Speakers and music


Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and NY Times bestselling author. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the author of ten books including NY Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness and her forthcoming release by Flatiron Books, Real Love: The Art of Mindfulness Connection. She is a regular columnist for On Being, a contributor to Huffington Post, and the host of her own podcast: The Metta Hour.



Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is a widely celebrated Buddhist teacher and the author of Emotional Rescue, Rebel Buddha, and other books. A lover of music, art and urban culture, Rinpoche is a poet, photographer, accomplished calligrapher and visual artist, as well as a prolific author. Rinpoche is founder and president of Nalandabodhi, an international network of Buddhist centers.

Rinpoche is acknowledged as one of the foremost scholars and meditation masters of his generation in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is known for his sharp intellect, humor, and easygoing teaching style.


Mushim Patricia Ikeda is a Buddhist teacher known for her work in mindfulness and social justice for underrepresented communities. Her essay, "I Vow Not to Burn Out" was Buddhadharma's most popular article in 2016, and she is the recipient of the Gil A. Lopez Peacemaker Award for a peacemaker of color from the Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California.

In 2015, Mushim was one of 23 socially-engaged Buddhist leaders from the United States invited to engage in inter-religious dialogue with Catholic leaders in Rome. She is also a diversity and inclusion consultant, and a recent recipient of a Global Diversity Leadership Award from the World HRD Congress in Mumbai, India. Mushim is a core teacher at East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, California, and teaches meditation retreats for people of color, women, and social justice activists nationally.



Dawa Tarchin Phillips is a modern Buddhist lama, author and senior Western meditation teacher. He is President/CEO of Empowerment Holdings, LLC, a consulting firm that trains business leaders and organizations in Mindful Leadership, Awakened Prosperity and Awakened Business approaches. 

He is Co-founder and the Director of Education of the Center for Mindfulness and Human Potential at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California Santa Barbara. He and his work have been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Men’s Fitness, Forbes and Fast Company.



Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx, Against The Stream, The Heart of the Revolution and Refuge Recovery, is a Buddhist teacher, author and counselor. He has created a Buddhist approach to addiction recovery called Refuge Recovery. He is also the founding teacher of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, with centers in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Nashville and over 20 affiliated groups around North America. 


Christiane Wolf, MD, PhD, is a physician turned Mindfulness and Buddhist teacher. She bridges her traditional Buddhist teacher training in the Western Vipassana tradition, mainly through Trudy Goodman and Jack Kornfield, and the secular mindfulness world, like MBSR - Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, where she is an expert teacher trainer, with her background in medicine and science.

Being a non-native English speaker herself she is acutely aware of the importance and challenge of meaningful and appropriate translation and sees herself as a translator of the ancient wisdom teachings into clear, kind and compassionate language, within clinical settings and in the wider community.

Christiane is teaching locally at InsightLA, where she is a senior teacher, at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and also in Europe. She is the co-author of the book A Clinician’s Guide To Teaching Mindfulness.



Ani Choying Drolma is a Nepalese Buddhist nun and internationally-acclaimed singer of traditional and modernized Buddhist chants, as well as Nepali and Tibetan songs. She has toured extensively in North America, Asia, and Europe to support her numerous humanitarian efforts, including the education of young girls, care of the elderly, and providing medical services for the underprivileged and dispossessed through her Nun’s Welfare Foundation. Her autobiography, Singing for Freedom, is an international bestseller, and she is Nepal’s first-ever appointed UNICEF ambassador.