Join ITP for an evening program on A Search for a Personal Utopia with human potential pioneers and noted authors George Leonard and Michael Murphy.
George Leonard is the author of twelve books including Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-term Fulfillment. He holds a 5th degree black belt in Aikido and is co-owner of Aikido of Tamalpais in Mill Valley.
Michael Murphy is co-founder of Esalen Institute. His books include The Future of the Body, Golf in the Kingdom, and The Life We Are Given (co-authored with George Leonard).
Pamela Kramer serves as treasurer on the board of ITP International and as the coordinator for Community ITP in Mill Valley, California. She works as a career and organizational consultant, with 25 yearsâ€™ experience helping people use their creative talents to do their best work. As an ITP trainer, Pam focuses on starting new ITP groups and bringing ITP to the workplace.
George Burr Leonard
George Leonard, a pioneer in the field of human potentialities, is author of twelve books, including "The Transformation," "Education and Ecstasy," "The Silent Pulse," "The Ultimate Athlete," and "Mastery."
During his seventeen years as senior editor for Look Magazine, he covered the Civil Rights Movement, politics, foreign affairs, and social change, while winning an unprecedented number of national awards for education writing. Later, he produced annual Ultimate Fitness sections for Esquire as well as numerous articles on a wide variety of subjects in such magazines as Esquire, Harperâ€™s, The Atlantic, New York, Saturday Review, and The Nation.
Leonard holds a fifth-degree black belt in aikido and is co-founder of a martial arts school. He is founder of Leonard Energy Training (LET), a transformative practice inspired by aikido, which he has introduced to some 50,000 people in the U.S. and abroad. He is past-president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, president emeritus of Esalen Institute, and President of ITP International.
Michael Murphy is co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Esalen Institute and author of four novels: "Golf in the Kingdom," "The Kingdom of Shivas Irons," "Jacob Atabet," and "An End to Ordinary History."
His nonfiction works, in addition to "The Life We Are Given," include "In the Zone," an anthology of extraordinary sports experience, co-authored with Rhea White, and "The Future of the Body: Explorations Into the Further Evolution of Human Nature." "Golf in the Kingdom," still a bestseller 32 years after it was published, has spawned the Shivas Irons Society, a nonprofit organization with members in the 50 states and in 20 countries as well.
Murphy was born in Salinas, California, graduated from Stanford University, and lived for a year at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, India. In 1980, he helped initiate Esalenâ€™s Soviet-American Exchange Program, which was a premiere diplomacy vehicle for citizen-to-citizen relations. In 1990, Boris Yeltsinâ€™s first visit to the U.S. was initiated by the Institute. Shortly after this visit, Yeltsin catalyzed the end of communism in Russia.
Esalen is also a ground-breaking research site. Preparatory work for The Future of the Body began in 1977 with the building of an archive of more than 10,000 studies of exceptional human functioning. The archive is now located at the University of California in Santa Barbara.
During his long involvement in the human potential movement, Murphy and his work have been profiled in the New Yorker and featured in many magazines and journals worldwide.