Julia Butterfly Hill
environmental activist, speaker, and author of,
The Legacy of Luna
For 738 days Julia Butterfly Hill lived in the canopy of an ancient redwood tree, called Luna, to help make the world aware of the plight of ancient forests. Her courageous act of civil disobedience gained international attention for the redwoods as well as other environmental and social justice issues and is chronicled in her book The Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman, and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods.Julia, with the great help of steelworkers and environmentalists, successfully negotiated to permanently protect the 1,000 year-old tree and a nearly three- acre buffer zone. Her two-year vigil informed the public that only 3% of the ancient redwood forests remain and that the Headwaters Forest Agreement, brokered by state and federal agencies and Pacific Lumber/Maxxam Corporation, will not adequately protect forests and species.On December 18, 1999 Julia Butterfly Hill, then 26, came down to a world that recognized her as a heroine and powerful voice for the environment. Her courage, commitment and profound clarity in articulating a message of hope, empowerment, and love and respect for all life has inspired millions of people worldwide.“By standing together in unity, solidarity and love we will heal the wounds in the earth and in each other. We can make a positive difference through our actions"Julia Hill chose the name Butterfly while in her childhood years and like her namesake she has undergone a great metamorphosis. She grew up in a deeply religious family as the daughter of a traveling, evangelical minister that later settled in Arkansas. In 1996 she suffered nearly fatal injuries in an auto accident. During close to a year of medical treatment and recovery, she had time to reassess her purpose in life. Two weeks after being released by her doctors, she headed west on a journey of self-discovery. She had no particular destination, but her first sight of the ancient redwoods overwhelmed her with awe.“When I entered the majestic cathedral of the redwood forest for the first time, my spirit knew it had found what it was searching for. I dropped to my knees and began to cry because I was so overwhelmed by the wisdom, energy and spirituality housed in this holiest of temples"Julia's brave and inspiring action brought international attention to the plight of our dwindling ancient redwoods. For many years after she returned to the ground, Julia toured the world speaking abour her experience in the media and to audiences large and small and about the many lessons she learned. She wrote a bestselling book, The Legacy of Luna, which is available in 11 languages, followed by her environmental "handbook", One Makes the Difference. Her story has inspired millions around the globe to take action in their own communities.Julia is a co-founder of the Engage Network
and is the inspiration behind What's Your Tree
author of The Word, and The Book of Love and Creation
In his breakthrough works of channeled literature, I Am the Word and The Book of Love and Creation, author and medium Paul Selig recorded an extraordinary program for personal and planetary evolution as humankind awakens to its own divine nature. I Am the Word and The Book of Love and Creation are energetic transmissions that works directly on its readers to bring them into alignment with the frequency of the Word, which Paul’s guides call the energy of “God in Action.”Paul was born in New York City and received his Master’s Degree from Yale. He had a spiritual experience in 1987 that left him clairvoyant. As a way to gain a context for what he was beginning to experience, he studied a form of energy healing, working at Marianne Williamson’s Manhattan Center for Living and in private practice. In the process, he began to “hear” for his clients, and much of Paul’s work now is as a clairaudient, clairvoyant, channel, and empath.Paul has led channeled energy groups for many years. In 2009 he was invited to channel at the Esalen Institute’s Superpowers symposium, where he was filmed for the upcoming documentary film Authors of the Impossible. He is the subject of the short documentary filmPaul & the Word and is featured on the A&E/Biography channel series The UneXplained,which premiered in August, 2012. His numerous radio appearances include Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. His recent and upcoming workshops include include The Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York and the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Calfornia. Also a noted playwright and educator, Paul serves on the faculty of NYU and directs the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College. He lives in New York City, where he maintains a private practice as an intuitive and conducts frequent energy groups.
