Green Festival Speakers

Swami Beyondananda



Steve Bhaerman is an internationallyknown author, humorist, and workshop leader. For the past 20 years, he has written and performed as Swami Beyondananda, the Cosmic Comic. Swamis comedy has been called irreverently uplifting and has been described both as comedy disguised as wisdom and wisdom disguised as comedy.

As the Swami, Steve is the author of Driving Your Own Karma (1989), When You See a Sacred Cow, Milk It For All Its Worth (1993), Duck Soup for the Soul (1999) and Swami for Precedent: A 7Step Plan to Heal the Body Politic and Cure Electile Dysfunction.

In his past life (before Swami), Steve started an alternative high school in Washington, D.C. and coauthored a book about his experiences, No Particular Place to Go: Making of a Free High School. A political science major, he later taught history to autoworkers at Wayne State University in Detroit as part of the Weekend College. In 1980, Steve cofounded Pathways Magazine in Ann Arbor, Michigan, one of the first publications bringing together holistic health, personal growth, spirituality, and politics.

Since 2005, Steve has written a political blog with a spiritual perspective, Notes From the Trail, hailed as an encouraging voice in the bewilderness. His new book with cellular biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton (author of The Biology of Belief) called Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here is due out in 2009.