Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962) was born and educated at Knole. She and her husband Harold Nicolson created the famous garden at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent.
Dr Habib Sadeghi
Dr. Habib Sadeghi, DO, is the co-founder of Be Hive of Healing, an integrative health center based in Los Angeles. He provides a revolutionary healing protocols in integrative, osteopathic, anthroposophical, environmental, and family medicine, as well as clinical pharmacology. He served as an attending Physician and Clinical Facilitator at UCLA-SM Medical Center and is currently a Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Sadeghi served as an on-air health expert for FOX News and Geraldo at Large and is a regular contributor to Goop. Dr. Sadeghi wrote the foreword to Gwyneth Paltrow's It's All Good and is the author of Within: A Spiritual Awakening to Love & Weight Loss, (published by Premier Digital Publishing, then Open Road) in 2014.
Antoinette Sampson is an expert on angels. The Peace Angels are an Australian-based creative company dedicated to reminding people of the power of peace; peace within ourselves, peace between people, and peace between nations.
Dan Santat is the Caldecott Medal-winning and New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, as well as the illustrator of many other picture books, including Crankenstein by Samantha Berger. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and various pets.
Elizabeth Grace Saunders
Elizabeth Grace Saunders is an internationally recognized expert on effective time management. She has been featured on CBS, ABC, NBC, and FOX. Elizabeth contributes to Forbes magazine, Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, and Fast Company. Elizabeth is a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council and the Forbes Coaches Council.
On air for 20 years, MICHAEL SAVAGE has millions of listeners for his #1 streaming radio show. The Savage Nation is one of the top radio talk programs in America, broadcast on over 225 stations. A prolific New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Savage has been profiled inPlayboy and The New Yorker and he has been awarded the Freedom of Speech Award from Talkers magazine. He received his Ph.D. in epidemiology and nutrition sciences from the University of California at Berkeley.
Glenn R. Schiraldi
Glenn R. Schiraldi, PhD, has served on the stress management faculties at the Pentagon, the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, and the University of Maryland, where he received the Outstanding Teaching Award and other teaching and service awards. His books on stress-related topics have been translated into nine foreign languages. Schiraldi's writing has been recognized by various scholarly and popular sources, including The Washington Post, the American Journal of Health Promotion, the Mind/Body Health Review, and the International Stress and Tension Control Society Newsletter. Schiraldi's special passion is presenting skills-based resilience training to high-risk groups, such as the military, police, firefighters, and their families. The goal of such training is to optimize mental fitness and performance, while preventing, and facilitating recovery from, stress-related conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). His resilience courses at the University of Maryland have been found to improve resilience, optimism, self-esteem, happiness, curiosity, depression, anxiety, and anger.
Bill Scott is the President and Founder of Xtreme Youth Alliance and host of Xtreme Talk Live, a call-in show for teenagers. He is also host of Sound of Light, another popular radio show. Bill also writes a daily Bible study with 5000 subscribers and is a popular speaker with youth groups and on college campuses in US and around the world. He and his wife Janet reside in Spring Hill, Tennessee.
Iván Sende is an illustrator and author who studied illustration at the Escola de Arte e Superior de Deseño Pablo Picasso in Coruña, Spain. His first published book as an illustrator was Usha, followed by Lía e as zapatillas de deporte / Lía and Sports Shoes, O monstro das palabras / The Monster of the Words, and Volvo! O regreso de Usha, all written by Galician author María Reimóndez and published by Xerais. Bea was his first book as an author. In 2015, Sende illustrated Mark Wiersma and Miguel Mosqueira's Sira e o robot: Adventures on Titan. His work has been short-listed twice for the Merlín Award, one of the more important prizes for children's literature in Galician language.
For over ten years HANNA EASLEY SEYMOUR has mentored young women, helping them transition smoothly from high school to college and beyond. She holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from James Madison University and a M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina. Combining faith with a passion for helping others, Hanna explains how to tackle problems with good sense and grace on her website, HannaSeymour.com.
Ed and Deb Shapiro are corporate consultants and personal coaches to senior management; their clients include Orange Mobile Phones, Medicentres and Channel Health TV. They are the bestselling authors of fifteen books on personal development, meditation and social action. Ed and Deb are inspired teachers who have been leading meditation retreats and personal development programmes worldwide for over 25 years.
Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101. He is the author of New York Times bestsellers Why People Believe Weird Things and The Believing Brain, Why Darwin Matters, The Science of Good and Evil, and The Moral Arc. His next book is Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality & Utopia. Michael regularly contributes opinion editorials, essays, and reviews to: the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Science, Nature, and other publications. He appeared on such shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, Oprah, and Larry King Live (but, proudly, never Jerry Springer!). He has been interviewed in countless documentaries aired on PBS, A&E, Discovery, The History Channel, The Science Channel, and The Learning Channel. Dr. Shermer was the co-host and co-producer of the 13-hour Family Channel television series, Exploring the Unknown. His two TED talks, seen by millions, were voted in the top 100.Dr. Shermer received his B.A. in psychology from Pepperdine University, M.A. in experimental psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in the history of science from Claremont Graduate University. He has been a college professor since 1979, also teaching at Occidental College, Glendale College, and Claremont Graduate University, where he taught a transdisciplinary course for Ph.D. students on Evolution, Economics, and the Brain.
Kelly Skeen is a student at Georgetown University in Washington DC. She is also coauthor of Communication Skills for Teens with her mother Michelle Skeen, PsyD.
Michelle Skeen, PsyD, is a therapist who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. She has provided brief and long-term therapy for individuals and couples by utilizing schema and mindfulness-based approaches to address interpersonal issues, weight management, anger, depression, anxiety, disabilities, and trauma. She is author of Love Me, Don't Leave Me and coauthor of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Interpersonal Problems. Skeen is also coauthor of Communication Skills for Teens with her daughter, Kelly Skeen. She hosts a weekly radio show called Relationships 2.0 with Dr. Michelle Skeen on KCAA Radio 1050 AM and iHeart Radio. To find out more, visit her website at www.michelleskeen.com.
Jenny Smedley is a qualified past-life regressionist, author, TV and radio presenter, international columnist and spiritual consultant, specialising in the subjects of past lives and angels. She writes regular columns for Chat It's Fate, Fate and Fortune and Soul and Spirit magazines in the UK, Take 5 in Australia and Lucky Break in New Zealand.
Grace Smith is a hypnotherapist and stress-relief expert. She is the founder of GraceSpace.co, the world's fastest growing online community committed to personal freedom, and the #CloseYourEyesGetFree movement. Grace is a certified Master Hypnotherapist and Hypnotherapy Instructor with the International Hypnosis Federation and has a dozen additional certifications in hypnosis and neurolinguistic programming. Grace lives with her husband in Los Angeles, California.
Lauraine Snelling has been writing since 1980, with over 50 books published, both fiction and non-fiction, historical and contemporary, for adults and young readers. She consistently appears on CBA bestseller lists and are frequently featured in the Crossings Book Club. Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, live in California and have two grown sons.
Paul Sohn is the founder of QARA, an organization that empowers twenty-somethings to discover their God-given identity and calling. He is an award-winning blogger, leadership coach, and speaker. His blog has been ranked one of the Top 50 Leadership Blogs to Follow. Christianity Today has named Paul among the Top 33 Under 33 Christian Millennials to watch.
Ezzie Spencer trained as a lawyer, worked in government and nonprofit sectors, and earned her PhD in women's wellbeing and justice after violence. While looking into her own self-care she developed Lunar Abundance, which has reaped results for many women, through Ezzie's one-on-one coaching sessions and the support of a flourishing online community. Ezzie lives in Sydney, Australia.
From an early age, Rupert Spira was deeply interested in the nature of reality. At the age of seventeen he learned to meditate, and began a twenty-year period of study and practice in the classical Advaita Vedanta tradition under the guidance of Dr. Francis Roles and Shantananda Saraswati, the Shankaracharya of the north of India. During this time, he immersed himself in the teachings of P. D. Ouspensky, Krishnamurti, Rumi, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta, and Robert Adams, until he met his teacher, Francis Lucille, in 1997. Lucille introduced Spira to the Direct Path teachings of Atmananda Krishna Menon, the Tantric tradition of Kashmir Shaivism (which he had received from his teacher Jean Klein), and, more importantly, directly indicated to him the true nature of experience. Spira lives in the UK and holds regular meetings and retreats in Europe and the United States. For further information, see www.rupertspira.com.