Andrew Harvey is a renowned and distinguished mystical scholar, Rumi translator and explicator, poet, novelist, spiritual teacher and writer, and architect of Sacred Activism. Born in south India in 1952, where he lived until he was nine years old, Harvey credits this early period with shaping his sense of the inner unity of all religions and providing him with a permanent and inspiring vision of a world infused with the sacred. Harvey is Founding Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, and also has a spiritual counseling practice in Chicago.
Author and teacher Sobonfu Somé is one of the foremost voices in African spirituality in the West. Sobonfu, whose name means "keeper of the rituals", shares the rich spiritual life and culture of her native land Burkina Faso, which ranks as one of the world's poorest countries yet one of the richest in spiritual life and custom. She has traveled extensively throughout North America and Europe, conducting workshops on spirituality, ritual, the sacred and intimacy. Her work has moved African spiritual practices from the realm of anthropology, to a place alongside the world's great spiritual tradition, with a message of profound significance and practical application in the lives of Westerners.