LEAPYEAR Advisory Board

Our LEAPYEAR program is very fortunate to be supported and inspired by an advisory board of thinkers and doers at the cutting edges of education and consciousness. These individuals directly influence the design and curriculum of the LEAPYEAR program, and each cares deeply about how we mentor and teach our young adults. Their written materials are used in the LEAPYEAR curriculum, and we invite them to guest-teach LEAPYEAR groups on a regular basis.

Drs. Gay & Kathlyn Hendricks

LEAPYEAR staff studied in depth with Gay & Katie for a number of years prior to starting the LEAPYEAR program. Their teachings about integrity and emotional literacy are an integral part of the LEAPYEAR retreat curriculum. Their book, Conscious Living is a required text for LEAPYEAR students.

Gay Hendricks, Ph.D., is the author and co-author of twenty-five books in conscious relationship, conscious business and body-mind transformation, including such enduring bestsellers as Conscious Loving, The Corporate Mystic, Conscious Breathing and Conscious Living. Before founding The Hendricks Institute, he was Professor of Counseling for twenty-one years at the University of Colorado, where he began teaching in 1974 shortly after receiving his doctorate from Stanford University. Over the past 24 years, he and Kathlyn have raised two children, accumulated a million frequent flyer miles and appeared on more than 500 radio and television programs.

Kathlyn Hendricks, Ph.D, has been a pioneer in the field of body-mind integration for thirty years. Her explorations of the catalytic power of the creative arts in psychotherapy and organizational systems have been featured in magazines, journals and books such as Transpersonal Approaches to Counseling and Psychotherapy, Chocolate for a Woman's Soul, Getting in Touch, Personal Transformation and the Handbook of Workplace Spirituality. She has consulted and taught in the graduate programs of many universities, including the University of Colorado, Union Graduate School, Antioch University, Naropa Institute and the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. She has an international reputation as a seminar leader for health and business professionals. Kathlyn also consults regularly for corporations and organizations such as AT&T Bell Labs, Motorola, Dell, and Monsanto. She is the co-author of ten books, including Conscious Loving and The Conscious Heart, and the author of a book of poetry, A Waterbaby Contemplates Dry Land.

John Taylor Gatto

A major and vitally important voice in the area of school reform, John Taylor Gatto is a former New York State and New York City Teacher of the Year. His books have included Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling (1992); The Exhausted School (1993); A Different Kind of Teacher (2000); and The Underground History Of American Education (2001).

He is currently at work on a documentary film about the nature of modern schooling entitled The Fourth Purpose, with his friend and former student, Roland Legiardi-Laura. His books and words directly inspired the creation of the LEAPYEAR program and his writings are an important part of the LEAPYEAR curriculum. He has been included in Who's Who in America from 1996 on and in 1997, he was awarded the Alexis de Tocqueville Award for his contributions to the cause of liberty, and was named to the Board of Advisors of the National TV-Turnoff Week. He has spoken in all 50 states and in seven foreign countries for the cause of education. You can order his books and learn more about his work to transform education at his website.

Byron Katie

Byron Katie's simple yet powerful method of inquiring into the substance of our stressful thinking is called The Work of Byron Katie. Over the last fifteen years, hundreds of thousands of people have experienced The Work throughout the world, at free public events, business settings, universities, schools, churches, prisons, hospitals, weekend workshops, conferences, and at her nine-day school. "Katie's events are riveting to watch," the Times of London reported, "and not just because people are baring their souls. Katie's laser-like tough love burns away all illusions." Eckhart Tolle, the best-selling author of The Power of Now said, "Byron Katie's Work is a blessing for our planet." And Time magazine named Katie a "spiritual innovator for the new millennium."

Her first book, Loving What Is, co-written with renowned author/translator Stephen Mitchell, was a national bestseller and has been translated into sixteen languages. Her second book, I Need Your Love - Is That True?, is also a bestseller.

Shabda Kahn

A favorite teacher of LEAPYEAR students, Shabda is the spiritual director (Pir) of a worldwide Sufi order based in northern California, as well as the Director of the Chisti Sabri School of Music. He has been a disciple of Sufism since 1969 and was a direct disciple of Murshid Samuel Lewis (Sufi Ahmed Murad Chisti) and worked closely with the great American Mystic Joe Miller. He is also a disciple of the illustrious Tibetan Buddhist Master, the 12th Tai Situpa Rinpoche.

He spent 24 years (since 1972) developing as a vocalist under the living guidance of the late Pandit Pran Nath, the Master North Indian Classical Vocalist, who planted the 800 year old oral transmission of Chisti Sufi Vocal Music in the Western world. He is one of a handful of Americans who have dedicated themselves to carrying on the legacy of the treasure of North Indian Classical Vocal Music and has performed at concerts throughout the world, including for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Shabda brings warmth, humor and clarity in his efforts to help seekers on their Path to Awakening.

Shabda travels all over the planet to teach and perform. His schedule is available at his website, www.marinsufis.com.

Thomas Linzey, Esq.

A public interest lawyer based in Pennsylvania, Thomas is a founder and Executive Director of the Community Legal Defense Fund (www.celdf.org). He is centrally involved with the effort to reclaim democracy from corporate interests on the local level in communities throughout Pennsylvania, and is a frequent presenter to grassroots environmental and community organizations throughout the U.S. He is a founder, with Richard Grossman, of the Daniel Pennock Democracy School, where citizens and activists can learn how to re-align with the intentions of our Founding Fathers, while reframing exhausting and often discouraging single issue work (such as opposing toxic dumps, quarries, factory farms, etc.) in a way that they can confront corporate control on a powerful single front: people’s constitutional rights.

Bob Dannenhold

An exceptional college counselor and advocate for young adults, Bob has been a friend and supporter of LEAPYEAR since 1999. He founded and directed the Hillside Center for 20 years, a non-profit learning center in southern California. He currently directs Collegeology, a Seattle-based college counseling service in Seattle, Washington, and has authored a book of the same name, which is designed to provide individuals and families with a "college counselor in a box."