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24hr Global Peace Chant. 30+ inspiring talks.

A LIVE 24-hour global chant experience April 20-21 starts off a month of profound, provocative, inspiring conversations with a diverse panel of global thought leaders. Register to get access to all that, plus LIVE interactive chant experiences throughout the month. Together, let's explore ancient and innovative subtle activism practices for a vibrant future!

Anandra George

Founder of the Heart of Sound and the Mantras for Peace collective service project interviews most of our speakers.

Biskungwi

Lineage keeper of the Arhuaco medicine shares his family's wisdom and vision for a future of harmony.

Devi Ward Erickson

The founder of The Institute of Authentic Tantra Education speaks on pleasure activism for developmental and racial trauma healing.

Bruce Lipton

Biologist reveals the fundamental scientific principles for matter in resonance, explaining why mantras work.

Zena El Khalil

Artist, activist, and TED fellow speaks about her life's work of peacemaking in Lebanon.

Punnu Wasu

Multicultural devotional musician speaks on the power of sound and mantra for transformation.

Sheela Bringi

Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist shares her passion for the Indian traditions of mantra and music.

Chloe Goodchild

Pioneering voice expert of the Naked Voice shares her vision of vocal empowerment for all

Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary

Neuroscientist shares insights into sound medicine that will redefine individual human and collective potential.

Mari Smith

Top marketing expert discusses how to use social media as a personal peacemaking practice.

Dave Stringer

Kīrtan leader explains the good drugs our brains make when we chant, whether we believe in it or not.

Gemma Perry

Mantra researcher & PhD candidate shares how chanting can make us more altruistic.

Meenadchi

Author speaks on Non-Violent Communication skills facilitated through a transformative justice and decolonial lens

Benjy Wertheimer

Musician muses on self care and compassionate response within a fracturing wellness community.

Dr. Katy Jane

Sanskrit and Vedic Astrology expert elucidates the bridge between traditional practices and modern relevance.

Christine Mason

Futurist, author, and entrepreneur paints a picture of resilience through sound, voice, and mantra

Bhavani Maki

Yoga philosophy teacher brings to life the timeless universal wisdom of the sūtras.

Gina Salā

Vocalist demonstrates the raw power of the voice's healing power in a candid, heartwarming sharing

Jori Manske

Radical compassion leader shares communication tools for a more empathetic, peaceful life.

Michelle Button

Indigenous culture advocate shares about weaving peace through spirit, sound, and music.

橋本光 Hikaru Hashimoto

Shinto yoga expert shares ancient word-sound keys to living as a poem.

Sarah Peyton

Neuroscience educator invites resonant healing to emerge from trauma

Radhamadhav Das

Environmentalist monk & author speaks on the power of repeating sacred words.

Ayana Dake

Wellness entrepreneur tells her story from deep depression to clarity and empowerment through mantra.

+ PLUS additional presenters that make this Wisdom Gathering literally sing with hope and good vibrations!

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For 24 hours from April 20-21, 2021, chant leaders from aroung the globe helped us fill our Facebook and YouTube channels with loving peace mantras, straight from the heart.

Lokāḥ Samastāḥ Sukhino Bhavantu

May all the beings in all the worlds be happy!

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Week 5: May 19 - 25

Benjy Wertheimer

There is a saying in music: if you play a wrong note once it’s a mistake; twice, it’s a riff; three times, it’s a style. Improvisation can be the skill of making lemonade from lemons. When something really doesn’t go the way you hoped or planned, how can you can turn it around to be a thing of beauty, of auspiciousness, of power, of grace, of kindness, of love? Music can teach us how to improvise in life.
Benjy Wertheimer is an award-winning musician, composer, vocalist, producer and multi-instrumentalist equally accomplished on tabla, congas, percussion, esraj, guitar and keyboards. He has performed and recorded with such artists as Krishna Das, Deva Premal and Miten, Jai Uttal, Walter Becker of Steely Dan, tabla master Zakir Hussain, and renowned bamboo flute master G. S. Sachdev. He has also opened for such well-known artists as Carlos Santana and Paul Winter.
Benjy has produced 20 CDs since 2000, with his CD Circle of Fire going to #1 on the New Age radio charts. His productions have been streamed over 85 million times online.
Benjy began his musical studies at age five, starting with piano and later violin, flamenco guitar, and Afro-Cuban percussion. He has been a student of Indian classical music for over 40 years, sitting with some of the greatest masters of that tradition, including Alla Rakha, Zakir Hussain, Ali Akbar Khan, and Z. M. Dagar. Along with the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, he was a contributing composer and member of the Zakir Hussain Rhythm Experience. Trained in audio engineering at San Francisco State University, Benjy is also very much in demand as a producer, engineer, scoring composer and studio session musician.
A founding member of the internationally-acclaimed world fusion ensemble Ancient Future, Benjy now makes his home in Portland, Oregon. Prior to COVID, he toured worldwide with his wife Heather in the kirtan group Shantala, as well as the sacred music ensemble The Hanumen.

