Angela has been treating, educating and empowering people about their health since 2001.
In her private practice, as clinic director of Urban Wellness (an integrative health clinic in downtown Toronto), as a faculty member at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Toronto (www.itm.org), a frequent workshop presenter and lecturer including the University of Toronto and a regular expert guest on the Steven and Chris show (CBC/Slice Network), Angela brings her enthusiasm and expertise to educate, inspire and empower people in every medium possible.
Having a background in health sciences studying nutrition and dietetics at McGill university, a degree in Psychology as well as her extensive and ongoing training in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Angela pulls from her diverse background to offer the wisdom of traditional medicines combined with the most up-to-date, relevant and impactful options available for her patients and students. Angela has additional training in applied mindfulness based mediation and runs a weekly mindful meditation group out of her clinic in Toronto.
Whether it be educating and inspiring people about food and nutrition, mental and emotional healing or just general wellness, Angela’s whole person based approach to wellness aims to leave people inspired, feeling better and with a practical group of customized tips and tools for their life.
Angela is passionate about helping people achieve their optimum state of health, vitality and well-being: Mind, body and spirit.
Christine Hoar is the founder and director of Bristol Yoga, VT and Ashtanga Montauk, NY.
Christine has been a practitioner and teacher of the Ashtanga Yoga System for for over 20 years. From 1997-2014, she served as the founder and director of Vermont’s only dedicated Ashtanga Yoga studio, Bristol Yoga. She now resides and teaches in Montauk, New York. Specializing in the integration of the Ashtanga system of asana with the principles of Ayurveda and the depth of Yogic philosophy, Christine offers students unique insights into discovering greater joy, freedom, and self-transformation.
Christine is also a certified Ayurvedic consultant and educator. As a teacher and practitioner, she is devoted to creating health and joy by fostering a sense of inner peace and interconnectedness with our natural environment.
When you study with Christine, you will find yourself engaged with a teacher that integrates mindfulness and humor, strength and fluidity, alignment and intuition. Christine is passionate about the teachings, and brings a gentle, compassionate, and light-hearted, yet powerful, hands-on approach.
Christine is blessed and authorized to teach by her guru, the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore. She graduated from Amherst College with a degree in Biology. And she completed post-graduate studies at the Kripalu College of Ayurveda in Lennox, MA, and the Dixit Clinic of Ayurveda and the Mumuksha School of Ayurvedic Massage in Mysore, India.
Dave Courchene – Nii Gaani Aki Inini (Leading Earth Man) has travelled internationally, carrying a message of hope and peace. Dave shares the ancient knowledge of the Original People of Turtle Island, that he believes can act as the foundation in supporting the New Life that Mother Earth is now entering, and that the Elders have confirmed has arrived.
He has created a special place for sharing the ancient knowledge of the Original Peoples – the Turtle Lodge – built based on a vision he received many years ago. The Original People have always relied on visions and dreams to give guidance and direction in life.
Dave was honoured by leaders and Elders of the Original Peoples at the 2010 International Indigenous Leadership Gathering, and with a National Aboriginal Achievement (INDSPIRE) Award in Culture, Heritage & Spirituality, and the Volunteer Manitoba Award for Outstanding Community Leadership in 2012, for the work associated with his message and vision, including the work he has done inspiring young people.
His recent work has involved initiating International Roundtables Supporting Ancient Indigenous Knowledge at the Turtle Lodge and the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC, which have been co-led by US Congressman Dennis Kucinich. He delivered the Opening Keynote and conducted the Opening Ceremonies at the 2010 G8 Summit on World Religions. Dave is the Lead Elder of the Elders Circle Seven, who co-created Mikinak-Keya – The Spirit Tour, the signature tour of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. He is also the founding Elder of the Giigewigamig (pronounced Kee-gay-ga-mik) Traditional Healing Centre at the Pine Falls Hospital, which is independently managed by Elders from the Sagkeeng, Black River, Hollow Water and Bloodvein First Nations.
Dave has shared the stage twice with the Dalai Lama to bring a message of peace in Newark, New Jersey and Monterrey, Mexico. In the Spring of 2011, Dave initiated the Grandmother Teachings on coming of age and Vision Quest rites of passage for youth of all cultures at the Turtle Lodge.
David Vago is Research Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is an associate professor in the department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. He also maintains an appointment as a research associate in the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory (FNL), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School. He has completed post-doctoral fellowships in the department of Psychiatry at BWH, the Utah Center for Mind-Body Interactions within the University of Utah Medical School, and the Stuart T. Hauser Research Training Program in Biological & Social Psychiatry. David has previously held the position of Senior Research Coordinator for the Mind & Life Institute and is currently a Mind and Life Fellow, supporting the Mind and Life mission by advising on strategy and programs. He received his Bachelors Degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences in 1997 from the University of Rochester. In 2005, David received his Ph.D. in Cognitive and Neural Sciences with a specialization in learning and memory from the department of Psychology, University of Utah.
