Founder and Chief Visionary Officer

Arjuna Ardagh is the author of seven books, including the 2005 national bestseller The Translucent Revolution. He has trained more than 1100 facilitators of awakening since 1995, and has been working with people, both individually and in organizations, since 1983. He has created the Living Awakening Retreat at Home, and, with his wife, Chameli Ardagh, the Deeper Love Retreat-at-home. Ardagh has been a speaker at conferences all over the world, and has appeared on TV, on the radio and in print media in twelve countries. He is a member of the Transformational Leadership Council.

Teachers and Hosts

Connie Kishbaugh was the senior research nurse at U.C. Davies Cancer Center for more than thirty years before she retired from that work in 2008 to devote herself fully to supporting others in living awakening. Connie is one of the senior teachers in the Basic Skills Training, as well as the Client Interaction Course. She has highly developed skills in working with the sick and dying, and supporting people to make a peaceful and conscious transition. Connie is also trained in the Awakening Women work developed by Chameli Ardagh.

Oliver Arnold played a big part in building up Awakening Coaching in Germany. He ist part of the teaching faculty, runs own workshops and works as a coach. Oliver specializes in supporting people to find and live their purpose in service of a better world, living meaningful lives. Another focus is conscious masculinity, helping men to deepen their masculine qualities and to give them to the world as a gift. Oliver has a background in Political Science and Economics and has worked as a project manager for development projects in South America in one of the major development banks in the world. He lives in Frankfurt, Germany.

Sorel Dietzler came to the United States from Australia in 1986 to attend university in Boston. After then receiving her graduate degree in San Diego, she spent close to two decades working in corporate finance, banking and investments. Now a Certified Awakening Coach with her own coaching practice, she also teaches course work in the Awakening Coaching Training program. She loves living and cycling by the beach in North County San Diego with her two daughters, now 7 and 9 years old.

Associate Trainers

Tobias März is cofounder and CEO of Brillanz-Akademie, the company which represents Awakening Coaching in Germany. Tobias works with renewable energies in different countries all over the world and is passionate about rural development, sustainable economy and how to make the world a better place. Tobias has worked in and with teams and groups for several years. He lives with his wife and two young daughters in southern Germany, but that could change in the future, who knows.

Ralf Schimetzek has, for the last 15 years, specialized in personnel and leadership development with a special focus on teaching, consulting and coaching. Passionate about supporting his clients in their personal development, he has found many opportunities to put his passion into practice. Based on his own leadership experience, he now works in the field of Global Talent Development at a major multi-national company. Additionally, he is an independent executive trainer, consultant and coach and, at the same time, has an adjunct teaching position at the Cooperative State University in Mannheim, Germany. As Awakening Coaching has enriched his own life in various ways, he loves to share his experience and insights with others, so that they too can discover their dormant gifts and talents, develop their own natural flow and ways of being and create a joyful, meaningful and fulfilled life. He is a professional and inspirational coach with a systemic background. Combining the solution orientation of his engineering background with state-of-the-art mindfulness and leadership knowhow, he empowers his clients, both individuals and groups, to realize their own potential. His coaching philosophy is based on the conviction that self-actualization and fulfillment in the outer world depend on the discovery of the inner world, a process that can be enriching, light-hearted and fun.

Carole Coter is a Certified Awakening Coach and has been coaching people since 2000. She is on the AW Faculty and teaches the Client Interaction course. She and Connie Kishbaugh are developing a new course called Conscious Women. She is a Registered Psychotherapist, and received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. Carole brings a unique blend of Eastern wisdom and practical Western sensibility to her couching and counseling. She has worked in small businesses, Fortune 100 and 500 companies, taught at a University and owned several businesses. She enjoys the Colorado mountains, hot springs and playing with her grandchildren.

Sabine Frech-Ihrig is an Awakening & Deeper Love Coach. Her Motto is Live.Distinct.Bold.Frank.
She lives to support others to find and to walk their own path. To spark the fire called love and life. Sabine knows life very well – including tough childhood, self-discovery, dramas of relationship, world of work. Accompanied by her empathy, her open nature and her boundless faith in every single human being, she is an excellent Coach – she Does what she Loves & Loves what she Does..

Janme Metz has a private practice where she works primarily with professional women who want to be more effective in both their professional and personal lives. She specializes in providing clients with cutting edge tools in psychology, intimate relationships, leadership and consciousness to help them explore possibilities, and to live creative, exceptional lives. Jamie’s has a passion for incorporating the intrinsic gifts of the feminine and masculine in her work. In our modern culture where people are sometimes stuck in thinking in terms of gender equally, understanding the gifts of the masculine and the feminine can bring depth and connection to clients lives. Jamie has a B. Ed. and M.A. Transpersonal Psychology. She is a certified Awakening Coach and is a Deeper Love Coach.

Abhi Ardagh focuses on creating our own lives. He has made is own major at school combining Biology, Chemistry, and Holistic Health to which he then plans to go to Bastyr University to become a Naturopathic Doctor. He as also been a head chef for a holistic catering company and a crossfit coach. What makes him excited is combining these tools along with Awakening Coaching to really explore and surpass the limits that we all have.

