Pre-Festival Intensives provide a unique opportunity to spend two days in an intimate, deep-dive experience with one of the masterful Wake Up teachers. Join a small group of Wake Up participants, settle into the beauty of the Rocky Mountains, and begin your journey of transformation with your choice of one of the following Wake Up Festival presenters:
Monday, August 18th
|3:00 – 7:00 pm||Pre-Festival Registration and YMCA Check-In|
|5:00 – 7:00 pm||Dinner|
|7:00 – 8:30 pm||Opening Welcome Gathering with Tami Simon, Pre-Festival presenters, and musical guests. (Optional)|
Tuesday, August 19th
|7:00 – 9:00 am||Breakfast, Pre-Festival Registration, and YMCA Check-In|
|9:00 am – 12:00 pm||Session 1 Breaks will be taken at the discretion of the presenter.|
|12:00 – 2:00 pm||Lunch|
|2:00 – 4:30 pm||Session 2 Breaks will be taken at the discretion of the presenter.|
|4:30 – 5:00 pm||Break|
|5:00 – 7:00 pm||Dinner|
Wednesday, August 20th
|7:00 – 9:00 am||Breakfast|
|9:00 am – 12:00 pm||Session 3 Breaks will be taken at the discretion of the presenter.|
|12:00 – 2:00 pm||Lunch|
|2:00 – 4:30 pm||Session 4 Breaks will be taken at the discretion of the presenter.|
“The Festival filled my soul up to the top, and I came home and went back to my work renewed, energized, inspired. I still haven’t turned the TV on.”
Jack Kornfield, PhD, trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India and has taught worldwide since 1974. He is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practices to the West. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology and is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and of Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. He has written more than a dozen books including The Wise Heart; A Path With Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; and more.
Elizabeth Gilbert was born in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1969, and grew up on a small family Christmas tree farm. She attended New York University, where she studied political science by day and worked on her short stories by night. After college, she spent several years traveling around the country, working in bars, diners and ranches, collecting experiences to transform into fiction.
These explorations eventually formed the basis of her first book — a short story collection called Pilgrims, which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award, and which moved Annie Proulx to call her “a young writer of incandescent talent.”
During these early years in New York, she also worked as a journalist for such publications as Spin, GQ and The New York Times Magazine. She was a three-time finalist for The National Magazine Award, and an article she wrote in GQ about her experiences bartending on the Lower East Side eventually became the basis for the movie Coyote Ugly.
In 2000, Elizabeth published her first novel, Stern Men (a story of brutal territory wars between two remote fishing islands off the coast of Maine) which was a New York Times Notable Book. In 2002, Elizabeth published The Last American Man — the true story of the modern day woodsman Eustace Conway. This book, her first work of non-fiction, was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Elizabeth is best known, however for her 2006 memoir Eat Pray Love, which chronicled her journey alone around the world, looking for solace after a difficult divorce. The book was an international bestseller, translated into over 30 languages, with over 10 million copies sold worldwide. In 2010, Eat Pray Love, was made into a film starring Julia Roberts. The book became so popular that Time Magazine named Elizabeth as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
In 2010, Elizabeth published a follow-up to Eat Pray Love, called Committed — a memoir which explored her ambivalent feelings about the institution of marriage. The book immediately became a number one New York Times bestseller, and was also received with warm critical praise. As Newsweek wrote, Committed “retains plenty of Gilbert’s comic ruefulness and wide-eyed wonder”, and NPR called the book “a rich brew of newfound insight and wisdom.”
Her latest novel, The Signature Of All Things, published in Autumn 2013, is a sprawling tale of 19th century botanical exploration. O Magazine named it “the novel of a lifetime”, and the Wall Street Journal called it “the most ambitious and purely-imagined work of (Gilbert’s) 20-year career.” Elle Magazine said, “Looks like Gilbert keeps raising on the bar.”
Elizabeth Gilbert lives in the small river town of Frenchtown, New Jersey, where she and her husband (more widely known as “That Brazilian Guy From Eat Pray Love”) run a large and delightful imports store called Two Buttons.
