Fari Safinia caught the Practical Philosophy bug in 2005 at the California School; after the first class, he became such an enthusiast that he accompanied his wife Mariam to every group, attending as many as six classes a week. He is a retired oral surgeon, an avid skier and tennis player and believes that Practical Philosophy and, in particular, the practice of meditation have truly transformed his life. He and Mariam manage all aspects of the California School with the help of their senior students.