From our first weekend workshop on Maui with Carlos Castaneda, Great Mystery, under the banners of The Prophets Conference and The Great Rethinking, has presented engaging conferences and workshops, exceptional tours to ancient sites, and interactive online video programs.
Through the curation of Wisdom Traditions, perennialism, and pioneering scientific research, we seek to understand the nature of reality and our interconnection with the greater web of life to enable the creation of a more compassionate, sustainable and thriving world.
Author and friend Tom Robbins, shortly after the release of his book, Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, said we are “The gypsy campus of Timbuktu University.”
Founded by Cody Johnson and Robin Haines Johnson,
Great Mystery, celebrates its 27th Anniversary in 2019.
Co-founder of the influential Great Mystery initiative, Robin Johnson is a life-long explorer of mystical phenomena.
Her metaphysical pursuits began in the early 1970s with the Science of Mind practitioner training, Transcendental Meditation, and yoga with Swami Satchidananda while living at his Santa Cruz ashram. Robin expanded her knowledge of other dimensions by studying shamanism with Michael Harner and working with plant medicines.
Robin’s activist history includes campaigning for animal and environmental rights. When working with Terence McKenna, with the help of the ACLU she won a court case to prevent the federal government from violating the First Amendment right to free speech. In Hawaii, she helped prevent the government from clearcutting the rainforest on Maui.
With her late husband Cody, Robin began her career producing concerts featuring top recording artists in California and Hawaii. Together they co-founded Great Mystery.
A practitioner and teacher of the healing arts, Robin facilitates and manages the trainings of powerful spiritual energy healing methods in Mallorca.
Robin is also the executive producer of the online radio station Café Cody, featuring evocative chill-out, jazz, and world fusion selections.
From her home on the beautiful island of Mallorca, she continues to create events to uplift, inspire and cultivate an awareness of our interconnection and community.
Gary ‘Cody’ Johnson
An early life of cowboy ranching and railroading that paralleled in many ways Kerouac’s On The Road, Cody began his life as an adventurer. He played second chair clarinet in a symphony orchestra and tenor saxophone in a jazz band. Always involved as a conscientious objector, he helped raise the funds that released Angela Davis from prison and he started a free school modeled after AS Neill’s Summerhill.
Cody’s way of creating change was gathering people together. He began planting seeds of change in the 70s through concerts benefiting groups like The United Farmworkers Association, SolarCal, The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, homeless shelters and food banks with artists such as Jackson Browne, Jane Fonda, the Doobie Brothers, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea. These musical gatherings were celebrations of the shift in consciousness taking place at that time.
While living in Hawaii Cody studied hoʻoponopono for many years with the highly respected kahuna lapaʻau Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona. Influenced by the ideas of Alan Watts, Gurdjieff and Krishnamurti, Cody’s spiritual path shaped the way of Great Mystery. Individual retreats in Hawaii evolved into conferences and tours to ancient sites in the US, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, England, Egypt, India, and Malta, synthesizing new findings in science with the deeper understandings of spirituality.
Deeply connected to music, Cody founded the non-profit Hawaii Jazz Preservation Society with a jazz education program in the schools. He ran a Jazz Club in Waikiki that hosted jazz legends Wynton Marsalis, Stan Getz, Freddy Hubbard, Ray Charles, and others. Alongside concert production, he created the popular radio programs Traffic Jazz and 21 Degrees North syndicated on radio stations throughout the Hawaiian Islands, and Earth Tracks with endorsements from Elton John and Sting. As the technology evolved he and his partner Robin created the online radio station Café Cody, which continues to bring pleasure to people from every corner of the globe.
He transitioned from this world in December 2011.