Team

  Yasha S. Wagner

Yasha S. Wagner

Founder, President

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Yasha is an MC, polymath, and visionary founder of Worldchangers Organization 501(c)3 for Inner World Peace and of its Eight Limbs initiatives. As an apprentice of both the Inayati-Maimuni Order and the Universal Initiatic College, Yasha facilitates ceremonial rites of passage and interprets dreams. He is also authorized to lead T’ai Chi, breathwork, Zikr, and meditation. Having completed his Bachelor’s Degree in World Wisdom Traditions at Naropa University, Yasha is now in an accelerated PhD program for Jungian Depth Psychology. Born into the dissident Ukrainian-Jewish intelligentsia, he produces a wide range of multilingual creative work. Since early childhood, Yasha has lived and traveled all over the world while receiving and sharing interspiritual teachings and transformational practices.

Ashke Zinctala

Ashke Zinctala

Administrative Manager

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Bio coming soon.

Jamelah Zidan

Jamelah Zidan

Administrative Manager

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Jamelah Zidan was born in the Bronx to Palestinian immigrants. She studied Childhood Education at Sarah Lawrence and Oxford University and then taught at the Little Red Schoolhouse in New York City. In addition to helping with ticketing and logistics for all HeartFire events, Jamelah is in charge of coordinating venue relations and venue infrastructure for HeartFire NY.

  Wayra Wagner

Wayra Wagner

Director

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Born to a Peruvian family in Colombia with Quechua, Muisca, and Mestizo roots, Wayra migrated from her home in South America — where she has studied the ancestral healing traditions and ancient, sacred practices of her lineage — to the mountains of Colorado — where she co-facilitates in partnership with Yasha and supports the mission of Worldchangers Organization with her gifts and passions. Wayra is also a visual artist, a graphic designer, a conscious chef, a leader of women’s circles, a sacred song teacher, and a traveling apprentice of life. 

Netanel Miles-Yepez

Netanel Miles-Yepez

Primary Advisor & Collaborator

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Netanel Miles-Yépez is an artist, philosopher, religion scholar, and spiritual teacher. Deeply involved in ecumenical dialogue for many years, he is considered a leading thinker in the InterSpiritual and New Monasticism movements. Born into a Mexican-American family, in his late teens, Netanel discovered his family’s hidden Jewish roots and began to explore Judaism and other religions. After studying at Michigan State University, he moved to Boulder, Colorado to study with the innovative Hasidic master and pioneer in ecumenical dialogue, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of the Jewish Renewal movement. In 2004, he and Schachter-Shalomi co-founded the Sufi-Hasidic Inayati-Maimuni Order. After the passing of Schachter-Shalomi in 2014, Netanel became the Pir of the Inayati-Maimuni lineage. Netanel is also the president of Albion-Andalus Publications, author of many books and two films, co-founder of the Charis Foundation, and teaches in the Department of World Wisdom Traditions at Naropa University. 

Raj Seymour

Raj Seymour

HeartFire Visionary Advisor

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Coming soon. 

  Alec Arshavsky

Alec Arshavsky

Vice President

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Born to Russian immigrants in Boston, MA, Alec has been an integral part of Worldchangers Organization since it was first conceived. He has a degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University and is focused on applying technology to a heart-centered paradigm shift for planet Earth. In high school, Alec created an algorithm that automates part of the corneal transplantation procedure, which saves the eyesight of countless individuals every year. As a result, he became a 
2014 finalist for the Intel Science Talent Search competition, had a minor planet named in his honor, and traveled to the White House to meet with President Obama.

Maestro Manuel Rufino

Maestro Manuel Rufino

Senior Advisor & Guide

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Maestro Manuel Rufino is a recognized elder in the Taino tradition & World Director of M.A.I.S.C.  He is a spiritual guide, gifted ceremonial leader & teacher of sacred initiatic traditions of the world.  He is also an artist, certified iridologist, naturo – therapist & the visionary guiding the Golden Drum community & many vegetarian restaurants, including the Jungle Cafe, NYC.  Guided by his teacher, Maestro Domingo Dias Porta, Maestro Manuel has been following the trails of indigenous healing arts for over 43 years.  Currently, Maestro Manuel travels around the world sharing initiatic traditions, leading workshops, sweat lodges & healing rituals.

Leadership: The Dream Team

Network of Affiliates and Board of Directors

Board of Directors


Leo.svg  Yasha S. Wagner
Founder, President

Yasha is an MC, polymath, and visionary founder of Worldchangers Organization 501(c)3 for Inner World Peace and of its Eight Limbs initiatives. As an apprentice of both the Inayati-Maimuni Order and the Universal Initiatic College, Yasha facilitates ceremonial rites of passage and interprets dreams. He is also authorized to lead T’ai Chi, breathwork, Zikr, and meditation. Having completed his Bachelor’s Degree in World Wisdom Traditions at Naropa University, Yasha is now in an accelerated PhD program for Jungian Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Born into the dissident Ukrainian-Jewish intelligentsia, he produces a wide range of multilingual creative work. Since early childhood, Yasha has lived and traveled all over the world while receiving and sharing interspiritual teachings and transformational practices.

