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Inspiring Teachers

We are planning the 2016 Omega Costa Rica season, so check back in July to learn what we have in store for you!

Check below to see some of the inspiring teachers at Omega Costa Rica 2015.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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™.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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.