Nalanda Institute’s Compassion-Based Resilience Training (CBRT) is a complete, evidence-based method of training the resilience of mind, heart, and body we need to sustain lives of well-being, engagement and purpose in our interdependent world. It was developed and tested at the university hospitals of Columbia and Cornell, where it has been offered continuously since 1998. Find out more
Our Certified Instructors
The instructors below have been certified by Nalanda Institute and its Board of Directors to teach Compassion-Based Resilience Training (CBRT). Find CBRT offerings given by our instructors on the CBRT calendar.
Moustafa Abdelrahman, MBA, RP, is a meditation teacher and Contemplative Therapist. He is certified by the University of Toronto as an Applied Mindfulness Meditation Specialist and holds a Certificate in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Nalanda Institute/Diploma from the Institute of Traditional Medicine. Abdelrahman teaches a variety of mindfulness certificate courses at the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto and has facilitated mindfulness workshops for a wide range of corporate and nonprofit organizations, including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He is a Senior Teacher for the Meditation Teacher Training at X-Hale Meditation & Wellness Centre and leads the Mindfulness Meditation program at the 519, a City of Toronto agency supporting the LGBTQ2S communities.
Mar Aige, BFA, MA, RYT, is a painter, art educator, meditation and yoga teacher specializing in therapeutic breathwork and self-massage. She received her BFA from Universitat de Barcelona and her MA from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and is a certified kundalini and Tibetan yoga teacher. At the Nalanda Institute, Mar graduated from the Yoga, Mind & Spirit and CBRT Teacher Training programs, where she teaches yoga and breathwork. Mar co-directs the Contemplative Psychotherapy Program in Spanish and Portuguese, where she also coordinates translations and teaches contemplative practices. Mar started teaching art to children over 20 years ago in museums and schools. Inspired by progressive education approaches like Reggio Emilia, Montessori, and Waldorf, she has taught at the Guggenheim Museum, The Met Cloisters, St. John the Divine, and the Brooklyn Historical Society. She started The Rubin Museum’s Family Programs department, which she managed for 5 years. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband Isaac and her pup Tara.
Tracy Blasioli, LCSW, 500-ERYT, is a clinical social worker in private practice that offers an integrative approach to healing and therapeutic intervention for adolescents and women. She infuses a cognitive-behavioral foundation with mindfulness, yoga philosophy, embodiment and breathing practices, and energy work. Tracy received her MSW from Wheelock College and is currently a second year student in Nalanda Institute’s Contemplative Psychotherapy Program. She is a Kripalu-certified yoga instructor, with advanced studies in the therapeutic modalities of yoga and meditation, guiding a diverse population of students in yoga and meditation study and practice for nearly a decade. She is also a Holy Fire III / Usui Reiki Master and weaves energy offerings into both her teaching and clinical work.
Gretchen Blycker, LMHC, LMT, RYT, PhD candidate, is a board-certified sex therapist, licensed massage therapist, registered yoga teacher, and adjunct faculty member at the University of Rhode Island. For the last 25 years she has been integrating a holistic framework in promoting sexual wellbeing, healthy relationships, healing from sexual trauma and treating problematic sexual behaviors. Gretchen integrates embodied contemplative practices in her work with individuals and couples in her mindfulness-based sex therapy practice as well with students as a sexual wellness educator.
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Fiona Brandon, MA, MFT, is the Director of the Nalanda Institute’s CBRT and San Francisco-based Contemplative Psychotherapy programs. She is a psychotherapist in private practice who draws upon Buddhist psychology, depth psychology, expressive arts therapy, dream imagery, and Sensorimotor psychotherapy in her work with adults and couples. Fiona is a graduate of the Masters program in Counseling Psychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her research focused on the meditative practice of Authentic Movement, the use of symbols and dream imagery in psychotherapy. She has taught mindfulness practices at the UCSF Chronic Pelvic Pain Center and has been a teaching assistant at both the California Institute of Integral Studies and the Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Tom Antonio Davidson
Tom Antonio Davidson, CPCC, CBC, is an emotional wellbeing coach who works with clients all over North America experiencing stress and burnout. Trained by The Co-Active Institute (Certified Professional Co-Active Coach), a leader in coach training, and by Lyra Health, (Cognitive-Behavioral coach), he works with leaders and employees at some of the world’s largest brands in addition to serving clients in the social change and helping professional space. An International Coach Federation member with experience of working one-on-one with professionals at all levels of an organization. His approach is creative, playful, down-to-earth, and incorporates core principles of Buddhist psychology with the aim of supporting clients to shift from stressed out to thriving.
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Victoria Fontana, MA, is a graduate of Nalanda Institute’s Contemplative Psychotherapy Program in New York. Victoria holds an M.A. in Education from the University of Washington and is currently finishing an M.Sc. in Mindfulness-Based Approaches from Bangor University, Wales, with MBSR certification. Victoria has been an educator for over 20 years, currently an adjunct professor at IE University in Madrid, where she teaches for the Center for Health, Well-Being and Happiness as well as the Languages and Humanities Departments. She teaches Mindfulness and Compassion both privately and in professional organizations and is a practicing Mindfulness and Wellness Coach, ACC. She is based in Madrid, Spain.
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Adrián Villaseñor Galarza
Adrián Villaseñor Galarza, PhD, is an integral eco-psychologist, and a graduate of Nalanda Institute’s Contemplative Psychotherapy and CBRT Programs. He received his doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. Adrián is the founder and director of the Bioalchemy Institute and the Work That Reconnects Latin America, author of a handful of books, and has been engaged in transformative education for the last 17 years. In his work and research, Adrián has focused on the confluence of Eastern liberation teachings, Earth-based traditions, and Ecopsychology, resulting in an integrative framework for self-discovery, healing, and regenerative action. Adrián assists groups and individuals in their healing journeys in both English and Spanish.
