Instructors & Contributors
Parzival Academy has loved working with Liesel Teversham to support our students in finding and understanding their unique strengths.
Liesel Teversham supports sensitive souls to build quiet confidence, helping them to work through the blocks and fears that stop them, so they can embrace their true, authentic strengths and believe in their value.
In her previous careers as a musician, and then as a computer programmer, Liesel saw how quiet people can be unfairly overlooked. While working in the stressful IT industry in 2005, she stumbled upon her true calling by accident when her (now) husband mentioned a strange therapy, created by a Stanford Engineer, to reduce anxiety and fear. She loved the weird and wonderful EFT tapping method so much that she went on to become a practitioner and later trainer in South Africa.
In 2017 she moved from South Africa to the UK with her husband, where she works with introverts all around the world. She’s the author of 2 books (No Problem. The Upside of Saying No, and Coping with a Dying Pet), and has hosted 2 podcasts (Mindful Career Transitions, and Grow Yourself to Grow your Business).
She also writes the monthly newsletter for the EFT International organization, a Charity that upholds EFT standards globally.
Two of her favorite tools are EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), and CliftonStrengths. Used together, they provide a solid foundation for any introvert who wants to make a difference in the world in their unique, quiet way.
Find more about Liesel at savvyselfgrowth.com
Our personal chef for our Orientation and Graduation weeks, Amy Ellis of Color Cuisine, focuses on providing an array of the freshest seasonal, regional, natural foods. As a natural foods chef, she prepares nutrient-dense foods in a way that best suits the body for balance, harmony, energy and optimal health.
Each vibrant array of color in her beautifully prepared food relates to a spectrum of nutrients the body needs for optimal health.
We’ll have a wonderful menu for all, and Amy can accommodate a variety of dietary needs including paleo, vegetarian, vegan, raw, gluten-free, kosher, and allergy-restricted.
Amy will provide us with an abundance of flavors and colors that we know your taste buds will enjoy. As a bonus, she is also helping to guide students toward deeper understanding of nourishment, wellness, food preparation methods, and connection around the table and in the kitchen. We’re so blessed to have Amy on our team.
Learn more about Amy at ColorCuisine.co.
Avisek Majumdar, or Avi as we endearingly refer to him, was born in India, growing up in the middle of the yoga and mindfulness culture. He went through a long path of learning and practicing under the guidance of great spiritual mentors from the tradition of Bihar School of Yoga/Satyananda Yoga.
After continuing his spiritual practice in parallel with academic studies in Electronics & Telecommunication, he chose another type of engineering to be his purpose in life –’spiritual engineering’.
Avi believes that from the quest of self search, the ancient science of Yoga was birthed, and every branch of Yoga directly or indirectly sheds light onto the path of self-exploration.
Avi’s teachings for Parzival students are intended to provide them with a space and opportunity to explore their inner nature.
Avi lives in Romania where he founded ‘Prakriti School of Yoga’ and “Conscious Living Romania”, offering regular yoga classes & corporate workshops in Romania (Bucharest, Timisoara & Cluj-Napoca) and other countries.
Avi has also trained with various body-mind teachers and in various approaches, including Non Violent Communication, Transactional Analysis and meditation.
With Parzival’s love of story and finding one’s voice, Debra brings the beautiful teachings of the power of speech to complement our work with biography, archetypes, the art of communication, and embodied learning.
Debra Spitulnik is the Creative Speech teacher for the Antioch University, Center for Anthroposophy and the Washington Waldorf School. For three decades she’s brought her love of creative speech to students, teachers and young adults nationwide. Debra’s unique perspective from her years as a class teacher enlivens plays, poetry, and story in grades 1-12. Debra is an adjunct professor at Antioch University New England and the Center for Anthroposophy, teaching speech, drama, storytelling, and curriculum to graduate students. In addition, she is the Pedagogical Lead for a new Waldorf Inspired charter school initiative in Baltimore City.
Education: Diploma in the arts of Speech and Drama, PerformInternational; M.Ed., Waldorf Education, Antioch University New England; B.S. Elementary and Special Education, Syracuse University.
Parzival Contributor Trian Bruma calls himself a Learning Architect, designing and nurturing learning environments for self-directed learners. He’s on a mission to instigate the rise of universities owned and self-organized by the learners.
Trian co-founded a small 150 student freedom-centered university in Bucharest, Romania called The Alternative University, where students direct their own learning. Everyone is a student, and everyone is a teacher. The Alternative University is now in its second incarnation, focused on creating open-source learning tools for self-organized learning environments and action-research in self-organized universities. Its wider scope will be to weave the ideas and tools of emergent, self-determined and self-organized learning with other aspects of free, fair and alive cultures (regenerative agriculture, food sovereignty zero-waste living, free and open-source software, cosmo-local production based on open design, alternative currencies, decentralized computing and energy production) in order to accelerate the learning and unlearning needed for the transition to such regenerative human cultures.
The Alternative University is part of the Ecoversities Alliance, that Trian considers the international home for his work.
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