Speakers

Mark Nepo

Mark Nepo moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his #1 New York Times best-seller, The Book of Awakening. Beloved as a poet, teacher and storyteller, Mark has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” “a consummate storyteller” and “an eloquent spiritual teacher.” Having published 17 books and recorded 12 audio projects, his work is widely accessible and his books have been translated into more than 20 languages.Mark was part of Oprah Winfrey’s The Life You Want Tour in 2014 and has appeared several times with Oprah on her SuperSoul Sunday program on OWN. He has also been interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America.In 2015, he was given a Life-Achievement Award by AgeNation. And in 2016, he was named by Watkins: Mind Body Spirit as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People.

Shri Amritji

Gurudev Shri Amritji(Yogi Amrit Desai)  is one of the last living Gurudevs from the initial wave of the 1960’s that brought yoga to the west. The seeds he has planted have made a significant contribution to the global acceptance of yoga today. He has changed the popular notion of yoga as physical exercise to that of meditation. Gurudev has trained more than 8000 yoga teachers in 45 countries in the inner dimension of yoga, he calls Meditation in Motion. He is the founder of one Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, one of the largest of its kind in the USA. His books: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Master (2012), Love and Bliss: Meditations on the Art of Living (2014), and the Yoga of Relationships (2015) have earned a total of fifteen literary awards from Book Festivals in London, Paris, Hollywood, Southern California, The Midwest and Florida.  

Steven S Sadleir

Steven S. Sadleir is a Best-Selling Author, professional speaker, enlightened leadership trainer, radio host, Media guest, Host and co-producer of Global Enlightenment, Director of the Self Awareness Institute and shaktipat master. Steven has been recognized as a Kundalini Master and Siddha Yogi.

Zenzi Sky

Zenzi is a woman of the earth, she aims to help restore balance in others' lives by serving as an advocate for heart-healing and self-love mastery. She is a woman of unyielding compassion and empathy, who applies those attributes to all she is blessed to meet.

Dawn Burnett

Dawn Burnett is founder of 

A New Dawn Natural Solutions and the co-host of the radio show Wake Up and Listen. She provides wellness strategies to those who are frustrated with their current health situations and are ready to embrace alternative healing solutions, healing their bodies—and their lives—from the inside out. She has an impressive roster of television and speaking appearances including FOX, ABC and TBN, and is a regular contributor to the 

Huffington PostDawn is the author of 

True Confessions of the Heart and 

Connect, How To Know If He's Really Your Man She is co-author of 

Jack Canfield's The Road to Success, Vol. 2.

Mark S Russo

Author / Life Skills & Leadership Coach / Martial Arts Master

Dedicated to helping others discover pathways to a richer life experience, Mark Russo has explored the mind-body-spirit connection since he was a child. Through retreats and seminars, his work is more than a sit back and listen experience, its hands-on, get down to work and figure it out journey. Applying ancient principles to modern day processes, Mark will show you how to catapult yourself out of the mundane and into the rich experience of the human condition.

Karoline Katus

Karoline Katus is Development Office for The Joyful Heart Foundation.

The vision of the Joyful Heart Foundation is a world free of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. While we understand that this may not be achieved in our lifetimes, we continue to work towards it. Our mission is to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, support survivors’ healing, and end this violence forever. 

Karoline has been involved with public service since her family's Sunday tradition of distributing homemade meals in downtown Los Angeles and her high schools days of organizing fundraisers in Manhattan Beach. Her passion for philanthropy truly took hold while working as a Student Ambassador for the fundraising office at the University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla, where she graduated in 2006. While there, she hosted multiple events for SurfAid International and volunteered her time in New Orleans for the local environmental and community organization Common Ground. After moving to New York in 2007, she began her career as a fundraising project consultant to organizations, such as Trust for Public Land, Career Transitions for Dancers, and the American Lung Association. She also worked as a grant evaluator, awarding federal funds, for the Non-Profit Economic Development and Commercial Revitalization initiatives for the New Yorl City Department of Small Business Services. Karoline is grateful to work at an organization that has influence across the country and in so many communities, homes, lives, and souls. She believes in power of a smile and finds her peace amongst her Brooklyn "family," the Tuesday edition of The New York Times, and while cycling.

Performers

Alan Darcy

Known for always putting on an electrifying show, Darcy combines an appealing blend of Pop and Jazz that truly showcases his impressive saxophone, flute skills and smooth vocals. Known for his innovative spirit and broad musical scope, Alan is equally at home on the stages of the country’s notable venues, ranging from the famous “Birdland” in NYC to the Historic Tampa Theater.

Vocal Flash

This singing flash mob with high energy vocals and dance moves will add the unexpected WOW to Breaking Down Barriers

Jocelyn Buchanan

Jocelyn Buchanan has worked with major record labels (Including Motown) and radio/television commercial advertising companies, performed in many venues local and internationally, been featured on several songs throughout the music industry as well as the release of her own material. She also worked for Oprah Winfrey for 10 years and is represented by Brother, Producer & manager Dre "Dre-ILL" Buchanan who operates between Chicago & Los Angeles and is currently the number 1 ranked producer in the Midwest via Reverbnation.