Mark Whitwell was born in Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand and educated at Auckland University. He first travelled to India in 1970, navigating his way through and meeting known and unknown saints and sages in the search for useful teachings. In 1973, he began what would be a life-long study with Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888–1989) and his son, T.K.V. Desikachar (1938–2016), of Chennai, India. Mark witnessed their great friendship and collaboration with J. Krishnamurti (1895–1986) and U.G. Krishnamurti (1918–2007), and dedicated his life to furthering the resulting communication in his own form in modern times. He lives in Los Angeles and Auckland, and is the author of Yoga of Heart: The Healing Power of Intimate Connection, The Promise of Love, Sex, and Intimacy, and the Hridayayogasutra, as well as the editor and contributor to T.K.V. Desikachar’s The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice. Mark is committed to clarifying the essence of teachings so they are relevant and accessible to everyday people while retaining their potency, and to deconstructing disempowering hierarchies. The founder of a non-profit organisation dedicated to bringing peace practices to troubled regions, Mark facilitates gatherings of friends around the world, helping people to connect with their breath and “stop looking, start living.” 


Rosalind Atkinson is the publisher, editor and main designer for Silver Snake Press. Born and educated in Aotearoa/New Zealand, she a scholar of English Literature, with an MA in mystic poetry from Victoria University, and has presented around the world and contributed to academic and general publications. After careers including a costume illustrator on the Hobbit films, a sailor on youth empowerment tall ships, and an environmental activist, including on the Rainbow Warrior, Rosalind realised we need to learn how to honour nature in our own forms before we can care about it in other forms.


Andy Raba is a writer and activist currently living in Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand. He holds a Master’s degree in English Literature specialising in the visionary science fiction of Philip K. Dick. As a university (college) tutor, Andy has seen first-hand the suffering young people experience as they navigate achievement systems and relationships, and is committed to sharing useful words that enable everyone to enjoy the sublimity of a free life of intimacy, friendship, and adventure. Andy works in a suburban library and also teaches Yoga in the city, helping people to connect with their autonomous life through breath. His writing works to reinvest the mundane with value.