About Dean

Award-winning author Dean Sluyter (pronounced "slighter") has taught natural methods of meditation and awakening since 1970. His highly acclaimed books include the back-to-back Amazon #1 stress-management bestsellers Natural Meditation and Fear Less: Living Beyond Fear, Anxiety, Anger, and Addiction. Dean gives talks, workshops, and retreats throughout the United States and beyond, from Ivy League colleges to maximum-security prisons. His media appearances have included National Public Radio, The New York Times, Coast to Coast AM, The Dr. Oz Show, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

A grateful student of Eastern and Western sages in several traditions, Dean has completed numerous pilgrimages and retreats in India, Tibet, Nepal, and the West. He is known for conveying authentic teachings in forms that are relaxed, accessible, and down-to-earth.

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When not writing or teaching, Dean narrates audiobooks, directs the Awakening Prison Art project, sings with the Threshold Choir, and happily zips around the streets of Santa Monica on his Vespa.

Dean lived in New Jersey for 33 years, where he developed classroom meditation programs at The Pingry School and worked with inmates at Northern State Prison and Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility. He is now on the faculty of the West Coast Writers Conferences and is married to documentary filmmaker Yaffa Lerea.

To Book Dean for Your Next Event

Please contact info@deansluyter.com.
For more information, view Dean's downloadable speaker information sheet.


"The laid-back, down-to-earth approach made meditation appealing and easy, even for complete novices. Dean’s presentation was of tremendous value in supporting our view of meditation’s benefits for our associates, both personal and professional."
– Haley Akin, Senior Health & Wellness Specialist, Garmin International

"We're most grateful for what you offered. The guests soaked it up and loved your natural, genuine style. We're elated you could come and look forward to a future visit."
– Tom Jacobs, Director, Timber Creek Retreat House


"Dean speaks with clarity and ease from his own years of experience with meditation, so students are naturally engaged. He made a connection with everyone in the room — from seasoned yogis to my skeptical 70-year-old mother!"
– Jamie Rye, owner, One Tree Yoga, Omaha

"Dean's methodology is simple and easy to grasp. He is practical in his teachings and is a presenter who is easy to warm up to."
– José Falla, Guatemala Education Officer, Young Presidents' Org.

"You made killers peaceful."
– A.C., Northern State Prison, Newark, NJ

Dean in Action

In this lively talk, Dean discusses natural meditation, his book Fear Less, and some quick methods for addressing everyday challenges.

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"Sluyter is in the grand tradition of authors who interpret traditional enlightenment teachings and apply them to modern Western life … with a rare combination of insight, clarity, wit, and pragmatic common sense."
– Philip Goldberg, author, American Veda

Learn more about Dean's books.