author of New Self, New World
Philip’s life has been guided by a passion for a certain kind of exploration – one that seeks a full experience of the world and its phenomena in order to understand them as a means of illuminating the self, in all its manifold dimensions. That passion took hold of him in earnest when, at the age of seventeen, he saw a Japanese Noh play in Montreal. Profoundly moved by the experience, and baffled by the depth of feeling into which it had carried him, he went to England, bought a bicycle, and headed off on a journey to Japan – determined to understand the principles that animated its ancient art. Traveling alone, he cycled through Europe, the Middle East, Iran and India, before flying on to Japan. He remained there for seven months, studying Noh theatre and formulating questions that would occupy him for decades – questions about the nature of art and creativity, about East/West differences in how the body is experienced, about what enables someone to freely express their humanity, and about how underlying cultural patterns and assumptions shape the way we think. On his return to Canada, Philip immersed himself in a diverse range of adventures. He designed and built several houses; he co-founded and wrote for an arts magazine, Onion; he co-founded and directed an interdisciplinary theatre company; he wrote for the corporate sector; he taught workshops to help people grow into increased presence and creativity; he wrote two internationally-produced plays and a documentary for CBC television; he trained in Butoh dance and toured Canada in The Conference of the Birds; he edited a book of art criticism, The Compleat Art Critic; he acted in several feature films opposite such talents as Mandy Patinkin and Delroy Lindo (Strange Justice), Jon Voight (Jasper Texas) and Eartha Kitt (Proteus); he earned a reputation as a corporate coach, helping business leaders find clarity, grace and presence when making a presentation; and he played lead roles in theatre productions in Toronto, New York, Chicago, London and Hong Kong.
Although each of those adventures was in itself a kind of study, Philip’s deep curiosity also carried him into philosophy, history, physics, mythology, literature and spiritual texts. As well, he undertook four years of training with Denis Chagnon, a pioneer in our understanding of healing
author of American Veda
Philip Goldberg has been studying India’s spiritual
traditions for more than forty years, as both a practitioner and an
author. He is the author or coauthor of
nineteen books, including Roadsigns on the Spiritual Path and his latest,
American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian
Spirituality Changed the West, which was named one of the top ten religion
books of the year by both the Huffington Post and the American Library
Association’s Booklist. As a public speaker and workshop leader, he has given
presentations at venues throughout the country and has appeared in national
media. An ordained Interfaith Minister
and spiritual counselor, he blogs regularly on the Huffington Post and Elephant
Journal. His websites are www.AmericanVeda.com
author of The Spiritual Power of Non-Violence
George W. Wolfe is currently the coordinator of outreach programs for the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Ball State University where he served as director from 2002 to 2006. He is a certified mediator and was trained to conduct interfaith dialogue at All-Faiths Seminary International in New York City and at the Lakeshore Interfaith Institute in Ganges, Michigan. In 1991, he was awarded an open fellowship from the Eli Lilly Endowment which made possible his first trip to India where he became interested in the nonviolent philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. As an educator, Dr. Wolfe frequently lectures both within and outside the United States on topics related to nonviolence, peace education, academic freedom, and the role of the arts in social activism. He is a member of the advisory council of the Toda Institute for Peace, Policy and Global Research, and has served as a visiting scholar at Limburg Catholic University in Hasselt, Belgium. In 2008, he presented peace education workshops in the island nation of St. Lucia by invitation of the Ministry of Education.
In his book, The Spiritual Power of Nonviolence, Dr. Wolfe makes a compelling case for the sustainability paradigm and for offering peace education and interreligious dialogue on a global scale. He probes the scriptures of the world's great religions, demonstrating that nonviolence is a shared virtue, and that the real enemy we must battle against and ultimately defeat is actually within us.
Chef Wendell Fowler
Author, Survivor, Syndicated Food Columnist, CBS TV Host
Chef Wendell is a popular television personality, vegan chef, award-winning syndicated food writer and columnist, cookbook author, corporate motivational speaker and entertainer. For 10 years, Wendell has hosted and written content for his bi-weekly "Eat Right Now with Chef Wendell" segment every other Saturday morning at 7:50Am EST on WISH TV 8 Daybreak Weekend News. For 20 years, the living-food evangelist has presented successfully in front of hungry-for-knowledge audiences across America. A humorous, effective professional speaker, Chef Wendell likes to make his audiences think: "Everything about you, good and bad, is the result of food choices. Food becomes a physical part of who you are. Other than sleeping and breathing, eating is the most important human necessity, therefore quality is essential."