Dan Millman, Peaceful Warrior
After topping off his time in high school by winning the US Gymnastics Federation national title on the trampoline, Dan enrolled at UC Berkeley and expanded upon his gymnastic success by winning more championships for trampoline, vault, and floor exercise. In 1966 Millman competed in the Maccabiah Games, winning four gold medals in gymnastics.
Dan graduated in 1968, shortly after he was voted Senior UC Berkeley Athlete of the Year. He then spent 4 years as director of gymnastics at Stanford. During his time at Stanford, Millman cultivated excellence, coaching Olympian Steve Hug and bringing national recognition to the Stanford team. Dan concurrently studied various martial arts during this time, earning a black belt in Aikido.
In 1972 Millman accepted a faculty position at Oberlin University in Ohio. With grant money from Oberlin, Dan travelled to San Francisco, Hawaii, India, and Hong Kong studying the Arica School of thought, practicing yoga, and expanding his martial skills. In short, Dan passionately explored spirituality and self-improvement.
Dan introduced his first book, now titled Body Mind Mastery, establishing his foray into the authorial realm in 1979. Since then Millman has written an impressive 16 books, both fiction and nonfiction, and all focus on the conscious evolution of the mind and body. Dan’s books have been translated to 29 languages and have influenced millions of lives. Perhaps his most popular book, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, was adapted to film in 2006.
Today Dan devotes his time to writing, speaking, and teaching men and women from all backgrounds, including leaders in the fields of health, psychology, education, business, sports, politics, entertainment, and the arts. Dan lives in San Rafael, California, with his wife Joy. They have three grown daughters and three grandchildren.