Known for his warmth, humor, and down-to-earth approach, Dean gives talks and workshops for organizations, churches, and yoga centers throughout the U.S. He has appeared at such venues as the Chautauqua Institution, New York Open Center, and Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and at colleges including Columbia, Rutgers, Wesleyan, and the University of Pennsylvania. He has been featured in various media, including Oprah & Friends Radio with Dr. Oz, National Public Radio, the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly, which called his work "extremely well written and joyously entertaining."
Dean's training has focused mainly on the nondual "Tag, you're It" approach of Dzogchen and Advaita. He has completed numerous lengthy retreats in the U.S. and abroad and has made pilgrimages to India, Tibet, and Nepal. When not writing or teaching, Dean narrates audiobooks, plays harmonium, sings kirtan, and happily rides his Vespa through the streets of Santa Monica.