 

橋本光 Hikaru Hashimoto

Sound and words create everything... this is common to all scriptures of all cultures; they say words and sound are the beginning of universe, of all creation. In Shintoism, we have an ancient system to understand the connection between sounds and elements.
Yoga history is described hereafter.
December 1973 - Joined the Oki Yoga Dojyo in Mishima Japan, and studied Oki yoga under Master Masahiro Oki. 
November 1974 - Stayed in the Japan Vedanta Society in Takatsuki, Osaka, and studied ideas of the Indian mystics Ramakrishna and Vivekananda through the puja and satsanga of Master Nishin Uchigaki. 
December 1975 - Studied Dharma yoga under Reverand Kanjitsu Iijima in Los Angeles.
February 1977 - Stayed in a Sivananda ashram for three months, starting from February. Studied traditional Indian yoga. Also visited the head institute of B.K.S.Iyengar and studied there for one month.
Opened the NAP Yoga school in 1987 under the guidance of director Tatara of the Japan Association of Applied Psychology.
NAP Yoga School was closed in March 1992.
Established the Japan Fitness Yoga Association in Meguro, TOKYO, on April 1,1992.
Started instructor training courses.
Provided yoga instructor training for fitness instructors employed by a major sports club and helped develop their yoga program.
Trained over 500 yoga instructors working in 150 gyms over a period of 5 years.
Currently actively working to popularize yoga in a variety of fields and conducting yoga instructor training.
In terms of international activities, I have participated in the International Yoga Festival held at the Parmarth Niketan ashram in Rishikesh over the past 10 years, providing instruction in the Japanese Shinto and Zen yoga style.
 

Erica Wohldmann-Gift

"Doing a Loving Kindness meditation makes us feel good, reduces stress, increases compassion and makes it more effective.  This is important because we are divided in a deep way right now. If we can figure out how to have more compassion and how to treat others like our family, like our brothers and sisters, then we can get throught a lot of the problems we have to solve."
Erica is a scientist, a passionate environmentalist, and a lover of unfenced country. She earned a joint Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and cognitive science from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has served as a Professor of Psychology at CSU, Northridge for the past 13 years and as the Interim Director for the Institute for Sustainability for two of those years. She teaches classes about food choices, best practices in sustainability, ecopsychology, and cognitive science. Erica’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Metropolitan Water District, CalFire, and other organizations. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as featured in Psychology Today and on the National Wildlife Federation website.
In addition to her formal training, Erica has spent a great deal of time learning from the wild.. In 2012, Erica deepened her knowledge of edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms when she took on the life of a contemporary nomadic hunter and gatherer. She traveled through the western U.S., living in the forest for 6 months, gathering food and medicine--she spent $0 on food for 6 months during that time. That fall, she competed against top chefs in the Telluride Mushroom Festival Celebrity Chef Cook-Off for the honor of Champion Chef--AND WON with her wild mushroom pate recipe that was served on acorn flour crackers. She loves sharing recipes and stories from life in the forest, and teaches in her home in Buena Vista, Colorado, Los Angeles, California, and at music and transformation festivals all over the world.

