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Eben Alexander III, MD, spent 55 years honing his scientific worldview, until a rare illness left him in a coma. Later, he awoke from a transcendental near-death experience. He reports his lessons from beyond in the number one New York Times best seller Proof of Heaven. lifebeyonddeath.net

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

Dawson Church, PhD, is founder of Soul Medicine Institute, which researches and teaches emerging psychological and medical techniques, such as EFT, that can yield quick and lasting relief. He is author of many books, including The Genie in Your Genes and Soul Medicine; editor of Energy Psychology, a peer-reviewed journal; and director of the Iraq Vets Stress Project. stressproject.org

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

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.

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

Barbara Marx Hubbard has been called "the voice for conscious evolution of our time" by Deepak Chopra and is the subject of Neale Donald Walsch's book, The Mother of Invention. A prolific author, visionary, social innovator, evolutionary thinker, and educator, she is cofounder and chairperson of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution. barbaramarxhubbard.com

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

Pir Shabda Kahn began his root training in 1969 under the guidance of the great American Sufi Master, Murshid Samuel Lewis. Since 2001, Shabda serves as the Pir (lineage holder) of the Sufi Ruhaniat International, the Sufi lineage tracing back though Murshid Samuel Lewis and Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan.

Tamam Kahn is a poet, lecturer, and the author of Untold, A History of the Wives of Prophet Muhammad. She continues to write about 7th century Arabian women, most recently Fatima, daughter of Prophet Muhammad. Tamam has been immersed in Sufism for 40 years.

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

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

Karen Newell is cofounder of Sacred Acoustics™, creator of brain entrainment audio meditations combining digital frequencies, sacred instruments, harmonics of nature, and human vocals to access altered states of awareness. She has explored many forms of acoustic enhancement used for deep consciousness exploration. sacredacoustics.com

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

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

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

Daniel Rechtschaffen, MA, MFT. is author of The Way of Mindful Education and founding director of the Mindful Education Institute, a yearlong Mindfulness in Education Teacher Training program. He also organizes the annual Mindfulness in Education conference at Omega and has helped create curriculum for organizations such as Mindfulness Without Borders, Mindful Schools, and the Mindful Mothering Project. mindfuleducation.com

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.

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.

Mary T. Sise, LCSW, DCEP, the program director of Sai Maa’s Transformational Healers Program, is coauthor of The Energy of Belief: Psychology’s Power Tools to Focus Intention & Release Blocking Beliefs. She teaches internationally on energy psychology, releasing negative beliefs, healing trauma, and the spiritual dimension of health and healing.

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.

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