Dwayne Vanderford, MBA, CCht


Executive Director | Founder

Professional Background

  • Hypnotherapy | Consciousness Studies

  • Administration | Communications

  • Mindfulness Practices | Vipassana

  • Life-Engineering Technology

  • AHA Board Certification (In-Process)

​Dwayne's Signature Technique and Program Developments

  • Radical Freedom Program 

  • Vision JournalingLife-Engineering Technique

  • Hypnomeditative Imaging Therapy

  • Radical Forgiveness Personal Liberty Technique

  • Inside Out Mustang Contact Program

  • Yaumny Quest™ Search for Higher Consciousness Program

Dwayne's Publication Projects Soon to be Released

  • Five Points of Separation: The Roots of Addiction Consciousness

    • Book - Yaumny House Press | Boulder, CO | est. pub. Spring 2021

  • Valley of Shadows: A Journey Through the Shadows

    • Book - Yaumny House Press - Boulder, CO | est. pub. Fall 2021

  • Pathways to Freedom: Life Engineering & Vision Journaling

    • Book - Yaumny House Press - Boulder, CO | est. pub. Winter 2021

The concept and catalytic vision of the Crestone Freedom Project were first conceived by Dwayne Vanderford as a young man in his teens. Today, he leads the organization as executive director and in so doing, exemplifies the very founding principle upon which the program is based – that which we think about, we bring about. Dwayne’s educational and experiential background is in administration, communications, and consciousness studies. During a career spanning twenty-five years, he has served a variety of corporations in roles of marketing director, COO, and CEO within the fields of publishing, marketing solutions, and entertainment. 

Wherever he has found himself and whatever he has found himself doing, the passion that was first born in him as a developing youth has yet to be exhausted. When asked about the cycle of his life, Vanderford says, “It’s been a merry-go-round of adventure that’s led me right back to the place where I started.” He refers to his first year out of high school. “I spent that first year with an organization, raising money to build a shelter for homeless teens in Memphis, Tennessee. That was a great start, but then I spent the next fifteen years learning all of life’s toughest lessons the hard way. But, at the end of the day, after the endless pursuits and wandering about, I found myself hungry again for the passion of my youth. The fire had never died or diminished, and while living, I’d discovered something authentic.  Only then did I have my own truth to share.”

Dwayne is also the creator of the Vision Journaling: Art of Manifestation™ technique and curriculum, utilized as a central element in the third module of the program. The curriculum was successfully implemented over three years inside the Department of Corrections and facilitated by Vanderford under the leadership and direct support of celebrated epigenetics scientist, Bruce H. Lipton Ph.D. Dwayne also brings years of mindfulness instruction experience and personal practice to the organization. He currently utilizes the ancient Vipassana mindfulness tradition in conjunction with Vision Journaling instruction.

Dwayne is not one who speaks from a position far removed from the problems faced by the young students he seeks to benefit. He brings a lifetime of understanding with him; an understanding that comes only from having lived, having experienced, having survived, and having conquered; a knowing that results in the dissolution of reflex judgments and a healing experienced only by the power of love.

Jomar P. Suarez M.D.


Program Development & Research

Professional Background

  • B.A. Psychology, CU Boulder

  • M.D. Psychiatry, CU Boulder

  • Clinical Instructor, CU Medical Campus Anschutz, Aurora, CO

Dr. Suarez is an adult psychiatrist trained at the University of Colorado, where he now teaches, and a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has performed research and completed courses at prestigious institutions such as Johns Hopkins and the Memory and Aging Center at the University of California, San Francisco.


Dr. Suarez has a strong interest in neuropsychiatry and functional medicine. He also carries a strong background in molecular and clinical research. The research he performed at the Memory and Aging Center resulted in a first author publication in “Neurology” as well as an acknowledgment in “Brain” – two of the most prestigious peer-reviewed journals in the field of Neurology


Throughout his career, Dr. Suarez has received numerous academic awards. Additionally, Dr. Suarez has been awarded multiple scholarship and research fellowship opportunities including the National Science Foundation Model Institutes of Excellence Scholarship, the Doris Duke Foundation Fellowship, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institutions – National Institutes of Health Research Scholars Program.


Over the years Dr. Suarez has gained experience in a broad variety of systems of practice ranging from academic, governmental, correctional, private practice, and community mental health settings. As a result, he has become highly sensitive to the needs of diverse patient populations and is extremely passionate regarding issues of social advocacy, community and cultural integration.