Biskungwi

The stones have a spirit, the mountain has a spirit, they simply are as their spirit…same with the trees, the river, they simply are…they’re not saying anything because they don’t speak.  Maybe the problem is with us is that we are unable to hear, and we abandon ourselves. We are always worried about our external forms and ways, we’re not aware that these external things live within us. So when ancestral cultures talk about loving ourselves, it’s everything around us that we find within ourselves.  So if this tree lives within me I don’t need to go and embrace it, all we have to do is serve without the judgement of good or bad."
Indígena Arhuaco de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia

Week 4: May 12 -18

Chloe Goodchild

 What does it mean to find your voice?  It has nothing to do with the desire to impress others, to perform, but to find the voice that is resourced from the source of who you are, and that involves a combination of gradual revelation and grace.  It is a graceful act, having to be really hungry to find your voice; and the revelation, that you have to be willing to fall in love with who you are, the whole story, the whole spectrum of craziness and madness. To activate the whole spectrum of human emotion, of who you are.”
Chloë Goodchild is founder of The Naked Voice, a pioneering vocal training, founded in 1990, exploring voice as a spiritual practice, sustained by conscious core practices, devotional music, and audio-books  that empower you to embody and express your authentic voice. The Naked Voice Charitable Foundation was established in 2004, to restore ethical, healthy, happy and harmonious relationships -personal, global and universal. Chloe’s seminal book, The Naked Voice – Transform Your Life through the Power of Sound (North Atlantic Books, 2015) provides a comprehensive & instructional account of the essential Naked Voice wisdom of sound. Chloe is a faculty member and author for The Shift Network and Sounds True. Her music albums, online courses, & new Podcast Series VOCE Dialogues - Voices of Compassionate Evolution - can be found at her websites.

Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary

As we start to look at ourselves and life in general as a series of fields of energies (the basic premise of the human biofield) it matches the ancients' description. We are fields of energy! As you tap into cellular fields, you are able to access greater knowledge and greater capabilities. When you start using sound from those different fields you are going to be able to do more and more towards your true human potential.
Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary’s combined expertise in both modern neurology and the ancient science of health known as Ayurveda has uniquely positioned her as an expert able to pull from the broadest possible base to treat her clients.
Dr. Chaudhary was the Director of Wellspring Health in Scripps Memorial Hospital for ten years. She is the author of The Prime and Sound Medicine and has appeared as a medical expert on numerous programs including The Dr. Oz Show and Home & Family.  She is also a neuroscientist and has participated in over twenty clinical research studies. Her research includes groundbreaking work in stem cell therapies for diabetic peripheral neuropathy and drug development for the treatment of ALS.
Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary spends her time doing research in Siddha Medicine in Tamil Nadu, India and seeing patients for Integrative Medicine consultations from San Diego, California. 

Dave Stringer

 We are essentially clouds that think we’re solid. There’s a symphony of neuropeptides that flood our system when we chant. There are a lot of reasons that things get torn apart… and chanting is one practice that works to bring us together.
Dave Stringer is a Grammy-nominated producer, musician and songwriter who has been widely profiled as one of the most innovative artists of the modern Yoga movement. He's both an inspiring singer and a compelling public speaker, resolving neuroscience, yoga philosophy and art into a participatory theatrical experience. He is featured in the documentary films Mantra: Sounds Into Silence and The Power of Mantra and has toured extensively, leading concerts, workshops and retreats all over the world.

Michelle Button

 “We emit vibrations and each of us is a kind of walking symphony.  Ask yourself, ‘how do you want others to hear the sound of your heart?  What symphony is it playing?’  You cannot take others along with you on your awakening.  Instead, live your beliefs, your own awakening inside yourself, and follow your hearts calling….  The shift of consciousness begins inside, not out.  Once the peace is inside you, take it with you wherever you go.”
Conscious Visionary, Sound Alchemist, Guardian of the Earth and Ancestral and Universal Wisdom, Founder of Xicome, Festival of Music and Healing Arts for Peace. Creating bridges amongst the ancestral cultures and indigenous nations, promotes awareness in society for the well-being of Humanity through the power of music.
Humanist, conscious visionary, entrepreneur, promoter of the arts and culture, event producer, well being and spirituality advisor, music therapist, sound healer, peace ambassador, wisdom keeper, water advocate, chaski, environmental activist, promoter of the ancestral cultures, Reiki master, medicine woman, certified in Yoga Inbound, Humanist Music therapy, Sound Touch, sweat lodge guide and therapist.
She travels around the world hosting women's circles, spirituality retreats, offers conferences, workshops and therapies. She has spent many years in the study of energy, vibration, sound, music and consciousness, acknowledging that science and spirituality, music and medicine are complementary and belong to a higher level of technology. Her work is centered around the expansion of consciousness and the development of human potential to raise the vibration based on universal love.
Michelle is dedicated in promoting the evolution of consciousness for a culture of Peace. Her life is service.

