Sleepawake Camp was founded in 2021 by Jeff Lieberman and Cat Tweedie who began their friendship twenty years before while college students at MIT. Their friendship, based in supporting each other’s journeys to ever deeper clarity, has seeded a growing community inspired to address the epidemic of searing loneliness among young people. Their deep hope is for all of us to live deeply aligned with our heart’s longings and nourished by a web of rich, authentic relationships.
Jeff received four degrees at MIT (Physics, Math, Mech E and Robotics). He hosted “Time Warp” on the Discovery Channel about the wonders of science, and made large-scale art for 15 years.
By external measures, he was incredibly successful. But inside, something was missing. This disconnect led him to a deep depression in high school, and chronic pain for almost 20 years after that.
Jeff learned quantum mechanics before learning about his emotions. He marvels at the fact that we can measure the external universe to 10-decimal accuracy, but most of us don’t learn about our insides: our emotions, what leads to flourishing, how to take great care of ourselves. Years of personal exploration transformed him, leading to a determination to not have the road to joy be difficult for others to find.
He has spent the last 15 years training in meditation, personal development, and group dynamics for well being, facilitating high school students through a 3-week intensive and adults through an 18-month program. He speaks around the world on the topics of art, science, education, healing, and consciousness. See more of his work at bea.st.
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Emotional artist, physicist, lead facilitator
Cat holds a fire for honoring this one life. She is committed to the inner work needed to live in harmony with each other and the Earth. She brings twelve years of facilitation experience and twenty years of meditation practice. She supports individual healing and growth through relational group work, attention practices, and movement.
Cat was an All-American pole vaulter in college, earned her PhD at MIT in Materials Science and Engineering, and traveled the world managing and facilitating transformational change projects in private companies and public organizations.
For most of Cat’s life, she thought she was happy and healthy. But at 37 a physical breakdown left her bedridden for 9 months, dependent on her family and community. This experience let her see how deeply her sense of contentment had been dependent on her achievements and ability to please others. Her body’s vitality returned as she began honoring the needs she had learned to dismiss.
At home in Oregon, Cat facilitates womens’ circles exploring life experience through meditation and movement in community. Cat’s sculpture work can be found at cattweedieball.com.
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Inner worker, energetic teacher, lioness
Katara lives in devotion to what she calls Epic Love — the love that inspires us to evolve beyond our perceived limits, expanding us to new levels of strength and courage, deepening our capacity to love.
Her unique ability to tap into the love beneath every expression allows her to transmute pain into love, heartbreak into freedom, and anger into empowerment. Her soul's calling is to support others in doing the same.
With degrees in engineering and a background working in technology as an engineer, manager, and leadership coach, Katara has found tremendous joy in nerding out about the ultimate ways of cultivating higher levels of well-being and observing how the creation process becomes more enjoyable, easeful, and rewarding as a result.
Katara is trained in many modalities such as Co-Active coaching, Conscious Leadership coaching, Transformational NLP, and Emotional Resolution. She is also studying facilitation at the International School of Temple Arts.
Love devotee, relational nerd, emotional truthteller
Dan was lucky enough to grow up in a small town in Michigan and run around outside getting dirty and scraped up. He body has a deep love of hands on problem solving and exploration that spans the range from robots to basket weaving. His heart craves service and connection in this human experience.
Dan got his fifteen minutes of fame from building robots in research labs at MIT(BS,MS,ABD,IBS) and in art spaces around the world. Despite this success, he frequently found himself using excessive intoxicants to let go. Slowly and awkwardly he began to explore various spiritual, therapeutic, and local craft traditions.
Currently Dan splits his time between Cambridge, where he is chief robotics officer at Pickle Robot Company, and Maine, where he hosts workshops in earthen oven building and spends a lot of quiet time celebrating the small and slow.
Dan loves playing music with others. Dan loves doing cartwheels and is happy to teach you how. He is always looking for more opportunities to dance with others and still be able to go to bed by 9…
Problem solver, connector, holder of absolute wonder
Nate Ball is an inventor, entrepreneur, athlete, CEO, author, and performer. His unending joy from creative pursuits started early in life; childhood projects included kayaks, potato guns, and a Tesla coil, along with many piano compositions and a thrilling couple of summers street performing for tourists with his beatboxing skills.
