Daniel Pinchbeck is the editorial director of Reality Sandwich, a blog Return to Top centered around New Age philosophy and activism. He is the author of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism and 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl. He is the son of painter Peter Pinchbeck and writer Joyce Johnson.
Alex Grey is spiritual, visionary and psychedelic artist that is sometimes associated with the New Age movement. Grey is a Vajrayana practitioner. His body of work spans a variety of forms including performance art, process art, installation art, sculpture, visionary art, and painting. Grey is a member of the Integral Institute. He is also on the board of advisors for the Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics, and is the Chair of Wisdom University's Sacred Art Department.Return to Top
Terence McKenna was an Irish-American researcher, philosopher, speaker, spiritual teacher and writer on many subjects; such as human consciousness, psychedelic drugs, the evolution of civilizations, the origin and the end of the universe, cybernetics, alchemy, and extraterrestrial beings.
Ken Kesey was an American author, best known for his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962), and as a counter-cultural figure who considered himself a link between the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s.Return to Top
His first book, TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information, was released by Harmony Books in the fall of 1998. It has been translated into five languages.In 2006, the book The Visionary State: A Journey Through California's Spiritual Landscape was published by Chronicle Books. A collaboration between Davis and photographer Michael Rauner, it explores the peculiar attraction California holds for seekers of all kinds. Erik Davis' most recent book Nomad Codes, published in 2010 by Yeti/Verse Chorus Press, is a collection of essays published between 1990 and 2010.Return to Top
Starhawk is an American writer and activist. She is well known as a theorist of Paganism, and is one of the foremost popular voices of ecofeminism. She is a columnist for Beliefnet.com and On Faith, the Newsweek/Washington Post online forum on religion. Starhawk's 1979 book The Spiral Dance was one of the main inspirations behind the Neopagan movement.Return to Top
Director of the Sacred Center, His new book, Trance Formation: The Spiritual and Religious Dimensions of Global Rave Culture, has just been published by Routledge. Trance Formation is an ethnographically rich look into the spiritual dimensions of rave culture from a theoretically informed religious studies perspective. Combining firsthand accounts, extensive interviews with ravers, and cutting edge scholarly analysis, Robin takes the reader on a colorful journey from San Francisco to London, from Burning Man to the Love Parade, and reveals a synaesthetic spiritual world of sound, sight, motion, and deep trance.Return to Top
World-Renowned Pioneer of Goa Trance
Goa Gil is an American-born musician, DJ and party organizer. He is one of the founders of the goa trance and psytrance movement in electronic dance music. Goa Gil is a Sadhu, Baba Mangalanand, in the order of the Juna Akhara, under the Guru, Mahant Nirmalanand Saraswati Ji Maharaj.
Mark Heley is the author of ‘The Everything Guide to 2012′ and ’101 Things you need to know about 2012′. ’101 Things was relased at the beginning of 2011 and is available in kindle and paperback editions.
Dr. Charles De Ledesma is an author, journalist and teacher currently working on a PhD in trance culture. Based at the University of East London, Charles teaches undergraduates in the Music Culture and Journalism departments there. Formerly a fan and expert in world music, Charles has contributed to the Rough Guide to World Music, and an earlier volume on African Music, African All Stars (Quartet). He is author too of a travel guide to Malaysia , again published by the Rough Guides.Return to Top
Eva is the producer and facilitator of "Sacred Dance LIVE", a popular ecstatic dance event in Los Angeles. A true believer in the healing power of dance and ritual, she is also a licensed psychotherapist specializing in movement and expressive arts. She's been trained in several mind-body healing approaches at UCLA, Esalen, and Pacific Gestalt Institute to name a few. A long-time Burning Man veteran and electronic music lover, Eva's passion is marrying the profound with the playful.
