Who are the trainers?

Mindy Howard, Founding Director / Lead Trainer

Dr. Mindy Howard is the Founding Director, co-developer and the lead trainer of “Inner Space Training” ©. Mindy is an American who obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Industrial Engineering in the United States, and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Technical University Eindhoven in the Netherlands. She has made the Netherlands her home since 1990 where she also obtained Dutch citizenship.
Mindy began her career at the Royal Dutch Shell Group of companies, in The Hague in 1994, and has had several technical and leadership roles in the company. In her last role in the company, she was responsible for creating strategy and leading implementation globally across four main specialist areas: Sustainable Development, Social Performance, environment, and C02 management. Since then she has worked at Aramco, and Aegon as a Sustainability Strategy Manager.
Mindy’s dream has always been to become an astronaut. After obtaining her PhD, Mindy applied to NASA and was placed on NASA’s “Highly Qualified Astronaut Candidate list”.  She is still working on achieving her dream, and  is confident that it will happen. Additionally,  Mindy  is  a flight member of  “Astronauts for Hire” who are building the next generation of commercial payload specialists for suborbital spaceflight.
During her Master’s degree, she designed and conducted experiments in fault diagnosis of pilots, to facilitate the design of an expert system for the cockpit in a Boeing 737, in conjunction with the NASA Langley Research Center's Flight Management Division. Mindy won a NASA Graduate Student Researcher Scholarship, which fully sponsored her Master’s thesis research. During her time of her Bachelor’s degree, Mindy worked at Grumman Aerospace where she assisted in the development of the NASA Space Station Control/Display design for the generic workstation and conducted experiments on tele-operated systems using astronaut subjects. Mindy has also written and presented publications on a variety of subjects at international space conferences,  including human factors design of cabins of spaceships, expert systems to help pilots with fault diagnosis, and quality of group decision making  as groups undergo several tasks.
Mindy has obtained certification at The National AeroSpace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center for Suborbital Scientist Training Program which provides space flight physiology training for prospective “Suborbital Scientist-Astronauts” wishing to fly experiments on upcoming suborbital space missions. In addition, she is a certified PADI open water scuba diver and has taken an emergency egress course- Helicopter Ditching which was necessary in order to work offshore in the oil industry. Mindy is also a member of Women in Aerospace, Europe.
Besides her dream of becoming an astronaut, Mindy has many hobbies including playing drums in a band, cooking, skydiving, bungy jumping, skiing,  and animals.

Marilyn Hamilton, Co-Developer / Facilitator

Dr. Marilyn Hamilton is the Founder of TDG Global Learning Connections and Integral City Meshworks Inc.. Author of Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive. Marilyn has a special interest in designing learning habitats for space exploration and colonization as a natural extension of her research into optimizing evolutionary human systems in eco-regional contexts. For Inner Space Training she coaches and advises on design, curriculum development, website and organizational development and facilitates training delivery. Marilyn’s training programs integrate Place, Priorities, People and Planet, in multiple sectors, at all scales. She incubates transformation strategies for leaders in multi-stakeholder groups from senior civic management, urban developers, entrepreneurial firms, civil society, and community organizations. Marilyn leads a practice community applying adult learning principles, community engagement, decision making, performance monitoring and risk management for Integral City sustainability and resilience.

Experienced in interdisciplinary international arenas, Dr. Hamilton is/has been Jury Member of Globe Awards for Sustainable Cities; Charter Accredited Member Canadian Sustainability Professionals; Designer of Sustainable Community Development Graduate Certificate, Royal Roads U; Researcher with Canada Chair, Sustainable Community Development; Charter Member of Integral Institute ; Founder, Center for Human Emergence Canada; Faculty at Royal Roads U, University of Victoria, UBC, SFU, UofA, JFKU, CIIS, Adizes Graduate School, U of Oslo, U of Wageningen.



Willow Dea, Co-Developer / Facilitator

Willow Dea MS OTR is passionate about providing integrative coaching and training for those committed to sustained peak performance in their lives and organizations. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in occupational therapy, the science of human performance. After 16 years in private practice, she turned to facilitating seminars for educators, and is the Editor of Igniting Brilliance: Integral Education in the 21st Century. For Inner Space Training , she has co-developed several of the training modules. Willow is currently the Director for Integral Education at META Integral, a group that provides consulting, coaching and training for an array of practice areas. She blogs for Huffington Post and contributes to educational magazines regularly. After work, she can be found running, meditating, dancing Argentine Tango, or writing.

Affiliations: Member of American Occupational Therapy Association, Secretary for the Board of Trustees for The Khabele School, Member of Association for the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.

Willow utilizes her twenty years of therapeutic, embodiment and contemplative training to inform her coaching. She utilizes experiential practice, language distinctions, and emotional integration to assist her clients to have breakthroughs on a regular basis. She has successfully supported entrepreneurs, educators, administrators, actors, public speakers and executives to enjoy peak performance.



Nynke Feenstra, Facilitator

She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration at the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University. She has been involved in several pioneering initiatives in the field of urban development, sustainability and social innovation.  

Since three years she owns a business, “NMF Eco-Innovative Projects”, in which she initiates and executes projects in the field of sustainable urban transformation. She brings together public and private parties to collaborate, and facilitates them to co-create innovative solutions and new structures with supporting business models. As an entrepreneur she is dedicated to make a contribution to transform our systems into sustainable ones to restore and preserve our planet earth. In her work as well as personal life, she creates conditions to be “in flow” and helps others perform at their maximal potential. She works with “conscious intention setting” for this flow to lead to experiences that results in exceeding expectations.  

