Donald Altman is the author of the book, 101 Mindful Ways to Build Resilience: Cultivate Calm, Clarity, Optimism & Happiness Each Day. Donald is a psychotherapist, world-renowned mindfulness expert and award-winning author of over 15 books. Featured as an expert in The Mindfulness Movie and profiled in the Living Spiritual Teachers Project, he currently writes Psychology Today’s Practical Mindfulness Blog.
Past Vice-President of The Center for Mindful Eating, Donald’s passion is to bring ancient, timeless values and practices into modern life. He has taught thousands of health care and business professionals how to apply mindfulness for self-growth, in relationships, and in the workplace. He worked for several years as a senior mental health therapist at an eating disorder and general psychiatric clinic before founding his own clinic. He and his lovely wife, Maria, live on a beautiful hill near Portland, Oregon.
David D. Burns, MD, is Adjunct Clinical Professor Emeritus at the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. His best-selling book, Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, has sold more than five million copies and is the book most frequently recommended for depressed individuals by American and Canadian health professionals. Many published research studies have indicated that 65% of individuals with moderate to severe depression who are given a copy of his book improve dramatically within four weeks with no other treatment.
Shannon Kaiser is the author of the book, The Self-Love Experiment: Fifteen Principles for Becoming More Kind, Compassionate, and Accepting of Yourself. Shannon is also the author of Find Your Happy, which was featured on Pathways in 2013. She is a six-time contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul. Shannon has been named among the “top 100 women to watch in wellness” by Mind-Body-Green. She’s an international entrepreneur/life coach, travel writer, teacher, and inspirational speaker who left her job in advertising several years ago to follow her heart and become a writer.
David Richo is the author of the new book, The Five Longings: What We’ve Always Wanted—and Already Have. David is a teacher, workshop leader, and psychotherapist in Santa Barbara and San Francisco, California. He combines Jungian, transpersonal, and mythic perspectives in his work. He is the author of numerous psychology/self-help best-sellers, including How to Be an Adult in Relationships …The Five Things We Cannot Change and When the Past is Present, a fascinating look at the psychological phenomenon of transference.
Rodrigo Baena is a Brazilian author, speaker, and a Certified Executive Coach specializing in happiness. He is founder of The Portland Happiness Center, a place for courses, coaching, and community for a happier life. His latest book is Sex, Happiness and other stories – People talk about finding joy in their relationships.
Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener is the author of the new book, The Upside of Your Darkside: Why Being Your Whole Self–Not just your “good Self”–Drives Success and Fulfillment. Robert is known as the “Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology” because he has conducted research with groups typically overlooked by psychologists, including Amish farmers, sex workers in Kolkata, Maasai tribes people and seal hunters in a remote corner of Greenland. Robert has written a number of books including Happiness: Unlocking the mysteries of psychological wealth and The Courage Quotient.
Stuart K Robinson is the author of It All Begins with “I”: The ‘New Rules of Thinking’ and the Simple Secrets to Living a Rich Joyous Life. Stuart is a motivational speaker who has inspired audiences around the world with his life-changing New Rules of Thinking. Stuart K has inspired many through his Robinson Creative Lab where he works with people from all walks of life guiding them to become more effective in their careers, relationships, and personal goals.
Steven Quartz is the author of the new book, Cool: How the Brain’s Hidden Quest for Cool Drives Our Economy and Shapes Our World. By bringing together the latest findings in brain science, economics, and evolutionary biology to form a provocative theory of consumerism, Steven explains how the brain’s “social calculator” and an instinct to rebel are the crucial missing links in understanding the motivations behind our spending habits.
Guy Finley is the author of the new book, The Secret of Your Immortal Self: Key Lessons for Realizing the Divinity Within. Open the doors to self-understanding and let go of suffering. Guy discusses how to seek a deeper relationship with the Divine and provides powerful insights on how to find a guiding light in any dark moment.
Helena Norberg-Hodge is an author, speaker, filmmaker, and producer of an award-winning documentary entitled The Economics of Happiness. Helena is the founder and director of International Society for Ecology and Culture. She is a pioneer of the ‘new economy’ movement, and has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for more than thirty years. Her ground-breaking work in Ladakh, or ‘Little Tibet’, earned her the Right Livelihood Award, or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ and her book, Ancient Futures, along with a film of the same title, has been translated into more than 40 languages.