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2017 Faculty

  • kritee

    Kritee is a Zen teacher (Sensei), scientist, activist, dancer and a certified permaculture designer. She started teaching at Lama Foundation in 2016. Academically, she was trained as a environmental microbiologist and biogeochemist at Rutgers and Princeton Universities, and now works as a scientist with the global climate program of Environmental Defense Fund to link farmers with markets in ways that promote climate mitigation, support poverty alleviation, and strengthen adaptation to climate change. Spiritually, she directs Boundless in Motion, an environmentally and socially engaged Rinzai Zen meditation community in Boulder, Colorado, and is a co‐founder of Eco‐Dharma Sangha, a group of meditators from different traditions who want to bring the fruits of their spiritual practice to our ecological and socio-economic challenges. She places deep importance on the need of non-violent direct action (satyagraha), diversity and alignment of climate advocacy with social justice movements. For her writings and other offerings, please visit this website.


  • paul-wapner

    Paul Wapner, is professor of Global Environmental Politics in the School of International Service at American University and has been the lead convener and a core teacher of our annual summer workshops at Lama Foundation for about a decade. He is long time meditation practitioner in the tradition of Thich Naht Hahn. His books include Living Through the End of Nature, Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics, Principled World Politics, Global Environmental Politics: From Person to Planet (co-edited with Simon Nicholson) and, most recently, Reimagining Climate Change (co‐edited with Hilal Elver). Paul’s current work focuses on the lived experience of climate suffering among the most vulnerable and the challenges of environmental ethics.

    See his University Faculty page.

  • jeff-warren

    Jeff Warren, is a writer and meditation instructor. He started teaching summer workshops at Lama Foundation five years ago. His primary subject is the mind – mostly neuroscience and contemplative philosophy – made fun and accessible. He is the author of The Head Trip (Random House 2007), a travel guide to sleeping, dreaming and meditation that critics called “enchanting,” “hilarious,” and “long.” He is a former producer for CBC Radio’s The Current and Ideas and has written for The New York Times, The New Scientist, Discover, and The Globe and Mail among others. He currently writes a regular column about the shifting experience of consciousness for Psychology Tomorrow, and has won awards for his writing on whales and psychedelics, which are never to be mixed, for obvious reasons.

    See his website.


Past workshop teachers

  • david-abram
    David Abram, cultural ecologist and geophilosopher, is the author of The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World, and Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology. Hailed as "revolutionary" by the Los Angeles Times, as “daring” and “truly original” by Science, Dr. Abram's writings have catalyzed the emergence of several new disciplines, including the rapidly growing field of Ecopsychology. His essays on the cultural causes and consequences of environmental disarray are published in numerous magazines, scholarly journals, and anthologies. David is the co-founder and Director of the Alliance for Wild Ethics (AWE), a consortium of individuals and organizations working to ease the spreading devastation of the earth through a rapid transformation of culture. Widely sought after as a uniquely powerful educator and speaker, Dr. Abram recently held the international Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and the Environment at the University of Oslo. A distinguished Fellow of Schumacher College, he is a recipient of the international Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction, and of fellowships from the Rockefeller and the Watson Foundations. David lives with his two children in the foothills of the southern Rockies.

  • richard-falk

    Richard Falk is Albert G. Professor of International Law and Practice Emeritus at Princeton and, until recently, research professor of Global & International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Falk's many books and articles explore the challenges of building a more just, peaceful, ecologically sound, and economically humane world order.  His scholarship has shaped the disciplines of International Relations, Environmental Studies, Peace and Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights as well as associated fields.  Falk was an early and vocal critic of the Vietnam War and has remained an active voice for the dispossessed, politically marginalized, and often silenced people of the world.  He served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights to the Palestinian Territory and expert witness in numerous international disputes.  All his scholarly and activist efforts stem from a deep commitment to take suffering seriously.


  • karen-litfin

    Karen Litfin, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of political science at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D. from UCLA in 1992. Karen’s first two books were Ozone Discourses: Science and Politics in Global Environmental Cooperation and The Greening of Sovereignty in World Politics. Her latest book, Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community, traces her yearlong journey to ecovillages around the world in search of lessons to help build a viable human future. Karen takes an innovative “person/planet politics” approach to teaching rooted in two questions: What does it mean to come of age at the dawn of the Anthropocene, as we learn that prevailing institutions, practices and values are unraveling the tapestry of life? And how does one serve as a mentor under these conditions? Karen is currently working on a book based upon her twenty years of experience with contemplative pedagogical practices in environmental and global education.


  • nicole-salimbene

    Nicole Salimbene is a visual artist whose work explores intimacy and sustainability. She leads workshops and classes aimed at deepening one's creativity and finding meaningful ways to live through environmental challenges. Her art strives to glean elegance and monumentality out of the ordinary and ephemeral. Through form and idea, she aims to evoke a sense of the archetypal and the contemplative in art. Out of this dialogue, she searches for the poetics of materiality and relationship, and the transformation that arises from wrestling with internal and external worlds.


  • daniel-p-barbezat

    Daniel P. Barbezat is professor of economics at Amherst College and the executive director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. He is coauthor, with Mirabai Bush, of Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning. He has been a visiting professor at Northwestern University and Yale University and has taught in the summer program at Harvard University. His approach to teaching economics has been featured in the Boston Globe, the U.S. News & World Report, as well as on the NPR program, Here & Now. Barbezat has worked with the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society as a Board member, treasurer, and associate director of the Academic Program since 2009. In 2012, he became the executive director. He has lectured and led workshops on contemplative learning and pedagogy throughout the United States and Canada and is actively working to expand and deepen the center’s programs, making its work more accessible and transformative for all.


  • robert-mcdermott

    Robert McDermott, PhD, Boston University (Philosophy, 1969), program chair, is California Institute Integral president emeritus and professor of philosophy and religion. He taught at Manhattanville College (1964‐71) and is professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Philosophy at Baruch College, CUNY (1971‐90). His publications include Radhakrishnan (1970), The Essential Aurobindo (1974), The Essential Steiner (1984), and the "Introduction" to William James, Essays in Psychical Research (Harvard University Press, 1986). Robert recently edited The New Essential Steiner: An Introduction to Rudolf Steiner for the 21st Century (Lindisfarne Books, 2009) and edited The Bhagavad Gita and the West: The Esoteric Significance of the Bhagavad Gita and Its Relation to the Epistles of Paul (SteinerBooks, 2009). Both of these volumes include the editor's 80‐page introductions. His latest book is Steiner and Kindred Spirits (Anthroposophic Press, 2015).