Varun Soni is the Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life at the University of Southern California, where he also serves as Vice Provost of Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention and University Fellow at the Annenberg Center on Public Diplomacy, and where he teaches courses in the School of Religion and the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. A prolific public speaker and scholar of religions, his work has been featured in a number of news outlets and publications, including the Associated Press, CNN, Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, NPR, Washington Post,Harvard Divinity Bulletin,Forbes, and the Huffington Post. He also serves as an adviser for a number of studios and media companies, including Showtime, ESPN, CW Network, Oprah Winfrey Network, Religion of Sports, and the video game company Naughty Dog. He holds degrees in religion from Tufts University, Harvard University, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Cape Town, as well as a law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.
“People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.”
- MARCUS AURELIUS