Kindred’s International Editorial Advisory Board
Kindred is grateful to all of our advisors for the wise guidance and support they bring to our nonprofit work. With nearly two decades of insights into the New Story from over 200 contributors, Kindred’s vision of a sustainable and peaceful world would not be possible without their own trail-blazing work and belief in the Re-Generation.
About Suzanne Arms, founder of Birthing the Future and author, Immaculate Deception. She’s a familiar name to many from her seven groundbreaking books (on pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and adoption), films, photographs, and the hundreds of talks she has given at conferences worldwide since 1975. She has been an inspiration behind the Birth Movement. Her 2nd book,Immaculate Deception was named a New York Times Best Book of the Year and inspired thousands of midwives, nurses and physicians, as well as parents-to-be. Arms is an advocate for holistic, sustainable health policies and practices and conscious parenting. Her focus – and the focus of Birthing The Future, the U.S. non-profit she founded and directs – is birth and the mother-baby connection, which lays the foundation for love and trust, health and resiliency, cooperation and community. Arms presentations range from large multi-media events, using films and her photographs, at conferences and colleges to workshops for professionals and students, and intimate sacred circles for healing and deepening community. She weaves a tapestry of knowledge from ancient and cross-cultural wisdom to modern science (cellular biology, neurobiology, psycho-immunology and attachment theory), with ecology, feminism and spirituality.
Read Suzanne’s work on Kindred.
Read her full bio here.
Linda Bonvie (pictured with her cat, Stevia, is a journalist, author, and consumer advocate with 20 years of experience around food safety issues. She has written articles for major newspapers and national publications around the country, including USA Today, the New York Times, NBC-TV’s Dateline, the New Yorker, the Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, New Age Journal, Vegetarian Times, and more. She lives in Little Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.
Her books include Chemical-free Kids: How to Safeguard Your Child’s Diet and Environment,Chemical-free Kids the Organic Sequel, and The Stevia Story, about the FDA’s failed attempt to suppress the natural herb Stevia and the controversy that stemmed from a trade complaint reportedly filed by its competitor, NutraSweet. She is a regular contributor to Food Identity Theft, by Citizens for Health.
Sarah J. Buckley is a trained GP/family physician with qualifications in GP-obstetrics and family planning. She is the mother of four home-born children, and currently combines full-time motherhood with her work as a writer on pregnancy, birth, and parenting,
Dr Buckley’s work critiques current practices in pregnancy, birth, and parenting from the widest possible perspectives, including scientific, anthropological, cross-cultural, psychological, and personal. She encourages us to be fully informed in our decision-making; to listen to our hearts and our intuition; and to claim our rightful role as the real experts in our bodies and our children.
Her bestselling book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices, published by Celestial Arts (US, 2009), builds on her acclaimed first edition, published in Australia as Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: The Wisdom and Science of Gentle Choices in Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting One Moon Press, Brisbane, 2005).
Marti is Clinical Director and Partner at Quest Institute. A pioneering psychotherapist and educator for over 30 years, Marti has led intensive healing retreats for adults through Esalen, the STAR Foundation, Feathered Pipe Ranch, The Center for ReUniting Families and Entelechy Institute. She is founding President of Santa Barbara Graduate Institute known for its MA and PhD degrees in somatic psychology, prenatal and perinatal psychology, and clinical psychology. She also served as professor of clinical psychology, integrating affective neuroscience with attachment, early development, and trauma.
Robin Grille is a father, psychologist in private practice and a parenting educator living in Sydney, Australia. His articles on parenting and child development have been widely published and translated in Australia and around the world. Robin’s first book,Parenting for a Peaceful World (2005), has received international acclaim and led to speaking engagements around Australia, USA and New Zealand. His second book, Heart to Heart Parenting (2008), was first published in Australia by ABC Books. Robin’s work is animated by his belief that humanity’s future is largely dependent on the way we collectively relate to our children. Watch the amazing video created from Parenting for a Peaceful World on You Tube.
Robin’s experiential, skills-based and informational parenting courses have helped many people to embrace parenting as a transformative, personal growth journey. Drawing from over 20 years’ clinical experience and from leading-edge neuropsychological research, Robin’s seminars and courses focus on healthy emotional development for children as well as parents; while building supportive, co-operative parenting communities.
Read Robin’s articles, listen to podcasts and watch Kindred’s New Story videos with him here.
Pam Leo, is a family literacy activist, founder of the Book Fairy Pantry Project, the author of Connection Parenting, and a new poem, and future children’s book, Please Read To Me. Pam has worked with children and families for more than forty years. From her work with teen parents, parents in prison, parents in recovery, and low income parents, she learned that all parents want very much to provide for their own children. She has “never met a parent who didn’t want life to be better for their children than it was for them.” Her enduring love of children’s books, her passion for literacy, and her commitment to empowering parents, are combined in her new role as the founder of the grassroots literacy movement, the Book Fairy Pantry Project, whose mission is “Books change children’s lives…for good.”
