Speakers

Ashanna Solaris & Dana Dharma Devi

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Ashanna Solaris & Dana Dharma Devi have been sharing breathwork and healing for over 40 years and have pioneered their own process called Clarity Breathwork ~ a gentle, compassionate Feminine approach to breathing & healing that has been shifting lives around the planet! They combine their many years of experience and gifts together in a beautiful way that touches and awakens their students. Including, among many others, Dana’s sacred music and kirtan and Ashanna’s Light Body meditations, dance & movement processes.

Akahi & Camila Salas

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Akahi and Camila Salas are world-renowned Pranic Breatharian Masters who travel around the world teaching the revolutionary freedom to heal, nourish and Live on Spiritual Energy. They are founders of the Breatharian School International, which is dedicated to supporting humanity in its spiritual growth. Akahi is the creator of the famous 8 Day Pranic Process that has benefited thousands of people through extraordinary healing, happiness and enlightenment. Camila’s devotion to the Pranic Divine Woman and parenting empowers families through the birth of ascended generations and society.

Dr. Scott Sherr

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Dr. Scott Sherr is an internal medicine physician who believes that optimal health is possible through the synergy of breathwork, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, cellular energy, movement, high-tech performance technology, and spirituality. He is the founding organizer of Health Optimization Medicine–USA (HOMe) that focuses on health and not disease.  HOMe seeks to bridge conventional and alternative medicine through both physician and practitioner training. It is a new paradigm of medicine drawn from the current specialties of anti-aging, nutrition, longevity, regenerative, age management, sports and rejuvenative medicines. Dr. Sherr also specializes in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), the administration of 100% oxygen at greater than atmospheric pressure. He considers this one of the most powerful ways to decrease inflammation, accelerate wound healing, and optimize both physical and cognitive performance and says adding breathwork and other therapies make it even more effective. 

Anthony Abbagnano

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Anthony Abbagnano is the founder of Alchemy of Breath. Anthony has taken breathwork into festivals, yoga spaces, the corporate world, prisons, the Psychedelic Society, hospitals and to the dying. His work is noted for its application for addiction, transformation, empowerment, integration of psychotropic and plant medicine experiences, and opening humanity’s hope for heart-full and harmonious existence. Anthony weaves many talents into his breathwork practice, including philosophy, Jungian psychology, spirituality, Conscious Loving, hypnotherapy and Matrix Energetics (the study of miracles) into his work. Driven by his passion to get the whole world aware of the miraculous gift of the Breath, Anthony is the pioneer of #BreatheTheWorld, an initiative to uplift world consciousness that has introduced Online Breathwork to thousands around the globe in more than 40 countries.

Dan Brulé

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Dan Brulé is the author of the International best seller "JUST BREATHE: Mastering Breathwork" (Simon & Schuster; Foreword by Tony Robbins). He is a pioneer in the field of Breathwork, a world renowned leader of the Spiritual Breathing Movement, and one of the originators of "Breath Therapy." He was first among the original group of Internationally Certified Rebirthers, and is adept in Prana Yoga (the Hindu Science of Breath), and Chi Kung / Qigong (Chinese Medical Breathing Exercises). He was the founding director of the Growth Center, Inc., and One Sky International Life Skills/Healing Arts Institute. Over the past 40 years, more than 125,000 people in 55 countries have attended Dan's Breathwork Trainings, and now apply his Breath Awareness and Conscious Breathing Exercises, Techniques, and Meditations in their work and in their lives.

Tony Lo Mastro and Maureen Malone

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Tony Lo Mastro and Maureen Malone together founded and manage the Philadelphia and New York Rebirthing Centers. The Philadelphia Rebirthing Center was established 38 years ago and continues as a healthy community, teaching Rebirthing Breathwork for personal growth and professional training. Tony has been a Rebirther and teacher since 1979.  He teaches The Loving Relationships training, Rebirther Breathwork Professional trainings, and Personal Growth weekends. Maureen started her Rebirthing practice in New York City in 1990 and continues to offer private Breathwork sessions, Rebirthing weekends and Professional Breathwork Training in New York on the Upper East Side, as well as at The Philadelphia and New York Rebirthing Centers. Maureen and Tony are also Loving Relationships Trainers and have been leading The LRT for 19 years.

