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Trebbe Johnson is the director of Vision Arrow and the author of The World Is a Waiting Lover: Desire and the Quest for the Beloved and the director of Vision Arrow. A lifelong adventurer in inner and outer worlds, she has camped alone in the Arctic; studied classical Indian dance; worked as a life drawing model, award-winning multimedia producer, and translator; and explored myth, nature, and spirit through her writing in several genres. She is also the founder and director of Radical Joy for Hard Times, a non-profit organization devoted to finding and making beauty in wounded places. She lives with her husband in rural northeastern Pennsylvania. Trebbe Johnson
Rucina Ballinger guides us in the arts community in Ubud, Bali. Rucina is an American-born dancer who has lived in Bali for forty years.  She was instrumental in creating a new Wayang Kulit (shadow puppet drama) to assist in trauma counseling post-bomb and co-authored a book, Balinese Dance, Music and Drama. She has worked as a director of charities dedicated to helping the needy in Bali through health and education programs and is also the founder of Grup Gedebong Goyang, a group of four Caucasian women who sing and do comedic skits in Balinese.

I Wayan "Budi" Budiasa guides us part of the time in Ubud and later in Jimbaran,Bali. Budi is widely considered the most authoritative guide on the island and his expertise on Balinese culture, religion, and tradition has been a majoring contributing factor in books like  Bali: Sekala & Niskala by Fred B. Eiseman, Jr. and Balians: Traditional Healers of Bali by Bradford Keeney. He guides with deep wisdom and sense of light-hearted humor.

 

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Tracy Cochran is an editor of Parabola magazine. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Boston Globe, O: The Oprah Magazine, New York Magazine, Publishers Weekly, and other publications. She is co-author of the book Transformations, and her stories have been included in several anthologies. Tracy is also certified as a Community Dharma Leader Training through the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. She teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful writing retreats in the greater New York area.

 

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Eugene Hughes was born in Ireland and after finishing his academic studies in Philosophy and Art moved to London 18 years ago. He has trained in creative thinking and group facilitation and now leads a coaching practice that helps organizations be driven by values and guided by vision. Eugene also lectures on inspirational leadership and writes poetry. Now home, London is the base for the business he founded, People Brands, and for his work across Europe, Asia and the US. eugene-hughes2
Nyoman “Mangkok” Sutarya is an artist, farmer, and licensed Balinese guide. In his village of Munduk, where his family has lived for more than four hundred years, he works with village elders to catalogue indigenous plants, experiments with ways in which traditional Balinese arts can respond to current social and environmental concerns, and studies Balinese Hinduism. He is married and has two young children. Nyoman-Sutarya
Christi Strickland is an adjunct faculty member at Naropa University, teaching courses in group dynamics, systems theory, community development, and leadership. She has served as Assistant Director of a wilderness program for adjudicated youth and is also trained as a grief counselor. Her therapeutic and group style is holistic, direct and oriented towards health. Christi Strickland