Andrew Jordan Nance has been an educator for over 25 years. He is the founder of Mindful Arts San Francisco, whose mission is to provide volunteer mindful educators to teach at underserved San Francisco Schools. Nance is also an award– winning actor and director. For almost thirty years he taught performing arts to students from diverse backgrounds, and for 18 years he was the Conservatory Director at San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre Center. He is on the Board of Directors of several educational– based non– profit organizations including the Mindful Life Project in Richmond California, San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theater Center, and Arts Ed Matters, a California– based arts– integration organization. Andrew Jordan Nance lives in San Francisco.
James Baraz has been a meditation teacher since 1978. In 2003 he created the Awakening Joy course, which he has taught at the Omega Institute, Esalen Institute, and other venues across the United States and abroad. He is co-founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Canter in Woodacre, California, where he started the Family Program and author, with Shoshana Alexander, of Awakening Joy, the book based on the course. He is an advisor the One Earth Sangha a forum devoted to wise responses to climate change. Earlier in his life, James was an elementary school teacher for 12 years mostly in Astoria, Queens. James lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, Jane. He has two sons and three grandchildren.