David’s research interests broadly focus on utilizing translational models to identify and characterize neurobiological substrates mediating psychopathology, to better predict outcomes and potential biologically-based diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for those suffering with mental illness. He aims to clarify adaptive mind-brain-body interactions and their therapeutic relevance in psychiatric settings. In this context, David has been specifically focusing on the study of mindfulness-based interventions in clinical settings, and the basic cognitive and neuroscientific mechanisms by which mindfulness-based practices function. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, spoken at international conferences, and his research has been covered by mainstream news outlets such as the Huffington Post, Boston Globe, and NPR, among others. David is an avid Vipassana, Dzogchen meditation and Hatha Yoga practitioner, and enjoys recreating in the outdoors.
David Berceli, Ph.D. is an international author, presenter and trainer in the areas of trauma intervention stress reduction and resiliency strengthening. He has lived and worked in war-torn countries and natural disaster zones around the world. He specializes in trauma recovery with large populations i.e., military personnel, national and international relief agencies, and government and non-government organizations whose staff are living and working in trauma-inducing environments. Dr. Berceli is also the creator of a revolutionary set of Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE). David is the author of: The Revolutionary Trauma Release Process: Transcend Your Toughest Times. Currently he teaches trauma recovery and awareness in 40 countries and provides relief services through his non-profit organization to survivors of natural and human made disasters around the world (www.traumaprevention.com).
Because of his experiences in situations of poverty, violence and natural disasters he sought to gain a balanced understanding of the effects of trauma on the human person. His academic career includes a degree in Social Work (PhD), Clinical Social Work (MA), Theology (MA), Middle Eastern Studies (MA). He is also certified as a Massage Therapist (MT), and Bioenergetic Therapist (CBT). He is currently a Board Certified Psychoneurologist and a Certified Neurotherapy Instructor. These diverse fields of study helped him to see the interactive nature of the human’s psyche, spirit, neurology, physiology and social relationships.
Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D. is a contemplative psychotherapist, clinical researcher, and Buddhist scholar-teacher who integrates ancient contemplative science and technology with current breakthroughs in neuroscience and optimal health. After training in psychiatry at Harvard and completing a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies at Columbia, he founded Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, a non-profit that helps people build sustainable happiness, compassion, and leadership through integrating science-based contemplative skills into their daily lives.
On faculty at the Weill Cornell Center for Integrative Medicine and the Columbia University Center for Buddhist Studies, Dr. Loizzo lectures widely on the role of meditative learning in the future of heath, education, and leadership, and teaches regular public classes and workshops at his Nalanda Institute, and Tibet House US. In 2007, he published Nagarjuna’s Reason Sixty with Chandrakirti’s Commentary, a translation study of contemplative self-analysis in Buddhism. His second book, Sustainable Happiness: The Mind Science of Well-Being, Altruism, and Inspiration, appeared in the Routledge Behavioral Science Series in 2012. He has published dozens of chapters and articles on contemplative science in peer reviewed books and journals including The Journal of Religion, the Annual Review of Psychiatry, and the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Dr. Loizzo has a private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife, Gerardine, and their sons Maitreya and Ananda.
Dr. Kamau Kokayi received his Medical Doctorate from Yale School of Medicine, and completed his residency with board certification in Family Medicine. He went on to be certified in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Applied kinesiology, and has extensive post graduate homeopathic training in US and Europe. With over 30 years experience integrating allopathic medical science with bioenergetic therapies and traditional healing systems, Dr. Kokayi’s broad knowledge base and depth of understanding provide him with a multi dimensional lens to evaluate and treat patients suffering in body, mind, and spirit. Dr Kokayi also graduated from the Priesthood of the Ausar Auset Society, a traditional African spiritual society, was a radio talk show host for nine years in the Pacifica network, and has two documentary films to his credit.
Sameet M. Kumar
Lena Falth is a Reiki Master Educator. Her healing mission began after a near-death experience in 1995, which led her to seek Reiki training and earn her Reiki Master degree within the revered, traditional Usui-Hawayo Takata Lineage.
Since the beginning of her Reiki training until the present, Lena has devoted her professional life to practicing Reiki and training others in this sacred art. The profound relaxation that Reiki energy healing induces can lead to expanded states of subtle awareness that allows Lena to guide her clients into sacred journeying, soul exploration and soul reconnection which often contributes to the healing of stress, trauma, anxiety and depression.
Since 2009, Lena has been the Director of Integrative Reiki and faculty Reiki Master at the Urban Zen Foundations initiative – The Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program (UZIT) in N.Y.C.
