Judith Ansara, LCSW, and her husband, Robert Gass, EdD, are well-known teachers integrating a rich background in spiritual practice, psychology, organizational change, social action, and the arts. Gifted healers and guides, they have taught at Omega for 30 years and bring to their work a depth of compassion and insight from their 40-year marriage. sacredunion.com
Warm, funny, and inspirational are words that describe Nancy Slonim Aronie, a distinguished writer and commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered, and founder of the Chilmark Writing Workshop on Martha’s Vineyard. Aronie has taught writing workshops for more than 25 years, most recently with Robert Coles at Harvard University. She is author of Writing From the Heart. chilmarkwritingworkshop.com
Carl Big Heart’s work and visions have been blessed and approved by elders from the Abenaki, Muskogee Creek, and Iroquois Nations, as well as by leaders in the Sufi, Buddhist, and Hindu traditions. Big Heart focuses on building bridges between the world’s wisdom traditions and healing relationships between humankind and all living beings. bigheart.nl/english
Melissa Blacker, MA, was associate director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the Center for Mindfulness. She is a guiding teacher in the Boundless Way Zen sangha, and is co-editor of The Book of Mu. boundlesswayzen.org
Joan Borysenko, PhD, trained at the Harvard Medical School as a cancer cell biologist and is a pioneer in mind-body medicine and the psychology of healing. The author of 15 books, Joan Borysenko is a popular speaker whose wisdom, wit, and compassion are practical, informative, and deeply inspiring. joanborysenko.com
Maia Danziger, CPCC, is a certified professional coactive coach, who helps writers and artists develop creatively and fulfill their careers. Author of Relax & Write, she is also an Emmy Award-winning actress and founder of the Actor’s Company Theatre in New York. relaxandwrite.com
Grammy-nominee Krishna Das is one of the foremost devotional singers in the world. He has released numerous CDs, including the best-selling Pilgrim Heart and, most recently, Heart as Wide as the World. He is also author of Chants of a Lifetime. Das first traveled to India in 1970, where he met Sri Neem Karoli Baba, through whom he was introduced to the practice of kirtan, or devotional chanting. krishnadas.com
Julian DeVoe is an advocate for consciousness, bliss, and thriving health, through the practices of mindful eating, conscious touch, yoga, and personal inquiry. He teaches internationally, and has been working as a cranio-sacral therapy facilitator, Vedic Thai Yoga therapist, and energetic healer for more than five years. conscious-strategies.com
Gordon Dveirin, EdD, is president of Dveirin & Associates, a consulting firm in organizational and human development. His clients have included the Smithsonian Institute and the Women’s Vision Foundation. He is currently chief architect of the Nurturing Pedagogy Project—a three-year national demonstration project involving the National Network for Educational Renewal and the Passageways Institute.
Robert Gass, EdD, and his wife Judith Ansara, LCSW, are well-known teachers integrating a rich background in spiritual practice, psychology, organizational change, social action, and the arts. Gifted healers and guides, they have taught at Omega for 30 years and bring to their work a depth of compassion and insight from their 40-year marriage. sacredunion.com
Joan Halifax Roshi, director of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program’s contemplative care component, is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, author, and abbot of Upaya Zen Center. She has worked in the field of death and dying for more than 30 years and is director of the Project on Being with Dying. upaya.org
Roger Jahnke, OMD, has practiced Chinese medicine clinically for more than 25 years. Author of two best-selling books, The Healer Within and The Healing Promise of Qi, he is director of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi. IIQTC.org
Annette Knopp is a spiritual counselor and certified Vinyasa Yoga and Yin Yoga teacher. Originally from Germany, she has studied and worked in Spain, India, Japan, Australia, and the Netherlands, exploring contemplative Eastern traditions and modern Western approaches to healing. She is also one of 12 women spiritual teachers featured in the book, Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Wisdom.
