Annette Kaiser was born in Zürich/Switzerland in 1948. She is a spiritual teacher, visionary of an Universal Spirituality and author of more than ten books. After completing her studies in economics and sociology, she worked for many years in the field of development cooperation. Her special field were the women`s cause and intercultural dialog. During 17 years, she was a student of Irina Tweedie, an Anglo- Russian Sufi-teacher. In the late 1980`s Annette Kaiser opened her Tai Ji DO-School, training teachers during 20 years. Since 1998, she is authorized by Mrs. Tweedie to continue the Naqshbandiyya Mujaddidiyya Sufilineage, guiding human beings on the path of love. In the year 2000 she developed the „DO-path“ teaching and inspiring people in a non-dual cosmocentric understanding.
She is particularly devoted to transconfessional and transcultural evolutionary spirituality, which implies an open aware state of being as the natural expression of an integral way of living in a very deep sense. This way is leading into Universal Spirituality and Universal Cooperation as Not-Two. In both areas Annette Kaiser initiates and participates in many ways with different groups, centers and human beings in Europe and worldwide. She sees the 21st Century as a call for humanity to recognise itself as inseparably One, co-creating a new culture in collective wisdom and love of One Heart.
She is married, mother of two adult children and grandmother.
Born in Switzerland, her mother Dutch, her Swiss father born and raised in Indonesia. Berber was born in Eastern Switzerland in 1958. After graduating from the high school, she completed the special course at the Rorschach teacher training college to become a primary school teacher, in Zurich and in Amsterdam at the Theatre-school she trained as a dancer. She has lived in Amsterdam since 1982. Mother of three grown-up sons.
Since 1991 she has been a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and teaches them. Since then she has been 13 times in Pune/India to join Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar at the Iyengar Institute. Passed the Intermediate Senior 3 exam in 2015. In Amsterdam in her own studio ‘Iyengar Yoga Zeeburg’ she teaches to practitioners of all ages with a team of 8 people. There is also a therapeutic yoga class and teacher training every week. The topic of the workshop in Unspunnen will be: “State of serenity, what do we understand by it in yoga and how do we experience this state?”
Donnalea van Vleet
Donnalea Van Vleet Goelz, PhD, RSMT, RSME, is executive director of Continuum Movement, a worldwide organization of somatic teachers, founded by Emilie Conrad- Daoud. She is also the founder and owner of Cobalt Moon Center, a center for integrative health in Neptune Beach, Florida. A Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (2002) and Registered Somatic Movement Educator (2002), an authorized Continuum Movement teacher (1998), and a T’ai Chi Instructor (1990). She is a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing where she served as senior faculty, as Dean of the third year class in the US and Europe. She is also certified to be a Brennan Integration Practitioner, a graduate degree at BBSH that incorporates psychology and the human energy field. Other certifications include Object Relational Psychotherapy from Center for Intentional Living and Kabalistic Healing from the Society of Souls. She has an extensive training in Dance (Ballet, modern, African) and Technical Dance Movement of Irmgard Bartenieff and Frances Cott. She teaches workshops nationally and internationally in Continuum, Tai Chi, and healing arts. She has a PhD in Somatic Psychology.
At ten years old, Kate Beck went to her first Yoga course. After her formation as an Elementary school teacher, she attended the University of Bern to major in comparative religion emphasizing on Yoga and Hindiusm. She became a Yoga instructor in 1996 and has continued her education in philosophy and Yoga through extended stays at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune, India. Kate is the international leader for their Teacher Training programs. She is known for her expertise in Yoga during pregnancy and her knowledge about the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali.
Kirstie Simson (UK) has been a continuous explosion in the contemporary dance scene, bringing audiences into contact with the vitality of pure creation in moment after moment of virtuoso improvisation. Her eternal subject is freedom and she is renowned internationally as a leading light in the field of dance improvisation. She recently made the film Force of Nature, directed by filmmaker Katrina McPherson, that is a testament of her dedication and love for her art form. Kirstie currently holds a professorship in the department of dance at the University of Illinois where she teaches dance improvisation.
MATIAS ORTOLÁ (ARGENTINA) is a multi-instrumentalist, teacher, coach and Neuro Linguistic Programming practitioner. His work and research in music, based on a solid academic foundation of study, is closely linked to his spiritual search, his appreciation for the healing power of music, and his respect for the art of dance. He continues to study and share experiences with internationally recognized teachers, and throughout his career he has performed and recorded with countless artists of different nationalities and musical genres. In recent years he has combined his music with dance, painting, poetry, film and alternative therapies.
Sri M – spiritual guide, social reformer and educationist – was born into a Muslim family in Kerala, South India. His transformational journey, from a young boy to a living yogi, is a fascinating story symbolized by single-minded discipline and dedication.
Entranced by mystical stories of Sufi saints and a brief encounter with a numinous Swami at a relatively young age, he was not only drawn to the ‘truth’ but also the compelling landscape of the snow-clad Himalayas. At the age of nine, his spiritual transformation was initiated by his future Master, Babaji (also known as Maheshwarnath Babaji). His meeting definitively set the stage for their future reunion in the Himalayas at Sri M’s age of nineteen.
Later on, Guru Babaji took him under his spiritual tutelage and initiated him into the Nath tradition.
The next three and half years, he lived and travelled extensively through the Himalayas with his Master. Maheshwarnath Babaji guided him right through his initiation, his Kundalini awakening, the grueling journey to Tholingmutt and, the eventual meeting with the Grand Master, Sri Guru Babaji also known as Sri Mahavatar Babaji.
His Master then encouraged him to return to the plains – to start a family life and prepare for his life’s mission. He was periodically instructed to visit holy places across the subcontinent – Marutwa Malai, Ajmer, Dakshineshwar, Belur Matt, Puri, Benaras, Alandi, Shirdiand Tiruvannamalai – to familiarize himself with diverse spiritual traditions.
Few years after his Master passed away, he received the spiritual go-ahead to commence his mission. In 1998, he started his teachings, eventually leading to formation of the Satsang Foundation.
Traveling extensively unto the present day, he has quietly gone about his life’s mission – teaching and guiding people as per his Master’s instructions: “Quality, not quantity. Spiritual evolution is individual and cannot be a mass phenomenon. No meditation-technique franchises can do much good. Each individual is special. No poster blitz and poster wars when your work starts.”
In 2011, he wrote his memoir “Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master – A Yogi’s Autobiography“, which became an instant bestseller.