There, Lena developed a one year professional curriculum for Reiki Energy Medicine and guided the education of more than 450 healthcare practitioners, doctors, nurses and yoga practitioners - at UCLA Medical Center and Kent State University. Her students practice rotation at clinical sites in NYC hospitals, including Beth Israel, Montefiore, The Farber Center and patient support groups like Hope Lodge and You Can Thrive Breast Cancer Foundation.
Lena is dedicated to promoting the evidence-based effectiveness of Reiki energy healing into modern healthcare and as a transformational self-care practice.
Lobsang Rapgay is research psychologist at UCLA and director of the Clinical Training program for Mental Health Professionals at the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center, UCLA. Born in Lhasa, Tibet, in 1958 the 4-year-old Rapgay and his family fled the approach of Chinese soldiers with a caravan of refugees on a seven-day trek into the Himalayas. They settled in Dharamsala, India, which would become the home-in-exile of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government. After completing studies at a Catholic boarding school and Delhi University, where he trained as a Buddhist monk, Rapgay in 1978 became a deputy secretary and English-language interpreter for His Holiness. At the Dalai Lama's Tibetan Medicine and Astrology Institute, Rapgay began learning ancient Buddhist meditative practices. He earned a doctorate in clinical psychology and wrote four books, including "Tibetan Medicine: A Holistic Approach to Better Health," before coming to California to study psychoanalysis. Rapgay joined the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in 1996 and kept his monastic vows until 2000.
In over two decades of practice, Dr. Loren Fishman has gained an international reputation as a back-pain specialist, a diagnostician and a pioneer in the treatment of many disorders, including piriformis syndrome and rotator cuff tear. He has authored more than 90 academic journal articles and ten books. A recent peer-reviewed article with 1000 patients over 8 years of study showed how yoga reverses osteoporosis.
A past president of the New York Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Fishman is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia Medical School. He has recently published an innovative book about electrodiagnostic testing, published by Springer.
Dr. Fishman studied yoga in India with BKS Iyengar, uses it in his rehabilitation practice and has written extensively about yoga as an adjunct to medical treatment.
Michael Lee, MA, is a master educator and yogi who founded Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy in 1985 after many years of deep yoga practice, including two years as a Kripalu resident and faculty member. There are now more than 1,500 Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioners throughout the globe. Michael is the author of two books, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy: A Bridge from Body to Soul and Turn Stress Into Bliss. He has led workshops and presented at conferences worldwide for the past 27 years.
Miles Neale is a Buddhist psychotherapist in private practice, Assistant Director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and contributing expert on mindfulness meditation for the BBC World Service. Miles earned a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and has spent twenty years studying Buddhism under American Buddhist scholars Joe Loizzo and Robert Thurman as well as Tibetan masters Gelek Rimpoche and Lama Zopa. Dr. Neale’s approach to personal healing and transformation isinformed by contemplative neuroscience, an eclectic hybrid of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist psychology and meditative arts, depth psychotherapy, and the current neuroscience of trauma resilience.
Neal M. Goldsmith
Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D. is a social psychologist, licensed psychotherapist, and policy researcher, specializing in psychospiritual development, with particular expertise in psychedelic psychotherapy. He is author of dozens of popular and scholarly articles, and a frequent speaker on psychotherapy and change, adult developmental psychology, psychedelics research and policy, and the integral future of society, and curates and hosts innovative workshops, salons, and conferences. Dr. Goldsmith’s book, Psychedelic Healing: The Promise of Entheogens for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development, describes the influence of psychedelics on the development of his personality theory and clinical practice. Trained in humanistic, transpersonal, and Eastern traditions, Dr. Goldsmith maintains a private psychotherapy practice in New York City and Sag Harbor, NY.
Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison
Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN, cofounded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, the first Zen-based organization to offer fully accredited ACPE clinical chaplaincy training in America, which delivers contemplative approaches to care through education, direct service, and meditation practice. Paley Ellison is the academic advisor for the Buddhist students in the Master in Pastoral Care and Counseling program at NYZCCC’s education partner, New York Theological Seminary. He has served as the co-director of Contemplative Care Services for the Department of Integrative Medicine and as the chaplaincy supervisor for the Pain and Palliative Care Department at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, where he also served on the Medical Ethics Committee. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Arizona Medical School’s Center for Integrative Medicine’s Integrative Medicine Fellowship, and he is a visiting professor at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, of the University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston Medical School.
Paley Ellison is a dynamic, original, and visionary leader and teacher. Koshin is the co-editor of Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End of Life Care (Wisdom Publications, 2016). He received his clinical training at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center and the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association. He began is formal Zen training in 1987, and he delightfully continues to study with Dorothy Dai En Friedman, Zen teacher in the White Plum Soto Zen Lineage. He is a senior Zen monk, Soto Zen teacher, ACPE supervisor, and Jungian psychotherapist.