About Us

The Awaken the World Team

Daniel J. Schmidt founded the not for profit Awaken the World Initiative in 2012. It’s purpose is to create films and materials which are made available for free in over 30 languages for the awakening of humanity. 

Daniel Schmidt

The Samadhi Center was founded by Daniel Schmidt as an outer reflection of his inner world. His own inner guidance led him to create the Center and a space for mediators to gather and awaken to their true nature.

Daniel has been practicing meditation and self-inquiry for over 20 years and has been teaching meditation for 10 years, and draws on many different traditions in his teachings. Daniel is the creator of award winning film “Inner Worlds Outer Worlds” as well as the ongoing “Samadhi” series. As well he released a series of guided meditations and teachings as a practical guide to realizing Samadhi. His approach combines self-inquiry with traditional forms meditation so that participants have the opportunity to simultaneously realize their transcendent nature, and to purify themselves of conditioned patterns. The pathless path is to realize an ever-deepening development process within the self-structure, and to simultaneously realize the emptiness of the self-structure. Samadhi is when the world that is constantly changing merges or unites with the changeless.

John Cross

John has practiced meditation since his late teens, and deepened his spiritual exploration through the mindful use of entheogenic plant medicines. Profound healing has, and continues to be experienced as ever deepening layers of his true nature are revealed. Living through mental illness and chronic pain has propelled John to dive deeply within himself to realize the source of life.

After decades of working with the breath, both in meditation and as a self-regulation tool, John experienced a transformational shift through an “Elemental Awakening Breathwork” class. This inspired him to train as a facilitator in this method, and he has been offering this experience for individuals and
groups since then. Since 2019, John has been working closely with Bwiti Iboga provider Michael Cassidy, assisting in traditional Iboga ceremonies, including coaching and integration work. Through engaging with Iboga, breathwork, and meditation, John continues to be reborn into this life anew, and is continually humbled to witness the same in countless others through working with these modalities.

Lilla Balint

Lilla Balint (Jungle Fairy) is trained and initiated in the Missoko Bwiti tradition of Gabon to provide Iboga by 10th generation shaman Moughenda Mikala.

“I had my first Iboga Ceremony on Agust 06, 2019, led by fellow Provider and beautiful friend Adele Emelson. It was a decision that changed the entire course of my life. It was the day I consider to be my rebirth; new beginnings without fully understanding what would be ahead of me. I was absolutely certain the day after my ceremony that I wanted to do what Adele did, leading ceremonies to help people see who and what we truly are, our connection to the Spirit World, which became more real than I could ever imagine. My understanding about our existence and reality grew over night and my life was never the same again. Fast forward a year, there I was in Gabon, Africa, with Adele, committed to be trained as an Iboga Provider by 10th Generation Shaman Moughenda, who is my teacher, my mentor, my friend now. Moughenda’s teachings helped me transform and to become the person I am today. I was also Initiated into the Bwiti tradition through the full Initiation Ceremony, therefore becoming a member of the family. I got to experience a deep and profound connection with the Spirit of Iboga during my stay at Moughenda’s Village. I hold great respect and love for this Spirit Medicine and a very special bond that can only be fully understood when one makes the decision to surrender to the Medicine and trust it wholeheartedly. Iboga, together with Moughenda, have taught me how to live simply, in the present moment, appreciating all that is given to me free by a benevolent source, the Creator. My journey entails continual learning and growing, expending and evolving to be the very best version of myself each day, to be of service to humanity, to fulfill my soul’s destiny in this lifetime.”


Magda has a unique gift for facilitating work with the “god molecule”. She uses her intuition and experience to help participants at the IAM retreats realize their true nature and to release energy stuck in old conditioning. She is a Medicine Woman trained in Inca, Laika Tradition reconnecting with herself through life lessons and inspirations, but mostly through self inquiry and grounding into conscious presence in the last 20 years.

Alex Litardo

At the age of 15, the book Sidharta, by Herman Hesse, marked the beginning of Alex’s spiritual quest. During those years, the teachings of Jung, Krishnamurti, Huxley as well as entheogens and chemical experimentation briefly revealed powerful periods of communion with the whole, which marked his life forever. Immigrating to the States at the age of 20, studies, jobs, family obligations, and a digital imaging career unfortunately veiled his spiritual path for years. Towards the turn of the century, a conscious decision to simplify life and make his work activities independent, Alex refocused his exploration on the nature of reality and being. A revelation about the coherence between quantum physics and spiritual teachings fostered a resurgence of his inner quest, gaining deep understanding and insight through the consistent, interdisciplinary and powerful presentations of Dan’s teachings and guidance.  Today, Alex is profoundly grateful to be part of the ATW initiative, managing the development of online resources, communications and translation projects.