Chief Operating Officer | Co-Founder

Background & Program Oversight

  • Marketing | Public Relations

  • Holistic Healing Coordinator

  • Nutrition Education & Implementation

Mindy is one of the primary founders of the Crestone Freedom Project organization and a significantly vital embodiment of the life force moving the vision forward. Throughout her entire life and career, she has exemplified the energy that motivates action, with over twenty years of creative visionary experience in corporate settings, leading numerous project planning and development expeditions. Among her many accomplishments are eight successful years as the International Event Coordinator for Foxx Publications as well as eight years as Sales & Marketing Director at the Iron Angels USA promotions organization. Mindy now comes well equipped for her current service with the project as the Director of Public Relations.


Since childhood, her fascinations have been absorbed by how the vast array of life forms around her have burst forth from the earth and grown into beings of light, color, fragrance, and beauty. From her earliest memories, she recalls her grandmother leading her through the family gardens, reciting the names of every herb and flower, every blade of grass and countless varieties of fruiting trees, of woodland pine, sprawling oaks with hanging moss, and the delicate tender leaves of the maple tree. She easily recalls how they each smelled, tasted, and spoke to her, in a still small voice, of their purpose for being and of the lack of need for anything more than the connection they shared with the rich black earth of the Mississippi farmland from which she too had been born. 


Over the years, those most cherished memories evolved into her passion. Today, Mindy brings healing knowledge and wisdom to us all through natural agriculture and greenhouse growing technologies, aquaponic and hydroponic food production, herbal application, essential oil remediation, and various other energetic and holistic forms of healing. 


Mindy is the quintessential natural healer and was drawn to this faculty of being from her earliest ventures into the real world during high school when she began caring for the incapacitated elderly confined to bed or nursing home facilities. She has always been, and remains, passionate and profoundly compassionate toward all beings, both great and small. For all those who know her, this is what each of us finds to be perhaps her most cherished of angelic qualities, though there are many.  

Executive Director | Founder

Background & Program Oversight

  • Administration | Communications | Consciousness Studies

  • Mindfulness Practices

  • Vision Journaling

  • Wild Horse Program

The Crestone Freedom Project is led by Executive Director, Dewayne Vanderford, with education in Administration, Communications, and Consciousness Studies. Dewayne has spent ten years as the COO of a mid-level management corporation, headquartered in Memphis, TN, eight years as the CEO of an award-winning publication group, and five years as the creative director of a marketing solutions firm out of Denver. Throughout his long career in top-level corporate positions, his heart has never abandoned the passion for service to youth in crisis that was born in him from a very young age.


Immediately upon graduation from high school, for the next year, Dewayne joined forces with Rev. Timothy Maraney to co-found the Bridge Over Troubled Water Mission for Homeless Teens in Memphis, TN., touring 19 states, speaking to civic groups, government agencies and religious congregations on behalf of the organization's efforts to eradicate hunger and homelessness among the inner-city teen population. Though his path has led him to experience life through a variety of outlets, the call to work in service to struggling youth has never yielded.


Dewayne is the creator of the Vision Journaling: Art of Manifestation life-engineering technique and curriculum, utilized as a central element in the 3rd module of the project’s Radical Freedom Program. The curriculum was successfully implemented over three years, with remarkably positive results, through the Gateway Foundation’s ITU program inside the Department of Corrections, facilitated and led by Vanderford under the leadership and direct support of celebrated epigenetics scientist, Bruce H. Lipton Ph.D. In addition to this visionary technology, Dewayne brings years of mindfulness instruction experience and personal practice to the organization through a formal introduction to, and implementation of, the ancient vipassana meditation tradition, which is instituted alongside his Vision Journaling program.


As a CMWN Certified Substance Abuse Peer Specialist, Dewayne embodies a level of identification with the issues faced by those with whom he feels destiny has called him to serve. He is not one who speaks from a position far removed from the problems faced by his young students. Dewayne brings a lifetime of understanding – the understanding that comes only from having lived, having experienced, having survived, and having conquered – a knowing the brings an absence of judgment and the healing of empathy.

