Yoga for Peace Symposium: Changing the World from the Inside Out


Joshua Goldstein

Prof. Joshua S. Goldstein is an interdisciplinary scholar of war and peace, and author of Winning the War on War: The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide, winner of the Conflict Research Society's "Book of the Year" award, 2013. Goldstein has published many articles and Op Ed pieces in The New York Times and elsewhere. His research on great-power management of regional conflicts includes articles on the Middle East, Kosovo, and Bosnia. Goldstein has won a MacArthur Foundation Individual Research and Writing Grant, the International Studies Association's Karl Deutsch Award for research, and the American Political Science Association's Victoria Schuck Award, among others. He founded and led the Bosnia Support Committee in Washington, DC in 1993-95.

Brant Secunda

Brant Secunda is a shaman, healer and ceremonial leader in the Huichol Indian tradition of Mexico. He completed a twelve-year apprenticeship with Don José Matsuwa, the renowned Huichol Shaman who lived to be 110 years old and who adopted Brant as his grandson. Alongside other dignitaries including President Jimmy Carter, Brant cofounded the Peace University in Berlin, and is a founding member of the American Herbalists Guild and has taught at the American Holistic Medical Association Annual Conference. His work has been documented on television, radio, and in articles and books throughout the USA, Europe and Japan.

Moshe Cohen

According to his mother, Californian Moshe Cohen is a natural born clown. He brings his Mister YooWho show to festivals and theaters around the world. For twenty years now, Moshe has been sharing his experience as a workshop leader, teaching people from all walks of life to investigate and express their humor. He is well known for his work integrating the worlds of Zen and Clown. His teaching focuses on the human landscape of clown, the inner funny, humor without words, and how to share that with others.

Elaine Valdov

Dr. Elaine Valdov, a representative to the United Nations, is a peace and human rights activist, conflict resolution specialist and the Founder of Yoga Peace Ambassadors and Yogis Without Borders. Dr. Valdov lectures internationally and is best known for her championship of causes and creation of peace and development initiatives for the UN Millennium Development Goals and the UN “International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World.” She has held many NGO positions at the United Nations, including Chair of the Executive Committee of Non Government Organizations Affiliated with the United Nations DPI and others. She is currently a practicing psychotherapist in New York City and a professional coach focusing on “Finding Your Role in Creating a Culture of Peace”.

Amy Weintraub

Amy Weintraub, director of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute and author of the bestselling Yoga for Depression and the ground-breaking Yoga Skills for Therapists has been a pioneer in the field of Yoga and mental health for over 20 years. She trains health and Yoga professionals at notable international venues and offers workshops for everyday practitioners.  The LifeForce Yoga protocol is being used in residential treatment centers, hospitals and by health care providers around the world. She is involved in ongoing research on the effects of Yoga on mood, and has produced an award-winning library of evidence-based Yoga and meditation CDs and DVDs for mood management.

Linda Graham

Linda Graham, MFT, integrates modern neuroscience, mindfulness practices, and relational psychology in her nationwide trainings on resilience and well-being. She is the author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being and publishes a monthly e-newsletter, Healing and Awakening into Aliveness and Wholeness, archived on her website.

Mirabai Ceiba

Mirabai Ceiba is a duo consisting of guitarist/singer Markus Sieber and singer/harpist/keyboardist Angelika Baumbach. Markus and Angelika first met at a street fair at Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival and quickly fell in love. Together, Angelika and Markus have forged an engaging new style of world devotional music blending Gurmukhi mantras from the Kundalini Yoga tradition with original songs in English and Spanish that reflect a Native American influence and also draw words of wisdom from Rumi, Thich Nhat Hanh, Guru Nanak and Yogi Bhajan.