The Leela Foundation
Dedicated to world peace and freedom through universal self-realization


Leela School Teachers have been training with Eli for more than 8 years. They have a high level of proficiency and experience in the use of the skills, as well as a depth of self-realization necessary to hold retreats and train mentors and students all over the world. Grounded in silence, and tested within the school, as well as having their own practice for minimum 3 years, the Leela School Teachers exemplify the possibility for all, to live a life of love and service to the world waking up from the trance of suffering.

Lisa Schumacher In the mid ’90’s I found myself in Bolinas at the feet of my beloved Master, Gangaji.  Through her grace I was introduced to Eli and enrolled in the 3 year program.  With Eli’s loving attention, I have been encouraged to pursue a deeper involvement, participating in the Leela School and becoming a Leela Therapist.  I am a mentor in the current 3 year group, and I have a small practice based out of Ashland, Oregon.

I am so grateful for the blessing of this community that is an offering of true support in surrender and awakening. If you would like to have a session with me, please email me at: to make an appointment.

Jared Franks It is a privilege and an honor to play the role of a True Friend and Therapist to those who are seeking support. The gift of the surrendered mind and the open heart that Eli gives to all those who come to him seeking truth, seeking peace and love, reverberates out through the community. Eli taught me the bliss of not knowing, not fixing, and not changing anything, whilst being committed to the deepest integrity and vigilance to psychological freedom, happiness and love. I offer myself in service to this deep support that Eli offered me.

After finishing my first 3 Year Group, acting as the Regional Coordinator for the Leela Foundation in Australia, and organizing the Australian tours for Eli and Gangaji since 2010, I began offering private sessions, as well as teaching the enneagram and holding retreats around Australia and NZ. For 1:1 sessions in Sydney Australia or over Skype to anywhere in the world, contact me at