She is a trained “Art of Hosting” facilitator (participatory processes and leadership). She designs and facilitates inspirational learning sessions for students and corporate clients in sustainability. As facilitator of Inner Space Training, she combines her passion and fascination for the cosmos and her love for planet earth, to facilitate groups and individuals.



Lee Wooldridge, Facilitator

Lee Wooldridge has a multidisciplinary focus that includes instructional systems development, performance solution design and development, and systems integration, for a variety of civilian and military human performance applications.  With a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Science, and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of Central Florida, Lee has authored and produced instructional materials in a variety of media: systems approach to training, industrial safety, security, and satellite systems development. Lee has developed curricula and training materials for NASA Astronauts, Johnson Space Center  mission controllers, Kennedy Space Center launch controllers, International Space Station crew members, SPAR Aerospace robotic arm operators, and the 1013th Space Command Combat squadron members.   He founded the International Space Station  training requirements analysis program. For Inner Space Training, he will co-facilitate training in North America and support the maintenance of training modules.

Lee is  an Advisory Board Member for Astronauts4Hire,  a Vice President of Mass Dynamix,  and as owner/consultant for TrailBlazer technologies.  His other affiliations include:  American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics- Senior member, and member of the Florida Chapter of the National Space Club.


Advisory board

G. Frank Lawlis, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.

Dr. Frank Lawlis received his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University with an emphasis on Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology and Psychometrics after receiving his masters in counselingpsychology and a M.S. in education and mathematics from the University of North Texas. He has pioneered research and clinical methods in research methodology and statistics, imagery techniques (cancer), pain perception and rehabilitation, biofeedback, transpersonal psychology, and most recently, psycho-neuro-plasticity. He has published 12 best-selling books incorporating these concepts and published over 100 articles in research journals. Some of his classic books include The ADD Answer, The IQ Answer, and Transpersonal Medicine. He has served on the teaching staff of five major medical schools and professorships in five major medical schools, including Universities of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas and San Antonio, Texas Tech University Medical School, Stanford Medical School. He has earned board certification in both clinical and counseling psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology, Inc. and has been awarded the ranking of Fellow by the APA for his scientific contributions to psychology. He also has served as Chief of Oversight Production and Resource Supervisor, besides being a consistent professional consultant on The Dr. Phil Show for 12 years.   

Dr. Machi Mannu

Dr. Machi Mannu is a British born resident of Spain who graduated from the University of Nigeria with a Bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery. In addition to his internship training, he spent a year in the rural countryside of Eastern Nigeria, where among other duties, he helped set up clinics, dedicated to bringing medical help to those who need it most.

Dr Mannu then went to work as a research consultant for imperial college London where he became involved in a project study on ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). During this period, he received extensive training in neurotherapy and other biofeedback applications. Subsequently, he developed an interest in Brainwave Entrainment using Mindspa, an audio-visual stimulation device, as a cost effective and very practical alternative to neurotherapy.
His experience with biofeedback piqued his interest in the application of subtle human energy systems in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses.
Dr Mannu continues to research bioenergetics and bio resonance technology, believing that the recognition of the subtle expressions of our minds and bodies will require correspondingly subtler approach in therapy.

He currently runs a private practice in Alicante, Spain.

Outside of medicine, he writes health articles for the local newspapers and enjoys
life with his partner Simone.

Posthumous Advisory Board member

Dr. Edgar Mitchell

Dr. Edgar Mitchell died, February 4, 2016, at the age of 85. He died on the eve of the 45th anniversary of his lunar landing. His peak experience in space and what we’ve learned from him personally continues to inspire the work we do at Inner Space Training, even after his death.

Astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell was the sixth man to ever walk on the moon and served as the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 14 lunar mission. He served on the backup crew for Apollo 10 and Apollo 16, and was a military test pilot and Technical Director of Navy Space Systems. Since his lunar mission, he has gone on to be the Founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and served as the chairman for the organization for a number of years. Edgar is also an esteemed author of several books including: "The Way of the Explorer" Putnam New York 1996 and "Psychic Exploration:  A Challenge for Science",  Putnam New York 1974, and a public speaker, lecturer and consultant.

Dr. Edgar Mitchell has been interviewed on television  and radio numerous times about his experience in space and the epiphany he had as a pivotal point in his life. He has gone on to inspire many people about becoming more open to the existence of other life forms in the universe. Using potentials and powers of consciousness, he has explored phenomena that do not necessarily fit conventional scientific models while maintaining a commitment to scientific rigor. His accomplishments include: being inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1995, NBC Dateline, feature story, April 1996, “Sightings”, feature story, October 1996 and becoming a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee in 2005.

Quotes from Dr. Mitchell's writing:

"Suddenly from behind the rim of the moon, in long, slowmotion moments of immense majesty, there emerges a sparkling blue and white jewel, a light, delicate skyblue sphere laced with slowly swirling veils of white, rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mysteryIt takes more than a moment to fully realize this is Earthhome."

"On the return trip home, gazing through 240,000 miles of space toward the stars and the planet from which I had come, I suddenly experienced the universe as intelligent, loving, harmonious."

"My view of our planet was a glimpse of divinity."

"We went to the Moon as technicians; we returned as humanitarians."

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