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard trained and published neuroanatomist. Her area of specialty for research was in the postmortem investigation of the human brain as it related to schizophrenia. In 1996, at the age of 37, Jill experienced a rare form of stroke that rendered her so disabled that she could not walk, talk, read, write or recall any of her life. It took eight years for her to completely recover. Her New York Times bestseller, My Stroke of Insight, details the morning of the stroke, her eight-year recovery, and what she learned through the eyes of a brain scientist who had the privilege of losing her mind. A dynamic speaker, Jill infuses her speeches with appropriate humor.
Snatam Kaur is an American artist raised in the kundalini yoga tradition. Schooled in kirtan, meditation, and Gurmukhi (the Sanskrit-based language of Sikh scriptures from northern India), she met her first music teacher at the age of six. She has released eight records, including the most recent Liberation’s Door (Spirit Voyage, 2009), and is the lead singer for the Celebrate Peace tours. A resident of Santa Cruz, California, she teaches kundalini yoga and kirtan workshops across the U.S.
Seane Corn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher who has been featured in over 50 different print and broadcast media including The Today Show. An active humanitarian, Seane is the national yoga ambassador for Youth AIDS and the cofounder of Off The Mat, Into the World®, a leadership training program. The author of several DVDs, Seane has been studying yoga for more than 20 years. She teaches workshops, conferences, and retreats throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Joseph M. Marshall III
Joseph M. Marshall III is a teacher, historian, writer, storyteller, and a Lakota craftsman. He was born on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota and raised in a traditional native household by his maternal grandparents. He has published nine nonfiction works including The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living and To You We Shall Return: Lessons About Our Planet from the Lakota, three novels, a collection of short stories and essays, a children’s book, and was contributing author in five other publications; and has written several screenplays. Several of his books have been published in French, Hebrew, Korean, Japanese, German, Italian, Chinese, Romanian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Bulgarian.
Malidoma Patrice Somé, PhD
Malidoma Patrice Somé, PhD, is one of today’s most eloquent champions of indigenous wisdom. His life and teaching form a bridge between the traditional ways of his people, the Dagara of West Africa — among whom he is an initiated elder — and the modern world. He is a gifted medicine man and diviner, as well as a compelling teacher and author. For more than 20 years, Malidoma has shared the ancient knowledge of his tribe with people in the West who are increasingly disconnected from their ancestors, spirit, and the richness of life in community. His voice awakens in our hearts the recognition that we are all born with a life purpose to fulfill and that we can do so in a deep and abiding relationship with all beings. Dr. Somé is the author of several books, including Ritual: Power, Healing and Community, The Healing Wisdom of Africa, and his acclaimed autobiography, Of Water and the Spirit.
Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for 40 years. He’s appeared several times with Oprah on her Super Soul Sunday program on OWN TV, as well as on Good Morning America. His 15 books include the New York Times #1 bestseller The Book of Awakening and Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, and he’s authored three Sounds True audio programs, Holding Nothing Back, Staying Awake, and the forthcoming Reduced to Joy: The Journey from Our Head to Our Heart.
Rick Hanson, PhD
Rick Hanson, PhD, is a neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence (from Random House in October, 2013; in 4 languages), Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (New Harbinger; in 24 languages), Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time (New Harbinger; in 12 languages), and Mother Nurture: A Mother’s Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships (Penguin). Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and an Affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.
Robert Peng is a world-renowned Qigong Master, healer and author of The Master Key: Qigong Secrets for Vitality, Love, and Wisdom (on sale February 1, 2014). He was born and raised in Hunan province, China, where he met Qigong and martial arts master Xiao Yao and trained with him intensively in the Qigong tradition. Master Peng currently lives in New York City and teaches worldwide. For more information, visit robertpeng.com.