Ayana Dake

“Mantra chanting is very, very useful for modern urban people. Because when we try to meditate without sound (like Japanese Zen style) it’s totally difficult for the beginner! We have way too much busy-ness in our minds to sit quietly. But with mantra, from the very first experience, it’s so easy for people to feel the silence after the sound.”
ERYT of “HEART OF SOUND JAPAN”. CEO of WISDOM, LLC. Singer-songwriter. Ayana has worked as a dancer in a ballet company and as a singer in the music industry in Japan and China. She has learned many bodywork and spiritual practices from the deep revelation of the power of sound that she experienced repeatedly since her childhood, and created a method of and started WISDOM, LLC. In 2013, she met Anandra George and learned mantra meditations, NVC, Ayurveda etc. a lot with her through training courses and online, and in 2015 started up HEART OF SOUND Japan. In recent years, she has been doing teacher training, corporate training, and leading a project to develop voice empathy AI. Lives in Tokyo with two Chihuahua.

Week 3: May 5 - 11

Gemma Perry

About 60% of the mantra research participants reported extreme alterations in their consciousness.  That was across all different traditions – Hindu, Buddhist, and other chanting traditions.  We found that people who were experiencing these mystical states were higher in (the category of) altruism… Once you have an experience of feeling connected to everyone, you are going to be a better, kinder person.  When you think that we are all connected, you start to treat others as if they were a part of yourself.  It brings a natural connection and kindness.”
GEMMA PERRY is a meditation and yoga teacher currently doing her PhD in the Department of Psychology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Gemma investigates the effects of chanting meditations on emotional and cognitive processes. Her interests are primarily in how the chanting of specific sounds can decrease psychological and physiological stress, increase social connection, and ultimately expand states of awareness.

Jori Manske

“Non-violent communication is a quality of connection that inspires giving and receiving. Empathy is respectful understanding of another’s experience.”
Jori has been part of spiritual communities for decades and began mantra meditation in her early 20's. She, along with her husband, Jim Manske, are CNVC Certified Nonviolent Communication trainers and continue to contribute to many through several online offerings each week.

Bhavani Maki

“We can leverage our yoga practice to be a transformational experience. We can self generate breakthrough experiences and learn about embracing the fullness of our being, with a sense of freedom and joy that radiates from within.”
Aloha! My named is Bhavani Maki. I am the author of "The Yogi's Roadmap: The Patañjali Yoga Sūtra as a Path to Self Realization" and have been teaching Yoga Internationally since 1995 and training teachers since 2003. In 1978, I had a spiritual awakening when I attended my first Yoga Class at the age of 9. The path now before me, I made 7 trips to India to deepen my studies of classical Yoga. My main teachers were Masters Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, South India, and Baba Hari Dass of Hardwar, North India. I regard Rama Jyoti Vernon as integral in my understanding of the Patañjali Yoga Sūtra.
The Yoga Sūtra are at the heart of my offerings of Yoga as an embodiment process. Through Yoga's full science of weaving of metaphysical teachings with the practices of Yoga, we discover that deep, personal inquiry is both the means and the experience, of embodying our true spiritual awakening. I am dedicated to exploring Yoga in its complete expression, with an emphasis on integrity of alignment and the use of Yoga as therapy for mind, body and heart. Yoga is a journey that is specialized for each individual to discover their unique path to greater joy and freedom.
I believe that that engaging in all the aspects of Yoga is a means of compressed evolution that uplifts, connects, and accesses the inner source of Since 1993, I live on the island of Kaua’i with my husband Ray and son Nikola, on our organic permaculture farm. I offer live and online workshops, intensives, Yoga Sutra mentorship programs and teacher training programs at my studio, Kaua'i Yoga Shala, as well as Yoga workshops abroad.

