Bahman A.K. Shirazi is former director of graduate studies at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). He has been actively affiliated with that organisation since 1983.
His doctoral dissertation, "Self in Integral Psychology" was the first of its kind in the field of integral psychology. His work draws from the approach of Haridas Chaudhuri, focusing on an integrative approach to psychology, with the goal of developing insights into the nature of human psychospiritual development and integral self-realization.
Dr. Shirazi has taught at several San Francisco Bay Area universities: California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), Sofia University (formerly Institute of Transpersonal Psychology), and previously at John F. Kennedy University (JFKU), and Dominican University of California.
He served as Associate Producer for the documentary film, Integral Consciousness (Director, Mark Kitchell; Producer, Alan Baiss ©2008.) and as a panel member of OHI's first Winter Webinar, Facing North, in 2016. His publications include many articles in peer-reviewed journals, some of which are listed here.
Christinia Eala is Founder and Executive Director of Tiyospaye Winyan Maka (Extended Family of Women on the Earth), a Colorado non-profit for more than fifteen years in support of the mission to “advocate, promote and support alternative housing and energy, nutritional and educational sovereignty.” Read more about Christiana at Authors, Artists, and Editors.
Christopher and his wife, Taylor, own Freshies of New Mexico, where they are perfecting the art of high tunnel polyculture on 300 acres along the Rio Grande River in Velarde, near Santa Fe, New Mexico. Read more about Christopher and Taylor at Authors, Artists, & Editors.
Don Hall has had the good fortune to participate in the international Transition Towns Movement in a variety of capacities over the past decade. Initially serving for two years as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Transition Colorado, he went on to found and direct Transition Sarasota from 2010 to 2016. A certified Transition Trainer and experienced facilitator, Don was named Co-Director of Transition US in 2017. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University and currently lives in Sarasota, Florida.
Elissa J. Tivona is a humanitarian, designer and writer living and working in Northern Colorado. As a regular freelancer for popular and academic publications, she is among a growing number of journalists who use the media as a platform for world benefit, investigating and publishing stories of creative problem solving, resilience and reconciliation. Read more on our Authors, Artists, & Editors page.
Evan T. Pritchard, a descendant of the Mi’kmaq people, has taught Native American studies at Pace University, Vassar College, and Marist College and is the director of the Center for Algonquin Culture. Steeped in bird lore by his Mi’kmaq great aunt Helen Perley, he is the author of several books, including Native New Yorkers and No Word for Time. A regular on radio shows such as NPR’s Fresh Air and on the History Channel, he lives in the Hudson Valley of New York.
Jan Edl Stein, MFT is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco and Marin County. She is the Director of Holos Institute, (www.holosinstitute.net), an educational and counseling center grounded in ecopsychology, and currently serves as Adjunct Faculty in East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).
Jan leads workshops and retreats that interweave meditation, active imagining, shamanic journeying and earth based contemplations. She has taught and given presentations at Sonoma State University, Grof Transpersonal Training Program, The Bioneers Conference, Esalen Institute, IONs, and numerous private venues.
All of her work draws upon a lifelong study of spiritual traditions and healing practices of earth-based cultures and a deep love of the natural world. More information may be found at www.janedl.com.
Jaqui Duvall, MA
Jaqui Duvall is an author, trainer, life and health coach, and spiritual counselor helping people live authentically and genuinely through defining and connecting with their inner spirit.
She has provided health coaching to veterans through the VA since 2013 and has been coaching in the private sector since 2002. She has extensive experience teaching and developing Behavioral Health Education classes in a healthcare setting, including management of stress, anxiety and depression, insomnia, communication skills and more.
Jaqui holds an MA in Consciousness Studies from the University of Philosophical Research and a BA in Drama from San Jose State University, as well as certificates in Health (2014) and Life Coaching (2002), Training (1989), Interactive Guided Imagery (2015). She is currently pursuing certification as an aromatherapist.
Judy Grahn is internationally known as a poet, writer, and cultural theorist.
Her writings helped fuel, globally, second wave feminist, gay, and lesbian activism, as well as women’s and queer spirituality. She has received two American Book Awards, two Lambda literature awards, a Foremothers of Women’s Spirituality Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Triangle Publishers, who also established the Judy Grahn Nonfiction Award in 1996. In 2014 she was Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshal of the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade.
Grahn has published thirteen books with several more in process; publications include two book length poems, several poetry collections, The Judy Grahn Reader from Aunt Lute Press, an ecotopian novel, and five non-fiction books. Among them are Another Mother Tongue: Gay Words, Gay Worlds; Blood, Bread, and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World; and her memoir, A Simple Revolution: the Making of an Activist Poet. A collection of nine-part poems, Hanging On Our Own Bones, is her latest, from Red Hen Press.
She lives in California with her wife.