“Maverick cellist” is the phrase most often assigned to Grammy®-nominated artist David Darling, but it hardly captures the richness, diversity, breadth, and sense of humor of a man who literally redefines the way the cello is played and the way music is taught. His prolific collection of recordings and innovative performance style represent an eclectic variety of musical genres. His playful and unconventional teaching methods have helped open the world of music and improvisation to thousands of individuals.
David began piano lessons at the age of five and the study of classical cello at age 10. He attended Indiana State University, earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education. He studied cello with internationally recognized artists/teachers Lorne Monroe, Gilbert Reese, Fritz Magg, and Janos Starker, while at the same time pursuing studies in music composition. He was a scholarship student with the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors, and studied jazz performance at Berklee School of Music in Boston.
Jocelyn Gordon is the Creator of Bhakti Boogie® Yoga ~ Where Dance is Yoga and HoopYogini™ — a transformational fitness practice merging hula hooping with hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation. With over 25 years experience as a movement therapist and dance enthusiast, Jocelyn is passionate about being fully self-expressed and helping women experience liberation from TraumaDrama — the stories that hold us back from experiencing our full potential. Jocelyn lives between the US and Bali, sharing her dynamic programs and providing a global education experience for her 13 year old daughter.
David Frenette, author of The Path of Centering Prayer: Deepening Your Experience of God, is a leader and senior teacher in the Centering Prayer movement, and a friend and advisor of Father Thomas Keating for 30 years. He co-created and co-led a contemplative retreat community for 10 years, has an MA in transpersonal counseling psychology, and is an adjunct faculty member of Naropa University. He is a spiritual director at the Center for Contemplative Living in Denver, Colorado, as well as for clients worldwide.
Bruce Tift, MA, LMFT
Bruce Tift, MA, LMFT has been in private practice since 1979, has taught at Naropa University for 25 years, and has given presentations in the US, Mexico, and Japan. A practitioner of Vajrayana Buddhism for more than 35 years, he had the good fortune to be a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and to meet a number of realized teachers.
Carrie Newcomer has been described as “a soaring songstress” by Billboard, a “prairie mystic” by The Boston Globe, “weaving a tapestry of life and hope” by the Associated Press. Carrie has toured with Alison Krauss and was the recipient of a Grammy for her song, “I Should Have Known Better.” Carrie facilitates workshops in arts, educational and spiritual communities. She has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad. In 2009, Carrie toured throughout India as a cultural ambassador for the American Embassy promoting compassion, understanding, and building bridges through story and song. Her twelfth CD, Before and After, was released on Rounder Records in February 2010.
Robert Augustus Masters, PhD
Robert Augustus Masters, PhD, is an integral psychotherapist, relationship expert, and spiritual teacher whose work blends the psychological and physical with the spiritual, emphasizing embodiment, emotional literacy, and the development of relational maturity. He is the author of 13 books, including Emotional Intimacy, Transformation through Intimacy, and Spiritual Bypassing.
Jacqueline Tschabold Bhuyan
Jacqueline Tschabold Bhuyan began studying music at the age of eight, learning several instruments including strings, percussion, piano, and voice. Earning both BA and MM degrees, she taught music privately and in college for several years, and currently gives Master Classes in Improvisation. Appearing before the State Legislature and numerous Town Hall meetings, Bhuyan has been a strong advocate for music education in K-12. She is a composer, performer, and recording artist residing in Westminster, Colorado.
Tami Simon is Publisher, CEO, and Founder of Sounds True. In 1985, at the age of 22, Tami Simon founded Sounds True, a multimedia publishing company dedicated to disseminating spiritual wisdom. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Sounds True has published more than 800 audio, video, music, and book titles along with online courses and events. A two-time winner of the Inc 500 award as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in America, Sounds True is widely recognized as a pioneer in providing life-changing, practical tools that accelerate spiritual awakening and personal transformation. In addition to being the publisher and CEO of Sounds True, Tami hosts a free weekly podcast series called Insights at the Edge, in which she interviews Sounds True authors about the growing edge of their life and work. Additionally, Tami is a senior meditation instructor under the guidance of Reggie Ray, who teaches in the practicing lineage of the great siddha and Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.