Sacred Space director Teresa Cowan Jones is an executive and personal coach, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, an instructor at the Center for Integrative Medicine, faculty and associate director of the Charter for Hesychia School for Spiritual Direction, and founder of The Compassion Coalition and the Breakthrough Leadership Institute, a transformational leadership and community development initiative. As such, she directs its premier program, Sacred Space, a secular and interfaith community that builds skills of compassion through contemplative practices to fuel social justice. A fellow in the Public Voices Fellowship and Harvard University's Spiritual Innovator Cohort, she is also author of over one hundred tools for effectiveness, Teresa holds a B.S. in Psychology and a Master of Divinity with highest honors from Vanderbilt University (1996). A professionally trained coach, Teresa has served as coach and faculty of the Center for Progressive Leadership, a national nonpartisan leadership organization developing high-potential political leaders who can affect policy-making. Teresa also developed and taught university courses in sociology and has twenty years of professional experience in leadership development in both the public and private sectors.
Natasha Korshak is a long time teacher of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness as well as an ordained Interfaith Contemplative Minister and practicing spiritual director. She is the founder and director of the Sol Center.
Peter Woods is a Sacred Space co-founder and small group facilitator, and has had a private counseling office in Tucson since 2000. He has also worked as a counselor with hospice patients and with Catholic Social Service. Before he began his counseling career, he practiced law for 8 years.
Dr. John Dore taught doctoral candidates in developmental psychology for 30 years, with his own Ph.D. in psycholinguistics. He majored in English as an undergraduate, and later served as an addiction counselor, and as a consultant for hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. Learn more about him at his website: johndore.com
Sanjay Manchanda is a spiritual teacher and therapist who teaches mindfulness meditation and self-inquiry. He has been practicing yoga and meditation for over twenty years. He is also a licensed psychotherapist with a background in Jungian, body-centered and transpersonal therapy, energy healing and neuroscience.
Diane Call's journey has been an investigation of the body as a revelatory instrument. Her first love was dance and she studied ballet from age 4-14. She received her BA in film at Bard College, which led to the rediscovery of the art of physical theatre and tutelage with her mentor, with whom she studied for 35 years. She traveled through central America in the late 1980’s with the Institute for International Cooperation and Development as their videographer and participated in a peace walk though the war zone in Nicaragua with Buddhist monks and nuns. Her spiritual studies include multiple Vipassana mediation retreats in the US, Thailand and Myanmar; over 35 years practice of Kundalini Yoga; residence at a European mystery school, and recent study in Aryuvedic medicine. She has taught acting and Kundalini Yoga for ten years and her current focus is founding Temple Sublime Productions, the mission of which is dedicated to creating a culture that recognizes the Sacred in an uplifting vision for humanity and the world.
Gen Kelsang Lingpur is Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Arizona. She has been a student and disciple of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso of the New Kadampa Tradition for 20 years, and was the former administrative director of Vajrarupini Center in San Diego. Her past experiences have given her a deep understanding of the problems and difficulties we all face in our daily lives.
Dr. Anne Marie Chiasson has spent a number of years exploring and practicing Energy Medicine, which is the ancient art of working with the subtle or energy body to improve health and vitality. Dr. Chiasson, trained by Dr. Andrew Weil, incorporates integrative family medicine along with hands-on healing and other techniques that change, stimulate, add or shift the underlying energy that is associated with the disease process and utilizes the transformational tools of meditation, movement, dream work, psychospiritual counseling, and indigenous healing practices. In addition to her private integrative medicine practice, she teaches and has authored Energy Healing: The Essentials of Self Care.