Jon Boogz is a movement artist, choreographer, and director who seeks to push the evolution of what dance can be – sharing with audiences of all backgrounds an appreciation of the melding of art forms while inspiring and bringing awareness to social issues.
Originally motivated to dance by the work of Michael Jackson, Boogz has choreographed for notable icons including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Naomi Campbell, Gloria Estefan; for Pharrell’s Adidas Originals campaign to creative direct, choreograph, and perform in Movement Art Is: Standing Rock at ComplexCon; and as creative consultant for ads launching campaigns for Apple and Lexus. Boogz’s collaborators include TriBeCa Film Festival, DAIS, Lil Buck, and Flying Lotus; his choreography is used in FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance”; Cirque du Soleil’s MJ ONE; and he was featured at the Geffen Playhouse’s “Backstage at the Geffen” with his dance company Control Freakz, Lil Buck, and spoken word artist Robin Sanders to honor Morgan Freeman and Jeff Skoll.
Boogz recently wrote, choreographed, directed and danced in Color of Reality, a short film in collaboration with visual artist Alexa Meade. The work continues to receive coverage internationally and won Great Big Story’s Art as Impact Award; Best Experimental at Toronto International Short Film Festival; and Concept Video of the Year from World of Dance, among others. His forthcoming projects seek to merge movement with fine art, film, technology, and the stage.
EDWARD ESPE BROWN
Ed has been practicing Zen since 1965 and was ordained as a priest by Suzuki Roshi in 1971. He is also an accomplished chef, who helped found Greens Restaurant in San Francisco and worked with Deborah Madison in writing The Greens Cookbook. Edward’s other books include The Tassajara Bread Book, Tassajara Cooking, The Tassajara Recipe Book, and Tomato Blessings and Radish Teachings. He also edited Not Always So, a collection of Suzuki Roshi’s lectures.
Rev Joanne’s unique gift lies in her ability to teach and speak honestly, joyously and intimately of her own spiritual experience and that of ancient Semitic cultures. She offers eloquent insight and wise humor that energize the imagination, satisfy soulish aspirations for fulfillment and helps us taste the Awakened State right now.
Nicole Daedone is a sought-after teacher, visionary, author and entrepreneur who has spent her groundbreaking career redefining and teaching about Orgasm. In her work, Nicole explores what becomes possible for our lives, our health, our happiness, and our prosperity when we learn to live in a continuous state of Orgasm and connection.
In her presence, Nicole’s students experience a sense of wholeness rarely known before. With penetrating sight, Nicole sees the interior landscape of an individual and using the most attuned stroke, she works with them to liberate blocked areas of their psyche and life.
Nicole has shared the stage as a speaker alongside other luminaries such as Neil Strauss, Tony Robbins, Naomi Wolfe and Esther Perel, as well as being included in Tim Ferriss’ breakthrough book “The Four Hour Body.” Nicole has appeared on ABC’s Nightline and NPR’s It’s Your Health. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Time.com, Vanity Fair, and the Sunday Times among others, and her writing has also appeared in the Buddhist Journal Tricycle. She was also a featured speaker at the 2011 TEDxSF conference.
Angel is Co-Founder of deathoverdinner.org and drugsoverdinner.org.
She has been traveling the globe for more than a decade teaching meditation practices and sharing talks on how to reduce the many ways we suffer. She guides meditations on dying, healing addictive patterns and waking up from the cycle of suffering that is hard-wired into all human brains.
Recent meditations have been held at The NY Academy of Medicine, Peak Mind’s event with the Dalai Lama for his 80th birthday, The Conscious Dying Summit, Newport Academy and Summit Series.
Angel leads workshops, retreats, heart-intensive teacher trainings and works one-on-one with people who deeply commit to awakening from habits of the mind that limit their lives and relationships.
She founded a project called The Yoga Bus, and traveled the country with her two dogs living in a tiny RV she helped build from the ground up. The project’s focus was on trauma-healing for populations that likely wouldn’t make it into a healing setting. She furthered this work in South Africa though TRIAD Trust, an organization centered on HIV education, in a region believed to have a 40% infection rate.
