Leela School Teachers

Eli Jaxon-Bear

Principal Teacher

Through the 1980’s Eli Jaxon-Bear led the Clinical Hypnosis Certification Program at Esalen Institute and at the Institute Dr. Schmida in Vienna, Austria. This month-long training was a synthesis of the Enneagram of Character Fixation with Neurolinguistics and Ericksonian Hypnosis. At the time, Eli was certified as a Master Trainer in Neurolinguistics and was on the Board of Examiners of the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners. Many people who went through this program are now successful therapists and teachers.

After being invited to a Trance and Healing Conference in Morocco, Eli was faced with a series of tests and initiated into a Sufi clan in Marrakesh. He was appointed head of the first Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center in Marin County by Kalu Rinpoche in 1978. In Japan, he was presented with a Zen Teaching Fan, passing on the authority to transmit the dharma from the oldest living Zen master in 1983.

After an eighteen year spiritual search, when Eli met his final teacher, in January 1990, everything changed. Papaji asked Eli to return to the world of therapy so that “both client and therapist can wake up!”

Eli Jaxon-Bear, Leela School Director and Founder

Yigal Joseph, Ph.D.

Consulting Psychologist

Yigal has a Doctor of Philosophy, a Masters of Arts, is a New York State Licensed Psychologist, and has New York State Permanent Certification as a School District Administrator. He is the recently retired Principal of Columbus Elementary School, where he implemented a discovery oriented, inquiry-based curriculum that led to NY

State recognition. He has served as Chief Psychologist of the Corsello Centers for Complimentary Medicine, and as Director of the NYC Psychologist-In-Training Program he coordinated the recruitment, training and supervision of psychology interns in collaboration with ten area colleges and universities. As senior administrator in the Office of Schools’ Chancellor he enabled school leadership teams to incorporate exemplary teaching and learning standards.

Yigal Joseph, Leela School Consulting Psychologist

Lisa Schumacher


Lisa met Eli Jaxon-Bear In 1999 and in 2002, she enrolled in the Leela Foundation’s 3- year program. She then completed training in the Leela School, earning her certification as a Leela Therapist, Mentor and Teacher. She has been trained in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Neurolinguistics, and the Enneagram of Character Fixation in the numerous and ongoing courses she has attended with Eli.

She has co–taught the Enneagram with Eli and is a teacher in the Leela Foundation Professional Retreats and Advanced Enneagram courses in the US and Europe.

Lisa operates a private practice as a Leela therapist and clinical hypnotherapist out of Ashland Oregon. She offers spiritual retreats in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe in support of staying true and discovering for yourself the source of true fulfillment, as was shown to her by her teachers, Gangaji and Eli.

You can contact Lisa here: lisas@leela.org. And you can book a session with her here: https://mentorwithlisa.as.me/LeelaSession

Lisa Schumacher, Leela School Teacher and Therapist

Jared Franks

Administrative Director & Teacher

In 2009, Jared met Eli Jaxon-Bear at a retreat in Sydney, Australia. This profound meeting led to an Enneagram retreat, and in 2010, enrollment into the Leela Foundation’s 3-year program. Upon completion, Jared received certification as a Leela Therapist in Clinical Hypnosis, Neurolinguistics and the Enneagram of Character Fixation. In continuing on into the following 3-year program, he was able to act as both student, and Leela mentor and teacher.
Jared has been the Regional Coordinator for the Leela Foundation in Australia, organizing the Australian tours for Eli and Gangaji since 2010. In 2012 Jared began offering private Leela Therapy sessions from his practice in Sydney, including Clinical Hypnosis, as well as teaching the Enneagram and holding retreats around Australia and New Zealand.

You can contact Jared here: jared@leela.org. And you can book a session with him here: https://jaredfranks.as.me/

Jared Franks, Leela Scool Teacher and Director