Pam Leo is a member of the board of directors for Kindred’s parent nonprofit, Kindred World.
Read Pam’s work and listen to her podcasts on Kindred.
Visit the Book Fairy Pantry Project here.
Myrna has 40 years of experience working as director of Nelson and Area Mental Health Services, therapeutically as a nurse, family therapist and craniosacral therapist. Her private practice focuses on early trauma resolution with babies, children and their families as well as adults. She teaches workshops and seminars around the world. Myrna is director of the Kutenai Institute of Integral Therapies which offers pre- and perinatal professional training, somatic trauma resolution and biodynamic craniosacral therapy. Her next pre- and perinatal professional trainings will be in Charlottesville, Virginia, beginning in April 2013 and Vancouver, British Columbia, in May 2013. These trainings provide professional education for a broad range of people working with pregnant couples and families with children in the early years as well as adults. Visit her online at myrnamartin.net.
Read her articles and watch her videos on pre- and perinatal psychology on Kindred.
Prompted by the attempted rape and murder of a female colleague in 1981, Michael embarked on The Betrayal of Intimacy, an independent research and public awareness project to prevent sexual violence. The sociopath, rapist, and abusive male are most often themselves victims of early childhood abuse, humiliation, and neglect. It is this betrayal of intimacy that creates a foundation for violence. If the absence of nurturing is a major contributor to juvenal and adult patterns of violence, then feeling safe, physical affection and play in early childhood will help prevent violence. In 1987 Michael founded Touch the Future, a nonprofit learning design center, upon this simple observation.
As documentary filmmaker Michael has traveled extensively researching sensitive issues: domestic violence and rape, the impact of media on learning, cultural and human development, the nature of intelligence, holistic learning models, the changing family, prenatal learning, creativity and peak performance. For two decades Michael has gathered and published interviews with more than fifty researchers, scientists, authors and performance specialists, including extensive works with renowned physicist David Bohm, J. Krishnamurti, Ashley Montagu and Joseph Chilton Pearce. Working closely with Pearce and performance specialists, Michael developed a revolutionary parenting and coaching model that applies the psychology of optimum experience, what athletes call The Zone, to parenting and to education.
Magical Parent – Magical Child, the Optimum Learning Relationship, a book written in collaboration with Pearce, offers this model of peak performance and optimum learning to parents, preschool, Head Start, and child care providers, public educators and amateur athletic coaches. Michael has presented these and related works at national and international conferences in the United States, Eastern Europe, The Netherlands, in India and the United Kingdom.
Read Michael’s work on Kindred.
Founder and Director, National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC)
On March 15, 1986, a group of healthcare professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area, led by Marilyn Milos RN, announced the (1985) founding of the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC); the first national clearinghouse in the United States for information about circumcision. In its first decade, NOCIRC grew into an international network and now has more than 110 centers worldwide.
NOCIRC provides educational material about the structures, functions, development, and care of normal penile anatomy and offers information about circumcision and the care of the circumcised as well as the intact penis. NOCIRC suggests that circumcision be performed only when it is absolutely medically necessary, after all non-invasive therapies have failed, or when an adult gives consent, after he has been fully informed about the risks and harm of the surgery. NOCIRC’s position is based on the fact that not one national or international medical association in the world—including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association—recommends routine infant circumcision and now, recognizing the harm and life-long consequences, some are recommending against it.
Read about circumcision on Kindred.
Find resources on circumcision.
Darcia Narvaez, PhD
Darcia Narvaez is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. Her prior careers include professional musician, classroom music teacher, business owner, seminarian and middle school Spanish teacher. Dr. Narvaez’s current research explores how early life experience influences societal culture, wellbeing and sociomoral character in children and adults. She integrates neurobiological, clinical, developmental and education sciences in her theories and research about human nature and human development.
She publishes extensively on moral development, parenting and education. Recently she has been studying the Evolved Nest and how it influences wellbeing, sociality and morality.
She hosts interdisciplinary conferences at the University of Notre Dame regarding early experience and human development (the talks and/or powerpoints are available online). In 2016, she organized a conference on Sustainable Wisdom: Integrating Indigenous KnowHow for Global Flourishing (talks available online).
She is the author or editor of numerous books and articles, see The Science page for listings.
Her recent book, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom (2014), won the 2015 William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association, as well as the 2017 Expanded Reason Award. She is former executive editor of the Journal of Moral Education.