Radhamadhav Das

“If you’re not in peace with yourself, peace with others can be put on stage like a show, but it’s not really genuine and others do feel that. Mantras are perfect for that because it makes you realize there is this inner peace waiting for you so you just have to tap into that wonderful pool of loving devotion.”
Radhamadhav Das is a monk, author and teacher living in Vrindavan, India. He is a disciple of the great Bhakti Yoga master Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj who served as the President of the World Vaishnava Association and wrote the classic Sri Chaitanya: His Life and Associates.
At present, Radhamadhav Das is focusing on making a green transition to a sustainable life in order to prevent the impeding ecocide and infrastructure collapses. This is lined out in Need of the Hour, his latest publication. He lives in Vrindavan, where he is building a self-sufficient Eco Village with local villagers and friends. He was given the 2016 Munger Raj Award for sustainable development.
To raise global eco-awareness, he is teaming up with VR producers in Hollywood to make a VR experience of Mother Earth, for which he has composed the song “I am Your Mother" as well as the script.

Meenadchi

I think words are really important…our words are spells, so however we put them together they make the spells of our lives, so it's important to phrase them in ways that are true.”
Meenadchi (pronouns: them/they) has worked for over a decade in trauma services and crisis stabilization. Meenadchi’s Non-Violent Communication (NVC) practice began in 2002, and it quickly became a natural fit to weave these magical tools for self-compassion and accountability into Meenadchi’s daily work. Meenadchi's NVC practice lays the groundwork for a somatic and intersectional approach to communication, incorporating tools to divest from shame and to deepen interdependent vulnerability. Meenadchi is a craniosacral therapist, facilitator of family constellations, and the author of the workbook Decolonizing Non-Violent Communication.

Week 2: April 28 - May 4

Dr Katy Jane

Sanskrit is a technology for awakening consciousness. It is designed for us to tune into it, so the sounds can awaken our natural intelligence.
Dr Katy Jane is a yogini, Sanskrit scholar, and professional Jyotishi (Vedic astrologer). She is the author of Awakening with Sanskrit and Sanskrit for Yogis.
Dr Katy Jane helps yogis, jyotishis and women entrepreneurs identify their passions, connect with their highest purpose, and transform their practice, teaching & life path using the tools and principles of Sanskrit and Vedic Astrology.

Bruce Lipton

Mantra chanting raises our vibration, raises our consciousness, and while you are doing it, you are not thinking. You are using your subconscious mind which learns through repetition. If you do a mantra practice once, you don’t experience change, but if you have a regular practice the repetition will write a new brain program! If you are doing a mantra with the energy of love and harmony, the pattern ingrains on your subconsciousness and your energy field. This is why the practice is so important – it infuses the energy field to the point where someone who has never practiced mantra can walk into the field and feel the energy and harmony of the practice.
Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., cell biologist and lecturer, is an internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. Bruce was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and later performed groundbreaking stem cell research at Stanford University. He is the bestselling author of The Biology of Belief, The Honeymoon Effect, and co- author with Steve Bhaerman of Spontaneous Evolution. Bruce received the 2009 prestigious Goi Peace Award (Japan) in honor of his scientific contribution to world harmony. For more information visit www.brucelipton.com

Sarah Peyton

Life is musical, it is resonant; it plays itself on our bodies as humans, and we as humans can feel what’s happening with each other. We have that capacity to vibrate together.”
Sarah Peyton, Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication, constellation facilitator and neuroscience educator, integrates brain science and the use of resonant language to heal trauma and nourish self-warmth with exquisite gentleness. She teaches and lectures internationally, and is the author of the book “Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing." Her second book from W.W. Norton, The Your Resonant Self Workbook, is available for preorder on Amazon and will be published May 25, 2021.