To learn more see: www.SacredDanceLIVE.com
Graham St John is a cultural anthropologist with an interdisciplinary research interest in trance cultures, techno-tribes, freak media, spiritual technologies and the anthropology of religion and performance. Graham has held research posts in four countries including a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research on the Human Experience, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Among his publications are Technomad: Global Raving Countercultures (Equinox, 2009) and the forthcoming Global Tribe: Technology, Spirituality and Psytrance. He is the Executive Editor of Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture (dj.dancecult.net).Return to Top
Tony D'Andrea is an anthropologist and cultural planner. Over more than 10 years, he conducted extensive fieldwork research among ravers, clubbers and yoga expats in Spain, India and Brazil, as part of his PhD in Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He coordinated the Nomadic Work/Life Project integrating social and computer scientists in Ireland's National Technology Park, and now develops digital communication strategies in multicultural America. He published the ground-breaking travelogue Global Nomads under Routledge' premium series International Library Sociology (London, 2007). His many articles on globalization and countercultures have been featured at Mobilities Journal, Culture and Religion, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, etc, and he currently blogs for Global Raver, Con-Ciencia, and Fearless Revolution.Return to Top
Todd Stock performing as Dr. Paradise, has been pioneering shamanic visual projections since 1991, has performed with many of the key musicians and DJ’s in the House and Psy-Trance music genres, and was the first to do video projections at Burning Man. Todd designed and built The Paradise Metaverse, an interactive computer graphics system used to generate multiple layers of colored light tuned to the frequencies of the chakras and utilizing Sacred Geometry to stimulate and cleanse the chakras. Todd’s artwork is used extensively in the film. Prior to entering the digital video arena Todd worked as a research programmer in Artificial Intelligence at NASA Ames Research Center.Return to Top
Adam Apollo is a prominent speaker on topics surrounding planetary transformation, youth leadership, revolutionary technologies, advanced theoretical physics, and extraterrestrial disclosure. He has been invited to share his insights at the White House, in the United Nations Headquarters in NYC, at the International Symposium on Digital Earth, to the students at Singularity University (at NASA Ames), and on many other global stages.Return to Top
DJ Garth is a pioneering House music DJ who is largely credited with both defining and capturing the sound of San Francisco house music in the mid-1990s. As a recording artist, his production is featured on several San Francisco club anthems such as "Twenty Minutes of Disco Glory". He co-founded the Wicked Sound System and established a series of memorable underground parties which were important in putting San Francisco on the club/rave map.Return to Top
Treavor Moontribe is one of the co-founders of the Los Angeles based “Moontribe Collective” and its legendary full moon desert gatherings. Since 1993, these events have been at the core of Southern California’s underground electronic music scene. Treavor established himself as one of the top Djs in LA thru these events and has since traveled the world from Brazil to Japan to Morocco, Portugal, Germany and all over North America.
Also featured in Electronic Awakening are Moontribe’s Founding Members: Hayworth, Dallas, Tania, Dusti
Susan has been Executive Director of the Berkeley Psychic Institute for more than 20 years. An intuitive who reads auras and maintains The Divine Healing Center.net, she is also President of Act Intuitive, a non-profit dedicated to teaching intuitive tools to professionals and business executives.
Susan has been on the staff of the Berkeley Psychic Institute or more than 38 years, as teacher, and founder of many specialized clairvoyant training programs. She founded and managed the Psychic Reader Magazine for 34 years.
Weaving the power of creation into each moment, Davin is a visionary graphic designer/artist/filmmaker and thriving culture designer (www.ShamanEyes.net)
and creator of the Awakening Freedom Foundation: Your internet library for the most amazing human potential and thriving solutions education in the world.
Chief Marketing Officer at Elevate Films
ELEVATE is respected globally for innovating on the cutting edge of socially conscious movies, media and live events.
Our initiatives include PlayItFWD, a revolutionary web-based movie delivery system; Elevate Films, a full-service production company focused on movies and viral media and ELEVATE Film Festival, the world’s first international socially conscious film making challenge.
Deepak Ramapriyan, also known as "The Other Deepak," is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and practitioner of universal polymath. He started playing the violin at the age of four, while reciting the Bhagavad Gita and practicing high-level mathematics. He later completed his degree in Neurobiology-Physiology, and found fusion between his science and artwork.
Through various mediums, he shares his discipline of being in awareness and breath every moment, and applies that to hisown daily practice of mastery of all arts, crafts, and sciences. He currently teaches math, physics, music, meditation, sports, and is a life coach, and is the owner of the FUNdamentals of Music and Movement. In addition, he is on the board of several not-for-profits dedicated to education, exploration, self-expression, and sustainable living.