Richard Leider, founder of The Inventure Group, and Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s acclaimed Center for Spirituality & Healing, is an internationally recognized coach. His best-selling books include Repacking Your Bags: Lighten Your Load for the Rest of Your Life and the perennial classic, The Power of Purpose. inventuregroup.com
Gregg Levoy is author of Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life, which is rated as one of the Top 20 Career Publications by the Workforce Information Group. He has presented Callings workshops nationally for clients such as Microsoft and the Smithsonian, and has been appeared on ABC-TV, CNN, NPR, and PBS. gregglevoy.com
Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, author of Healing the Mind Through the Power of Story, is trained in family medicine, psychiatry, and clinical psychology. He also has studied and written extensively about traditional healing. His goal is to bring the wisdom of indigenous peoples about healing into mainstream medicine. mehl-madrona.com
Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA, coauthor of The MBSR Workbook for Anxiety, is director of Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based, Professional Education, and Training at the Center for Mindfulness. A licensed family therapist, she is also the developer of the mindfulness-based program, Cool Minds™, for adolescents, and wrote and narrated a DVD for young adults, Living Awake™. umassmed.edu/cfm
Edgar Ortiz, president of the Costa Rican Yoga Association, is director of Yoga Mandir, one of the first schools for Thai massage and yoga in Costa Rica. Through Asoyoga, a group that fosters Costa Rica’s growing culture of alternative health and wellness, Ortiz has taught yoga classes in jails, drug rehabilitation clinics, and public schools.
Marianela Ortiz, codirector of the Spa Bodyworker program at the Gaia Foundation in Costa Rica, is also a codirector and teacher at Proyecto Planeta Azul and Centro de Balance Integral Casa Lamat, where she shares her deep passion for yoga and the healing arts.
Steven Michael Pague, codirecter of Omega’s winter programs for more than 28 years, is a certified instructor of Chinese movement and healing arts with the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi and teaches life skills and nature awareness with the Tracking Project.
Robert Peng, author of Qigong Master: My Life and Secret Teachings, is the founder of Elixir Light Qigong. He uses his spiritual powers and healing abilities to help and teach people worldwide. robertpeng.com
John Perkins, one of the world’s leading authorities on shamanism, combines his shamanic training with a corporate executive background to offer unique insights for shapeshifting on personal and global levels. A New York Times best-selling author and former chief economist, he has advised the World Bank, the United Nations, Fortune 500 corporations, and several nations. dreamchange.org
Esther Perel, MA, LMFT, one of the world’s most respected voices on erotic intelligence, is author of Mating in Captivity. She brings a rich multicultural perspective to her work as a couples and family therapist in New York City. Featured in many leading publications, she also has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show. estherperel.com
Shiva Rea, MA, is a yogini firekeeper, sacred activist, and leading innovator in the evolution of vinyasa flow yoga. Twenty years ago, she began teaching, integrating the tantric bhakti roots of yoga, Krishnamacharya’s teachings, and a universal, quantum approach to the body.
Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD, is a cofounder, senior advisor, and ex officio board member of Omega. He has been teaching Manifest Your Vision for more than 20 years and regularly consults with centers, organizations, and businesses in this emerging field. Author of Timeshifting, he is the director of Blue Spirit Retreat, Costa Rica. bluespiritcostarica.com
Amber Ryan is a certified 5Rhythms® teacher with a rich background in theater and dance. She had studied with 5Rhythms® founder, Gabrielle Roth, for more than 10 years, and had been on the faculty of Gabrielle Roth’s Reach Out for Kids, a project to help kids work through their problems on the dance floor.
Shivanter Singh is a 3HO certified Kundalini Yoga teacher and an Integrative Nutrition health counselor with degrees in restaurant management, education, and transpersonal psychology, specializing in health and wellness. A food industry professional for more than 30 years, Singh is the former general manager of Omega FoodWorks at Omega Institute. conscious-strategies.com
Nubia Teixeira, a brazilian-born yogini, has devoted herself to teaching yoga for nearly 25 years. She is trained in the classical Indian dance of Odissi and brings that experience to her classes, where symbology and sacred geometry are approached with joy. She is the author of the CD Pranayama: May Breath Be Our Prayer.
Robert Turner, executive chef and general manager of Omega FoodWorks, has been teaching cooking workshops at Omega for nearly a decade. An honors graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Turner is author of the monthly recipe in the eOmega News.
Jai Uttal is a pioneer in the world music community. A student of India’s Ali Akbar Khan and master teacher Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Uttal’s blend of Eastern and Western sound has put his music at the forefront of the world fusion movement. His many albums include Beggars and Saints, the Grammy-nominated Mondo Rama, and Bhakti Bazaar. jaiuttal.com
A pioneer in the mediumship movement, James Van Praagh is recognized as one of the most accurate spiritual mediums working today. He is currently co-executive producer of the CBS-TV hit drama Ghost Whisperer, and is author of several New York Times best sellers, including Ghosts Among Us, Talking to Heaven, and Healing Grief. VanPraagh.com
Demetri Velisarius, BSW, RYT 200, is a sacred trainer of Prana Flow Arts and a devotee of the tantric path. He teaches yoga and meditation worldwide with his partner Shiva Rea. In his travels, Demetri Velisarius has studied with many masters of the mystical traditions over the past 20 years.