John Travis, MD, MPH
John W. Travis, MD, MPH completed his medical degree in Boston and a residency in general preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Strongly influenced by Halbert Dunn, MD’s, 1961 classic, High-Level Wellness, which he discovered in 1972, he subsequently founded the first wellness center in the US (Wellness Resource Center, Mill Valley, CA, 1975) favorably portrayed in a 1979 60 Minutes segment with Dan Rather. The center was transformed into a non-profit educational foundation, Wellness Associates in 1980. He is the author of the Wellness Inventory Online (wellpeople.com), and three editions of the Wellness Workbook.
During the 80s and 90s, along with his wife, Meryn Callander, he focused on developing peer support networks of helping professionals that embraced a partnership model in order to reverse some of the negative effects of authoritarian model in the medical system. Realizing in 1991 that how we raise children has far more influence on their later wellness (and the estrangement that leads to dominator systems) than any other factor in our lives, he expanded the focus of his work to include infant wellness. Along with Meryn and 11 world experts in birth and child development he co-founded The Alliance for Transforming the Lives of Children (aTLC.org), which fosters individual and planetary wellness through changing the norms of how babies are born and treated in their early years.
During the last decade, he has focused on bringing together all aspects of wellness within the concept of full-spectrum wellness, where the focus is on interconnectedness, both throughout all the stages of the human development, from conception to death, and within all levels of the environment around us—from inside our skin to the whole planet. He summarizes 38 years in the wellness field with the expression: The currency of wellness is connection. He was appointed an adjunct professor in the Master of Wellness program at RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) University in 2008 and teaches Wellness Assessment in their online curriculum.
His new work is with the Fathermore Project and resources the book, Why Dads Leave: Insights and Resources for When Partners Become Parents.
Kelly Wendorf is a writer, author, public speaker, facilitator and social entrepreneur. Having spent much of her life between the Native lands of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, to the devotional places of India, and finally the vast expanse of Australia, she has spent years exploring the practical application of spiritual awakening to daily life, social change, sustainable business practices and innovations in community learning. This lead to her work as founder of Kindred magazine, and eventually the Kindred online community, where she continues to contribute her valuable articles, which are enjoyed by many. She is also the editor and contributing writer for the anthology, Stories of Belonging (Finch Publishing).More recently, Kelly co-founded The Institute of the Southwest along with her husband Wayne Muller, an educational organization. The Institute’s self-mastery program, The Equus Experience, works with individuals, organizations and corporations to explore collaborative leadership through co-facilitation with horses. Working alongside her team of horses, Kelly works with people to discover how nature reveals their innate wisdom and strength. Kelly currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband, Wayne and her two children.
Kelly is the founder of Kindred. Read her work on Kindred here.
Visit her at Equus Inspired here.
Laurel Wilson, BSc, IBCLC, RLC, CCCE, CLE®, CLD, CPPFE, CPPI owns MotherJourney in Morrison, Colorado. She has her degree in Maternal and Child Health – Lactation Consulting. With over twenty six years of experience working with women in the childbearing year and perinatal professionals, Laurel takes a creative approach to working with the pregnant family and perinatal professionals. She is co-author of best-selling books, The Greatest Pregnancy Ever: The Keys to the MotherBaby Bond and The Attachment Pregnancy: The Ultimate Guide to Bonding with Your Baby. She is also a contributing author to Round the Circle: Experienced Doulas Share What They Learned the Hard Way and original editor of the CAPPA Lactation Educator Manual. She currently travels the world presenting on such hot topics as Social Media and the Pregnant Family, Epigenetics and the Microbiome and First Foods, and Cannabis and Perinatal Health.
Read and watch Laurel’s work with the Greatest Pregnancy Ever on Kindred.
Read and watch her individual work on Kindred.
Visit Laurel’s website Mother Journey.
Suzanne Zeedyk, PhD
For the past 25 years, I’ve been an academic researcher, studying babies’ innate ability to communicate and connect with other people. I have loved what the field of Developmental Psychology has taught me – why it is that a child’s earliest years have such a profound effect on their later years, including their emotional security, their trust in others, their self-confidence, and their relationships. Now I want to help ensure that this knowledge is spread as widely as possible. I frequently act as partner or speaker for a wide range of organizations throughout the UK and abroad – including police, educators, health workers, nursery staff, parent groups, and children’s theatre groups – helping them to better understand the neuroscientific, biological, and psychological evidence concerning the human need for emotional connection. If we overlook the early years, then we all pay for it, through the services that governments need to fund, such as prisons, mental health programmes, hospitals, fostering arrangements, and others. Tackling many of society’s challenges can best be done by paying attention to the emotional needs of babies. Visit Dr. Zeedyk here. Watch her collection of research films here.