 

Gina Salā

When we really lean in and start to get to know our voice, start to make space for it, there is so much love and wisdom. In every single person. Some of my best songs kept come out of giving voice to whatever’s arising - emotion and energy - and then listening for the response. The loving response is so beautiful and it is in every single one of us.
Gina Salā has been chanting since her early childhood ashram years. Her repertoire spans 23 languages and performance credits include Cirque du Soleil, the United Nations, festivals and more.  Born into a musical family, she spent her early childhood years chanting daily in Swami Sivananda Radha’s ashram.  She deepened her practices living in the Himalayas at Buddhist monastery in Nepal (Kopan), with H.W.L. Poonjaji ("Papaji") and through ongoing study with her esteemed Sanskrit and Indian classical voice teachers in India and with other western and indigenous teachers.  With warmth, humor and devotion, she helps people experience the power of their voices to bring about unity, balance and divine connection through classes, recordings, retreats, private sessions and her year-long Awakening Voice Power of Love Sound School.  She offers online classes in chant/mantra voice and harmonium on Mondays which include a heart-centered community from all around the world filled.  With gratitude to the One in all, all are welcome!

Sheela Bringi

What I find people are yearning for are tools to move greater into presence… Into letting the mind fall into the heart, expressing themselves through their voice, and feeling like the voice is connected to something greater.
"Music is one of the most powerful ways that we humanize each other and foster greater empathy, and therefore more peace."
Sheela Bringi, MFA, is a sacred music artist and educator. She is faculty at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, where she teaches courses in Indian Devotional and Rāga Singing. She is a vocalist and plays the harp, harmonium and bansuri (Indian classical bamboo flute). Sheela’s parents are from South India and were her first music teachers. She was raised in Colorado with kīrtan, bhakti yoga, and Indian classical music in the home. Sheela has extensive training in North Indian classical, devotional and Western musical traditions, and past teachers include Indian maestros Pt. G.S. Sachdev and Ust. Aashish Khan, and Western contemporary greats such as Cecil Taylor and Meredith Monk. She currently studies Hindustani voice with Sri Subhashish Mukhopadyay (a topmost exponent of the Kotali Gharana). She has released two albums as a solo artist (Shakti Sutra and Incantations). Her work to bridge the musical worlds of India and America has been profiled by NBC News, NPR, Public Radio International, and others. Sheela tours and teaches internationally and has collaborated with artists including Idan Raichel, Karsh Kale, Jai Uttal, and many others.

Week 1: April 21 - 27

Punnu Wasu

Once you install the mantra within your being, it starts resonating. It starts cleansing the physical, mental, emotional, intellectual and bliss bodies. It makes you more and more peaceful, calm, and happy! Whenever I’m disturbed by any situation, if I chant, I am relaxed and power of mantra and music tunes the environment all around me."
Punnu Singh Wasu is an Indian vocalist, musician, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He was born and raised in Hyderabad, India into a family that has a true love for Kirtan and spirituality. He began studying harmonium and singing at the tender age of 5. At age 10, he moved on to learning Hindustani (Indian Classical Music) while traveling with his father throughout India singing the beautiful verses of Kirtan. Nowadays Punnu performs Kirtan, Xtatic Kirtan, Indian Fusion, Indian Classical music, Sufi, Bollywood music as well as Sound Healing. He also has his own Kirtan Academy for studying devotional music and traditional Indian instruments as well as Sound Healing Academy and leads music workshops in combination with yoga & meditation.
Punnu recorded and released his first album Bhakti Child in 2011 followed by Karuna in 2013. His third album Sathgur Daata will be released shortly. He shares his vast knowledge and experience of more than 35 years in his meditation classes, workshops, Meditation Teacher Trainings, Advanced Meditation Trainings and Yoga Nidra Teacher Trainings at his workplace The Yoga Barn in Bali and  all around the world.

Zena El Khalil

At the beginning of my career, my art was about raising the issues of patriarchy in Lebanon. After a period of introspection and awakening, instead of finger pointing, I started to look at the former militia men in power as mirrors of myself. I started to ask in my art “How can I bring them into my heart? How can love transform? How can I be a vehicle for love?”
Zena is an artist, author, sacred activist and yoga instructor based in Beirut, Lebanon. She uses visual art, site-specific installation, performance and ritual to explore and heal war torn sites of trauma. She also curates events and workshops dedicated to elevating human consciousness through the mediums of ceremony, sound and art. Merging art and healing modalities, she has been conducting healing ceremonies across Lebanon in spaces that have historically endured trauma and violence. With the intention of transforming these places and objects in them into generators of peace and reconciliation in nature and with communities, these ceremonies include a process of meditation, chanting, whirling and fire ceremony through which she creates paintings, sculptures, sound and video art.
During the 2006 invasion of Lebanon Zena was one of the first largely followed Middle Eastern bloggers, her heartfelt eyewitness writings were published in the international press, including the BBC, CNN and the Guardian. In 2008, she was invited to speak at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo and soon after, completed her memoir, “Beirut, I Love You” now translated in several languages. In 2017, Zena held a groundbreaking national scale exhibition on peace and reconciliation entitled “Sacred Catastrophe: Healing Lebanon” at the Beit Beirut, a former sniper’s nest and war-torn building now renovated into a museum symbolic of Lebanon’s troubled conflicts. In 2018 Zena was awarded a Senior Fellowship with TED.