Director | Nature-Based Division

Professional Credentials

  • High School Psychology Teacher

  • High School AP World History Teacher

  • B.S. History OSU

  • M.A. Education WOU

  • Creator - High School Mountain Biking Team

  • Therapeutic Wilderness Boarding School Teacher

  • Alpha & Omega Wilderness Trekking Guide

  • Primitive Living Skills Instructor

  • Wildland Fire Fighter

  • Hot Shot Helicopter Repelling Crewman

Himant Ellis, CAC III

Clinical Supervisor

Background & Program Oversight

  • Rehabilitation Counseling | Criminal Justice Administration

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Protocol


  • International School of Professional Body Therapy (1978)

  • Spiritual Studies: Himalayan Kriya Yoga | Kashmiri Shaivism |  Tibetan and Chan Buddhism | Tao Qigong and Sufi Meditation and Healing | Shamanic Studies (1969-Current)​


Over 40 years experience in a variety of Human Services, Holistic Health and Body Oriented Approaches to Wellness Including:​

  • CAC III Addictions Counselor with 10 years service as a Health Professional II with the Colorado Dept. of Corrections, specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing within Strategies for Self-Improvement and Change Program (2008-2017). 

  • Outpatient Mental Health | Social Work Assistant in Community Based Parole | Suicide Hotline | Child Protective Services-Abuse and Neglect Investigations and Foster Care Placement | Social Advocates for Youth at Risk Youth Volunteer and Community Liaison.

  • Community College and University Graduate Placements in Student Development and Counseling Centers: San Diego State University | University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill | San Diego Mesa Community College (1981-1983)

  • Founder, Director, Curriculum Developer and Lead Instructor for the North Carolina School of Natural Healing (1990-2002).

  • Professional Body Therapy: Deep Tissue | Biodynamic Craniosacral/ Energetic Healing | Asian Joint, Meridian and Acupressure Therapy.

  • Contemporary Breathwork | Corrective Movement Therapy | Taoist Spiral Power Qigong and Himalayan Kriya Kundalini Pranayam.

Deborah "Ramloti" Wood

Love & Acceptance Programming

Background & Program Oversight

  • Psychology | Administration

  • Love & Acceptance Programming

Ask anyone who has experienced the unmistakable presence of the divine as it emanates through the life of this great soul, and one is certain to be treated to resonate stories of how it feels to be taken by the hand for no obvious reason, to be looked upon as completely deserving of every good thing, to be invited to rest one's head and cry tears held back from the traumas of youth, and to simply bathe luxuriously in the waters of unconditional love without constraint of any kind. This is what it is to know and be known by our beloved Ramloti.


It was the Haidakan Babaji in 1981 who officially gave Ramloti her name, meaning "one who carries God in her heart at all times." When speaking of Babaji, Ramloti says, "I feel like I've been a devotee in another life. From the beginning of life, I was searching and not willing to believe in the material world that everyone else bought into. By junior year in high school, I had ruled out parties and alcohol. I was consciously looking for people who were happy." She had achieved what the world had to offer a high-school aged girl. She was popular, had been elected vice-president of her class, made excellent grades, been awarded a scholarship to UC Berkley in her senior year, and was the president of the California  Scholarship Federation. Still, she was restless inside, and her mother sent her to talk to the priest who told her,  "There comes a time in everyone's life when they decide if they're going to remain a Catholic, and it looks like you are deciding not to." Everything changed in the last part of her senior year, she finished school but only by the "skin of her teeth," when asked what happened, all she could say was, "I simply wasn't interested in a standard life anymore." Nothing about Ramloti's life from that time forward has been standard, and in our world, we are grateful for it.

She left home, abandoned academic pursuits and traveled the west, hitchhiking, and curling up at night in a sleeping bag. Ramloti had become an authentic hippy. At one time she was living under an orange tree in southern California, eating oranges and hitching to Zuma Beach during the day, where she would body surf the hours away in the sun and then come home to her orange tree at night to trade oranges for sandwiches to a cater truck guy who would have leftover sandwiches from the day. Ramloti was learning the lessons then, that have now given her remarkable insight into the plight of others and an ability to demonstrate unconditional love for all.


At the age of 26, she read the Autobiography of a Yogi and started exploring Indian tradition. In 1980 she decided to go to India because she had heard that Babaji was there. Once in his presence, the connection was instant. I asked her what the feeling was - could she describe it to me. She thought for a while, but her only response, with tears in her eyes, was "I never searched again." In 1986 she and two other devotees, now deceased, established the Haidakhandi Universal Ashram in Crestone, CO. Since then, she has been the pujari, executive director, cook, and anything else that needed a body to perform its duty.


