Some of the people who have touched me through my travels…

My good friend author Beth Howard lives in the American Gothic House where she writes about pie when she isn’t busy baking pie for her Pitchfork Pie Stand. She’s convinced me that pie really can heal the world.

After decades of study with shamans, healers, Curenderos and Masters, Curandera Starr Fuentes has dedicated her life to helping others with the full unfolding of their purposes, paths and destinies. We crossed paths in Hot Springs, AR, and she not only became a mentor, but also a good friend. I love this woman from the bottom of my heart.

Recording artist Roy Rivers is a talented singer/songwriter whose duet with Dolly Parton shot to #1 on the European country charts and whom has also received 6 European CMA award nominations, including he and Dolly winning 2006’s CMA for Vocal Collaboration of the Year. Roy oozes talent at the same time as being one of the most compassionate, genuine and grounded people I’ve ever met.

They say when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. And Brad Warner appeared just when I needed him – I met him in LA the week after I read his first book: “Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth about Reality.” Over the years he has also become a cherished friend. Through the practice of zazen and studies of Zen Buddhism I have learned that there is truth in absolutely everything.

Melissa is a lovely and nurturing New York yoga instructor, artist and author of No Teaching Yoga. She not only co-founded Heart of Yoga with T.K.V. Desikachar and Mark Whitwell, but also spent five years traveling around the world with the late Indian sage, U.G. Krishnamurti.

A former 12-year apprentice and master teacher of ancient spiritual lineage teachings from around the world, Selena cultivated early on the ability to identify energy patterns deep within and facilitate both inner and outer transformation. She offers private consultations, courses, and intensive makeover and lifestyle coaching to clients from around the world. Selena has a smile made of pure sunshine, and I’m lucky to call her my friend.