James Baraz Meditation Teacher, Author
James Baraz has been a meditation teacher since 1978. He leads retreats, workshops, and classes in the U.S and abroad. He is a co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California and the co-author of the book Awakening Joy: Ten Steps to Happiness as well as Awakening Joy for Kids. He has led the popular Awakening Joy online course taken by thousands since 2003. James is also an advisor to (One Earth Sangha) a website devoted to Buddhist responses to Climate Change.
Christy Foley Communications Consultant, Marketing and Business Executive
Christy Foley was a founding Board Member of Veteran's PATH, and served as our first Board President. She is a marketing and communications professional who has spent many years immersed in the technology and media industries. She is a dynamic connector, bringing together like-minded people, companies, and brands to manifest a common purpose. Christy consults and supports projects that foster consciousness, social justice, community building, and philanthropy.
Linda Graham Therapist, Author, Innovator
Linda Graham, MFT, specializes in helping people reverse the impact of stress and trauma, manage anxiety, depression, loneliness and shame, shift out of reactivity, to cultivate the mindful awareness that shifts perspectives, discerns options, and makes wise choices, turn regrettable moments into teachable moments. We recover a sense of resilience, centeredness and wholeness, and move into thriving and flourishing.
She is the author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being, which integrate the paradigms and practices of modern neuroscience, Western relational psychology and Eastern contemplative practices to help readers shift out of old patterns of response to life events – neural “swamp” or neural “cement” – to more flexible, adaptive coping strategies that lead to more authentic resilience and well-being. lindagraham-mft.net
Rick Hanson Psychologist, Author, Innovator
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 26 languages and include Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with over 120,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity that anyone with financial need can do for free.
Dacher KeltnerFaculty Director, Greater Good Science Center
Dacher Keltner is a professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley and faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center (greatergood.berkeley.edu). Dacher’s research focuses the biological and evolutionary origins of emotion, in particular prosocial states such as compassion, awe, love, and beauty, and power, social class, and inequality. Dacher is the co-author of two textbooks, Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, The Compassionate Instinct, and The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence. Dacher has published over 200 scientific articles, written for many media outlets, and consulted for the Center for Constitutional Rights (to help end solitary confinement), Google, Facebook, the Sierra Club, and for Pixar’s Inside Out.
Rhonda V. Magee Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco
Rhonda V. Magee, M.A., J.D., teaches Mindfulness-Based Interventions, and is a student of awareness and compassion practices from a range of traditions. She is a facilitator of mindful and compassionate communication. She is a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute.
Rhonda’s teaching and writing support compassionate problem-solving and presence-based leadership in a diverse world, and humanizing approaches to education. She sees awareness practices as keys to personal, interpersonal and collective transformation in the face of challenge and opportunity.
The author of numerous articles on mindfulness in legal education, including Educating Lawyers to Meditate? 79 UMKC L. Rev. 535 (2011), and The Way of ColorInsight: Understanding Race and Law Effectively Using Mindfulness-Based ColorInsight Practices, 8 Georgetown J. of Mod. Crit. Race Perspectives 251 (2016), Rhonda is a thought and practice leader in the emerging fields of contemplative legal and higher education.
Richard Miller Founding president of the Integrative Restoration Institute
Richard C. Miller, PhD, clinical psychologist, author, researcher, yogic scholar and spiritual teacher is founding president of the Integrative Restoration Institute, co-founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, founding editor of the peer reviewed International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and past president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology. Author of iRest Meditation: Restorative Practices for Health, Healing and Well Being, The iRest Program for Healing PTSD, and Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga, Richard serves as a consultant researching the meditation protocol he’s developed, Integrative Restoration – iRest, researching its efficacy on health, healing and well-being with diverse populations including active-duty soldiers, veterans, survivors of human trafficking, youth, seniors, the homeless, and the incarcerated; with issues including PTSD, traumatic brain injury, pain, sleep disorders, and chemical dependency. Richard leads trainings and retreats internationally. www.iRest.org