A long time member of the electronic dance community, Solus’s journey began in the earliest part of the burgeoning Rave culture in Chicago warehouse events circa 1992. Solus discovered the music first, and then discovered the dance culture connected to it. Raised on a farm in rural Illinois, the first glimpses of culture and spirituality came from dancing and experiencing the music at raves… Solus has since been working as a professional wihin the culture activating the dance floor as a DJ since 1997, He has performed within and beyond the west coast festival culture, He is a facilitator and music supervisor for the trance- based healing modality of Kundalini Dance, he integrates shamanic practices with entheogenic spirituality to create visionary performance art with Liquid Fire Mantra, Mythmaker, and currently music and creative design for Vajrasa Temple Dance ensemble. He has built monolithic sustainable art installations at Burning man, and Boom festival, and currently does A&R/ DJ for Yogitunes digital music site for the Yoga & dance community. He is building community through the tribal convergence network, and cultivating with his fiancé Monique Trinity Rose at their temple, Dakini Rose Gardens. This temple is dedicated to the cultivation of Spirituality, healing, permaculture, and the rebirth and evolution of temple dance. Solus is a bridge into the rapidly evolving ancient future paradigm, and serves as a walking archive of the evolution of conscious electronic dance music and culture.Return to Top
Liana Sanada is an Acivist and Public speaker for Permaculture and Psychedellic Research. She has presented alongside Noam Chompsky, and was the first to reinstate the Anti-War Coalition at Boston University for over a decade. In the past few years she has been a active proponent in organizing events for MAPS, Moontribe Collective, and the Occupy Movement. She is currently working to publish a book on the contemporary use of Psilocybin.Return to Top
Word traveler, Rave Producer, Film maker and Full on dancer. A trance vetern, she has been involved in the electronic scene since its early days in the 1980´s growing up in Goa,Thailand,Israel and Japan. Owner and Co founder of Vision Quest Japan event productions and record label. Tania has organized events around the globe since 1996, including Australia, Thailand , Canada, Mexico and of course Japan. As well as the monthy club events Vision Quest is internationally known its three day outdoor dance festival, The Gathering. She has worked with and released albums from the worlds top trance and house artists as well as producing one of the first trance documentaries on Vision Quest´s The Gathering in 2002. Its success led to a series of films culminating in The Gathering 2007. Speaks English and Hebrew.Return to Top
Violet Divine has a Master's degree in Philosophy from the University of California Irvine, where she is presently finishing her PhD. She has been involved in organizing outdoor electronic music events since 1997, participating with both Integral Gatherings in the early 2000s, and actively as Moontribe Council since 2003. She was Editor of the Rave Channel for the entertainment news website thirsty.com. She founded the Brane Village at Burning Man in 2004 & 2005, which brought together electronic dance sub-cultures and related groups from all over the West Coast of the US and Canada. She is also a certified Yoga instructor and live performance painter for electronic music events and festivals, and co-owns the art and design company TenThousandVisions with her husband Michael Divine.Return to Top
Andie Grace, Burning Man's Communications Manager and Regional Network Manager, serves on the organization's Executive Committee. In addition to her public relations and communications responsibilities, Andie helps oversee the cultural curation of the Burning Man Regional Network, which engages local communities in creative and civic collaborations in 100+ locations all over the globe.Return to Top
Michael Gosney (aka DJ Goz) is an event producer, author/publisher, digital media pioneer and sustainable community expert. He has produced San Francisco’s Digital Be-In (www.be-in.com) cyberculture gathering since 1989, early Burning Man music events including the legendary “Community Dance”, the Paradox Conferences at Arcosanti, and many green culture events. Since 2008 he has coordinated the Earthdance International multi-location global peace festival. In 2011 he launched a new event, Deep Green: Cannabis, Health and Ecology on Earth Day weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area (www.deepgreenfest.com). Gosney is also the founder of Green Century Institute, (www.greencenturyinstitute.org) a sustainable community clearinghouse and consulting group, and serves as Managing Director of Techné Verde (www.techneverde.org), a research project under the Buckminster Fuller Institute focused on digital technologies supporting the global shift to a sustainable culture.Return to Top
Sobey Wing has been a part of co-creating intentional electronic music dance culture since the late 90's spurred by harm reduction project, Mindbodylove,and is a co-founding member of Tribal Harmonix, a hub for conscious dance culture, based in the Lower Mainland of BC. With Tribal Harmonix he has played a yearly role in hosting the annual Earthdance Vancouver event and participated in organizing the end of year Intention retreats. In countdown for 2012 he has also been a part of the Entheos Conference and Festival as an organizer and presenter. Over the years Sobey been a speaker about dance culture, a moderator of community forums, offered workshops aimed at the dance community as well as councils to discuss varied topics including a series of LSI (love sex intelligence) sessions. He is featured on TEDx Georgia Straight as a speaker on the topic of Rites of Passage and offers consultations and facilitation of contemporary rites to assist transitions throughout the life cycle.Throughout the year Sobey also is creating events & collaborations with the Evolver Spore network to assist the paradigm shift."
Alli Gallixsee, Bartosz Majczak, Brad Moontribe (Smith), Brent Coons, Chris Hill, Christo Pellani, Dallas Moontribe, Dela Moontribe (Christina de la Fuente), Dustianne North, Eric Baumgartner, Jason Knight, Joan Forest Mage, Johnathan Human, Julian Reyes, Kalix Sky, Luna Ravenchild, Morgan Markowitz, Nate Hogan (Nature), Nickolas Begich PhD, Nina von Feldmann, Osiris Ishpapalo, Peter Ziegelmeier, Rawsheed Patton, Rick Doblin, Ross DJ Random, Russell Feingold, Satchi Om, Satsi Sonik, Solis Soulsinger, Tania D Russell.Return to Top