His inventive spirit led him to MIT where he earned two degrees in mechanical engineering and helped develop and host an Emmy and Peabody-award winning PBS Kids engineering show that’s reached tens of millions of viewers. He is also the cofounder and CEO of a company that builds specialized rescue and access systems for helicopters, first responders, utility line crews and astronauts, is named on dozens of patents, and is the author of two children’s book series.
But when speaking to college students, Nate always finds himself focusing on how much uncertainty, frustration, self-doubt, and fear have been a part of all these bio-worthy successes, and that learning to work with his own emotions has brought about the breakthroughs that have meant the most to him.
Inspired inventor, kind entrepreneur, athletic guide
Darlene has a varied background, including Nursing, Dance, and Dance Movement Therapy, and Counseling with an Expressive Therapy bias. As an Expressive Therapist with somatic and emotional focus, she has maintained a private counseling and expressive psychotherapy practice since 1992 and was employed as a college educator teaching Applied Counseling Skills for many years.
She has facilitated spiritually oriented groups and meditation programs and has served as resident teacher at Dharma Treasure Cochise, AZ. She is a certified Mind Illuminated teacher and Zen Priest (Emyo Seien). Over the years Darlene has woven Integral Theory into her life and practice and teachings. Her certifications include Attachment Theory, Pranic Healing, among others.
Darlene is married with four wonderful and grown children. She enjoys much, including dance, a great book, wonderful people, the sky at dawn and dusk, a grandchild, a cat, and is still waiting for the right dog to come along.
Expressive therapist, sage, Zen priest
Doug received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1991 from the University of Arizona, minoring in statistics and research methodology. He spent ten years as a research professor with the University of Manitoba, a clinical psychologist with the Manitoba Cancer Treatment and Research Centre, and held a post-doctoral fellowship from the National Cancer Institute of Canada and is published in psychology, health services research, and research methodology.
His research, clinical, and personal explorations of the Mind-Body connection eventually led him to create the Bio-Emotive Framework and other transformational technologies. He conducts seminars in integral theory, sports psychology, and the integration of psychology and spirituality. He is presently working with advanced meditators and spiritual teachers on balancing life after enlightenment, using his own version of the Four Facets (Integral) Model of Human Transformation.
Married 34 years with four adult children, his wife and he are both emerging teachers in the Namgyal Rinpoche line of the Karma Kagyu tradition. He and his wife and eldest daughter were certified in 2021 by the now late Dr. Culadasa John Yates to teach the Mind Illuminated Method of Shamatha-Vipassana.
Psychologist, emotional genius, explorer of consciousness
Nutritional guru and expert chef, gardener, herbalist
Michael, also known as "The Stick Man," is an attachment healer and expert in somatic-based approaches to healing. With his unique healing technique, Michael uses a stick as an attachment thermometer to explore and address the somatic aspects of his client's attachment wounds.
But don't let his love for sticks fool you - Michael is a highly skilled and experienced healer. He understands the importance of unlocking our life narratives and unmet needs through the language of our body sensations. With a deep understanding of the experience of attachment and relational dynamics, he empowers clients to form healthier patterns of connection and fulfillment.
So whether you're struggling with attachment wounds or just curious about the healing power of a physical healing script, Michael is here to support you on your journey towards greater wellbeing and connection.
Somatic healer and attachment specialist
As a senior in college, Troy committed to a daily yoga practice. Swiftly, her life began to transform. She became less anxious, and her mind became more clear. Troy started to feel more joyful, grateful, and fulfilled. She was no longer just “making it,” from one task to the next, on her never-ending to-do list. She was waking up.
After several months of daily yoga, Troy knew she wanted to teach. She wanted to help people get off their to-do-list hamster wheels. What’s the point of all of our success, if most of the time we feel like we're just making it through the day?
Troy has been practicing yoga since 2006 and teaching since 2010. She designs her classes, courses, and retreats to facilitate transformation for her students, who often describe her teaching style as playful and nurturing, yet strong. Troy has a BA in Religion from the University of Florida, and is a trained Practitioner with Centers for Spiritual Living.
Playful yoga teacher who wants you to ditch the rules
Brinn Langdale, licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, has been working with youth for nearly two decades. In that time, she has been a coach, mentor, educator, group facilitator, school-based mental health specialist, podcast host, speaker and counselor. In 2015, she began hosting multi-day teen leadership conferences and speaking to school groups about mental, physical and nutritional health. After that, she earned her Master's degree in Psychology from Brandman University and began seeing clients in schools as well as in private practice. In 2020, she launched Youth Rising Together, a group curriculum teaching mental wellness to middle and high school students.