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Rahshaana Green, MBA, PMP, RYT, is the Co-Director the New York City-based Contemplative Psychotherapy Program. She is a coach and business consultant with expertise in Business Development, Marketing, and Strategy in Healthcare and Science. She is also a yoga/meditation teacher specialized in working with injured, aging, and perinatal clients. Green received her BA in Biophysical Chemistry from Dartmouth College, her MBA from University of Texas-Austin, and her foundational yoga training with Ana Forrest. She teaches mindfulness and compassion through meditation and yoga to corporate, group, and private clients and is passionate about empowering others to cultivate well-being and resilience.
Jennifer Ladonne, MA, is a graduate of the Helix Training Program for Psychotherapy and Nalanda Institute’s Contemplative Psychotherapy Program in New York City. She is a practicing therapist and teaches meditation in Paris. Jennifer is also a seasoned travel writer, journalist and editor and holds a master’s degree from New York University. She is based in Paris, France.
Ajay Manissery Konchery
Ajay Manissery Konchery, MA, MBA, is a business executive and writer currently living in Hong Kong. He leads Human Resources for the Asia Pacific region of a Fortune 500 organization. He is a published author of three books of poems, the latest published by Poetrywala, one of India’s acclaimed poetry publishers. His poems and short fiction have appeared in several magazines, journals, ezines and anthologies around the world and have been translated into nine languages. Ajay holds an MA (Psych) degree from Annamalai University and a MBA (HR) from XLRI – Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur, and also completed a senior leadership program from Stanford University. Ajay offers CBRT as a voluntary service during his free time. He integrates contemplative practices in coaching and leadership development, and for fostering a culture of well-being, inclusion and resilience at his workplace.
Chris Panzica, LCSW is a psychotherapist in private practice. He received his MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. He is a graduate of Nalanda Institute’s Contemplative Psychotherapy Program, a Certified Gestalt Therapist, and he completed the Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy program at the Center for Somatic Studies. He works with adults and couples and is also a clinical supervisor at Identity House. The benefits he experienced from his own meditation practice led to his interest in studying Buddhist Psychology and learning to teach others contemplative practices.
Maria Perez, RN, BSN, MPH, CCM is President and Founder of Case Management Network, Inc., which provides care coordination and management of traumatic injuries arising from occupational environments and workers’ compensation insurance frameworks. She obtained her Registered Nurse, BSN from Hunter College, and MPH in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; she has completed multiple programs from the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science including the Sustainable Happiness Program, Contemplative Psychotherapy Program, Meditation Teacher Training, Compassion-Based Resilience Teacher Training [CBRT], Yoga, Mind & Spirit and many other courses in between. In addition to her own meditation practice, Perez has taught Tuesday Evening Meditation at Tibet House, and teaches the CBRT program to Nurse and Social Work case managers and clients.
Eleanor G. Rosenzweig, LCSW, MTS is a clinical social worker specializing in the treatment of PTSD and complex grief. Her eclectic and psychodynamic background allows her to combine elements of EMDR, Brainspotting, IFS and Buddhist psychology to the unique needs of each client. Eleanor has a Masters degree in Social Work from Sir Wilfred Laurier University in Canada and a post Maters certificate in Couple and Family therapy from Smith College, Mass. She is a certified CBRT teacher currently running groups and is a graduate of the Contemplative Psychotherapy Program. In addition to her online private practice, Eleanor is an adjunct lecturer at Queens University in Kingston, Canada in the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.
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Zemeira Singer, LMFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice who is influenced by Narrative Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology and Buddhist Psychology in her work with individuals, couples and families. Singer received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Los Angeles in 2007, with a specialization in Applied Community Psychology. She completed Nalanda’s Contemplative Psychotherapy Certification in 2018. She has spent the past 13 years working with individuals with chronic pain and life threatening illness, providing attachment informed couples therapy, providing child and family therapy and psychoeducation to parents and assisting those in the helping professions reduce burn-out. She contributed to and helped edit the recent book Neuro-narrative Therapy by Jeff Zimmerman. She has been a dedicated meditation practitioner for the past 15 years and has studied Theravadin, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhist Practice. She is currently teaching CBRT in partnership with Mitchell Family Acupuncture in Berkeley, California.
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Maria Thorin, PhD (cand), is a humanitarian, aspiring compassion scholar and a meditation and yoga teacher. She has worked for twenty years with international humanitarian aid, currently with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and before that for the United Nations. She is a PHD student at Åbo Academy University exploring Humanitarian Humanity from a perspective of Compassion Science and Ethics. She is also a certified facilitator of Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) with Life University supporting secular ethics and values of common humanity, kindness and reciprocity. Maria teaches yoga and mindfulness through a national health network based on volunteers. She was awarded the Nalanda Institute Fellows Program 2019–2020 for bringing CBRT to aid workers. She is based in Stockholm, Sweden.
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Anna Winkler, BA Psych, E-RTY500, LMT has been practicing and teaching yoga since 1989. She was originally certified through the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, where she served as a volunteer staff member for over 6 years. Anna is the Director of Shakti Yoga & living arts in Maplewood, NJ. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist and a certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant from Kripalu School of Ayurveda’s first graduating class of 2006. Anna is honored to serve on the Board of Directors, and as a teacher, at the Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing, a retreat center in Cragsmoor, NY founded by her teacher, Trungram Gyalwa Rinpoche.
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