Mariana Caplan, PhD, is the author of seven books and numerous articles on cutting edge topics in Western spirituality, including the seminal book: Halfway Up the Mountain: the Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment and Do You Need a Guru?: Understanding the Student-Teacher Relationship in an Era of False Prophets. Her recent release, Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path, won three national awards for the best spiritual book of 2009. She is a psychotherapist specializing in spiritual issues and somatic and body-centered approaches to transformation, and a professor of yogic and transpersonal psychologies. Along with her partner, author and teacher Marc Gafni, she co-founded The Center for World Spirituality: http://www.centerforworldspirituality.com
She has spent the past two decades researching and practicing in the world’s great mystical traditions, and has lived in villages in India, Central and South America, and Europe. She has interviewed and spent time with many of the great mystics and thinkers of our time, both East and West. Mariana resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she has a private practice in counseling in Marin County. She is a lifelong student and practitioner of yoga.