Reviews

“A surprising performance of striking beauty that grabs you not only by the senses but also by the brain cells”

— Igor Versteeg, European and Comparitive Law

“I felt like every scene was taken out of my personal journal. Every day I struggle with my identity…it was encouraging to be reminded that I am not alone, that there is hope in living life fully, the way I want to live it.”

—   -Lily C., University Student, L.A.

featured guest reviews

Carre Otis

Carré Otis has long been one of the most recognizable faces in the modeling industry. She first achieved fame when she appeared on the cover of Elle (France) in April 1986. She became an extraordinarily successful supermodel, headlining campaigns for Guess, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, and Revlon. Carré has appeared on the covers of Vogue (USA, France, Great Britain, Italy); Harper’s Bazaar; Glamour; and Cosmopolitan. Carré grew increasingly concerned about unfair labor practices and poor working conditions in the modeling industry and has become an advocate for young women in and out of the industry. She’s on the Advisory Board of the Model Alliance, a non-profit industry group working to establish fair labor standards for models in the U.S., as well as a long time Ambassador for National Eating Disorders Association. Carré’s memoir, Beauty Disrupted, was released in 2011 by Harper Collins Publishers. She has contributed to Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, Elephant Journal, Patheos, The Conversation and Vogue Australia. Her strong commitment to helping others reclaim physical and emotional health and develop positive body image is what makes her a powerful and inspiring voice for change in the world today. In December of 2013 she gave her first Ted Talk in San Francisco where she addressed several themes related to her activism.

“I have worked for decades with women but working with Cara was a highlight. Her focus, passion, mission and dedication to telling the stories that span the spectrum but speak to us all was paramount in my own journey and body of work. I am honored to have collaborated on her panel and join the conversation that is essential to us all and embraces each and every one of us across the board. Thank you Cara!”

-Carre Otis

Rev. Doc. Matthew Fox

Matthew Fox is an internationally acclaimed spiritual theologian, Episcopal priest, and activist who was a member of the Dominican Order for 34 years. He holds a doctorate, summa cum laude, in the History and Theology of Spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris and has devoted 45 years to developing and teaching the tradition of Creation Spirituality, which is rooted in ancient Judeo-Christian teaching, inclusive of today’s science and world spiritual traditions; welcoming of the arts and artists; wisdom centered, prophetic, and committed to eco-justice, social justice and gender justice. Fox has reinvented forms of education and worship and awakened millions to the much neglected earth-based mystical tradition of the West, revivifying awareness of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, Thomas Aquinas, and Thomas Merton, among other premodern and post-modern spiritual pioneers.He has authored more than 35 books on spirituality and contemporary culture, among them: Original Blessing, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, The Reinvention of Work, A Spirituality Named Compassion and Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times. His books, celebrated around the world, have been translated into 60 languages.

“A Venue for Visionaries seems like just the right thing in our time where visionary action is so needed.  Cara Cruickshank is the ideal leader to inspire the community.”

-Rev. Doc. Matthew Fox

Michael Lang

producer

Michael Lang is best known for co-creating and producing the original 1969 Woodstock Festival.  He began his career in music in 1968 as the co-creator and producer of the Miami Pop Festival, which drew 100,000 people over two days. Following Miami Pop, Michael developed the Woodstock Festival, which attracted over 500,000 people for three days and is widely considered to be a pivotal moment in popular music and American cultural history. He is a founding partner in Woodstock Ventures. Michael has managed and produced albums for dozens of musical acts including Billy Joel and Joe Cocker. He is the founder and CEO of Just Sunshine Records and MLO, a live event and film production company. He produced New York’s AmsterJam, Woodstock 1994 and 1999. Beyond music, Michael was an associate producer of Wes Anderson’s first film, “Bottle Rocket” which introduced Luke and Owen Wilson, and he is currently developing a movie version of classic novel “The Master and Margarita.” Michael’s 2010 critically acclaimed biography, The Road to Woodstock, is a New York Times Bestseller.

“Delightful, inspiring, energizing, entertaining and creative…a vibe of vintage…merged with 21stcentury consciousness.”

-Michael Lang

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

author

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf an author, and activist whose stated goal is to improve relations between the Muslim world and the West. He is the Imam of Masjid al-Farah in New York City and founder of the American Sufi Muslim Association (ASMA) Society, a not-for-profit, non-political, educational and cultural organization dedicated to creating bridges between the American public and American Muslims. Born in Kuwait and educated in England, Egypt, and Malaysia, Abdul Rauf is a member of the board of trustees of the Islamic Center of New York, and Islamic advisor to the Interfaith Center of New York. He is the author of Islam: A Search for Meaning, and Islam: A Sacred Law, What Every Muslim Should Know About the Shari´ah. As a leading Islamic thinker, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has received numerous awards including the Search for Common Ground Award for Interfaith Diplomacy in 2012 and Arianna Huffington’s “2010 Game Changer” Award. TIME magazine named him among the 100 most influential people of the world in April 2011 and he was listed as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2010 by Foreign Policy magazine.

“Cara’s work is clearly driven by a vision of unity and understanding among people. I have been amazed by how many lives she touches in meaningful ways by bringing together people of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities and faiths…Her work not only encourages but celebrates diversity and compassion.”

-Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf