Bruce Alderman, MA, is an Adjunct Faculty in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at John F. Kennedy University. He currently teaches Paradigms of Consciousness, Fundamentals of Transpersonal Psychology, Fundamentals of Psychology, World Spirituality, Living Systems Theory, and Ethics and Compassion, and has served as a Thesis and Final Integrative Project adviser. Prior to working at JFKU, he worked and studied abroad for several years, including teaching courses on creative writing and inquiry at the Rajghat Besant School, a Krishnamurti school in Varanasi, India. His current areas of interest include Integral Theory and practice, transpersonal psychology, Integral post-metaphysical spirituality, the Time-Space-Knowledge vision, transformative arts, dream yoga, and interfaith dialogue. When he is not teaching or spending time with his family, he writes music and moderates an online discussion forum dedicated to Integral Post-metaphysical Spirituality.
G. Kenneth Bradford, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice, specializing in Contemplative-Existential psychotherapy and consultation. He is an Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University; formerly, Co-Director of Maitri Psychotherapy Institute and senior teaching associate with James Bugental. Ken has been a mindfulness and dzogchen practitioner for over 30 years, and is in the vanguard applying meditative sensibilities to psychotherapy. His publications address the psychology-spiritual interface, e.g., Listening from the Heart of Silence: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy, Vol. 2 (co-edited with John Prendergast) and articles on “Therapeutic Courage”, “Natural Resilience”, “The Play of Unconditioned Presence”, and “Contemplative Revisioning of Diagnosis”.
Jorge N. Ferrer, PhD is core faculty in East-West Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco. He is the author of Revisioning Transpersonal Theory: A Participatory Vision of Human Spirituality (SUNY Press, 2002) and coeditor of The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies (SUNY Press, 2008). Jorge is a leading scholar on transformative practices and integral epistemology at the Esalen Center for Theory and Research and offers workshops and presentations on integral spirituality and education nationally and internationally. In 2000, Jorge received the Fetzer Institute’s Presidential Award for his seminal work on consciousness studies, and in 2009 he became an advisor to the organization Religions for Peace at the United Nations on a research project aimed at solving global interreligious conflict.
Ray Greenleaf, M.A., is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California and is Chair of the Master of Arts Counseling Program (Holistic) at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California. Ray has recently overseen the creation of a certificate in Integral Psychotherapy as a part of his program—the first certificate of its kind available in the United States.
Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., is the Alan Watts Professor of Psychology at Saybrook University. In 2002, he received the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology. He is the Honorary President of the Center for Humanistic and Transpersonal Studies, Guangzhou, China.
Theresa Silow, Ph.D., LPCC, is the Director of the Somatic Psychology Specialization at JFK University in Pleasant Hill, California, and a somatic psychotherapist. Her teaching focuses on foundational somatic psychology principles, developmental issues, embodied spirituality, and movement awareness for health educators. Theresa teaches in the US and in Europe in private and academic settings. Her publications focus on philosophical, developmental, and spiritual aspects of embodiment: Somatics and David Bohm’s Theory of Wholeness: Valuable Linkages; Embodiment, an Ascending and Descending Development; An Interior and Exterior View of “Body.” Theresa has explored conscious embodiment through various spiritual and somatic paths. Embodied practices have become an essential portal for her connection to the Feminine and to Presence.
Charles T. Tart, PhD a Core Faculty member of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto (now named Sofia University), is internationally known for his psychological work on the nature of consciousness (particularly altered states of consciousness), as one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology, and for his research in scientific parapsychology. His two classic books, Altered States of Consciousness (1969) and Transpersonal Psychologies (1975), became widely used texts that were instrumental in allowing these areas to become part of modern psychology.
Ralph White is co-founder of the New York Open Center, the city’s main institution for holistic learning for the last thirty years, where he is currently senior fellow after many years as director and program director. Educated at the University of Sussex in England, he came to the US as a Fulbright Scholar, and taught the first accredited program in holistic learning at New York University. He was editor of Lapis Magazine, winner of the Alternative Press Award from Utne Reader, and has organized many conferences, trainings, workshops and certificates in the fields of death and dying, positive psychology, eco-psychology, depth psychology and the renewal of the Western Esoteric Tradition.