Years earlier when she was still just a young girl, her father, whom she highly revered, had commented to her mother, speaking of Ramloti's wanderings, "She's trying to catch the elusive butterfly of love," which was a reference to the then-popular song, "Elusive Butterfly" by Bob Lind. In closing my interview with Ramloti, her final words to me were, "I caught the butterfly Dewayne, and now the butterfly lives in my heart." This author can speak from his own experience about the butterfly that lives in Ramloti's heart. I've personally seen it there. I've felt the wind from its wings on my face and been dazzled by the shimmering luminescent purple and green jewels of joy it bears. The love is real, and it heals everything. Our program is not complete without Ramloti's message of unconditional love, and we are so very thankful that she is here with us to teach of its magnificent wonders.

Career Development

Background & Program Oversight

  • Computer Systems | Robotics

  • Vocational Skills Training

  • Integrative Technotherapeudics  Experimental Systems Studies 

Bio coming soon

Assistant to the Director / Intern

Internship Areas of Focus

  • Real Connections Group

  • Into the Wild Group

  • Waterfowl & Poultry Husbandry

  • Animal Rescue Program

Bio coming soon

Bruce H. Lipton, PhD

Click here to view Dr. Lipton's full Scientific Assessment of Crestone Freedom Project's Radical Freedom Program.


"My relationship with Bruce began almost eight years ago during the early stages of developing the Radical Freedom Program, which was being born out of personal struggle and years of intense self-inquiry. I reached out to Bruce, with a low expectation of hearing back. Eight years later, he's the one I credit for guiding me through the dark night of the soul to a space of light and love, one from which something truly loving has emerged to bring healing and hope to those who seek it."

~ Dewayne V.


  • 1966 - National Science Foundation Traineeship, Mt. Lake Biological Station, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

  • 1968-1971 - National Institutes of Health Pre-doctoral Traineeship, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

  • 1968 - Biological Stain Commission Fellow, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

  • 1972-1973 - Department of Health, Education and Welfare Post-doctoral Trainee, Department of Zoology, University of Texas, Austin, TX, Mentor: Dr. Antone G. Jacobson.

  • 1973-1979 - Assistant Professor of Anatomy, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Madison, WI.

  • 1979-1982 - Associate Professor of Anatomy, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Madison, WI.

  • 1983-1986 - Professor of Anatomy, St. George's University School of Medicine, University  Centre, Grenada (West Indies).

  • 1987-1988 - Senior Research Associate, American Health Assistance Foundation Grant, Department of Biology, Penn State University, University Park, PA.

  • 1988-1992 - Stanford Scholar, Cutaneous Biology Program, Departments of Dermatology and  Pathology, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA.

  • 1991-1992 - Visiting Professor of Anatomy, St. George's University School of Medicine,  University Centre, Grenada. Histology, Cell Biology, and Embryology.

  • 1991-1993 - Director, Inst. for Cellular Communication, Univ. of the Trees, Boulder Creek, CA.

  • 1993 - Visiting Professor of Anatomy, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR. Histology,  Cell Biology and Embryology.

  • 1994-1997 - Adjunct Professor, J. F. Kennedy University, Orinda, CA.

  • 1995-1998 - Adjunct Professor, Life Chiropractic College West, San Lorenzo, CA.

  • 1999-2004 - Visiting Faculty, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, IA

  • 2006 - Present Visiting Faculty, New Zealand College of Chiropractic, Auckland, NZ


  • 2006 - Best Science Book -  the Biology of Belief                    (USA Book News)

  • 2009 - The Goi Peace Award (Goi Peace Foundation, Tokyo, Japan)

  • 2012 - Ambassador of Peace Award (Cultivemos La Paz, Mil Milenios De Paz, UNESCO, Latin America)



  • 1973-1993 - Histology-Cell Biology (Univ. of Wisconsin, St. Georges University, UPR, San  Juan), for first year medical students and graduate students

  • 1976-1979 - Gross Anatomy for Nurses (University of Wisconsin)

  • 1991-1992 - Medical Embryology (St. George's University School of Medicine)

  • 1987 - Human Physiology-Biology 41 (Penn State University)

  • 1988 - Physiology 472 Graduate Level Course (Penn State University)

  • 1994-1997 - The Biology of Consciousness (JFK University)

  • 1995-2000 - Fractal Biology (CEU program for Life Chiropractic College West)

  • 2001-Present - Biology of Complementary Medicine (US and Canadian workshops for health professionals)

  • 2006-Present - Immunology (New Zealand College of Chiropractic, Auckland)


  • Muscle Regeneration (1979) Editor: A. Mauro; Associate Editors: R. Bischoff, B. M. Carlson,  I. R. Konigsberg, B. H. Lipton and S. Shafiq. Raven Press, N.Y.

