Program & Replays

Welcome Message From Your Summit Co-Host, Nick Mattos

With Nick Mattos & Cassandra Vieten, PhD & Bernadette Pleasant & Dondi Dahlin & Abiola Abrams

Welcome. I am so glad that you'll be joining us for the Transform Your Health Summit series. I'm Nick Mattos with The Shift Network, and just one of the many wonderful hosts that are going to be guiding you through the world of evidence-based wellness in body, mind, and spirit.

Be sure to explore all five segments of this series, in which we'll be exploring how we can be in our optimum state of health in body, mind, and spirit as we move into this wonderful and challenging time.

I encourage you to check out sessions with folks like Dr. Dan Siegel, Cyndi Dale, Summer McStravick, Dr. Natasha Fallahi, and Acharya Shunya as we look through the many lenses by which we can approach our health, resilience, safety, wellbeing, and joy.

I look forward to exploring this along with you, and I hope you have a wonderful time during the Transform Your Health Summit series here on The Shift Network.


Nick Mattos

Faculty Recruitment and Engagement Manager for The Shift Network

Nick Mattos serves as faculty recruitment and engagement manager for The Shift Network. His engagement with the world of holistic health and spirituality has spanned two decades, both as a student, and as a teacher of disciplines including meditation, magick, nutrition, and joyful movement.

Nick has served as a writer and journalist for numerous publications across the U.S. and UK, ranging from international publications of record like The Guardian to photocopied zines he hand-stapled at his kitchen table. His essays have been included in the curriculum of high schools and colleges in the United States, and he has spoken before college audiences about the intersections of spirituality, politics, alienation, and liberation. 

A graduate of The Evergreen State College, Nick currently resides in Oakland, California, where he serves as a volunteer crisis counselor and activist for universal healthcare and other investments in the health, safety, and joy of our communities.

Cassandra Vieten, PhD

Executive Director, John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation

Cassandra Vieten, PhD,  is executive director of the John W. Brick Foundation, director of research at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination and Clinical Psychology, director at the Psychedelics and Health Research Initiative at the University of California, San Diego, and a senior fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, where she served as president from 2013-2019. Her research has focused on spirituality and health, transformative experiences and practices, the development of mindfulness-based interventions for emotional well-being, and development of media technologies to inspire awe. She received her PhD in clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and completed her research training in behavioral genetics at UC, San Francisco. She has authored three books... Spiritual and Religious Competencies in Clinical Practice: Guidelines for Psychotherapists and Mental Health Professionals... Living Deeply: The Art & Science of Transformation in Everyday Life... and Mindful Motherhood: Practical Tools for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child's First Year.  She's also published numerous articles in scientific journals, and is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and workshop leader.

Bernadette Pleasant

Founder of Femme! and The Emotional Institute

Spirited and energetic, Bernadette Pleasant is a fiery and sensual speaker, somatic healer, founder of The Emotional Institute and creator of Femme!, a mind-body wellness program, and 400 Years, a somatic-based anti-racism program. She is known for channeling her personal journeys and radical empathy into transformative, immersive experiences that support and celebrate people of all genders, colors, ages, and sizes. 

Certified in emotions-centered coaching, somatic healing, integrated energy therapy and studies in African, tribal, and free dance, Bernadette promotes emotional freedom through movement and empowerment. She also facilitates deep and refreshingly real dialogues on emotional healing, grief rituals, and unlearning racism.

A woman of color, Bernadette comes from a long line of natural healers who have used touch and movement to help others find peace and wellness. Her classrooms, online and in person, welcome participants without judgment, supporting all to experience comfort and pleasure in their own skin.

Dondi Dahlin

Energy Medicine Educator, Bestselling Author of "The Five Elements"

Dondi Dahlin is an award-winning author, speaker, and internationally acclaimed dancer, actress, and teacher. She grew up in both show business and energy medicine, and co-wrote The Little Book of Energy Medicine with her mother, Donna Eden.

 A longstanding member of the Screen Actors Guild, Dondi has performed in more than 30 countries, has appeared in over 100 commercials, and is a sought-after spokesperson. She started belly dancing professionally in 1989 and became a dancer to the stars, including Omar Sharif, Peter Fonda, and Jimmy Buffett. She was one of the original dancers on Miles Copeland’s infamous “Belly Dance Superstars,” which brought belly dance to the masses.

Dondi has received a variety of awards including Outstanding Speaker in the Nation, Belly Dancer of the Universe, plus numerous book awards for her international bestseller, The Five Elements. She has been teaching The Five Elements since 2001 and has been featured at Hay House, Mindvalley, ACEP, OMEGA, Feathered Pipe Ranch, and at prestigious events throughout North America and Europe.

Dondi homeschools her son and became a historical preservationist after fighting for two years to get her 1904 home historically designated by the city of San Diego. 

Abiola Abrams

Award-Winning Author, Spiritual Teacher and Global Retreat Leader
Abiola Abrams is a spiritual life coach, speaker, writer, and media personality. She empowers you to find freedom from your personal fears and align with your purpose. She is the author of the African Goddess Initiation: Sacred Rituals for Self-Love, Prosperity and Joy, and The Sacred Bombshell Handbook of Self-Love. Her inspirational affirmation decks include the African Goddess Rising Oracle Cards, Sacred Self-Love Journal Cards, and the Womanifesting Fertility Goddess Cards. Her newest Hay House meditation program is entitled, Enter the Goddess Temple.

In addition to her online group coaching programs and courses, Abiola has appeared on The CW Network, BET, MTV, the BBC, and Discovery Channel. She has written for sites and publications such as DailyOM,, and Essence, and leads transformational workshops, speaks at colleges and universities, and creates spiritual wellness retreats all over the world.

With a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence, MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Women’s Media and Storytelling, Abiola's coaching certifications include neuro-linguistic programming from American Union of NLP. Her practice includes teachings in mindfulness, emotional freedom technique and intuitive mindset reprogramming. As the first person in her family born in America, Abiola is committed to using her gifts to inspire, uplift, transform and inspire.
Nick Mattos & Cassandra Vieten, PhD & Bernadette Pleasant & Dondi Dahlin & Abiola Abrams