Judith Kravitz

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Judith Kravitz is a Breathwork pioneer. Beginning in the late 1970s, she has molded the crest of modern breathwork with love, skill and intuition, helping hundreds of thousands worldwide. She is author of the book Breath Deep, Laugh Loudly, which has been translated into five languages. In 1994, she founded the Transformational Breath Foundation and its training programs, and still serves as its Executive Director. A mother of eight, she has taught at the college level, and appeared on 50+ television or radio programs. Her Breathwork has reached into 49 countries, and she has led trainings, workshops, clinics, and master classes, at healing centers and conferences around the world, including The Deepak Chopra Center, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Rowe Conference Center, New York Open Center, Omega Institute, Hippocrates Institute, Optimum Health Institute, The Global Inspiration Conference, The LifeCo (Turkey), and many others.

Jessica Dibb

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Jessica Dibb is the founder of Integrated Breathwork and founding director of Inspiration Consciousness School, dedicated to promoting personal, relational and planetary well-being. She designs and facilitates unique workshops, and on-going trainings grounded in a highly integrated model of psycho-spiritual healing and development to support self-actualization. Her intuitive teaching style, individualized and attuned attention to students, and integrative approach facilitates enduring transformations. Jessica is co-director of the Global Professional Breathwork Alliance and chair of its Ethics Committee. In 2012 Jessica co-led “Breathwork TeleSummit” bringing together 25 top Breathwork Teachers in one gathering for the first time. In 2013, 2014 and 2015 she founded and convened the yearly conferences "Breath Immersion: From Science to Samadhi," integrating Breathwork arts, practices, ethics, and research. 

Jim Morningstar, PhD

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The Director of Transformations Incorporated, Jim has held licensure as a clinical psychologist since 1973. He is a clinical supervisor, seminar leader and has pioneered in the integration of psychotherapy with such mind/body techniques as Therapeutic Breathwork(tm) and bio-spiritual energetics. He founded the School of Integrative Psychology in 1980 and the Transformations Breathworker Training Program in 1990 and has authored five books in the field of spiritual psychology, the latest of which is Break Through with Breathwork (2017, North Atlantic). He is co-director of the Global Professional Breathwork Alliance and founder of InWellness.

Giten Tonkov

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Giten Tonkov is the director and founder of the BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release Institute and co-founder and co-director of the Integral Body Institute. Giten shares a mastery of body-oriented therapies that has evolved from more than 20 years of learning, exploration, and work with countless clients and groups around the world. His passion for life, humility and love for people has inspired his own personal journey and the creation of his “6-Element” approach to healing. Giten was born in Ukraine and lived in New York for 24 years, before finding his current home in Bali, Indonesia.

Ela Manga

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Ela Manga is the founder of Breathwork Africa, an organization that advocates the use of breathwork for healing, energy management and personal transformation. Breathwork Africa offers training and support to breathwork practitioners across the African Continent. Ela’s integrated and conscious approach to wellness alongside her unique focus on breathwork has been a catalyst for healing and change across all communities and sectors from business to education. She is an integrative medical practitioner and a stalwart pioneer of the breathwork discipline and energy management and recently published book, Breathe -Stategising Energy in the Age of Burnout (previously entitled The Energy Code).

James Beard

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James Beard has been actively exploring the breath most of his life. In 1992 he was introduced to Breathwork, which has led him deeper into the world of healing, yoga, and massage. In 2011 he wrote, ‘Thirteen Breaths to Freedom, An Introduction to Breathwork.’ James integrates the natural organic movements of the body with the breath in his workshops. He is certified in Yoga, Qi Gong and Bioenergy healing and is a licensed Massage therapist and Holistic Health Practitioner. He is passionate about helping people create a daily practice that they can use for the rest of their lives for their overall wellbeing.


Breathwork School Panel Discussion

Viola Edward and Lauren Chelec Cafritz will lead a panel discussion with the following participants.

Viola Edward

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Multi awards winner Viola Edward is a Transpersonal Psychotherapist-Coach specializing in Breath-Coaching Training, Relationships, Addiction Prevention and Business Clarity. She is an international speaker and author, who has published two books: “Breathing the Rhythm of Success” and “Who Makes the Bed?” Viola was the GIC 2002 organizer in Margarita Island-Venezuela. Now, at 59, she is based in Cyprus and enjoys taking the time to travel abroad and teach her creation of the Feminine Capital Rhythm, the Alchemy of Emotion and Relational Capital among others.

Lauren Chelec Cafritz

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Lauren Chelec Cafritz is the founder of Experience Breath. She has brought Breathwork into nonprofits, government agencies, corporations, and schools in Washington, DC and throughout the East Coast. She takes people on Breathwork retreats to sacred spots throughout the United States. Lauren is passionate about helping people achieve optimal health, mental clarity, and joy using the power of breath.  She is trained and certified in Integrative Breathwork and Transformational Breath®  and has studied many other breathing modalities. In addition to her private practice, Lauren leads group Breathwork classes and workshops. Through her life experience as a Breathwork therapist, businessperson, wife, mother, photojournalist, nonprofit advocate and a past sufferer of chronic pain, Lauren fosters a compassionate, nurturing, safe and healing environment to help clients explore and deepen their breath and improve their health and wellbeing. 