  • Basic Histology 2nd. Edition (1978), 3rd. Edition (1980), and 4th. Edition (1983), by L. C. Junquiera  and J. Carneiro. Lange Medical Publications, Los Altos, California. Served as principal editor and  contributor of the 2nd. thru 4th. editions of this text.

  • The Biology of Belief 10th Anniversary Edition: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles (2016) Bruce H. Lipton, PhD, Hay House, Carlsbad, CA (Originally published in 2005)

  • Healing Our Planet, Healing Our Selves: The Power of Change Within to Change the World (2005) Editors: D. Church and G. Gendreau, Chapter 17-The Ching and I: Bio-Political Musings of a Transformed Scientist, Elite Books, Santa Rosa, CA

  • Healing the Heart of the World: Harnessing the Power of Intention to Change Your Life and Your Planet (2005) Editor: D. Church, Chapter 32-The Biology of Inspiration, Elite Books, Santa Rosa, CA

  • Advances in Hypnosis for Medicine, Dentistry and Pain Prevention/Management (2009) Editor: D. C. Brown, MD, Chapter 2-The Biology of Hypnosis, Crown House Publishing, Wales, UK

  • Peak Vitality: Raising the Threshold of Abundance in Our Material, Spiritual and Emotional Lives (2008) Editor: J. M. House, Chapter 39-Intelligence of Your Cells, Elite Books, Santa Rosa, CA

  • Measuring the Immeasurable: The Scientific Case for Spirituality (2008) Editor: Tami Simon, Part 2 Revealing the Wizard Behind the Curtain: The New Biology and Epigenetics, Sounds True, Boulder, CO

  • Audacious Aging (2009) Editor: Stephanie Marohn, Chapter 24-Aging: Belief or Biology. Elite Books, Santa Rosa, CA

  • Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future [And A Way To Get There From Here] (2009) Bruce H. Lipton, PhD and Steve Bhaerman, Hay House Carlsbad, CA

  • The Honeymoon Effect: The Science of Creating Heaven on Earth (2013) Bruce H. Lipton, PhD, Hay House Carlsbad, CA

Science Advisor | Consultant

Professional Background

  • B.A. Biology, C.W. Post College of

          Long Island University, Brookville

  • PhD Developmental Cell Biology,

          University of Virgininia, Charlottesville

  • POSTDOC  Developmental Biology, University of Texas, Austin

Wilderness Education Advisor


  • Ecology

  • Environmental Conservation

For those who haven't been hiding under a rock for the last 60 years, John P. Milton will not be an unfamiliar name. Actually, that cliche` requires modification. Even for those living under rocks for the last 60 years, John is no stranger, for the the rocks in particular know his name. The world owes him a debt of gratitude for the tireless work he has engaged in to save our planet, those seeking enlightenment owe him for the clear trail he has blazed toward that end, seekers of a vision or purpose for living must acknowledge his innovations in technique, and now the Crestone Freedom Project finds itself in high gratitude for his willingness to serve as counselor and advisor to our board as we move forward to bring hope to the hurting. It is our great fortune to accept the council of his great wisdom.

John is a pioneering ecologist, spiritual teacher, meditation master, vision quest leader and shaman. His vision quest and shamanic work began in the mid-1940's, after experiencing his first vision quest at the age of seven. Since the 1950's, he has guided thousands of people into the wilderness, sharing with them experiences and practices that cultivate a profound connection with nature and, ultimately, source awareness. Over the years, many have sought his profound transmissions and powerful, yet gentle, Qigong teachings, T'ai Chi Ch'uan training, and Sacred Passage programs. John has pioneered for western civilization a unique, vital way of spiritual cultivation in nature that ripens in a deep ecological experience of communion with all species, and with Mother Earth herself. Milton's teaching's draw upon many decades of practice in various styles of meditation, T'ai Chi, Qiqong, shamanic practices, and extensive personal vision questing. His training is also informed by direct teachings from many of the world's outstanding spiritual teachers and lineages.


