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Council of Elders

Advisors, Thought Leaders & Mentors

Our Council of Elders, which is essentially our ‘advisory board’ is made up of inspiring visionaries we deeply respect. They act as advisors and mentors to the MindBodyEcology Collective, while at times contributing their knowledge and experience to our efforts when their busy schedules permit. Most importantly they support the vision of the MBE Collective.

Tristan Gooley

The Sherlock Holmes of Nature

Tristan Gooley is a writer, navigator and explorer. Through his journeys, teaching and writing, he has pioneered a renaissance in the rare art of natural navigation. Tristan has led expeditions in five continents and is the only living person to have both flown solo and sailed singlehanded across the Atlantic. He has explored close to home and walked with and studied the methods of tribal peoples in some of the remotest regions on Earth.

Dr. Christian De Quincey

Consciousness, Cosmology, and Spirituality

Dr. Christian de Quincey, an award-winning author, international speaker, and professor of Philosophy and Consciousness Studies, specializes in the mind-body connection—in humans and in the rest of nature. He has taught at John F. Kennedy University, lectured at Yale University, and as a visiting lecturer at Schumacher College, Devon, England. He speaks at conferences through the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Asia. He is founder of The Wisdom Academy, offering personal mentoring and coaching in consciousness. He is currently adjunct professor of Consciousness Studies at The Holmes Institute and at the International University for Professional Studies. Previously, he held the Arthur Young Chair of Consciousness Studies at the University of Philosophical Research. His writings on consciousness have appeared in a number of academic journals and popular magazines. Dr. de Quincey is the author of several books, most notably the award-winning Radical Nature: The Soul of Matter and his most recent book BlindSpots: 21 Good Reasons to Think Before You Talk.

Frank Forencich

Health & Human Adaptation

Frank Forencich received a BA from Stanford University and his human biology and neuroscience teaching credentials from Humboldt State University. Frank is an internationally-recognized expert on health and human adaptation. As an engaging speaker and movement teacher, he brings a unique perspective to the human predicament and offers practical solutions for some of the most pressing problems of our age. He is also the author of several books, most notably Exuberant Animal.

Dr. Lori Pye

President, Viridis Graduate Institute: Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities

Dr. Pye leads Viridis Graduate Institute's educational mission to provide students with psychological competence, practical skills, and an embodied ecological awareness that will enable them to reassess and redesign our world with maturity. Students gain mastery in recognizing and differentiating complex patterns and narratives; making appropriate, informed decisions; and are capable of transformative actions necessary to address the difficult challenges confronting our communities today.


‘Council of Elders’ is an informal name for those who have expressed support but not in any way responsible for the output or actions of the MBE as an organisation.