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The New Dimensions Café
New Dimensions Foundation

Activism, art, education, science, psychology, philosophy, health, spirituality… All these and more are featured in this lively, short (10-20 minute) companion to the diverse, award-winning one-hour New Dimensions program that has been broadcast on public radio since 1973. For more information and over a thousand hours of downloadable programs visit newdimensions.org.   


The New Dimensions Café (Total: 103 episodes)

Susan Piver is a graduate of a Buddhist seminary and an authorized meditation instructor in the Shambhala lineage. She has written for Body and Soul, Self, O: The Oprah Magazine, Reader's Digest, and the Shambhala Sun, and has been featured on Oprah, CNN, and Today, and in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and other national print publications. She is the author of five books, including: How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life: Opening Your Heart to Confidence, Intimacy, and Joy (St. Martin's Griffin 2007) and The Wisdom of a Broken Heart: How to Turn the Pain of a Breakup into Healing, Insight, and New Love (Free Press 2010)

Hank Wesselman, Ph.D. is a respected paleoanthropologist who has worked with noted anthropologists around the world including in Ethiopia investigating the mystery of human origins in the Great Rift Valley. Besides his training and scientific work, he is a shamanic student, practitioner, and teacher, now in the 30th year of his apprenticeship. He lives with his wife Jill in Hawaii. In addition to his scientific publications, his seven books on shamanism include: Spiritwalker: Messages from the Future (Bantam 1996), Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation  (with Sandra Ingerman) (Sounds True 2010), The Bowl of Light: Ancestral Wisdom from a Hawaiian Shaman (Sounds True 2011), The Re-Enchantment: A Shamanic Path to a Life of Wonder (Sounds True 2016)

James Baraz has been teaching meditation since 1978, and the 10 month "Awakening Joy" class since 2003, which can also be taken on-line. Thousands have taken the course. He leads retreats, workshops, and classes in the U.S. and abroad, and is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California. He is the co-author with Shoshana Alexander of Awakening Joy: 10 Steps That Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness (Bantam Books 2010)

Terry Patten is a community organizer and has dedicated his efforts to the integral practice of evolving consciousness through the marriage of spirit and activism. He founded and leads Bay Area Integral, which gathers and supports an integral community in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the co-author with Ken Wilber and core team at the Integral Institute, of Integral Life Practice (Integral Books 2008). He is the author of: A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries (North Atlantic Books 2018)

Tags: Terry Patten, Black swan events, wicked problems, Bill McKibben, Climate Change, denial, humility, curiosity, mutual respect, affection, love, feat, evolution, Darwin, thriving, Einstein, William McDonough, questions, paradox, Rilke, uncertainty, Peace/Nonviolence,Social Change/Politics

Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who, for over three decades, has been teaching in the fields of poetry and spirituality. As a cancer survivor, Mark remains committed to the usefulness of daily inner life. He devotes his writing and teaching to the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship. He is the author of many books including Reduced To Joy (Cleis Press 2013), Seven Thousand Ways To Listen: Staying Close To What Is Sacred (Free Press 2012) and The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom That Waits in Your heart (Atria Books 2016). His many audio learning courses include: Staying Awake (Sounds True 2012), Holding Nothing Back (Sounds True 2012), More Together Than Alone: Discovering the Power and Spirit of Community in Our Lives and in the World (Atria Books 2018)

Tags: Mark Nepo, fear, divisiveness, courage, isolation, authenticity, scarcity, abundance, the Great Depression, storytelling, Muriel Rukeyser, Oprah Winfrey, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Tutu, social aneurysms, optimism, Parkland Florida, compassion, Psychology, Philosophy, community, Personal Transformation, Buddhism, Social Change/Politics, Peace/Nonviolence

Claudia L’Amoreaux works at the intersection of new technologies in education. She helps parents and young people nurture the skills needed to make wider, needed to make wise choices about technology that will lead to greater well-being and she’s the founder of Mindful Digital Life. You may subscribe to her blogs on her website. 

Tags: Claudia L’Amoreaux, digital distractions, choiceful attention, attention, deluge of information, digital world, digital landscape, stress, Sherry Turkle, humans are indoor species, benefits of being in nature, children, young people, Education, Technology, Parenting, Personal Transformation, Self Help, Meditation

Lisa Tracy is the author of Objects of Our Affection: Uncovering My Family's Past, One Chair, Pistol, and Pickle Fork at a Time (Bantam 2010). She is a journalist and the former Home & Design editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer. She now lives in Lexington, Virginia, where she teaches creative nonfiction.

Albert Flynn DeSilver is an American poet, memoirist, novelist, speaker, and leader of writing workshops. He is the author of several books of poetry including Letters to Early Street (La Alameda/University of New Mexico Press 2007) and Walking Tooth & Cloud (French Connection Press – Paris 2008). He has also published a memoir: Beamish Boy: (the Owl Press 2012) and is the author of Writing as a Path to Awakening: A Year to Becoming an Excellent Writer and Living an Awakened Life (Sounds True 2017). 

Tags: Albert Flynn DeSilver, Silence, Awakening, absence of language, poetry, photography, Ted Berrigan, Nisargadatta Maharaj, language, editing process, Bill Birkson, Writing, Self Help, Art & Creativity, Meditation, community, personal transformation

Apricot Irving currently lives in the woods outside Portland Oregon, but has lived in Haiti, Indonesia, and the United Kingdom. She returned to Haiti in the spring of 2010 to cover the earthquake for the radio program This American Life. She’s a recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation writers award and an Oregon Literary Fellowship. Her renowned oral history project, BoiseVoices.com, is a collaboration between youth and elders to record the stories of the neighborhood in the mist of gentrification. She is the author of The Gospel of Trees: A Memoir. (Simon & Schuster 2018.) 

Tags: Apricot Irving, Memoir, memoirist, family, Haiti, journaling, Childhood, Thich Nhat Hanh, History, Writing, Health & Healing, Parenting

Dean Sluyter has taught natural methods of meditation and awakening throughout the United states and beyond since 1970. He’s taught at colleges, yoga studios ,corporate offices, and maximum-security prisons. He’s known for his funny, down-to-earth style, and for making life-transforming teachings accessible and easy. He is the author of many books including: The Zen Commandments (Tarcher/Putnam 2001), Why the Chicken Crossed the Road and Other Hidden Enlightenment Teachings (Tarcher/Putnam 1998), Cinema Nirvana: Enlightenment Lessons from the Movies (Three Rivers Press 2005), Natural Meditation: A Guide to Effortless Meditative Practice (Tarcher/Penguin 2015), Less Fear, Living Beyond Fear, Anxiety, Anger, and Addiction (TarcherPerigee 2018)

Tags: Dean Sluyter, imagination, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, coward, hero, awakening, enlightenment, Gospel of Thomas, psychedelics, beingness, dogs, listening, space between thoughts, Personal Transformation, Self Help, Meditation