Richard Waxberg and Deborah Kerner
live in Ojai, California. They moved to Ojai in 2004 by invitation to create and begin facilitating the Explorations into Freedom Intensive Retreats for the Krishnamurti Foundation of America. They offer three 8-day retreats each year at the Krishnamurti Center in Ojai, in February, June and October. They have also facilitated retreats in British Columbia, Canada and Denmark.
They are both practicing artists. Richard plays the Japanese Shakuhachi flute. Deborah is also a published poet. Both Richard and Deborah had successful careers in New York City as designers. Richard taught art and design, aesthetics and art history at the prestigious Parsons School of Design.
They left their lives in New York City to begin a new spiritual life, taking up the challenge Krishnamurti proposed of stepping ‘out of time’, stepping out of the limited and conflictual ‘me-centered’ consciousness. Their journey took them to Ojai, California to continue their studies of Krishnamurti’s teachings, and to India where they taught several art and design courses for a full school year at the Rishi Valley School in rural Andra Pradesh, a school based on Krishnamurti’s teachings located near his birthplace.
During their year of teaching at the Rishi Valley School, Richard and Deborah also traveled to 4 Krishnamurti schools throughout India, to participate in dialogues with teachers and staff on what it means for students to experience an education based on Krishnamurti’s teachings.
As part of their earlier spiritual work, they studied Native American shamanic practices for 12 years with 3 traditional Native American elders before discovering the profound life-changing teachings of J.Krishnamurti. It was during these studies that they learned the importance of gathering, storing and releasing energy as an essential part of spiritually transformational work.
They continue exploring current studies and observations on human consciousness that reflect Krishnamurti’s profound message of transformation, freedom, and love.