Alok Joddha Hernandez studied literature and creative writing at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where he graduated magna cum laude and was selected by the honors program as one of the outstanding graduates of the year. Making his home now in California, Hernandez is currently writing a second novel exploring his own multi-ethnic heritage as well as a non-fiction book exploring the difficult and profound philosophy behind Yoga and meditation.
Devashish holds an MFA in fiction from San Diego State University, as well as degrees in music and psychology. He is the author of seven books and is currently at work on the sequel to his last novel, The Jazz Master, and a spiritual novel set in San Franscisco in the mid-fifties during the height of the Beat Generation. He divides his time between his farm in Brazil and his farm in Puerto Rico, where he has a yoga center and a tropical-fruit plantation.
A spiritual teacher, author, and musician, Dada has been a monk and a meditation teacher with the spiritual movement Ananda Marga (The Path of Bliss) since 1979. Born of British parents in New Zealand in 1955, he displayed talent as a painter, musician, and writer from an early age. He left New Zealand in 1975 to pursue his interest in meditation, yoga, and social service. As a musician and spiritual teacher, Dada has travelled throughout the world and has lived in Australia, India, and Europe; he now makes his home in California. Both his writing and music reflect his lifelong commitment to spirituality, social activism, and ecological issues. He is the author of a popular book on meditation and is currently at work on a spiritual-fantasy trilogy entitled The Microvita Tree and a book of social criticsim entitled Where is the Eagle? You can find his music at www.eternalwave.com.
Ramesh Bjonnes is cofounder of the Prama Institute, a holistic retreat center in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. He is a certified yoga health educator, a popular yoga columnist for the award-winning Elephant Journal, and a lecturer on yoga philosophy and history to yoga teachers and students in the United States and Europe. He has been practicing Tantric yoga and meditation since 1974.
Dada Maheshvarananda is a yoga monk, activist and writer. As a student, he adopted a radical approach to social change, and was inspired to become, in the words of Che Guevara, a "true revolutionary guided by great feelings of love."
In 1978 he became a monk in India, dedicating his life to the service of humanity; since then he has continuously worked in different parts of the world. He teaches meditation, yoga and other techniques for personal transformation free of charge, and the Progressive Utilization Theory or Prout, a post-capitalist model to empower people and communities to create a better world.
Steven L. Richheimer holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University. He is the author of numerous scientific papers and patents in the arena of natural products. He has spent over 40 years practicing Tantric meditation and has been studying the complementary aspects of science and spirituality for many years. He current resides in the mountains of Colorado with his wife Jeanne.
Dada Veda is a yoga monk, meditation instructor, singer-songwriter and social activist all rolled up in one orange robe. Social justice is one of Dada’s chief interests and it is evident not only in the lyrics of many of his songs but in his essays and lectures on important social issues. He is the author of From Brooklyn to Benares and Back, his memoirs. You can contact him at www.dadaveda.com.
Kathleen Kesson is a tenured Professor of Teaching, Learning and Leadership in the School of Education at LIU-Brooklyn, where she teaches courses in the foundations of education and teacher inquiry. Prior to her scholarly career, she was a professional dancer, actor, choreographer, teacher, and community activist. Her work appears in numerous academic journals including Educational Researcher, Teachers College Record, Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice, the Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies, English Education, Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Curriculum Inquiry, and the Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning. Her books include Curriculum Wisdom: Educational Decisions in Democratic Societies and Understanding Democratic Curriculum Leadership (both with James Henderson) and Defending Public Schools: Teaching for a Democratic Society (with Wayne Ross). Her academic interests are in the areas of democracy in education, critical pedagogy, spirituality and education, ecological education, aesthetics, and teacher inquiry and reflection. She divides her time between Brooklyn, New York, and Barre, Vermont, where she is deeply involved in research on personalized learning in Vermont schools.
Nancy “Niiti” Gannon has twenty-five years of experience in early childhood education. Her first educational publication was For Universal Minds, followed by three teachers’ guidebooks. She also authored a book on yoga psychology, Head in the Stars, Feet on the Ground, and a memoir, Meetings with My Master.
Angela Anandi Cossu is a trained anthropologist, a compassionate vegetarian, a writer, a yogi, and a dedicated chef. She has taught the culinary arts and has written about the relationship between food, culture, and history. After pursuing her doctoral studies at Brandeis University, she taught for ten years at Tufts University in Massachusetts. At present, she devotes her time to the cultivation of serenity and the writing of her first novel, Amadea and the Burro. The author of Alimentación Vegetariana, she lives with her husband and daughter, dividing her time between two enchanting islands: Puerto Rico and her native Sardinia.