In 2014 Dr. Suarez founded the 7 Healing Stars Oneness Center in Colorado, a platform of empowerment that combines principles of nutrition, sustainability, education, holistic health, artistic expression, spirituality, and community integration. He is a firm believer that all dimensions of human life must be harmonized for true healing to take place. As such, he uses a holistic and individualized treatment approach with every patient.

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 | Tao Qigong and Sufi Meditation and Healing | Shamanic Studies (1969-Present)​


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.

Naure-Based Prgramming Advisor


  • Master Ecologist

  • Environmental Conservationist

  • Internationally Celebrated Author

  • World-Renowned Nature Instructor

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, John is no stranger, for 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-1940s, after experiencing his first vision quest at the age of seven. Since the 1950s, 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 draws upon many decades of practice in various styles of meditation, T'ai Chi, Qigong, 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 1960s, as well as the Tropical Forest and Alaskan Wilderness Protection movements of the 1970s and '80s.  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 worldwide.  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 1970s, 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 a 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 1950s, 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 1970s, 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.

Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D.


Science Advisor | Co-Founder

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


"My relationship with Bruce began more than 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."

~ Dwayne 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)


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

  • Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future [And A Way To Get There From Here] (2009) Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D. 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

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

Mindy Vanderford, NASM-CPT, CNC


Chief Operating Officer | Co-Founder

Background & Program Oversight

  • Public Relations & Marketing

  • National Association of Sports Medicine Physical Training | Nutrition

  • Adams State University                                        Food Studies - Health & Nutrition

​Signature Programming & Curriculum Credentials

  • Originator | Author - Fit for FreedomPhysical Fitness Curriculum

  • Originator - Fit for FreedomPhysical Fitness Program

  • Originator - Connecting Through the Roots Food Production Program


Throughout her life and career, Mindy has embodied the energy that motivates action. She has over twenty years of creative visionary experience in corporate settings, leading numerous project planning and development expeditions. Her education is in marketing and public relations, and she has held top-level corporate positions, which include sales manager, international event coordinator, and public relations director. As the Crestone Freedom Project’s new Director of Operations, Mindy has been strategically positioned to capitalize upon her well-developed skills with interpersonal communications and motivation.

Mindy has been married to Executive Director Dewayne Vanderford for twenty-three years and has twenty-three years of experience successfully partnered with him in business. This team is synergy in motion, and if she has been anything at all, Mindy Vanderford has very literally been the engine that has driven their progress forward. This kind of electricity has defined her since childhood. Those who have worked with her, consistently report that "She's always looking for the  best in everyone," or "She’s so easy to be around, I feel like I’ve known her all my life." Mindy brings proven leadership skills, as well as her “get-it-done” style, to the day-to-day operations of the organization in her role as COO.

Chief Operations Advisor


  • Visionary Creative - Crestone's Centers for the World's Spiritual Traditions

  • President - Manitou Foundation

  • International Philanthropist

In 1977, Hanne's Strong's husband, Maurice Strong, purchased Arizona-Colorado Land Company (AZL), a large ranching operation consisting of two-million acres in the southwestern United States. Of the two-million acres, 146,000 were located in the Crestone-San Luis Valley region. At the first executive meeting, AZL's board suggested that Maurice immediately sell this portion of the landholding, as the property had resulted in a thirty-million dollar loss in revenue to the company.

Soon after that meeting, Maurice flew Hanne into the small airstrip on the San Luis Valley property and the fate of Crestone took an evolutionary turn that would amount to a total paradigm shift. Recalling that day, Hanne says, "I got out of the plane, looked at the mountains and said, 'This is it.' I instantly recognized the land, felt its spirit, and felt the sacred mountain welcome us. At that moment we both decided not to sell, as this would be our new home.

Listed below are a few of the many accomplishments of Mrs. Hanne Strong. She is a great woman without whose support, our task would be far more difficult.


  • Mrs. Strong has been an advocate for environmental conservation and restoration for many decades. In 1994, she established the Manitou Institute & Conservancy in partnership with Laurance Rockefeller and placed over 1,900 acres of the Foundation's landholdings under conservation easements. The Manitou Habitat Conservation Program (MHCP) protects and preserves the pristine mountain range, wildlife habitats, and fragile eco-systems above the Baca Grande development zone.

  • She served as a senior advisor, organizer, and lead fundraiser for the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders, held at the United Nations in New York in 2000. It was the first conference of its kind ever held at the United Nations.

