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.

Stevie Leppard

Executive Director and Mentor

Leela Foundation Teacher

Email: stevie@leela.org
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My meeting with Eli Jaxon-Bear in 2009 was a life-changing event. Experiencing firsthand the powerful transformation that Eli is able to catalyze through hypnosis, NLP, and the Enneagram, I discovered my true nature beyond mind. Since that time I have increasingly devoted my life to assisting in the awakening of others. I completed the 3-year Leela Therapy Training in 2011, and since then have been mentoring students on the spiritual path under Eli’s masterful guidance. I’m excited and honoured to be appointed the Executive Director, as well as Mentor, for the Leela School of Awakening.

My background includes 25 years working in the medical field; I worked for 20 years as an ophthalmologist where I was frequently involved in training up-and-coming eye surgeons. I became drawn to the spiritual search in 2003 after an existential crisis caused me to re-evaluate the meaning and direction of my life.

Heidi Polzin


Leela Foundation - Eli Jaxon-Bear
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 asan osteopath for adults and babies, these techniques and the unshakable knowlege 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.

Vicky Puig

Skills Mentor

Leela Foundation - Eli Jaxon-Bear

Email: vicky@livinghands.com.au 

Phone: +61427 160 961

After many years of extreme suffering, which included a long period of severe drug addiction, I had had enough. I knew that I did not want to live one more day in this nightmare, but I didn’t know what to do. Being introduced to Gangaji’s teachings and later to Eli’s was a godsend. I have been attending Satsang with them since 2008. That was the beginning of a life worth living.

I am so grateful to all their teachings culminating in discovering the Enneagram and later joining the Leela School in 2016 and becoming a Leela therapist in 2018. Discovering my fixation and the self-hatred that was underlying everything was the beginning of the end of suffering. 

I am now totally committed to taking full responsibility for myself and my life. Such freedom to discover the love and the joy that I am! To this Love and Joy, I am completely devoted.

My life is now in service to supporting others to remember their true nature and be free from suffering. With the help of the skills I learned at the Leela School and the immense support in offer, I am constantly deepening into being a true friend for myself and others. With an empty mind and an open heart, I invite you to discover for yourself what it is that you truly want and to start paying attention to how you move away from that. We open together, we discover together, we deepen together. So profound and beautiful. 

Thank you Eli, Jared, Lisa and Stevie for your support over the years. Thank you to my beloved Gangaji. 

Caroline Wiedemann


Leela Foundation - Eli Jaxon-Bear
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!

Casey Frieder


Leela Foundation - Eli Jaxon-Bear

Email: drcaseyfrieder@gmail.com

Phone: 541-708-2088

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!

Monique Engelenburg-Smits


Leela Foundation - Eli Jaxon-Bear

Everything is useful and welcome. To simply sit quiet, watching movements of the mind, observing self-betrayal and storytelling.

To be willing to tell the truth is the key to wake up from being entranced.

From deep self inquiry arises the Inactive, Peaceful, full of Knowledge experience and the realisation that we each have all that we need.

My personal war is over. I am so grateful to Eli and this lineage of Silence and Truth. I loved Eli from the first second I felt him entering the retreat room. My tears dropped all by themselves. The sweetest Silence was present.

Everyone loves to be truly met and I would love to meet you with a silent mind and an open heart.

I studied Psychology and Communication Science and I am a businessperson as well.

Since 2007 I give certified therapeutic hypnose sessions in the English, German and Dutch language.

Julia Green

Skills Mentor

Leela Foundation - Eli Jaxon-Bear
Eli is a true teacher whom I first met in 2011. To have recognised my true nature beyond the story of the mind is the most precious gift of a lifetime. In love and silence, life opens up and there is joy, clarity, peace, depth, space…
I started training with the Leela School when it first began in Australia in 2016, and became a certified Leela therapist.   
With Eli’s profound blend of insight, the wisdom of the Enneagram, and the therapeutic skills of Ericksonian hypnosis and neurolinguistics – deep lasting change is possible. To see through the patterns of ego and stay true to your natural self.
It is my great joy to meet and support you as a True Friend, with a quiet mind and an open heart.

 After many years of searching, through sheer grace I found my teacher Gangajiin the late 90’s who pointed clearly to what is deeper and more trustworthy than the circumstances of life, what is always at peace.

Through Gangaji, I met Eli and discovered the Leela School in 2018. The skillful means offered through Eli and the teachers – Clinical Hypnotherapy, NLP, and the Enneagram of Character Fixation – have changed my life.

As a True Friend to myself and the world, I experience an expanded capacity from the ground of Presence to meet whatever arises – thoughts, emotions, physical and circumstantial challenges – and be free of the trance of suffering. 

I have worked with Native American youth for many years as a Prevention Educator with a focus on trauma and resiliency. I am grateful to bring Eli’s teaching to the children, their families and community, and experience the love and peace that are uncovered naturally. I am here in service to support you in uncovering that love and peace. It is available right now.

