Jeff Bausemer is the founder and producer of East Meets West. He started the event because of a number of chronic physical health problems he had for more than 7 years that didn't respond to western medicine, which forced him to turn his scientifically minded eye towards various traditional medicinal systems for treatment. Jeff has a strong background in the liberal arts, science, philosophy and healing arts. He is an alumni of The Boston Latin School, Tufts University, and the Great Books Program at St. John's College (Santa Fe), where he graduated with a double major in Philosophy and The History of Math and Science and a double major in the Classics and English Literature. Jeff has been a student of Yoga for 8 years, has lived in the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in San Francisco, and has done a 150-hour IYI training with a School of Yoga in Mexico in 2012. He completed a 250-hour western massage therapy program at The School of Healing Arts in San Diego in 2012. He completed a 330-hour training in Herbal Medicine at The Arborvitae School of Herbalism with Richard Mandelbaum and Claudia Keele in New York City in 2015. In addition, he completed a 200-hour training in Ayurveda with Hillary Garivaltis and Kristen Rae Stevens, as well as a 100-hour training in Integrative Sound Therapy under the supervision of Alexandre Tannous, both trainings taking place at The New York Open Center in 2016. He is planning to enter the Jungian and Archetypal Studies Masters Program at Pacifica College in the Fall of 2017.