Michael is the Founder of Deathoverdinner.org, Drugsoverdinner.org, Earthtodinner.org and Co-founder of MuslimNeighbor.com. He is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Washington Communication Leadership Graduate Program and a Board Advisor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts; he has served as a Senior Advisor to Summit Series, Theo Chocolate, Learnist, Caffe Vita, CreativeLive, Architecture For Humanity, OneTaste and Mosaic Voices Foundation .
Hebb has been staging convivial gatherings and redefining hospitality/tablemaking since 1997; co-founding the City Repair project with Mark Lakeman; and co-founding family supper, ripe, clarklewis, and the Gotham Bldg Tavern in Portland with Naomi Pomeroy. His expansive multidisciplinary dinners have taken place on five continents, have been exhibited in several museums and featured in the NY Times, The New Yorker, W, Art Forum, The Atlantic, The Guardian and dozens of international publications. Michael strongly believes that the table is one of the most effective vehicles for changing the world.
He is also the founder of Convivium – a creative agency that specializes in the technology of the common table, and the ability to shift culture through the use of thoughtful food and discourse based gatherings. Convivium has worked closely with thought/cultural leaders and many foundations/institutions including: The World Economic Forum, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, X Prize Foundation, FEED Foundation, The Nature Conservancy.
His writing has been translated into over 40 languages and appeared in over 80 publications, including The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Forbes, Wired and TIME.
He appears frequently on television and radio, and is an in-demand speaker and advisor to everyone from the U.S. Naval War College and Special Operations Command to Cisco and Google.
Alongside his wife, the author Joy Nicholson, Steven is the cofounder of Rancho de Chihuahua, a dog sanctuary in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. He has a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MA from Johns Hopkins University and, whenever possible, can be found hurling himself down mountains at high speeds. Steven is the author of several renowned books including: Stealing Fire, Rise of Superman, Abundance, West of Jesus, Small Furry Prayer
A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development. Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.
For twelve years Dr. Maté worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver’s Supervised Injection Site. With over 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience and extensive knowledge of the latest findings of leading-edge research, Dr. Maté is a sought-after speaker and teacher, regularly addressing health professionals, educators, and lay audiences throughout North America.
As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress; and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder, and co-authored Hold on to Your Kids. His works have been published internationally in twenty languages.
Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; an Honorary Degree (Law) from the University of Northern British Columbia; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University; and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.
Nicole Prause, PhD is the only neuroscientist in the world currently studying the effects of partnered genital stimulation and sharing her work through peer-reviewed publications in top neuroscience journals.
After a decade as a professor characterizing female sexual responses, how alcohol affects sex, and new basic physiology about human orgasm, Dr. Prause founded a sexual biotechnology company after her university refused to accept her grant funding to study partners. Her laboratory continues to push the boundaries of study design to uncover the health benefits of sexual activity. The combination of modern neuroscience and human connection may lead to new methods to address sleep disorders, pain problems, depression, and other biobehavioral human concerns.
Jamie Wheal is an expert on peak performance and leadership, specializing in the neuroscience and application of Flow states. He has advised everyone from the U.S. Naval War College and Special Operations Command, the athletes of RedBull, and the owners of NFL, NBA, MLB and Premier League teams, to the executives of Google, Deloitte Cisco and Young Presidents’ Organization. He studied historical anthropology under MacArthur Fellow Patricia Nelson Limerick, specializing in utopian social movements and his work has appeared in anthologies and peer-reviewed academic journals. Jamie is the co-author of Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work
Founder of 8 Shields. Since 1983, Jon has been mentoring folks in the nearly lost art of understanding bird and animal language. Just as science is beginning to see the credibility in this ancient skill, Jon has been leading communities world-wide to get these skills back through lectures, workshops, media—but mostly through training and mentoring.
Jon’s leading-edge work on bird language has been posted in magazine articles and in books including: What the Robin Knows, Animal Tracking Basics, Coyotes Guide to Connecting with Nature, BirdTalk and Exploring Natural Mysteries, and is the subject of popular audio CD series including Seeing Through Native Eyes andAdvanced Bird Language.