George Leonard

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George Burr Leonard
Born August 9, 1923
Died January 6, 2010
Mill Valley, California
Nationality American
Alma mater University of North Carolina
Occupation teacher, writer
Years active 1953–2010
Known for Human Potential Movement, Integral Transformative Practice, Aikido, The Samurai Game
Spouse(s) Annie Styron Leonard

George Burr Leonard (1923 – January 6, 2010) was an American writer, editor, and educator who wrote extensively about education and human potential. He was President Emeritus of the Esalen Institute, past-president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, President of ITP International,[1] and a former editor of Look Magazine. He was a former United States Army Air Corps pilot, and held a fifth degree black belt in aikido.[1]

Leonard was a co-founder of the Aikido of Tamalpais dojo in Corte Madera, California. He also developed the Leonard Energy Training (LET) practice for centering the mind, body, and spirit.[2] Leonard died at his home in Mill Valley, California on January 6, 2010 after a long illness and was survived by his wife and three daughters. He was 86 years old.[3]



  1. ^ a b "Leonard's ITP Page"
  2. ^ Stone, J., Meyer R. Aikido in America, Frog Books (1995) ISBN 978-1-883319-27-4 p. 215, 240
  3. ^ Jones, Carolyn (January 7, 2010) "Human potential pioneer George Leonard dies", San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 10, 2012.

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