Faculty:

Founder, Lead Teacher:

Jonathan Gustin, MA, LMFT

Jonathan Gustin, MA, LMFT

Jonathan is a purpose guide, psychotherapist, meditation teacher, and integral mentor in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years. Jonathan is the founder and lead teacher of the Purpose Guide Institute, Integral Awakening Center and Green Sangha.  He also serves as adjunct faculty at John F. Kennedy University.

Jonathan has taught at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Kaiser Permanente, Green Gulch Zen Center, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Open Circle, Bay Area Integral, The Nondual Wisdom & Mental Health Conference, iEvolve, Marina Counseling Center, and iRest Institute.

Jonathan has co-taught with human potential pioneer George Leonard, Buddhist activist Joanna Macy and depth psychologist Bill Plotkin.  Jonathan taught at Kaiser Permanente  including: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mind-Body Medicine, Overcoming Depression, Couples Communication and Integral Life Practice.  
 

Faculty:

Terry Patten

Terry Patten

Terry Patten is a leading voice in the emerging fields of integral evolutionary leadership and spirituality. In his cutting-edge writings, talks, and teachings, he not only inspires transcendental awakening, love, and freedom, but also calls us to accept and incarnate our full humanity. This expresses itself in a profound sense of purpose, spiritual inspiration, and evolutionary activism.

He is a teacher, coach and consultant who travels widely, challenging and connecting leading-edge individuals and organizations worldwide.  In his current work, he is helping to articulate an authentic spirituality that illuminates the vital relationship between sincere care, discriminative intelligence, personal responsibility, and spiritual awakening.

A coach, consultant, teacher, and author of four books, Terry lives in Marin County near San Francisco, CA. He is the author, with Ken Wilber, of Integral Life Practice: A 21st-Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening.


Guest Teachers:

Joanna Macy, PhD

Joanna Macy, PhD

Joanna Macy PhD, is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. As the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, she has created a ground-breaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well as a powerful workshop methodology for its application.

Many thousands of people around the world have participated in Joanna's workshops and trainings. Her group methods, known as the Work That Reconnects, have been adopted and adapted yet more widely in classrooms, churches, and grassroots organizing. Her work helps people transform despair and apathy, in the face of overwhelming social and ecological crises, into constructive, collaborative action. It brings a new way of seeing the world, as our larger living body, freeing us from the assumptions and attitudes that now threaten the continuity of life on Earth.

 
Jean Houston, Ph.D

Jean Houston, Ph.D

Jean Houston Ph.D, scholar, philosopher and researcher in Human Capacities, is one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our time. She is long regarded as one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement.

Dr. Houston is noted for her ability to combine a deep knowledge of history, culture, new science, spirituality and human development into her teaching. A prolific writer, Dr. Houston is the author of 26 books including Jump Time, A Passion for the Possible, Search for the Beloved, Life Force, and The Possible Human.

As Advisor to UNICEF in human and cultural development, she has worked around the world helping to implement some of their extensive educational programs.  Dr. Houston has also served in an advisory capacity to President and Mrs. Clinton as well as assisting Mrs. Clinton in her writing of her book, It Takes A Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us.

Together with other international agencies and companies, over the last 45 years, Dr. Houston has worked in over 100 countries.   “Jean Houston’s mind should be considered a national treasure”, said Buckminster Fuller, a renowned American philosopher, thinker, visionary, inventor, architect, engineer, mathematician, poet and cosmologist. 

 

Michael Meade, D.H.L.

Michael Meade, D.H.L.

Michael Meade, D.H.L., is a renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology. He combines hypnotic storytelling, street-savvy perceptiveness, and spellbinding interpretations of ancient myths with a deep knowledge of cross-cultural rituals.

He has an unusual ability to distill and synthesize these disciplines, tapping into ancestral sources of wisdom and connecting them to the stories we are living today.

He is the author of The Genius Myth, Fate and Destiny: The Two Agreements of The Soul, Why the World Doesn't End, The Water of Life: Initiation and the Tempering of the Soul; editor, with James Hillman and Robert Bly, of Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart; and editor of Crossroads: A Quest for Contemporary Rites of Passage.

Meade is the founder of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a nonprofit network of artist, activists, and community builders that encourages greater understanding between diverse peoples.

