spirit” categories, Clearing Emotional Clutter, named “One of the Best Spiritual Books of 2016,” and The Mindfulness Code, named “One of theBest Spiritual Books of 2010.”
Stephanie is the founder and director of Blue Star Temple. An ordained shamanic minister, she holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and master’s and doctorate degrees in shamanic studies from Venus Rising University. She is also a mesa carrier in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition of Peru, having studied with Don Oscar Miro-Quesada and his lineage since 2005. She lives near Kansas City, Missouri.
Helen Riess, MD, is author of the new book, The Empathy Effect: 7 Neuroscience-Based Keys for Transforming the Way We Live, Love, Work, and Connect Across Differences.Helen is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, TIME, NPR, HuffPost, and more. Dr. Riess is changing the face of medical care—and the way we connect with others in our everyday lives. She co-founded Empathetics, Inc. providing innovative empathy and interpersonal training for medical professionals. She has devoted her career to teaching and research in the art and science of the patient-doctor relationship.
Teal Swan is the author of the new book The Anatomy of Loneliness: How to Find Your Way Back to Connection. She has a huge and dedicated fan base; she rose to fame through her YouTube Ask Teal series. Teal Swan was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is a survivor of severe childhood abuse. Part of her journey involved, as she puts it “disappearing into loneliness by shamanic journeying in Central America, where she decided to look the devil in the face. Today she uses her extrasensory gifts as well as her own harrowing life experience to inspire millions of people towards authenticity, freedom and joy. Her worldwide success as a modern spiritual leader has earned her the nickname “The Spiritual Catalyst.” She is the bestselling author of three books; The Sculptor in the Sky, Shadows Before Dawn and The Completion Process.
Love plays a crucial role in every aspect of human existence, including sex, spirituality, society, and even the meaning of life. Dr. Armin Zadeh is the author of the new book The Forgotten Art of Love: What Love Means and Why it Matters. He is a cardiologist and professor at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Zadeh has authored more than 100 scientific articles and is an editor of scholarly books in medicine.
Dr. Karlene Stange is the author of the new book, The Spiritual Nature of Animals: a country vet explores the wisdom, compassion, and souls of animals. As a child, Karlene wanted to be an “animal doctor” before she knew the word “veterinarian.” Today she incorporates acupuncture, traditional Chinese herbal medicine, and nutritional therapy into her Rocky Mountain practice. She often speaks at conferences and lives in Durango, Colorado.
Sarah Ockwell-Smith is the author of the new book, Gentle Discipline: Using Emotional Connection–Not Punishment–to Raise Confident, Capable Kids. Sarah is a popular parenting expert whose blog is read by two million parents each year. A trained prenatal teacher, birth and postnatal doula, and pediatric homeopath, she is also the cofounder of GentleParenting.com. She lives in a 350-year-old cottage in rural Essex, UK with her family, including four school-age children.
To many of us, Native America is an unknown world shrouded in myth and misconception, but there is something fundamental in the Native way of seeing and living that has much to teach us all.