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SAND18 US Speakers


Bruce Damer

Multi disciplinary scientist Dr. Bruce Damer has devoted decades to the deep exploration of two fundamental questions of life: how the first living cells originated on the Earth four billion years ago; and how their progeny,…

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Deborah L. Johnson

Rev. Deborah L. Johnson is the founder of Inner Light Ministries, an omnifaith spiritual community in Santa Cruz, California. She also founded The Motivational Institute, an organizational development consulting firm specializing in cultural diversity over 30…

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Donald Hoffman

Donald Hoffman is a cognitive scientist and author of more than 90 scientific papers and three books, including Visual Intelligence: How We Create What We See (W.W. Norton, 2000). He received his BA from UCLA in…

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Jac O’Keeffe

Jac O’Keeffe experienced a spontaneous, inner awakening in 1997. Her third eye opened, and her life dramatically changed course. She left a successful career pioneering community arts policy at the national level in Ireland to begin…

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Paul Stamets

Paul Stamets, speaker, author, mycologist, medical researcher and entrepreneur, is considered an intellectual and industry leader in fungi:  habitat, medicinal use, and production.  He lectures extensively to deepen your understanding and respect for the organisms that…

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Mirabai Starr

Mirabai Starr writes creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and…

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Kabir Helminski

Kabir Helminski is a translator of the works of Rumi and others; a Shaikh of the Mevlevi Order, which traces back to Jalaluddin Rumi; co-director of The Threshold Society (Sufism.org); and a Director of the Baraka…

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Peter Russell

From the deep pools of Eastern wisdom, to the fast-paced rapids of the West, Peter Russell has mastered many fields, and synthesized them with consummate artistry. Weaving his unique blend of scientific rationale, global vision, and…

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Karen Johnson

Co-founder of The Ridhwan School/Diamond Approach

Since 1974 Karen Johnson has participated with Hameed Ali (pen name A.H. Almaas) in the discovery and development of the the Diamond Approach, a contemporary path of Spiritual Realization and the wisdom teachings of what it…

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