Brinn specializes in taking a holistic approach to healing and is certified in Emotional Freedom Techniques (aka Tapping), the Safe and Sound Protocol which pertains to PolyVagal theory, and has been trained in Inner Child and Inner Critic work for over 10 years. Brinn began her own journey of healing and self-discovery at the ripe age of 18 after experiencing various forms of childhood trauma that led to a variety of unhealthy coping skills such as substance abuse, eating issues, and self-harm. Presently, she has an online private therapy practice and enjoys traveling with her partner in their built-out Sprinter van and working on her memoir. For more information about Brinn please visit her website at www.brinnlangdale.com
Life-long healer and inner worker
Sarah Cruse has learned to come home to the moment. As a young repressed and depressed adult, trying to find her way out of patterns of personal and familial trauma, she found poetry and discovered the healing power of embodied truth, authentic voice and creative expression. Through spoken word, theater, singing, and sound exploration, she discovered an internal river of emergence. It is a deep listening, a profound wellspring of self-expression, a pathway towards healing that changed her life forever. Sarah now supports people and communities in activating their own inner creative pathways. She is currently a practitioner of energetic medicine, sound healing and trauma clearing, the lead singer of her band Yaya’s Kitchen, and a channel for a wise, humorous and loving character named Granny. Sarah believes in the brilliance of collaborative intelligence, and the generosity of the collective heart that guides us all.
Musician, healer, and truth teller
From corporate to community: Kelsey worked on Wall Street for years until she stopped saying yes to everyone else and started saying yes to herself.
She found herself living in an off-grid community learning to live in alignment with nature and embarking on a journey to self.
Her spiritual journey took off from there, tapping into her inner power through embodiment practices like yoga, breathwork, ecstatic dance, barefooting, somatic release, primal play, sacred sensual movement, tantra and more.
Cacao has also been a big part of the journey, from cultivating and harvesting the cacao fruit to crafting her own incredibly delicious vegan chocolate to facilitating sacred cacao circles. She continues to deepen her connection with cacao by traveling to places where the plant medicine grows to learn directly from the local communities while sharing her gifts.
Barefoot jungle creature, cacao alchemist
Candace Sauvé is committed to helping individuals find inner authority and live fulfilling lives. She brings deep knowledge of nervous system regulation and somatic practices to her work.
After ten years of corporate success, Candace suffered from deep depression and anxiety in her early twenties, as well as chronic pain for almost a decade. She started exploring her inner world and leaning into her growth edges, discovering her passion for helping people learn about emotions, building strong relationships, and taking great care of themselves.
Today, she is a neuro-somatic coach, facilitator, and writer, who is a total nerd about emotional and relational skills. Candace is certified in Stanford’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Yin Pranayama Breathwork, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Emotional Resolution (EmRes®). Learn more about Candace at www.candacesauve.com. To get in touch with her, feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neuro-somatic coach, healing nerd
Amy Elizabeth Fox is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mobius Executive Leadership. As a senior leadership strategist, she has extensive experience consulting to top teams on issues related to human capital, organizational health and leadership development.
Amy has a Masters in Counseling Psychology with expertise in addressing personal and collective trauma.
Leadership strategist, psychologist, trauma worker
Winslow is a physicist (MA) and mathematician (PhD) by training. From 2014 - 2016 he was cofounder of Palo Alto Neuroscience, whose purpose was to harness neuro-feedback and neuro-stimulation to accelerate transformations available from meditation.
Winslow is a student of life and the human condition. He believes that civilization should prioritize systematizing knowledge of personal growth, healing, and awakening practices, driving further innovation, and making the techniques available to the entire world. He is an angel investor in companies furthering this mission.
Physicist, mathematician, student of the universe
JoAnn is a Core Energetics therapist with a private practice in Northern California. She also leads group programs throughout the US and is certified in Somatic Psychology from Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. JoAnn weaves Core Energetics, Body-Mind Psychotherapy, and other psychosomatic approaches with her spiritual awakening, deep human compassion, and lust for life. She is dedicated to supporting people become the source of their own healing, transformation, and awakening through their life force. www.joannlovascio.com
Energetics therapist, somatic psychologist, lover of existence