 


Aquarius.svg  Wayra Wagner
Director

Born to a Peruvian family in Colombia with Quechua, Muisca, and Mestizo roots, Wayra migrated from her home in South America — where she has studied the ancestral healing traditions and ancient, sacred practices of her lineage — to the mountains of Colorado — where she co-facilitates in partnership with Yasha and supports the mission of Worldchangers Organization with her gifts and passions. Cantante / artista medicina, facilitadora de saberes ancestrales y círculos del sagrado femenino, chef creadora consciente, viajera y aprendiz de la vida.

 


Virgo.svg  Alec Arshavsky
Co-founder, Vice President

Born to Russian immigrants in Boston, MA, Alec has been an integral part of Worldchangers Organization since it was first conceived. He has a degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University and is focused on applying technology to a heart-centered paradigm shift for planet Earth. In high school, Alec created an algorithm that automates part of the corneal transplantation procedure, which saves the eyesight of countless individuals every year. As a result, he became a 2014 finalist for the Intel Science Talent Search competition, had a minor planet named in his honor, and traveled to the White House to meet with President Obama.

 


Leo.svg  Naku Anu
Uganda Projects Co-Founder

 


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Sam Newman
Grant-writer, Treasurer

Born to a Jewish family in Upstate New York, Sam Newman-Plotnick holds a degree in labor relations from Cornell University and is thrilled to be collaborating with Worldchangers Organization. Despite his academic training and his intellectual background, Sam has come to value unlearning and deprogramming above the dominant paradigm of conventional scholarship. Most of all, Sam is grateful to the Worldchangers movement for providing him with opportunities to study sacred music, ancient practices, healing arts, and especially his own Abrahamic roots — via the mystical teachings of Sufism and Kabbalah. Considering his passion for supporting the movement and his background experience with grassroots fundraising initiatives, Sam was elected to serve as the grant writer for Worldchangers-related projects.


Pisces.svg  Ashke Zinctala

Administrative Manager

 


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Netanel Miles-Yepez
Advisor, HeartFire Co-founder

Netanel Miles-Yépez is an artist, philosopher, religion scholar, and spiritual teacher. Deeply involved in ecumenical dialogue for many years, he is considered a leading thinker in the InterSpiritual and New Monasticism movements. Born into a Mexican-American family, in his late teens, Netanel discovered his family’s hidden Jewish roots and began to explore Judaism and other religions. After studying at Michigan State University, he moved to Boulder, Colorado to study with the innovative Hasidic master and pioneer in ecumenical dialogue, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of the Jewish Renewal movement. In 2004, he and Schachter-Shalomi co-founded the Sufi-Hasidic Inayati-Maimuni Order. After the passing of Schachter-Shalomi in 2014, Netanel became the Pir of the Inayati-Maimuni lineage. Netanel is also the president of Albion-Andalus Publications, author of many books and two films, co-founder of the Charis Foundation, and teaches in the Department of World Wisdom Traditions at Naropa University. 

 


Cancer.svg  Jamelah Zidan
HeartFire Venue Coordinator

Jamelah Zidan was born in the Bronx to Palestinian immigrants. She studied Childhood Education at Sarah Lawrence and Oxford University and then taught at the Little Red Schoolhouse in New York City. In addition to helping with ticketing and logistics for all HeartFire events, Jamelah is in charge of coordinating venue relations and venue infrastructure for HeartFire NY.

 


Pisces.svg  Maestro Manuel Rufino
Elder Advisor & Guide

Maestro Manuel Rufino is a recognized elder in the Taino tradition & World Director of M.A.I.S.C.  He is a spiritual guide, gifted ceremonial leader & teacher of sacred initiatic traditions of the world.  He is also an artist, certified iridologist, naturo – therapist & the visionary guiding the Golden Drum community & many vegetarian restaurants, including the Jungle Cafe, NYC.  Guided by his teacher, Maestro Domingo Dias Porta, Maestro Manuel has been following the trails of indigenous healing arts for over 43 years.  Currently, Maestro Manuel travels around the world sharing initiatic traditions, leading workshops, sweat lodges & healing rituals.

 


Nirete Llopis
Healer’s Village Coordinator

 


Gemini.svg  Stephanie Hope
Worldchangers Astrologer

 

 


Gemini.svg  Melita Silberstein
HeartFire CA Talent Coordinator

Melita is a singer/songwriter, folk musician, childrens’ performer, and ceremonial song-leader based out of Berkeley, CA. She is the founding member of Octopretzel, a popular Bay Area children’s band, and has also recorded and co-produced a number of CDs in the realms of both singer-songwriter folk as well as children’s music. Melita has also worked as a music specialist for young children for over 15 years. She currently teaches music classes in an array of Bay Area schools and other venues for families in the Bay Area.


Raj Seymour
HeartFire Festival Partner

 

Pisces.svg  Alice Feldman
HeartFire Festival Advisor

 

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I Am Life
Golden Drum
Sacred Arts Research Foundation
Heart & Mind Festival
Didge Project
Flowering Sun Farms
Peace Temple
The Nest
Galiana Interactive Theater
JetLAG Festival
Albion-Andalus Productions
Inayati-Maimuni Order
Charis Foundation
AYAM Community
Vitti Farms, LLC
Naropa University
Abode of the Message
Advocates of Change
Pejuta Maka
Rainbow Lightning
Mahatma Productions
Paititi Institute

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