Ram Dass (born Richard Alpert, April 6, 1931) is an American contemporary spiritual teacher and the author of the seminal 1971 book ‘Be Here Now’.
Ram Dass first went to India in 1967. He was still Dr. Richard Alpert, a prominent Harvard psychologist and psychedelic pioneer with Dr. Timothy Leary. He continued his psychedelic research until that fateful Eastern trip in 1967, when he traveled to India. In India, he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, affectionately known as Maharaj-ji, who gave Ram Dass his name, which means “servant of God.” Everything changed then – his intense dharmic life started, and he became a pivotal influence on a culture that has reverberated with the words “Be Here Now” ever since.
Ram Dass’ spirit has been a guiding light for generations, carrying along millions on the journey, helping to free them from their bonds as he works through his own. His unique skill in getting people to cut through and feel divine love without dogma remains a positive influence for people around the world.
Jamie Catto – Director
Jamie Catto is the creator, producer/director of the multi-award winning global 1 Giant Leap films and albums and founding member of Faithless. He leads uniquely transformative workshops and one-on-one sessions. Jamie is the creative catalyst, producer and director behind the global philosophy and music project 1 Giant Leap. The first 1 Giant Leap was nominated for 2 Grammys in 2003, sold over 300 thousand albums, and won numerous awards globally. The 2009 movie and album, “What About Me?”, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at Red Rock Film Festival.
Among other artist collaborations Jamie has directed in his projects to date include:
+ Film/TV figures: Dennis Hopper, Carrie Fisher, Billy Connolly, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon and Stephen Fry.
+Authors: Kurt Vonnegut, Noam Chomsky, Bob Geldof, Tom Robbins and Douglas Coupland.
+Spiritual Thinkers : Eckhart Tolle, Neale Donald Walsh, Marianna Williamson, Gabrielle Roth and Deepak Chopra.
+Music Personalities: Bono, Michael Stipe (REM), Alanis Morissette, Dido, Annie Lennox, Carlos Santana, Robbie Williams, Daniel Lanois, KD Lang, Brian Eno and Neneh Cherry.
Raghu Markus – Producer
Raghu Markus spent two years in India with Maharaj-ji and Ram Dass. He has been involved in music and transformational media since the early 1970s when he was program director of CKGM-FM in Montreal. In 1974 he collaborated with Ram Dass on the box set Love Serve Remember. In 1990, he launched Triloka Records and Karuna Music in Los Angeles, California. Triloka established itself as a critical leader in the development of world music and for 17 years was home to such artists as Krishna Das, Hugh Masekela, Walela, and Jai Uttal.
He produced transformational media projects that featured Ram Dass, Deepak Chopra and Les Nubians. He is the executive Director of the Love Serve Remember Foundation. In 2016, he co-founded the Be Here Now Podcast Network where he hosts Here & Now with Ram Dass as well as his own Mindrolling podcast.