Inspiring Teachers

Elissa EpelElissa Epel, PhD, coauthor of the New York Times best seller The Telomere Effect, is a professor at the University of California, San Francisco. She studies how chronic stress can impact biological aging, and how meditation interventions may buffer stress effects and promote psychological and physiological thriving.

Melissa Myozen BlackerMelissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi is a Zen teacher and abbot of Boundless Way Zen, a school of Zen Buddhism with practice centers throughout New England. She maintains a private practice in contemplative counseling and is the co-editor of The Book of Mu. melissablacker.com

Joan BorysenkoJoan 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, she is a popular speaker whose wisdom, wit, and compassion are practical, informative, and deeply inspiring. joanborysenko.com

Maia DanzigerMaia 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

Donna EdenDonna Eden is among the world’s most sought after, most joyous, and most authoritative spokespersons for energy medicine. She has been able to clairvoyantly "see" the body’s energies since childhood, and her abilities as a healer are renowned. Her best-selling book, Energy Medicine, is used as a textbook in hundreds of healing classes. Available in 18 languages, Energy Medicine won gold medals in both the U.S. Book News and Nautilus competitions. learnenergymedicine.com

Joan Halifax RoshiJoan 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 JahnkeRoger 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

Jeff W. JonesJeff 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. afroflowyoga.com

Leslie Salmon JonesLeslie 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. afroflowyoga.com

Annette KnoppAnnette Knopp is an Inner-Depth Counselor, shamanic practitioner, and certified yoga teacher. Knopp draws from a rich background in nondual meditation and spiritual inquiry, shamanic energy medicine, yoga, and modern Western psycho-spiritual approaches. Knopp counsels and mentors clients around the world, and has been facilitating women’s workshops for many years. thefreeheart.com

Richard LeiderRichard 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. inventuregroup.com

Gregg LevoyGregg Levoy is author of Vital Signs: Discovering & Sustaining Your Passion for Life and the bestseller Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life—which is rated as one of the "Top 20 Career Publications" by the Workforce Information Group. The former "behavioral specialist" at USA Today and a regular blogger for Psychology Today, he has been appeared on ABC-TV, CNN, NPR, and PBS. gregglevoy.com

Mark MatousekMark 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. markmatousek.com

Florence Meleo-MeyerFlorence 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

Barry MichelsBarry Michels, LCSW, JD, has been in private practice as a psychotherapist since 1986. He holds a law degree from University of California, Berkeley, and is a contributor to Psychology Today and Goop.com. He is coauthor, with Phil Stutz, of The Tools. thetoolsbook.com

David NichternDavid Nichtern is a senior meditation teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. A composer, guitarist, producer, and author of Awakening From the Daydream, he is also a two-time Grammy Award nominee and four-time Emmy Award winner.

Marianela OrtizMarianela 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 PagueSteven 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.

Esther PerelEsther 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 PerkinsJohn 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

Stephan RechtschaffenStephan 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. bluespiritcostarica.com

Amber RyanAmber 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 SaulJack 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.

Richard Strozzi-HecklerRichard Strozzi-Heckler, PhD, is author of eight books and founder of Strozzi Institute and Somatic Coaching. For more than 45 years, he has brought embodied leadership to Fortune 500 companies, government, military, nonprofits, and more.

Nubia TeixeiraNubia Teixeira, E-RYT 500, YACEP, is a brazilian-born yogini who been teaching yoga for 25 years. Founder of the Bhakti Nova School of Yoga & Dance, and creator of the instruction CD, Pranayama, she is also trained in the classical Indian dance of Odissi and brings that experience to her classes. bhaktinova.com

Lynne TwistLynne Twist is best-selling author of The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life. Founder of the Soul of Money Institute, Twist has worked with more than 100,000 people in 50 countries in the arenas of fundraising with integrity, conscious philanthropy, and creating a healthy relationship with money. soulofmoney.org

Jai UttalJai 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

James Van PraaghJames Van Praagh is recognized as one of the most accurate spiritual mediums working today. He was 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, Healing Grief, and Adventures of the Soul. VanPraagh.com