Building a Connected Life


Stage Ai is a new education provider founded in San Francisco and launched in China in 2016. Stage Ai is founded by the first generation of students from Mainland China to study the integral approaches to philosophy and psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). 

Stage Ai develops and provides holistic educational programs that bring a Western psychological and spiritual perspective to China, with emphasis on personal growth, experiential programs, and integral leadership in both personal and professional life. Stage Ai seeks specifically to bridge the gap between academic scholarship and daily life experience, combining Eastern wisdom and Western academic perspectives.


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Yan Chen: Co-Founder and Executive Director

Yan Chen is a pioneering learner and the first Chinese graduate from the Integral Counseling Psychology program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).  She is also the first award recipient of the diversity leadership scholarship by the New York Foundation at CIIS and the first graduate from mainland China to complete the comprehensive training at Hakomi Institute of California in body-approached psychotherapy. 

Yan Chen is an internationally certified human resources professional, gaining her credential in New York. Prior to founding Stage Ai, Yan Chen worked for international humanitarian organizations such as Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and Refugee International as well as L3 Communications, a Fortune 500 company. Yan Chen had also worked for various international projects in India, Tajikistan, London, Vancouver, San Francisco, and New York. As someone committed to integrating her life experience and passion towards life, she leads a conscious team in the building of a holistic bridge between China and the world. 


Paul King: Member of Board of Directors and Business Strategy Advisor

Paul King is a data scientist, product strategist, computational neuroscientist, and software entrepreneur working at the intersection of human psychology and technology strategy. He previously worked in computational neuroscience research as a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley as well as computer vision research in industry. He also led data science teams, first at Facebook as a Product Analytics Manager, and then at Quora, a knowledge-sharing Q&A platform, as Director of Data Science. 

Paul King sees the Bridging of eastern and western thought a contribution to the evolution of global society and consciousness.



Meihong Xu: Education Strategy Advisor

Meihong Xu is a trustee of California Institute of Integral Studies and a well-known investor in Silicon Valley. She was a founding team member of the Softbank Asian Infrastructure Fund (SAIF) and has worked on venture investments in several Asian and US technology projects. Mei has also worked for other Silicon Valley companies, including Apple Computer and Sun Microsystems. Mei also serves on the board of One Heart Worldwide, which provides training and birth centers to local midwives, and establishes a safety net for mothers and infants in remote rural areas around the world.



California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)

CIIS is a graduate school in San Francisco that takes an integral, interdisciplinary approach to education. It is one of the earliest and leading academic organization focused on transpersonal and integral studies. The Institute offers accredited programs in counseling psychology, clinical psychology, and consciousness and transformation.


New York Open Center

The New York Open Center offers holistically-based educational programs to create positive transformation in individuals and the world. Programs are offered in spiritual inquiry and practice, psychology and self-development, holistic health, bodywork, movement and yoga, arts and creativity. The center also features concerts, performances and other events. 


Esalen Institute

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Esalen is a major catalyst in the transformation of humankind, working with individuals and institutions to integrate body, mind, heart, spirit, and community in a nurturing relationship with the environment.

Omega Institute

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Omega is a nonprofit, mission-driven, and donor-supported educational organization. For more than 40 years Omega has been a pioneer in holistic studies – helping people and organizations integrate personal growth and social change, moving beyond ‘the way it is’ toward ‘the way it can be’.

International Holistic centers Network

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The International Holistic Centers Gathering serves as the principal meeting point for Centers both well established and new that address the new consciousness currently emerging worldwide. It includes rural retreat centers, urban learning centers, accredited and non-accredited organizations, that work toward the goal of transforming individual lives and fostering a culture of greater holistic, ecological and spiritual awareness and practice

Findhorn Foundation


The Findhorn Foundation is a dynamic experiment where everyday life is guided by the inner voice of spirit, where we work in co-creation with the intelligence of nature and take inspired action towards our vision of a better world. We share our learning and way of life in experiential workshops, conferences and events that take place within a thriving community and ecovillage.


Healing the Wounds of History

Healing the Wounds of History is a process in which experiential techniques are used to work with a group of participants who share a common legacy of historical trauma. The process is based on the premise that there can be no political solutions to intercultural conflict until we understand and take into consideration the needs, emotions and unconscious drives of the human being.


Hakomi Institute

A pioneer in mindfulness and somatics and in experiential psychotherapy for over 30 years, the Hakomi Institute is the original and most extensive organization providing training and information on Hakomi Experiential Psychotherapy worldwide. 

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