 

 Sera Beak

 Sera Beak

Hi there. I’m Sera Beak, a Harvard-trained scholar of comparative world religions who spent years traveling the world studying spirituality – from whirling with Sufi dervishes to meeting the Dalai Lama on my 21st birthday; from taking the host from a Croatian Catholic mystic who had the stigmata to having life-altering visions with shamans (and everything in between). The New York Times called me one of the new “role models” for my generation.

I’m the author of Red Hot and Holy: A Heretic’s Love Story and The Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine Spark.

Over 4 years ago, I realized that despite my fierce devotion to the divine and my successful career in women’s spirituality, I had lost my soul. I realized I could not be of service to other women or this planet to the degree that I needed to be until I found my soul again. So, I retreated from about 95 percent of my professional and social life and went into “the red tent” – a physical and spiritual cocoon. Needless to say, a lot went Down these past four years and a lot has changed, much of which I write about in Red Hot and Holy, but most importantly, I have found my soul again. 

 

Steve Macintosh, J.D.

Steve Macintosh, J.D.

Steve McIntosh J.D. is a leader in the integral philosophy movement and author of the new book on spiritual experience: The Presence of the Infinite. Steve is also author of Evolution’s Purpose, and Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution.

He currently works as President and Co-Founder of the nonprofit social policy organization: Institute For Cultural Evolution. In addition to this think tank, and his work in philosophy, McIntosh has had a variety of other successful careers, including founding the consumer products company Now & Zen, practicing law with one of America’s largest firms, working as an executive with Celestial Seasonings Tea Company, and Olympic-class bicycle racing. He is an honors graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and the University of Southern California Business School, and now lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and

 

 Bill Plotkin, Ph.D.

 Bill Plotkin, Ph.D.

Bill Plotkin, Ph.D., is a depth psychologist, wilderness guide, and agent of cultural evolution. As founder of western Colorado’s Animas Valley Institute in 1981, he has guided thousands of women and men through nature-based initiatory passages, including a contemporary, Western adaptation of the pan-cultural vision quest. Previously, he has been a research psychologist (studying non-ordinary states of consciousness), professor of psychology, psychotherapist, rock musician, and whitewater river guide.

In 1979, on a solo winter ascent of an Adirondack peak, Bill experienced a call to adventure, leading him to abandon academia in search of his true calling. Bill is the author of Soulcraft: Crossing into Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (an experiential guidebook), Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World (a nature-based stage model of human development through the entire lifespan), and Wild Mind: A Field guide to the Human Psyche  (an ecocentric map of the psyche — for healing, growing whole, and cultural transformation). He has a doctorate in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

 
Stephen Jenkinson

Stephen Jenkinson

Stephen is a teacher, author, storyteller, spiritual activist, farmer and founder of the Orphan Wisdom School, a teaching house and learning house for the skills of deep living and making human culture. It is rooted in knowing history, being claimed by ancestry, working for a time et to come.


entrepreneurial guest teachers:

 

Daniel G. Newman

Daniel G. Newman

Daniel G. Newman is the Co-Founder and President of MapLight, whose groundbreaking database connects data on campaign contributions, politicians, legislative votes, industries, companies, and more to show patterns of influence never before possible to see. Newman has led MapLight from a 2005 startup to an established national resource for citizens and journalists.

Newman’s innovative use of technology to reveal influence in government earned him a position on Fast Company’s list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2010 and recognition as a World Affairs Council Civic Innovator in 2014. He has led MapLight to several awards including a Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism; a James Madison Freedom of Information Award; a Library Journal Best Reference Award; and a Webby Award nomination for Best Politics Website.

A national expert on money and politics issues, Newman regularly discusses MapLight’s research findings and his views on the broader trends of money in politics in documentary films and on national news outlets including NPR, PBS, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, FOX Business News, and more.

 

Patrick Sandone, MBA

Patrick Sandone, MBA

Patrick Sandone, MBA is the Founder and President of Net Driven, the leading provider of website and internet marketing solutions for the automotive industry. Patrick is a regular speaker at automotive industry events on the topic of websites and internet marketing. Patrick was inspired to found Net Driven while working with his family’s business, Sandone Tire Car Care Centers in Scranton, PA.

He also worked at Monitor Clipper Partners in Boston, MA and Paris, France, focused on investing in internet businesses, and the Investment Banking firm of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in New York City. Patrick holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

 
Chris Kyle

Chris Kyle

Chris is a speaker, teacher, business coach and eLearning expert who is a leader in the development of highly-lucrative and transformative online learning programs that inspire, engage and connect learners across cultures.

