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Inspiring Teachers

Check below to see some of the inspiring teachers you will see at Omega Costa Rica 2017.

Margot Anand world-renowned pioneer of Western Tantra and best-selling author of The Art of Sexual Ecstasy, is the creator of SkyDancing Tantra and founder of SkyDancing Tantra institutes around the world. She is an internationally acclaimed authority on Tantra—a Hindu and Buddhist spiritual tradition that cultivates sexuality as a doorway to blissful meditation.

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.

Elena Brower founder and co-owner of Virayoga, and author of Art of Attention, offers a realistic and reverent approach to the world through her teaching and writing. She has created a new virtual portal for teachers,, intended to bring together the global community to share wisdom and inspiration.

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.

Harville Hendrix, PhD, and his wife, Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD, are cocreators of Imago Relationship Therapy and the concept of the "conscious partnership". Harville is author of Getting the Love You Want, which has been a New York Times best seller and featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and Keeping the Love You Find, and is coauthor, with Helen, of eight books, including Making Marriage Simple, Receiving Love, and The Couples Companion.

Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD, and her husband, Harville Hendrix, PhD, are cocreators of Imago Relationship Therapy and the concept of the "conscious partnership". Hunt is coauthor of eight books with Hendrix, including Making Marriage Simple, and she is sole author of Faith and Feminism. Hunt is also an inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and recipient of many awards.

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.

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.

Gregg 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.

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.

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.

James 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.