Marriage and Family Therapist
Founder, Sacred River Healing
Ana Perez Chisti, MA, PhD, is President of the SUFI Universal Fraternal Institute and an ordained minister in the Creation Spirituality Community as well as functioning as senior teacher for the Sufi Movement USA.
She served as a start-up member of the San Francisco AIDS Hospice program. With the Mission of Charities in San Francisco and in Calcutta, she worked with Mother Teresa to support the homeless and marginalized communities in both areas. She was the coordinating director of the Emergency Relief Fund International that helped deliver food and medicine to areas of Somalia and Ethiopia during periods of severe famine. She is presently working with several Jewish community centers in the Bay Area that support concentration camp survivors and their families.
She holds academic degrees in psychology, philosophy and religion, and is presently an adjunct faculty member at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. and the Fox Institute in Boulder, Colorado.
President, Sufi Universal Fraternal Institute
Associate Professor, CIIS
Professor of Transpersonal Psychology
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Gina Harris serves as the State Director for the National Education Association. Her expertise developing education professionals on racial justice in education and restorative practices has allowed her to work to empower educators and organizations around the country. As a Restorative Justice practitioner and trainer, Gina utilizes circle processes and communication tools to create environments that break down barriers to communication and encourages open, honest dialogue inside and outside of the classroom
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.