  • In 1992, Mrs. Strong organized and chaired two parallel conferences to the Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Earth Summit, entitled, “the Sacred Earth Gathering” and “the Wisdom Keepers Convocation” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Participants of the Sacred Earth Gathering formulated the “Declaration of the Sacred Earth Gathering” which was presented to the heads of state on the opening day of the official conference. She also launched the Earth Restoration Corps (ERC), a global environmental-educational training program she founded, designed to train young adults in ecosystem restoration and green livelihoods.

  • In 1983, Mrs. Strong organized a meeting between Canadian Native American elders and Pope John Paul II to discuss Aboriginal constitutional issues. After this meeting, the Pope urged Prime Minister Trudeau to re-look at these issues. As a result, constitutional laws were changed, addressing sensitive issues pertaining to Aboriginal peoples throughout Canada.

  • In 1977, Mrs. Strong funded and organized the participation of eighteen Canadian Native American elders and American Indian Movement (AIM) leaders in the first international conference of non-governmental organizations on indigenous issues held at the United Nations in Geneva

  • In 1976, she organized a parallel conference to the HABITAT UN Conference on Human Settlements in Vancouver, British Columbia and created a platform for children and youth to address pressing global issues at the official plenary session. At Mrs. Strong’s invitation, Mother Teresa joined her as co-convenor of the event

  • Since 1972, she has traveled to over 100 countries and has coordinated numerous civil society events parallel to high-level United Nations conferences. She has been invited to numerous universities, seminars, and conferences as a guest speaker to address global issues covering topics such as interreligious communities, sustainable living, and spiritually-based environmental education. She has also founded numerous nonprofit organizations for Native Americans and in the 1970s, co-founded the first non-profit private foundation in Kenya with Sir Richard Leakey and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Wangari Maathai, for the disabled and street children.

  • Over the past 40 years, Mrs. Strong has worked with Native Americans throughout the Americas and Indigenous peoples worldwide to assist in their efforts to preserve their spirituality, cultural values, and native lands. For over 40 years, she received extensive spiritual training from indigenous shamans, and masters from the Buddhist, Hindu and Sufi lineages.

  • Mrs. Strong’s work has been featured in international publications including Maclean’s Magazine, Reuters, Newsweek, Spirituality & Health, The Yoga Journal, New York Times, and Tricycle Buddhist Review, as well as books such as, Voices of the Heart, A Compassionate Call for Responsibility and Creating Harmony, and Conflict Resolution in Community Living, She has authored articles on the topics of spirituality, consciousness and environmental stewardship such as “Ecological and Spiritual Revolution," published in UNEP’s Our Planet, and has appeared on national television in the United States, Brazil, France, Philippines, Switzerland, Denmark, Russia, Mexico, and Canada.

  • Mrs. Strong was born on July 29, 1941, in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she received a degree in Design and Planning. She has two daughters, seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Her husband, Maurice F. Strong passed in November 2015 at the age of 86. Mr. Strong served as special advisor to the UN secretary-general and was appointed as under-secretary-general at numerous times during his diplomatic work.

In conversation with Hanne, she tells of her experiences moving to the Crestone area and an encounter that changed her life, "In 1978, my mother, my daughters, and sister all relocated from Canada to Crestone. A few months after settling in, a stranger appeared at my door and introduced himself as Glen Anderson. I immediately sensed his kindness and a certain light in his eyes. I invited him in for tea. I didn't know at the time that many people throughout the valley knew Glen as the local mystic... His first words were 'I've been waiting for you to arrive.' Over the course of the next four days, he transmitted what he had received ... about the future purpose of this land and my role in fulfilling it."

From the record of that dialogue between Mrs. Stong and Anderson, we have clipped one significant point, a prediction made by the aging mystic some 40 years prior to the Crestone Freedom Project's arrival in the San Luis Valley:


"Thousands of children will seek refuge here. We must prepare for the arrival of these children."


~ Glen Anderson 1978 ~

The Crestone Freedom Project moved into the San Luis Valley in 2018, having been inexplicably drawn there to begin its work in bringing hope to children affected by substance abuse and related behavior disorders. Not one of its founders had ever heard of Glen Anderson, his prophecies, or of Mrs. Strong's decades-long dedication to their fulfillment.


However, by apparent destiny, Dewayne and Mindy came immediately into contact with Mrs. Stong. Since that time, she has been their most trusted advisor and guide. When asked about Hanne's role in the establishment of this work, they both say, "It is our great honor to share her vision and to be a small part of the evolution of consciousness that she seeks to set in motion from this sacred and unique place."