About Us

Our mission is to spread the mind-body practices of yoga, qigong & meditation, as widely as possible. And to foster transformational leaders.

Ken Nelson, PhD, is dedicated to transforming the ways we serve and lead through yoga-inspired experiential learning. A leader in mind-body practices, he teaches the healing arts of yoga, meditation, qigong and bodywork. Ken is a former Fulbright lecturer and Kripalu scholar-in-residence. He has offered workshops worldwide since 1975. His CD, Yin Yoga, is a Kripalu best-seller. He is writing a book about tools that link the heart and mind to create the conditions for individual and group wisdom.

Lesli Lang grew up in Zimbabwe. She has a performing arts background, a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and theater from Rhodes University, South Africa. Lesli has two decades of experience in New York assisting Fortune 500 executives to communicate their message. Drawing on a lifetime of yoga and meditation, she enjoys supporting people in their quest for authenticity, freedom, and full self-expression.

Stories That Heal: An Interview with Lewis Mehl-Madrona, by Ken Nelson Facilitating Great Workshops by Ken Nelson and Lesli Lang The Secret to Creating Transformational Workshops by Ken Nelson and Lesli Lang
Client Corporations & Organizations

Albany Kripalu Yoga Center, Albany, NY
Atlantic Yoga Teacher Training, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Boston College, Institute of Religious Education, Chestnut Hill, MA
Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana, Charenton, LA
Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, Newington, CT
Green Mountain Institute of Integrative Therapy, N. Bennington, VT
Human Resources International, Chicago, IL
InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico, Hato Rey, PR
International Education Associates, Bethesda, MD
Jefferson Parish Schools, Gretna, LA
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Lenox, MA
Litton Data Systems, Los Angeles, CA
Maryland State Department of Education, Baltimore, MD
NOAH Center: New Opportunities of Alternative Healing, Great Barrington, MA
Orleans Clinics of Psychology, New Orleans, LA
Shell Oil Company, New Orleans, LA
Stone Temple Institute, Old Saybrook, CT
Tulane University, Dept. of Education, New Orleans, LA
U.S. Department of Education, Bilingual Education, Washington, DC
University of Miami, Miami, FL
University of the Americas, Cholula, Puebla, Mexico
World Trade Center, New Orleans, LA
Yokohama Academy USA, Baltimore, MD

Recent clients Include:

All That Matters, Wakefield, RI

Comfort Zone Yoga, Lewes, DE

Copoloff Agency, Montreal, Canada

Focus Yoga, East Greenwich, RI

Great Island Yoga, Caye Caulker, Belize

Harmony Pilates Studio, Pittsburgh, PA

Innerquest Yoga, Saranac Lack, NY

Living the CR WAY, Westchester County, NY

Real Life Yoga, Quincy, MA

The Arvigo Institute, Antrim, NH

The Rivertown Center for Yoga and Health, Dobbs Ferry, NY

The Yoga Barn, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Yoga in the Adirondacks, Bakers Mills, NY

Yoga Center of Haddonfield, Haddonfield, NJ

Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Irving, TX


Ken’s clients present at leading venues Esalen, Hollyhock, Kripalu, Omega, NY Open Center, and more:

Thank you! My way of doing workshops has been forever changedSusan Anderson, The Journey from Abandonment to Healing, Black Swan: Twelve Lessons of Emotional and Spiritual Healing http://www.abandonment.net/

Ken’s workshop brilliantly modeled what he was helping us to learn. The group spirit Ken cultivated helped me see how to carry this into the most challenging social change assignments–Rachel Bagby, Divine Daughters: Liberating the Power and Passion of Women’s Voices http://www.divinedaughters.com/ http://www.rachelbagby.com/home.html

Ken is a superlative facilitator, experienced, wise, compassionate, generous to a fault–Kurt Leland, Music and the Soul: A Listener’s Guide to Achieving Transcendent Musical Experiences http://www.kurtleland.com/

Ken is absolutely the epitome of a great workshop leaderDiana Robinson, To Stretch a Plank: A Survey of Psychokinesis http://www.choicecoach.com/

Ken, you modeled unconditional acceptance in the face of intense difficulty, without sacrificing the intended agenda of the workshopGrace Luddy, professor, photographer, workshop facilitator gbl@ids.net

Here’s what these leaders got from Ken’s workshops

I watched and learned from a master about teaching & leading.

Creating a safe space, identifying issues and establishing strategies.

How to sequence tasks, so one door opens to another.

How to take the “juice” right back into my own groups!

Bonding, belonging and community: how to forge friendships & cross bridges.

Ways to prepare people to share in small and large groups.

Ken’s soft, easy-paced, humorous and nonjudgmental leading was superb.

He holds space for listening and focuses group and individual process.

How conscious communication in an open forum smoothes out wrinkles.

One leader’s experience following our workshop training:

Susan returned to Manhattan after presenting at Esalen in Big Sur. She had been experimenting with the question of how little information from her book it would take to provide a learning platform, to cultivate deep intimacy and inner exploration? After taking our training she was thrilled.

Leading a workshop that was almost all process was totally new for me!

How little could I talk? How sparse could I keep the information? This time, I trimmed the content down to almost nothing so I could allow more time to focus on group process.

The group shared deeply—in their journals, within the dyads, and in small and large groups. Although it was not my aim, I noticed they were all buying my books at the bookstore! Thank you! My way of doing workshops has been forever changed.

Susan Anderson, psychotherapist, The Journey from Abandonment to Healing, a book recently compared to the ground-breaking work of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross http://www.abandonment.net/

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