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


Leela School Mentors have committed to more than 3 years training with the Leela School and with Eli. They have a high level of proficiency with the skills and a depth of self-realization that allows them to support students in the Leela School courses and mentor students in both personal awakening from the trance of suffering, as well as the use of the skills to support others.

Leela Foundation Teacher

Stevie Leppard
Executive Director and Mentor

Meeting Eli Jaxon-Bear in 2009 was a life-changing event for Stevie. Experiencing first-hand the powerful transformation that Eli is able to catalyze through hypnosis, NLP, and the Enneagram, Stevie discovered his true nature beyond mind. Since that time he has increasingly devoted his life to assisting in the awakening of others. Stevie completed the Leela School 3-year program and Leela Therapy Training in 2011, and since then has been a Leela School mentor for students on the spiritual path under Eli’s masterful guidance. He is excited and honoured to be appointed the executive director, as well as teacher and mentor, for the newly formed Leela School Australia.

Stevie’s background includes 25 years working in the medical field; he worked for 20 years as an ophthalmologist where he was frequently involved in training up-and-coming eye surgeons. He became drawn to the spiritual search in 2003 after an existential crisis caused him to re-evaluate the meaning, and direction, of his life.

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Heidi Heidi Polzin

It was at an Enneagram Retreat in 2002 in Hamburg that I met Eli for the first time.
Without ever searching for a teacher and even though in the beginning, I understood only a fraction of what he was saying, it immediately became clear to me that I had found a real teacher.
In some way his words went into the depths by themselves and were heard from something that had always been there. 
His invitation to discover and to be true to this deeper quality of being which is present in each and every one of us has been so convincing for me that I consistently followed it from then on. 
The enneagram and the therapeutic skills of  NLP and clinical hypnosis have proven to be powerful tools to uncover how we veil this precious treasure in us. 
When used responsibly it’s like a map that helps us find our way home. 

 In 2006 I started with the training in Leela Therapy.  
 In my daily work as an osteopath for adults and babies, these techniques and the unshakable knowledge of our true identity naturally flow into it. 
 In Silence I can recognize that there is a natural intelligence shining through in everyone that you can follow with your hands or some therapeutic interventions.
  I am happy to assist you in looking through the various veils to finally discover your own radiant self.
  You can contact me at:

Sukhita Derova





Caroline Wiedemann
Meeting Eli in 2001 has been the greatest luck – unexpected, unimagined, undeserved. My life has transformed into the most precious gift: Love, Clarity, Truth, Depth and Gratitude… and from all of that being available as a True Friend – to myself and to others, in all circumstances.
Being a True Friend, being still and in integrity, is a matter of heart to me. On this ground and with Eli’s invaluable blend of insight, skills and tools, deep support is possible: for clients in my private practice, for students of the Leela School, for you!
I am looking forward to meeting you!
For a session via zoom or skype, please contact me at:
Johannes von Gwinner

After many years of attending beautiful groups and retreats with Eli and Gangaji since 1999, I am so deeply grateful to Eli for making the Leela School available in this form.

The School is the home for my development and awakening on a deeper level. Here, in order to be a True Friend and to learn to be there for others, I have to deeply understand and realize what is my true nature and how I can move away from it. This is my experience of Papaji’s teaching: “Let both client and therapist wake up”.

To be in service for this is a source of pure love and joy for me.

I live in Berlin and can meet you in my practice or via Skype or Zoom online,  languages are German and English.

For sessions, please contact me via mail:
to book a session online go to:

Casey Frieder

It is a great joy for me to serve as a mentor in the Leela School. I first met Eli in 2004, and from that moment forward, he has been a true teacher; always guiding my awareness out of the make-believe stories in my head and back to the living presence in my heart. Thanks to the brilliance of Eli’s therapeutic skills, the wisdom of the Enneagram, and Ramana Maharishi’s transmission of silence, the Leela School makes it possible for anyone to wake up from the trance of suffering and experience lasting fulfillment.

I’ve discovered that there is nothing I enjoy more than being a True Friend, with a quiet mind and open heart, and helping others to discover the radiance of their own Self.

In my daily work as a chiropractic physician, I find that showing up as a True Friend deepens my interactions with clients and quite naturally illuminates the healing resources already within them. It is a profound blessing to serve in this way!

Contact: 541-708-2088


Leela Foundation - Eli Jaxon BearBarry McQuinn
I met Gangaji and Eli at an open meeting in Sydney in 2009.
As Gangaji began to speak I felt deeply drawn to her transmission of purity and truth and a strong desire arose in me to discover the truth of myself. I joined Eli’s Enneagram Retreat that followed and found it an enlightening discovery of fixation, a detailed view of the habituated patterning of the mind and a glimpse into peace itself. I stayed true to this discovery and joined a 3 year group with Eli, where in this supportive environment the ground of truth deepened. In 2016 I joined the Leela School and I feel very blessed to have received the gift of Eli’s teaching and to have such love and support offered to me through this process.

Little bit of story.
Most of my adult working life has been in building as a private contractor and it has been the mainstay for over 30 years. More recently I have used my working circumstance as an offering for young men as a way of imparting skills, wisdom and grounding.
Throughout my life I have been a spiritual seeker focusing on areas such as Buddhist meditation and Psychotherapy I have worked as a counselor for private individuals and co facilitated Men’s groups with many different themes.
The recognition of true self has naturally unfolded with the meeting of Gangaji and Eli and more recently through the Leela school. I found the Leela school trainings incredibly useful for myself, in particular the teaching of True Friend and as part of this natural unfolding there is a desire and deepening gratitude to serve this loving truth.
In gratitude and Love
Barry Mcquinn
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