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Inspiring Teachers

Check below to see some of the inspiring teachers you will see at Omega Costa Rica 2016.

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.

Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jean Haner has worked in the field of subtle energy for 30 years. A natural intuitive empath, she is able to physically feel and work with the energy of people and places. Highly sensitive as a child, she easily absorbed the energy of others, as well as being overly affected by the energy held in environments.

Mark Hyman, MD, is a practicing family physician, a nine-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, and advocate in the field of holistic health and Functional Medicine. Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, he is founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center and chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine.

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.

Jeff W. Jones, cofounder of Afro Flow Yoga with his wife Leslie Salmon Jones, is a multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, musical director, and composer. With his music, he creates an intuitive dynamic flow through a stream of consciousness and the mastery of African-inspired rhythms, instruments, and vocals, synergizing the class collective for a healing musical journey.

Leslie Salmon Jones, creator of Afro Flow Yoga, is a professional dancer, certified holistic personal trainer, wellness coach, yoga instructor, and public speaker. She began ballet and Afro-Caribbean dance at the age of seven and has since studied and trained with many world-renowned masters of dance, yoga, and spirituality.

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.

Neil Kramer is a writer, philosopher, and teacher specializing in the fields of spirituality, mysticism, consciousness, and metaphysics. The author of The Unfoldment, Kramer is a widely respected figure in the consciousness and alternative communities, recognized for his message of empowerment, lucidity, and spiritual insight.

Sharon Landrith is a gifted intuitive and spiritual teacher. She was a Buddhist student for 30 years before she met Adyashanti in 2000. In 2003, she received dharma transmission from Adyashanti and began to teach in his lineage.

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 Life Reimagined, Work Reimagined, Repacking Your Bags, and the perennial classic, The Power of Purpose.

Mark Matousek, MA, is author of two acclaimed memoirs, Sex Death Enlightenment and The Boy He Left Behind, as well as When You’re Falling, Dive and Ethical Wisdom. A past editor at Interview and O, The Oprah Magazine and contributing editor at Tricycle, Matousek is creative director of V-Men, an organization for ending violence against women and girls.

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.

Gina Norman is the owner of Connecticut’s Kaia Yoga. She has been teaching yoga for 20 years and is director of the Kaia Yoga teacher training program, in which she has taught hundreds of students over the years. She has been featured in Fitness, Parent, Yoga Journal, Woman’s Entrepreneurs, Mothering, and other publications.

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, codirector 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.

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.

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.

Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD, author of Timeshifting, is cofounder of the Omega Institute and the creator and director of Blue Spirit Costa Rica. He has been teaching Manifest Your Vision for more than 20 years and regularly consults with centers, organizations, and businesses in this emerging field.

Amber Ryan, a certified 5Rhythms® teacher, is a healing artist with an embodiment and articulation of the 5Rhythms movement meditation practice. She studied with 5Rhythms founder Gabrielle Roth in New York City for 10 years and served as faculty on Gabrielle's first 5Rhythms Reach Out for Kids project, a program to help kids take their problems to the dance floor.

Jack Saul, PhD, director of the International Trauma Studies Program, is assistant professor of clinical population and family health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He also is author of Collective Trauma, Collective Healing: Promoting Community Resilience in the Aftermath of Disaster.