Brigitte Martin Powell

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Brigitte Martin Powell is the co-founder and leader of the Avalon Institute of Rebirthing, a breathwork practitioner training program based in the U.K. She believes in the possibility of transforming the world one breath at a time, and her life mission is to introduce the power and magic of conscious breathing to the widest audience. Brigitte is a former President (2008-2012) of the International Breathwork Foundation. She is the Head of the IBF_UN work group, managing the relationship between the IBF and the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) after successfully applying for consultative status. She is also coordinating the IBF_Refugees project, which delivers coherent breathing training to refugees and NGO staff in various countries.

Judee Gee

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Judee Gee directs the Dakina Joy School in the South of France. Trained in Chinese Medicine, Tantric Breathwork and Intuitive Perception, Judee has been immersed in the field of alternative medicine for 40 years where she pursues her passion for advocating joy as the ideal catalyst for liberating the true self. She has been instrumental in setting global training standards for professional breathwork and is a founding member of the Global Professional Breathwork Alliance where she is on the Board of Directors. 
Judee also is a past president of the IBF (1998-2001) and creator of the IBF Integrity Committee. She is a member of the IBF-UN team and contributes to the IBF-UN Refugee Project through delivering Coherent Breathing training with NGO’s operating in Mediterranean regions. Judee is the author of Intuition: Awakening your Inner Guide.

Nevsah Karamehmet

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Nevsah Karamehmet is a distinguished and highly respected international leader in the field of breath coaching. She is the founder (2007) and the President of the NFS School of Life, and during her tenure with the School has worked with more than 100,000 people in her seminars, workshops, professional meetings, and private sessions. In 2015, she founded the nonprofit International Breath Coaching Federation (an assembly of nine foundations and their boards) and is currently their President. The Federation has worked with more than 100 organizations and trained more than 1,000 breath coaches from around the world.  She has published nine bestseller books and has earned many awards in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field of breath coaching.

Ayo Handy-Kendi

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Ayo Handy-Kendi, known as “The Breath Sekou – a Master Teacher” and  “Mama Ayo –the Storyteller,” has studied and shared breathwork since 1970, supporting millions in their growth and development. She is the founder of Optimum Life Breathology™, a training system that has certified many Breathologists, and Transcendence Breathwork™, a profound, transformative self-healing modality that deeply relaxes and affects the subconscious. Ayo serves as the Founder/CEO of PositivEnergyWorks, LLC, a wellness service where she facilitates Breathology and integrates it in all her services and presentations: Laughter Yoga, Stress Management, Reiki, Sound Healing, Aroma-Therapy, Life Coaching, Conflict Resolution, and Racial/Diversity Healing.  She is also the Founder of Black Love Day, now more than 25 years old, and is the host and producer of the webcast “The Sageing Baby Boomers Show.” Ayo is an author of five books and co-produced CDs of relaxation tune-up music to breathe by.

Dorisse Aha

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Dorisse Aha is a pioneer of Buteyko Breathing in the United States and is the founder of BreathDance ~ Wellness Through Breathing, where she provides workshops centered around the movement of stillness. Inspired by dance, spirituality and global healing traditions, she teaches others to reclaim their perfect health using breath as the transformational tool. Her lifetime struggles with asthma inform her as a Respiratory Educator, and she applies this knowledge to include a practice with asthmatic children and individuals with chronic physical conditions. Her spirited loving approach draws on ceremony and ritual infusing the principles of the divine feminine.

Ashanna Solaris and Dana Dharma Devi

Akahi and Camila Salas

Anthony Abbagnano

Dan Brule

Tony Lo Mastro and Maureen Malone

Judith Kravitz

Jessica Dibb

Jim Morningstar

Giten Tonkov


Opening Ceremonies and Traditional Sweat Lodge

David Warren Goodknife

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David Warren Goodknife is a Fire Chief SDN, Veteran Sundancer, Pipe carrier, Peyotist, Lead Ceremonialist of Assembly of the Divine Healing Sacrament ONAC and Activist. He has close to three decades of Ceremony, on and off the reservation. His experience includes: apprenticeship with traditional elders, combined learning and teachings that include understandings derived from both, western therapeutic models as well as indigenous spiritual practices, including use of traditional Plant Medicine.