Michael Stern says...
"My travels convinced me that we are all on a journey of becoming who we are meant to be, individually, and collectively, and I committed my life to the study and practice of cultivating human potential.
"In 2012 I co-founded Integral Alignment as a platform to host thought-leaders and spiritual teachers from around the world, and build a community dedicated to exploring and embodying the next stage of human development.
"I also founded and facilitated the NYC chapter of WePractice, a community of practitioners exploring Collective Wisdom and relationship as a path of healing and awakening.
"My interest in organizational development and social innovation eventually led to a role as Performance Coach and Engagement Manager for 1 change, a consulting firm delivering holistic leadership development programs to high-performing senior executives and key talents in global corporations.
"Now, as a coach and facilitator, I serve as a guide in the view and practice of Conscious Evolution, an integrative path to deeper meaning and purpose, presence and passion, freedom and wholeness.
"I find joy in stillness and movement, cooking and eating, drumming and dancing, traveling and nature, mixed martial arts, and the utterly transformative journey of fatherhood.
"Born and raised in New York City, I currently live in Maine with my partner, Erin, and our magical daughter, Isla."
Joe is the co-founder of Circle Ways (2017), Council In Schools (2005), and the Palms Council Project (1992). A public school teacher for 24 years and educator trainer for Los Angeles Unified School District for seven years, Joe is also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an elder of The Ojai Foundation. He has practiced circle ways in the classroom since 1986 and has been a Council Trainer for The Ojai Foundation since 1994, providing trainings for educators, therapists, and business people nationally and internationally. He is the author of stories, training curricula, lesson plans on circle ways in schools, and the forthcoming book Teaching and Learning in Circles.