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What is the value of achievement if we are unable to attain or maintain joy after having reached unimaginable success? How much of our education or scholarly research is applicable to passing the ‘tests’ we will be given throughout life, regarding parenting, love, resilience, aging, death, mental well-being, and self-awareness? Most of us would agree it would be inappropriate to address such topics in english class or before a  math exam, so where do these subjects get addressed?

The great thinker and Rhodes Scholar, E. F. Schumacher, believed that all through school and university we are given guidance about life and knowledge, and generally this guidance had little relevance to the things that people cared about or the way they conducted their lives - the way life is really lived. The ACADEMi of Life was founded to fulfill Schumacher’s observation, and to address these important topics … we created ‘a place’ where people can gather to discuss the things they care about --- the things that matter most in life, that they didn't learned in school.

So, on November 10th, 2016 at our ‘6x10’ event, we will gather, to hear six speakers talk about the six things that matter most in life. Each speaker will present for ten minutes on one of the six topics. The event is designed to provoke, awaken and deepen our thinking about the essential life-skills we need to live a meaningful, peaceful, fulfilling and valuable life – you will be inspired, transformed, entertained and educated.


Mental Well-Being: So many recent events have revealed that mental health is a critical well-being skill that must be addressed and valued. It is our belief that mental health is more important than getting good grades – it’s more important than IQ. There is no health without mental health.

Resilience: How do we hold it together in the face of extraordinary challenges and uncertainties? How rapidly do we bounce back and recover from hardship and adversity? Resilience, a critical skill we need in a life where the only constant is change.

Parenting: “There are few situations in life which are more difficult to cope with than an adolescent son or daughter during the attempt to liberate themselves.” We will share how to transform your relationship with your child into joy, empowerment and kinship and raise them to be their best, truest selves.

Self-Mastery: No one is perfect. Understanding and acceptance of our imperfect ‘dual-nature’ with the goal of continuous personal improvement is the secret to self-mastery. Leonardo da Vinci once said, 'the height of a man’s success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment.'

Aging & Dying: A revolutionary examination of why we age, what it means for our health, and how we just might be able to fight it. An easy-to-follow plan to prevent and reverse the signs of aging will be shared.

Love: There is no other factor in medicine, “not diet, not smoking, not exercise, not stress, not genetics, not drugs, not surgery”, that affects our health, quality and length of life more than feeling loved and cared for. Love matters.

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Agapi Stassinopoulos – Teacher & Author

Agapi a speaker at various international conferences and events, is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and is the author of the best-seller, Unbinding the Heart – A Dose of Greek Wisdom, Generosity and Unconditional Love. Agapi and her sister Arianna Huffington are committed to the improvement of well-being in human beings and will soon launch a new health and wellness venture, ‘Thrive’.

Bisila Bokoko – Entrepreneur

Bisila is an award-winning businesswoman, public speaker and philanthropist. Born and raised in Spain she held the position of Executive Director at Spain-US Chamber of Commerce in New York City. She is currently the CEO & Founder of BBES, a brand-consulting firm. Bisila is also the founder of BBALP: a non-profit, committed to opening libraries in Africa. She earned two Master’s degrees in International Relations and Business Administration and holds a Law degree from Universidad CEU San Pablo.

Hakeem Rahim – Mental Health Advocate

Hakeem holds a BA in Psychology from Harvard University and dual masters from Columbia University. He is the founder of Live Breather, LLC, a professional consultative services company that focuses on educational consulting and mental health advocacy. He is the author of ‘Magenta Your Conscience’ and is a recorded spoken word artist.

Josh Mitteldorf – Theoretical Biologist

After 30 years wandering in the plasma physics of extragalactic radio sources, Josh came to the study of aging in 1996 to correct a fundamental error in the foundations of evolutionary theory. After 20 years, the revolution in biological concept of aging that he initiated is now coming to fruition. Along the way, he learned to keep his own body young. Josh shares a comprehensive health program at AgingAdvice.org, and writes a regular aging column for ScienceBlog.org.

His political writings appear at OpEdNews.com, and his poetry is featured at PoemHunter.com. In private life, Josh teaches yoga, advocates for fair elections, plays piano and French horn. His two grown daughters were among the first girls adopted from China in the 1980s. He recently co-authored the book Cracking The Aging Code –The New Science of Growing Old –And What It Means for Staying Young, a thoughtful examination of the role of aging and death in supporting life. Josh has also researched and taught at MIT, Harvard, and Berkeley.

Mark Matousek – Author

Mark is the author of two award-winning memoirs, Sex Death, Enlightenment: A True Story and The Boy He Left Behind: A Man’s Search For His Lost Father as well as When You’re Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living and Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life.  A featured blogger for Psychology Today, Huffington Post, he has contributed to numerous anthologies and publications including The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine (contributing editor) and The New York Times Magazine. A popular lecturer and writing teacher, he is on the faculty of The Omega Institute, Kripalu, Esalen, and is the Creative Director of V-Men (with Eve Ensler), an organization devoted to ending violence against women and girls.

Shefali Tsabary – Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Shefali is a world-renowned clinical psychologist who received her doctorate from Columbia University. She is also an acclaimed author of the award –winning book The Conscious Parent and is an expert international speaker. Her latest book, The Awakened Family gives us daily skills and tools to revolutionize our families and our parenting. Dr. Shefali is Oprah’s Parenting Expert and is often seen on SuperSoul Sunday on OWN. She specializes in the integration of Eastern philosophy and Western psychology and her message has the potential to change people’s lives for generations to come.

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