Mari Smith

"When on social media, develop your soft skills.  Go beyond the glimpse, be discerning and listen,  go deeper into what you choose to engage with … have empathy and compassion for what you find.  Before you hit the send button, ask yourself, ‘What is my deepest intent?’ this will keep your ego in check and allow you to respond with empathy."
Often referred to as “the Queen of Facebook,” Mari Smith is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on Facebook marketing and a top Social Media Thought Leader. Forbes describes Mari as, “… the preeminent Facebook expert. Even Facebook asks for her help.” IBM named Mari as one of seven women who are shaping digital marketing. She is coauthor of Facebook Marketing: An Hour A Day, and author of The New Relationship Marketing. Mari also has a passion for personal and professional development and helping raise consciousness on the planet; she is a founding member of ATL (Association of Transformational Leaders) and a member of TLC (Transformational Leadership Council). 

 

Devi Ward Erickson

"My lineage of Tibetan Tantrik practices was founded by women. Most of the other (patriarchal) traditions end the central channel at the navel; they totally erase the pelvis! We understand that during orgasm the moving prāṇas brush the central channel, giving us a glimpse of enlightenment. I think it is a travesty of justice that we as human beings don’t have instruction on how to make our orgasm last for more than 10 seconds... to be more than a genital sneeze."
Devi Ward Erickson is the Founder of the Institute of Authentic Tantra Education,the first and only government accredited professional training institute using the Tibetan Five Element Tantric practices for holistic sexual healing. Devi is an ACS Certified Sexologist, Certified Tantric Healer, Certified Reiki Practitioner, Certified Meditation Instructor, and has been teaching meditation and personal growth workshops for over 20 years.
Devi is an author and the Host of Sex is Medicine Podcast on Itunes and tunein.com. She has been featured as a Tantric Healing Expert in countless articles and over 30 different radio and television networks world wide including Playboy Radio, Men’s Health Magazine, CBS, NBC Rogers TV and the movie Sexology with Gabrielle Anwar and Catherine Oxenberg. She was most recently featured in VH1 “Couples Retreat and Ebony Magazine. Connect with Devi and discover the art of using pleasure as medicine!

Christine Marie Mason

"We can weave together peace, pleasure, and polyvagal theory; it’s only when you’re in deep relaxation and not in a defended state that you can actually feel pleasure. Your peace is not just your key to walking in the world in an undefended state, it’s opening the doorway to enjoying your given embodied life."
Christine is the founder of Rosebud Woman. She has a deep interest in women's wellness and the liberation of all people. She hosts a weekly podcast, the rose woman, and writes weekly letters on love power and womanhood to more than 30,000 people. As a yogi, bhakta, tantrika and mystic Christian, Christine draws on ancient wisdom, while working with current modalities including neuroscience informed collective trauma healing. She's authored seven books, and is the co-founder of Sundari, an experimental community, meditation center and medicinal farm on Hawaii. She's appeared on radio, tv, print and podcasts (from NPR to Vogue to TEDx), speaking on conscious entrepreneurship, freeing the mind and body, activism and sexual and intimate wellness. She's a mother of four and a grandmother. She's taught yoga and led chant, alongside Adam Bauer, all over the world, from Argentina to India.

Global Chant Circle

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In the Press

Thanks to the efforts of our all-volunteer team, the Mantras for Peace project has inspired thousands to engage in a daily peace chanting practice.

The project has been featured in print, radio, and web media too numerous to mention, in several languages and on several continents.

However, we feel we're just getting started! If you have a contact for us, please let us know. Thank you!

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