I am available for online individual and group sessions. I look forward to meeting you.


Joey bloom

Skills Mentor


Leela Foundation - Eli Jaxon-Bear

After a spontaneous awakening in my early twenties where something very deep, pure and true opened in me, I was ultimately led to my final teacher, Eli Jaxon-Bear.  First discovering Eli on public access TV, I immediately noticed his huge smile and my first thought was, ‘there’s no way you can fake that kind of smile,’ and I wanted to discover the origin of that smile for myself.

In a retreat in Lucknow, India with Gangaji and Eli, something shifted. Eli asked a question, ‘what is your life truly about,’ and this question penetrated and stirred deep inside. In returning, my life, as good as it was, was no longer acceptable; simply just amassing and pursuing more pleasures and comforts.

I soon quit my job and moved to Ashland to start working for the Leela Foundation in 2014 and since then have immersed myself in the Leela School.  Rooting in the foundation of simply being a True Friend, being quiet, open and receptive has been and continues to be the deepest and most profound teaching, and I am immensely grateful.


de Kroon

Skills Mentor


Leela Foundation - Eli Jaxon-Bear

When I deeply hear my Teacher, telling me to stop, effort, resistance and try to make it, is given up. This opens me for the direct experience of chaos, despair and the terror of not being someone. Right here in this opening I discover the end of suffering.

I feel deeply grateful for how the possibilities to stop show themselves. To listen to this or not is the only choice that is here, at quiet solid ground of embodied Presence. Where songs and stories and skillful means appear, flourish and resolve. 

To serve as a True Friend is receiving Papaji’s gift: ‘May therapist and client both wake up’: this is the call of my heart.

In my practice in the Netherlands I support individuals as well as groups with Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, meditation, body-awareness and creative expression. I am a registered member of the National Professional Association for Hypnotherapists, the NBVH. Because of this, the Health insurance companies support their clients financially for sessions with me.

I look forward to meet with you.


sylvia hiemstra



Leela Foundation - Eli Jaxon-Bear

Since my teenage years I have been preoccupied with the theme of “Who am I?“

Although things changed over the years, the question “Who am I really?” remained unanswered. I searched for answers in the outer reality, trying out and letting go many things, only to reach for something new again.

Finally, in 2016 on a retreat in Baden Baden, I met Eli and Gangaji and this lead me to the Leela School in Amsterdam. It simply changed my life!

I received and experienced the gift of Eli’s teaching of being a True Friend for the world – guided by the love of a quiet mind and an open heart.

With the support of Eli and the teachers, I learned the skills of Hypnotherapy and NLP and studied the wisdom of the Enneagram. This opened the possibility to become still and discover my true self.

In staying true to that, I am happy to be in service as a Mentor of the Leela School.

You can contact me online or meet me in Berlin/Germany.

marja harrijvan

Skills Mentor


Leela Foundation - Eli Jaxon-Bear

To let silence and love lead means living a conscious life in truth and freedom.  This is what drives me and what I focus on every day.

Eli and the teachers guide us in exactly that, so for me, The Leela School and the sangha is family, is home. I am deeply grateful to Eli for his teachings of silence and refined skills and the great results in both my own and clients lives.  I love to contribute as a skills mentor and be a True Friend in this way.

I strongly believe that everyone already has all the resources they need to be happy and free.  Still there are moments where we can help each other to inquire, make courageous choices or heal what limits us.  I found that those steps may be necessary to stay true to ourselves and because of that I changed my life a few times radically.

I also love to support you in finding what drives you in life and focus on that because this will deepen your fulfillment and your relationships.

Since 2007 I have a coaching and hypnotherapy practice for entrepreneurs and medical professionals in The Netherlands.  I am also a certified financial planner and specialize in behavior.

You are very welcome to contact me for sessions in English German and Dutch.


henk engelenburg



Leela Foundation - Eli Jaxon-Bear

Contact: henk@leela.org





All that I know

Is that the person doesn’t know

At all.

This stops the moving mind

Opens the heart

Speaking truthfully

And deeper

We meet what never moves

What is always here

In open space

All beliefs of ego

Immerse in the indefinableTruth

Free at last

Back Home


ute jager

Skills Mentor


Leela Foundation - Eli Jaxon-Bear

Contact: jaeger.ute@gmx.net





May all beings be happy and free.

This prayer finally brought me to Gangaji and Eli in 2011. Starting the training in Leela Therapy in 2011, I joined the Leela School and was certified in 2017. I am grateful beyond words for all the support I have received over the years to be happy and free.

In service of this prayer I love to offer you what I have received.

Looking forward to meeting you.

You can contact me here: jaeger.ute@gmx.net



“When you can recognize who you are not, then there is a possibility to wake up and discover who you really are.”