Organizational Team

Abhi Ardagh also takes care of a lot of the back end needs for Awakening Coaching. As the Director of Business Development he also works closely with referral partners to really help spread all the amazing work that is going on in the world.

Filip Sikora Mostly takes care of Arjuna’s writing projects: books, blogs and newsletter. He has master’s degree in psychology and is located in Warsaw, Poland.

Sandra Ray comes to Awakening Coaching with 5 years’ previous experience of event coordinating and loves working with our Organizers! She is looking forward to meeting and working with those who have recognized how Arjuna’s work with Awakening Coaching can make a difference and want to bring the events to their area.


Ken Klages Ken Klages has been building small business websites since 1998 with an emphasis on great customer service, affordable prices and sites that actually help bring traffic to the site owner. So many web design firms do not do the work to stay current on the ever-changing search optimization strategies and practices, so they may build a nice looking site that gets no traffic. Ken believes your website should be a tool to help grow your business, and generating leads or sales is the obvious goal that any site should facilitate. His company also provides on-going services to help promote traffic to websites, including link building, social media management and local search optimization. For more information or advice, visit

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Mila Sterling is the very talented designer who created the look and feel not only of this site, but also Mila is very experienced in branding, website design, book design, and product design. If you like the look of this site, check out her site and see if she could help you with your needs as well.

Guest Faculty

Marci_Shimoff_headshot_lgMarci Shimoff is the author of the new instant runaway bestseller, Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out, which offers a revolutionary approach to experiencing deep and lasting happiness. It has immediately soared to #1 on many national bestseller lists including Amazon and Barnes and, and has debuted at #2 on The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. In addition, she’s a featured teacher in the international film and book sensation, The Secret.

Barbara-Marx-HubbardBarbara Marx Hubbard is an author, futurist and visionary that has been a leading voice for innovative change in the world for the last 45 years. In addition to her own organization, the Foundation for Conscious Evolution, she co-founded many other major institutions including the World Future Society, The Foundation for the Future and the Association for Global New Thought.

Gay-HendrixGay Hendricks, Ph.D., is the author and co-author of over thirty books in conscious relationship, conscious business and body-mind transformation. Included are such enduring bestsellers as Conscious Loving, The Corporate Mystic, Conscious Breathing, Conscious Living, Five Wishes and the new The Big Leap. Before founding his own institute, he was Professor of Counseling for twenty-one years at the University of Colorado, where he began teaching in 1974 shortly after receiving his doctorate from Stanford University.

Kathlyn HendricksKathlyn Hendricks, Ph. D., is the CEO and Director of Training for The Hendricks Institute, an international learning organization that teaches the core skills of conscious living through a unique, whole-body approach to Quantum CoachingTM. Her explorations of the catalytic power of the creative arts in psychotherapy and organizational systems have been featured in many magazines, journals and books.


Sonia Choquette is an internationally acclaimed spiritual teacher, intuitive guide and masterful catalyst whose special gift is to energetically activate the highest vibration and free the authentic Spirit in everyone she meets. She releases people from the restriction and fear of the ego and guides them through the portals to joy, wholeness, and personal empowerment in every area of their life.


Jeddah Mali, As a child, had many unusual (spiritual/ extrasensory/paranormal) experiences that taught her how the intention of thought governs differing energy states, which in turn affect the behavior of matter. These experiences came about unbidden, but even at the age of six, she had an innate understanding of their nature.


Scott Coady is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Embodied Wisdom, and principal at Sage Alliance Partners, a consulting firm specializing in executive alignment, organizational momentum, leadership development and enabling the achievement of extraordinary business results.


Jack Canfield is considered to be America’s leading expert in creating peak performance for entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, managers, sales professionals, corporate employees, and educators. Over the last 30 years, his compelling message, empowering energy and personable coaching style has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals achieve their dreams. As the driving force behind the development and delivery of more than 125 million books sold through the Chicken Soup for the Soul® franchise, Jack Canfield is uniquely qualified to talk about success.

PRussellPeter Russell is an author and public speaker, who is recognized as one of the leading thinkers on consciousness and contemporary spirituality. His books include The Global Brain, Waking Up in Time, and From Science to God, and his video The Global Brain won international acclaim.


Peter Baumann was born on Jan. 29th 1953 in Berlin, Germany. After joining the musical group Tangerine Dream in 1971, he toured with the band worldwide and recorded multiple Gold records until 1981. Mr. Baumann moved to New York in 1982 and founded the record company, Private Music. He served as CEO of Private Music until 1994 when the company was sold to RCA.

