Suffused with a unique brand of irreverent humour, this account recalls the author's autobiographical explorations of the most significant alternative communities, ashrams, gurus, shamans and consciousness-raising seminars of the past 40 years. Serving as a human guinea pig for many of the most popular cutting-edge New Age and spiritual experiments, Sobel recounts his intercontinental adventures in India, Israel, Brazil and Haiti. A witty analysis including brushes with cults, wild experiments with sex and drugs, and encounters with visionary madmen.
Eliezer Sobel has led intensive creativity workshops and retreats at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, the Open Center in New York City, the Lama Foundation in New Mexico, and similar venues around the United States. He was also the editor in chief of The New Sun magazine in the late 1970s, the publisher of Wild Heart Journal, and his articles, short stories, and poetry have appeared in the Village Voice, Yoga Journal, Tikkun, Quest, New Age Journal, and many others. Sobel was awarded the prestigious Peter Taylor Award for his novel, Minyan: Ten Jewish Men in a World That Is Heartbroken. He is also the author of Wild Heart Dancing. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.