Women & Power Retreat Teachers & Presenters
Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, is a research professor at The University of Houston and author of the New York Times best-seller, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. She has studied vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame since 2000. Her TED talk on vulnerability is one of the most watched talks ever on TED.com. brenebrown.com
Elizabeth Lesser is cofounder of the Omega Institute and senior advisor on Omega’s board of directors. Author of The Seeker’s Guide and the New York Times best seller, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow, she is a frequent host on the Oprah Radio channel on Sirius/XM. In 2002, she initiated the Women & Power conference series and is cofounder of the Omega Women's Leadership Center. elizabethlesser.net
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, a Buddhist monastery in Santa Fe. 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
Ai-jen Poo is director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the leading organization working to build power, respect, and fair labor standards for the 2.5 million nannies, housekeepers, and caregivers in the United States. domesticworkers.org
Heidi Hartmann, PhD, is president of the Washington-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research, a scientific research organization that she founded in 1987 to meet the need for women-centered, policy-oriented research. An economist and research professor at George Washington University, she lectures internationally on issues of women, economics, and public policy. iwpr.org
Kate Clinton, author of Don't Get Me Started and What the L?, is a nationally appreciated humorist and activist. She has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, Entertainment Tonight, and numerous news and talk shows on Comedy Central, Lifetime, Oxygen, MSNBC, CNN, and C-SPAN. kateclinton.com
Sarah Peter is an artist who lives in New York City. She has given generous and visionary support to the Omega Women’s Leadership Center, the Modern Women’s Fund at the Museum of Modern Art, and the Odwar Fund in Uganda. At the heart of Sarah Peter’s philanthropic giving is the goal of acknowledging individual women’s contributions and helping to improve the lives of women. estateofmind.com
Carla Goldstein, JD, is Omega Institute’s chief external affairs officer and cofounder of the Omega Women's Leadership Center. An attorney with 25 years of experience in public interest advocacy, she has contributed to more than 100 city, state, and federal laws, and has worked extensively on issues related to women’s rights, poverty, public health, and social justice. eOmega.org/owlc
Nina Umai Spiro, MSW, creator of Pravada Shamanic Sound Healing System™ and the sound healing project One People, developed her unique shamanic sound healing approach by weaving together her Russian-Siberian-Jewish lineage, childhood shamanic experiences, earth-spirit teachings, and 34 years of private practice in shamanic sound healing, psychotherapy, complementary medicine, meditation, dance, and improvisational music on Native American flutes. pravadashamanicsoundhealing.com
Michele Bertran, MS, JD, is director of the Omega Women's Leadership Center. Before joining the Omega staff, she worked for almost two decades on the staff of the New Jersey Courts. An attorney, mediator, and former court manager, Michele Bertran is committed to social justice and creative conflict resolution. She is also a Fellow of the National Center for State Courts.
Sarah Urech, LMSW, is program manager of the Omega Women's Leadership Center. Originally from Switzerland, she is a multilingual social worker and a 20-year practitioner of Playback Theatre—an improvisational form of theater that she has taught and performed in 14 countries, including Cuba, Japan, and Russia.
Priscilla Bright, MA, is an international energy healer and program leader with many years of experience guiding individuals—especially caregivers—to reconnect with their inner essence and healing potential. Former dean of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, she also has led trainings for numerous professional groups and health care organizations. priscillabright.com
T. Morgan Dixon is a relentless street-organizer who has worked on the frontlines of education reform for 10 years. As a cofounder of the national health movement GirlTrek, Morgan Dixon was named as one of the world's top social innovators by Echoing Green, was featured in the Washington Post, and has been awarded the Teach For America's Social Innovation Award.
Annie Ellman, cofounder of The Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE), designed CAE’s programs and curricula, both of which have impacted thousands of women, LGBT individuals, teens, children, and survivors of violence. She has trained more than 200 women to teach self-defense, and has consulted with many organizations initiating anti-violence programming.
Vanessa Garrison is a runner, cyclist, and good life enthusiast. Prior to cofounding the national health movement GirlTrek, Garrrison worked at Turner Broadcasting. Recently named as one of the world's top social innovators by Echoing Green, she also was a recipient of the Teach For America's Social Innovation Award, was recognized by the Awesome Foundation as a leader to watch.
Lois Guarino, Omega's chief operations officer, brings the values of relational leadership to her work. Emphasizing compassionate service as a core curriculum of the Omega staff experience, she designed the People and Culture department for Omega, with programmatic support from Ram Dass. She is also an artist and writer, and she teaches classes on leadership, work/life balance, and the creative process.
Ubaka Hill, a professional musician and teacher for more than 30 years, presents workshops for healing, personal transformation, women's leadership, and empowerment for joyful change. She is the visionary founder of the Million Women Drummers Gathering Global Initiative. Ubaka is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Omega Women's Leadership Center. ubakahilldrumsong.com
Chung Hyun Kyung, MDiv, PhD, a Christian theologian and Buddhist dharma teacher, is associate professor at Union Theological Seminary where she teaches feminist spirituality, meditation, and ecofeminist tai chi.
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. lesliesalmonjones.com
Marcela Lobos was born and raised in Chile, where she leads expeditions, working primarily with women shamans who belong to a matriarchal society that maintains the wisdom and passion of Mother Earth. She is also involved in many events, courses, and expeditions as a senior staff member at the Four Winds Society. thefourwinds.com