A leader in his field, John has focused his attention on the environmental impacts of bilateral and multilateral organizations involved globally in economic development projects. He has played an instrumental role in the birth of the environmental movement from the early 1960's, as well as the Tropical Forest and Alaskan Wilderness Protection movements of the 1970's and 80's.  Following a landmark study conference that he designed by the same name, his 1966 book, Future Environments of North America, was a first in opening the use of the word "Environment" to describe our culture's paradigm shift into a responsibly ecological view of our oneness with Earth. With David Brower, John was also a founder of Friends of the Earth (both the United States-based organization, as well as many of the Friends of the Earth Organizations in other countries).

Between 1963 and 1972 he directed the International Programs Division of the Conservation Foundation, now a part of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), in both New York and Washington, D.C.  Between 1966 and 1973, he led two major programs to transform cultural awareness of the ecological impacts of development.  His first program was a project to commission fifty scientists to prepare several hundred comprehensive case studies on the then relatively little-recognized ecological impacts of economic development projects world-wide.  This culminated in a major conference and his  book, The Careless Technology: Ecology and International Development.  His other program was to distill the central ecological principles from all the case studies.  This work was published in his 1973 book, Ecological Principles for Economic Development. Taken together, these two programs and books played a major international role in shifting global awareness towards ecological and environmental sustainability. 


In the early 1970's, John was the first ecologist on staff at the White House, working with the President's Council of Economic Advisors.  He went on to be awarded a position as a Woodrow Wilson Resident Scholar for a year at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars located in the original Castle Building of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.  Between 1979 and 1981, he was a visiting professor of Environmental Studies at Sangamon State University in Springfield, Illinois, and Director of it's Center for Urban and Regional Studies.  During this period, he developed a number of design projects to model how ecological sustainability can work in households, neighborhoods, small towns, cities, farms, and our watersheds. His work on distilling core ecological principles for application to economic and community development was an unique element in creating models of sustainability for human cultures. He has also served on a variety of committees at the National Academy of Sciences.

Since the 1950's, John has conducted numerous expeditions and field projects in wilderness areas of the United States, Alaska & Canadian Arctic, Central and South America, Asia and Africa. These have included rhino and tiger conservation in Nepal, protection of mountain ecosystems in both Nepal and Bhutan, preservation of Alaska's wilderness, and rainforest protection in Brazil, Cambodia, Central America, East Africa, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Laos, Mexico, Peru, Thailand, and Venezuela.


With his background as a professional ecologist, John embodies a unique blend of scientific grounding in ecology with the heart and mind openness of a spiritual seeker.  For much of his life, he has labored to open what he calls "Sacred Ecology" as a new cultural foundation for the West.  In the early 1970's, he established Threshold Inc., a foundation devoted to innovative environmental work coupled with opening the way to spiritual liberation in Great Nature.  Later came Sacred Passage and the Way of Nature Fellowship, as well as the Golden Flower School, where he instructed T'ai Chi for over 25 years.  Threshold Inc. and Way of Nature programs inspire Earth Stewardship by cultivating natural wisdom and an open, loving heart in the wild.

Under Threshold Inc., John and several associates have also established the Sacred Land Sanctuary, dedicated to preserving and lovingly communing with natural areas holding special sacred qualities. These areas are integral to deepening each individual's harmony with Nature, and enhancing their capability for spiritual liberation.  This work demonstrates John's life-long devotion to the mystery of Gaia and to the process of human liberation, allowing deep ecological and spiritual values to guide his own path.

Below is a list of a few of Milton's publications for those interested in learning more from this great man:

  • The Future Environments of North America, 1966, Doubleday and Co.

  • Nameless Valleys, Shining Mountains, 1970, Walker & Co.

  • The Careless Technology: Ecology and International Development, 1972, Doubleday & Co.

  • Earth and the Great Weather: The Brooks Range, 1973

  • Friends of the Earth; Ecological Principles for Economic Development, 1973, John Wiley & Sons

  • The Last Great Wilderness, Wilderness USA, 1973, National Geographic Society

  • Sky Above, Earth Below: A Complete Course on Spiritual Practice in Nature, 1999, Sounds True (six audio tape set)

  • In 2001 and 2002, working with Sarah Sher and The Way of Nature Productions, he released a CD and DVD entitled The Sacred Land Trust, and a preliminary VHS tape on The Twelve Principles.  Other Sounds True projects include: a multi-angled DVD on T'ai Chi Ch'uan, five 90-minute DVDs and a book on John's Qi Gong system, and a DVD and audiotape series on his Twelve Principles.