Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel

Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel has studied and practiced the Buddhadharma for over 30 years under the guidance of her teacher and husband Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. She is the retreat master of Samten Ling in Crestone, Colorado and has spent over six years in retreat. She holds a degree in anthropology and an M.A. in Buddhist Studies. She teaches throughout the U.S. and Europe. She is the author of, The Power of an Open Question and The Logic of Faith: the Buddhist Path of Finding Certainty Beyond Belief and Doubt.

Elizabeth is known for her willingness to question the entire path in order to reach a place of genuine practice and awakening. She asks audience to engage in the practice of open questioning with her while she takes a fresh look at all the assumptions and beliefs we have about spirituality. Audiences repeatedly comment on how this approach has reinvigorated their meditation practice and the way they relate to their lives as a whole.

Judith Brown Meyers

Judith Brown Meyers is an independent consultant focused on planning, development and management issues for non-profits. Previously she created and managed several companies specializing in public policy, opinion research and environmental conservation. She has experience in producing Buddhist film festivals and examples of her photography are at JudithBrownMeyersPhotography.com.

She received a Ph.D. from Columbia University and studied photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. She studies Tibetan Buddhism under the guidance of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche.


Mark Elliot

A native of the United Kingdom, Mark Elliott started making documentaries since the early 1970s then he came to Dharamshala, India with a primitive video camera and made a film at the invitation of the Dalai Lama. His Buddhist films include “The Lion’s Roar’ on the XVI Gyalwa Karma, ‘Yangsi”, on the incarnation of the great Tibetan Lama Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and “Bodhissatva with the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa. Other subjects if his films include the Lakota medicine men and Henry and Leonard Crow Dog,( ‘Crow Dog’s Paradise’,) high wire walker Philippe Petit (‘Concert in the Sky’) and radical psychiatrist RD Laing. (“Eros, Love and Lies”). 

Mark’s films have been featured theatrically and in film festivals throughout the world. They
have been shown on international television as well as The Discovery Channel, National Geographic Explorer and PBS in the US. For the last thirty years he has made his home in the remote mountain community of Crestone, Colorado.


Vivian Kurz

Vivian Kurz was a producer and cinematographer on “Jewel Mountain” and “The Spirit of Tibet” (NFBC). In the 1960’s she appeared in a number of short films. She is the director of Dilgo Khyentse Fellowship/Shechen, (www.shechen.org) a non-profit dedicated to continuing the lineage and vision of Khyentse Rinpoche. She is also the director of Karuna-Shechen USA, a global humanitarian organization that provides vital services to
communities in the Himalayas (www.karuna-shechen.org).


Andrew Holecek

Andrew Holecek has completed the traditional three-year Buddhist meditation retreat and offers seminars internationally on meditation, dream yoga, and the art of dying. He is the author of The Power and the Pain: Transforming Spiritual Hardship into Joy; Preparing to Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, Meditation in the iGeneration; How to Meditate in a World of Speed and Stress, the audio learning course Dream Yoga; The Tibetan Path of Awakening Through Lucid Dreaming, and most recently, Dream Yoga; Illuminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of Sleep. Andrew is also a concert pianist, winning numerous awards in his student years. His work has appeared in Parabola, Shambhala Sun, Tricycle, Utne Reader, Buddhadharma Magazine, Light of Consciousness, and many other periodicals. His work joins the knowledge of the West with the wisdom of the East to help us realize our full human potential. Andrew holds degrees in classical music, biology, and a doctorate in dental surgery. He lives in Boulder, Colorado. See andrewholecek.com for more