James Connor

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James Connor applies spiritual wisdom to all facets of life whether he’s wearing a tie or wearing Yoga clothes. Simply, if wisdom is true, it applies in all situations. He cares deeply about people and has an exceptional ability to help people overcome obstacles to find more happiness.

In addition to teaching philosophy and meditation, James worked for 12 years as the CEO of The James Group, a full-service brand-strategy agency in New York City. During that time, he advised over 200 business owners, both nationally and internationally, on strategies needed to grow—often working at a personal level to help people overcome fears and doubts. He is the author of The Perfection of Marketing, a business book that applies a key Buddhist principle of Exchanging Self and Others to marketing. He sold his business in 2009 in order to enter and complete a three-year meditation retreat.

James understands the value of good advice based on authentic wisdom and deep personal experience. He wants people to feel supported in achieving their goals.

Kristin Walsh

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Kristin has studied and trained extensively in the lineage of the Dalai Lamas and has completed numerous one-month silent meditation retreats and a traditional three-year, three-month retreat.

Kristin left a successful career as an art director in New York City to enter long retreat in 2010. She also taught meditation and yoga in her community.

Now living and teaching in Los Angeles, Kristin offers coaching and counseling by donation. She uses insights gained over her 15 years of study and practice to skillfully guide people to close the gap between what they want in their clearest moments and what they actually do. She relates to individuals with genuine sensitivity to their pain and struggles, helps them see things in new ways, and partners with them to chart intelligent paths forward.

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