James O’Dea is the award winning author of The Conscious Activist, Cultivating Peace, Soul Awakening Practice and a contributor to multiple works in several fields. He is a former President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Washington office director of Amnesty International and CEO of the Seva Foundation.
He has taught peacebuilding to over a thousand students in 30 countries. He has conducted frontline social healing dialogues in conflict zones around the world. He is a member of The Evolutionary Leaders group, on the Advisory Board of The Peace Alliance, and a Fellow of the Laszlo New Paradigm Institute.
"James O'Dea is a modern day prophet who has journeyed further than anyone I know in the ways of peace." —Lynne Twist, Pachamama Alliance
"James O'Dea is indubitably one of the most evolved souls on the planet."—Ervin Laszlo, author of over 40 books on cosmology, consciousness and new science
Nisha started Himalayan Health Care Project to provide free primary health care to uninsured and immigrant communities from the Himalayan region as a FNP student at Samuel Merritt University. She has spent extensive time providing primary care to immigrant and refugee population in East Oakland. She is passionate about integrating mind body spirit medicine in her clinical practice. She is a regular practitioner of yoga, meditation and silence. She has completed two years of study in Ayurvedic Medicine. She integrates teachings of Ayurvedic medicine in her daily routine. She spends a lot of time in the kitchen cooking season-centered fresh food.
She is a founder and an executive director of the non-profit www.sahayeta.org , advocating for Himalayan community in the Bay Area and in the Himalayan region. She is also a key organizer of the Himalayan Film Festival in San Francisco Bay Area. She spent significant time during last three years in Nepal volunteering for the earthquake relief effort, partnering with grassroots youth-based organizations. As a part of earthquake re-constructive effort, she lead rebuilding initiatives of two primary schools which had no access to roads in the remotest parts of earthquake affected areas. Additionally, under her leadership 147 toilets were completed in post flood areas in Dalit community in Nepal by grassroots fundraising initiatives in partnership with youth-based leadership in local community. She is also actively involved in outreach to the remotest regions of Nepal educating Dalit children.
Dohee Lee (Artistic Director/performer) was born on Jeju Island, South Korea. She studied Korean dance, Korean percussion, and vocals rooted in Shamanism. Her artistic practice now focuses on integrating these traditional ritual forms with contemporary elements. Her recent awards include, Doris Duke Impact, Hewlett 50 Commission, Creative Capital and Herb Alpert Prize. She collaborated with Anna Halprin, Kronos Quartet, InkBoat, Degenerate Art Ensemble, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Pauchi Sasaki, Amara Tabor Smith and more. Her works emphasize the mythical, experimental, ritualistic, theatrical, historical and healing aspects of music, dance and installation, sharing thoughts and ideas on vital issues such identity, politics, nature and spirituality.
Anirvan Chatterjee (@anirvan) is a techie, storyteller, and activist. He co-curates the monthly Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour. He organizes with the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA), Bay Area Solidarity Summer (BASS), and the Desi Queer Helpline (DeQH).
Barnali Ghosh is an activist, curator, and public transit advocate. She co-curates the Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour. She has brought her organizing, fundraising, and storytelling skills to projects related to climate justice (Brown and Green, Year Of No Flying, People's Climate March), feminism (Yoni ki Baat, Women's March), and transportation justice (TransForm).