He has helped dozens of authors, teachers, experts and mission-driven organizations build and launch their online learning programs including Neale Donald Walsch, Jean Houston, Arielle Ford, Shakti Malan, Evolving Wisdom, Thrive Academy, San Francisco Zen Center, and Google's Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. He guided many of them to 6-figure launches of their courses.


Council Of Sages:

 

Aftab Omer, Ph.D.

Aftab Omer, Ph.D.

Dr. Aftab Omer is the founder and president of Meridian University in Petaluma, California. He received his Bachelor’s from M.I.T. and his Doctorate from Brandeis University. Formerly a faculty member in both the Psychology and Sociology departments at Sonoma State University, he is currently the President of the Council for Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychologies.

Aftab’s research has focused on the emergence of human capacities within transformative learning communities and his work includes assisting organizations in tapping the creative potentials of conflict, diversity, and complexity. His published articles include The Spacious Center: Leadership and the Creative Transformation of Culture and Between Columbine and the Twin Towers: Fundamentalist Culture as a Failure of Imagination.

 

John Prendergast, Ph.D.

John Prendergast, Ph.D.

John Prendergast, Ph.D. Spiritual Teacher, Psychotherapist, former adjunct professor of psychology at CIIS, founder of Undivided: The Online Journal of Nonduality and Psychology, author of In Touch: How to Tune in to the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself, editor of Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy, and Listening from the Heart of Silence (co-editor Ken Bradford.)

 

 
Terry Patten

Terry Patten

Terry Patten is a leading voice in the emerging fields of integral evolutionary leadership and spirituality. In his cutting-edge writings, talks, and teachings, he not only inspires transcendental awakening, love, and freedom, but also calls us to accept and incarnate our full humanity. This expresses itself in a profound sense of purpose, spiritual inspiration, and evolutionary activism.

He is a teacher, coach and consultant who travels widely, challenging and connecting leading-edge individuals and organizations worldwide.  In his current work, he is helping to articulate an authentic spirituality that illuminates the vital relationship between sincere care, discriminative intelligence, personal responsibility, and spiritual awakening.

A coach, consultant, teacher, and author of four books, Terry lives in Marin County near San Francisco, CA. He is the author, with Ken Wilber, of Integral Life Practice: A 21st-Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening.

 
Brian Stafford, MD, MPH

Brian Stafford, MD, MPH

Brian Stafford, MD, MPH is a depth psychiatrist, wilderness guide, poet, essayist, and agent of human and cultural transformation. Previously, he was an academic pediatrician, and an adult,  adolescent, child, perinatal and infant psychiatrist with numerous clinical, research, and educational publications as well as many institutional, state, and national awards.

He left academic medicine and Western culture to move to the wild Pacific coast of Costa Rica where he founded Eco-Psyche-Artistry. He completed the intensive training as a psycho-spiritual wilderness guide with the international leader in this work, the Animas Valley Institute, and now guides individuals to the place they most long and fear to go – their soul place and purpose. He returned to the US and now guides primarily in Ojai, California.


Advisory Circle:

 

Praveen Mantena

Praveen Mantena

Bio coming soon.

 
Brandon Peele, MBA

Brandon Peele, MBA

Brandon Peele is the chief instigator of the global purpose movement, PlanetPurpose.org; Brandon's purpose is to create a world where 7.3 billion humans are living and profiting from their life's purpose.  He is a Purpose Guide with and a teacher of online purpose discovery programs, such as The 21-Day Purpose Challenge, The ManKind Project (Man on Purpose Course) and The P4 Course - Purpose, Planet, People, Profit. He has taught courses at UC Berkeley in Global Business Management, Entrepreneurship, and Creativity and Personal Mastery. 

Brandon brings a global, species-wide perspective to purpose discovery.  He is the creator of a human potential measurement framework, the Continuum Development Index, the Cosmic Citizenship Exam, and the free adult education initiative, B+.  His work has been featured in USA Today, Fox News and Techcrunch. 

 Brandon has worked for a number of successful social enterprises (Lifefactory, Babycenter, SunTechnics), start-ups (Bebo/Aol., Crackle/Sony, Intertainer) Fortune 500 Companies (Merrill Lynch & Co., Autodesk), and has raised over $1B for private and public companies.

 

Susan Maskes, J.D

Susan Maskes, J.D

Bio coming soon.

 
Katya Kolesnikova, M.A

Katya Kolesnikova, M.A

Bio coming soon