Genpo_Roshi_Merzel_Profile_PictureD. Genpo Merzel is a zen master and  a revolutionary in the tradition of the old Zen Masters who so embodied Buddhist teaching that they were able to revitalize and transform it for their own day and age. Genpo Roshi is working to transmit the essence of the Buddha’s teachings in a way that is readily accessible to Westerners and relevant to our everyday life.

paul-scheele copyPaul Scheele has activated the natural brilliance within millions over the past thirty years. His dynamic programs cultivate human potential in all audience types, awakening the genius mind in everyone. Paul is the CEO of Scheele Learning Systems and the founding partner of Learning Strategies Corporation, a premier developer of self- improvement, education, and health programs.

stewart-emeryStewart Emery brings to Success Built to Last a lifetime of experience as entrepreneur, executive coach and leader, and is considered one of the fathers of the Human Potential Movement. He served as the first CEO of est, was the co- founder of Actualizations, led workshops and seminars in dozens of countries, and has conducted coaching interviews with over 12,000 people in the last three decades.

sunny-massadDr. Sunny Massad, author of UnTherapy: A Positive Psychology for Enlightened Living, challenges the notion that one’s past necessarily dictates one’s present, or that “working on yourself” is helpful on one’s journey of transformation. UnTherapy was created for people on a path of spiritual awakening. Unlike clinical therapy, designed to develop a healthy ego, UnTherapy focuses on deconstructing habitual habits of the ego.

Marc-Venwoude2013Marc Gafni is a cutting edge spiritual teacher, author, television personality, mediator, corporate consultant, iconoclast, and gentle provocateur. He has written seven books, including the national bestseller Soul Prints, which won the prestigious NAPRA award for Best Spirituality Book of 2001, and was a main selection of the One Spirit Book Club and the Best Book in the Jewish Thought category in 2001.


Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual teacher. Among her 9 published books, four of them — including A Return to Love – were #1 New York Times Bestsellers. A Return to Love is considered a must-read of The New Spirituality. A paragraph from that book, beginning “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure” – often misattributed to Nelson Mandela’s Inaugural address – is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers.

dave-ellis_headerDave Ellis leads a powerful team of consultants and coaches that are committed to bring out the best in individuals and teams. He is a leadership coach, author, educator, and philanthropist. His critically acclaimed book Becoming a Master Student, currently in its thirteenth edition, is the best-selling college textbook in America. It has been published in three languages and is considered core material by college students and faculty alike.


Dr. Stephen Josephs began his coaching career in 1979 when he founded the Massachusetts Institute of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Using NLP modeling techniques he studied and modeled extraordinary business communicators. More specific and detailed than simply collecting best practices, this research allowed Steve to help his clients efficiently achieve their desired results.

debbie_rozman_200Deborah Rozman has thirty years of experience as a business executive, serial entrepreneur, psychologist, author, and educator. Since 1990, she was founding executive director of the non-profit Institute of HeartMath, executive vice president of HeartMath LLC, then founding director and President and co-CEO with Doc Childre of Quantum Intech (parent company of HeartMath LLC).


Anat Baniel was a serious student of dances early in her life. In college she was drawn to psychology and then pursued a third interest in statistics, which kept her connected to the sciences and rigorous intellectual activity that she had always loved. She graduated cum laude from Jerusalem University with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Statistics.

chameliChameli Ardagh facilitates seminars and retreats in the United States and Europe and is a respected speaker at national and international conferences on spirituality. She guides women back to honoring the wisdom of the heart. Chameli has been deeply involved in women’s work for many years, extensively exploring the implications of a feminine-influenced spirituality. Chameli is a psychotherapist and has trained as an actress, which adds an expressive and playful flavor to her approach. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Arjuna, and two stepsons.


Dr. John Gray released the New York Times number one best-selling book of the last decade, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, in 1995, which launched the Mars- Venus book series that changed the way men and women will forever view relationships. In the fifteen years since, John Gray has sold over 50 million books in more than 45 languages throughout the world.

Hale DwoskinHale Dwoskin is the author of the New York Times Best Seller, The Sedona Method: Your Key to Lasting Happiness, Success, Peace and Emotional Well-being. Hale is one of the 24 teachers from the movie The Secret and a founding member of the Transformational Leadership Council. He is the CEO and Director of Training of Sedona Training Associates, an organization headquartered in Sedona, Arizona. He co-founded the company in 1996 to teach courses based on the emotional releasing techniques originated by his mentor, Lester Levenson.

luisdias-jaimeguerraLuis Diaz is the founder of the Body-Mind Center in California and the creator of the CMR-Cellular Memory Release Process for emotional healing and transformation. His 1st book, “Memory in the Cells” has been published in October 2007 in the Spanish language and in 2009 in English. This book has been so successful that it’s reached four editions during the 1st year. He is also an international trainer and lecturer author of numerous DVD trainings and e-books on the subject. He began his studies in Chinese and Tibetan Medicine at the age of 21.


Mark Thornton is the former Chief Operating Officer for JPMorgan Private Bank in London. He has dedicated his life to creating the world’s first management consultancy that does one thing: teaching leaders and teams meditation. Over the past 25 years, he has learnt wisdom traditions from a number of Masters and applied these practices in every day, real world, high pressure, high stakes business situations.