Plenary Faculty and Discussants

Plenary faculty deliver lectures and are available to answer attendee questions throughout the week, often leading breakout sessions and participating in panel discussions. Their lectures expand on the week’s theme, deepening and broadening our shared knowledge from a variety of experiences, backgrounds, and disciplines. The faculty includes scientists, researchers, contemplative practitioners, scholars, changemakers and teachers from a variety of disciplines.

sujatha baliga

Impact Justice

Convening Faculty

sujatha baliga’s work is characterized by an equal dedication to crime survivors and people who have caused harm. She speaks publicly and inside prisons about her own experiences as a … MORE

Yuria Celidwen, PhD

United Nations

Convening Faculty, Grantee

I am of Indigenous Nahua and Maya descent of the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. My work intersects Indigenous studies, cultural psychology, and contemplative studies. I investigate the embodied experience of … MORE

Hanne De Jaegher

University of the Basque Country

Convening Faculty

Hanne is a philosopher of mind and of cognitive science. She investigates the connections between how we interact, how we understand each other, how we understand the world (together), and … MORE

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, PhD

Stellenbosch University

Convening Faculty

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, a professor and South African National Research Foundation Chair in Violent Histories and Transgenerational Trauma at Stellenbosch University, focuses her research on trauma in the aftermath of gross … MORE

Wendy Hasenkamp, PhD

Science Director, Mind & Life Institute

PPC Member

Wendy is the Science Director of the Mind & Life Institute. She is a neuroscientist, contemplative practitioner, teacher, and writer who is interested in understanding how the mind and brain … MORE

Angela Harris, JD

University of California

PPC Member

Harris received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in social science (with a specialization in the sociology of culture) from the University of Chicago, … MORE

Lasana Harris, PhD

University College London

Convening Faculty

Prof. Harris is a social neuroscientist who takes an interdisciplinary approach to understand human behaviour. His research explores the neural correlates of person perception, prejudice, dehumanization, anthropomorphism, social learning, social … MORE

Sulaiman Khatib

Combatants for Peace

Convening Faculty

Sulaiman Khatib was born in Hizmeh, a town just outside Jerusalem, currently residing in Ramallah. He is a Board Member of Middle East Dreamers, and is former co-founder and former … MORE

john a. powell, JD

University of California, Berkeley

Convening Faculty

john a. powell is director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and professor of law, African American studies, and ethnic studies at the University of California, … MORE

Clifford Saron, PhD

University of California, Davis

Convening Faculty, Fellow, PPC Member

Clifford Saron is a research scientist at the Center for Mind and Brain and MIND Institute at the University of California, Davis. He received his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the … MORE

Ed Taylor, PhD

University of Washington

PPC Member

Edward Taylor is vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs at the University of Washington where he oversees educational opportunities that advance and deepen the undergraduate experience. Dr. Taylor … MORE

Contemplative Faculty

Contemplative faculty guide participants through practices that integrate their first-person experience with themes being explored, interspersing contemplative art and practice sessions with free time for personal reflection. In addition to daily practice, the contemplative faculty lead the retreat time.

Willa Blythe Baker, PhD

Natural Dharma Fellowship

Convening Faculty

Lama Willa Blythe Baker, PhD, is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship in Boston, MA and its retreat center Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, NH. She was … MORE

Konda Mason

Spirit Rock Center


Konda Mason is a social entrepreneur, eco-spiritual thought leader, mindfulness teacher and justice advocate working at the intersection of social and financial justice and planetary healing. Konda was introduced to … MORE

Kelley Nicole Palmer

Convening Faculty

Kelley Nicole Palmer is a black, queer creative and community advocate based in Charlotte NC.  Kelley uses the practices and philosophy of yoga to guide her work in creating equitable … MORE

Peter Wayne, PhD

Harvard Medical School

Convening Faculty, Fellow

Peter Wayne, PhD, is a researcher and practitioner in the field of mind-body and integrative medicine.  Dr. Wayne is the Bernard Osher Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School … MORE

Program Planning Committee

The Program Planning Committee (PPC) is a committee of invited specialists from diverse disciplines and perspectives who bring their expertise to curate and produce the content of the conference. In addition to developing the overall theme and narrative arc of the program, the members of the PPC actively participate and serve in leadership roles throughout the conference. The PPC members for SRI 2022 are Clifford Saron (co-chair), Ed Taylor (co-chair), Angela Harris and Wendy Hasenkamp.