About Us

sample-ftr-imgA non-profit educational services organization based in Sacramento, CA, The Awareness Institute has offered an innovative process supporting personal transformation since 1987, as the formerly-named Aspire Foundation and The Center of Consciousness. At the heart of our program is a well-tested and nurturing experiential process which inspires participants to take total responsibility for the circumstances of their lives. Thus empowered and encouraged on this accelerated path to consciousness, individuals move inevitably toward harmony and integration – a life of greater freedom.

The Institutes’s workshop facilitators have decades of direct experience guiding participants through our holistic and comprehensive programs.

Ultimately, the talents and resources of the Awareness Institute are committed to bringing a healing, unifying presence to life – individually, locally, and in the world community. Our service programs reflect our clear intention to educate, support and charitably assist humanity through these challenging, yet promising, transitional times.

In essence, the Awareness Institute is a group of caring people who enjoy assisting others along the way to Self-realization.


Our Executive Director

Co-founder and director of the Aspire Foundation, John Ruskell brings more than 30 years of experience in the field of integrative (mind-body-spirit) therapy.

John has a degree in psychology from U.C. Berkeley and has studied a wide range of therapeutic processes. He specializes in the interpretation of the symbolic languages as expressed through the medium of dreams, visions and myths. John consults individuals, groups and organizations throughout the world. He is currently working on a book and audio series to share the gifts of his life experience with others.


Contact Us

The Institute is located at 722 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento, CA, at the corner of H Street & Alhambra Blvd. (across from McKinley Park and next to Coldwell Banker)

Mailing address: P.O. Box 160905, Sacramento, CA 95816-0905

Phone: (916) 446-7827

Fax: (888) 588-5525

Email: info@awarenessinstitute.org