CBRT Certified Instructors Directory

The Program

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

    Moustafa Abdelrahman

    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.
    Contact: moustafa@nalandainstitute.org

  • Mar Aige

    Mar Aige

    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.
    Contact: mar@nalandainstitute.org

  • Tracy Blasioli

    Tracy Blasioli

    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.
    Contact: tracyblasioli.lcsw@gmail.com

  • Gretchen Blycker

    Gretchen Blycker

    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.
    Contact: gretchen.blycker@gmail.com / Websites: halsosamtherapy.com awakeningaaa.com

  • Fiona Brandon

    Fiona Brandon

    Fiona Brandon, MPS, MA, MFT, is the Director of the Nalanda Institute’s Compassion Based Resilience Training (CBRT) and Embodied Psychotherapy programs. As a licensed psychotherapist, she integrates Buddhist psychology, depth psychology, expressive arts therapy, dream imagery, and sensorimotor psychotherapy in her work with adults and couples. Fiona is also a co-editor and contributor of the anthology Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy: Accelerating Healing and Transformation (2nd ed.). As a graduate of the Masters program in Counseling Psychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute, Fiona’s research focused on the meditative practice of Authentic Movement and the use of symbols and dream imagery in psychotherapy. Learn more at fionabrandon.com.
    Contact: fiona@nalandainstitute.org

  • Phuong Bui Mai

    Phuong Bui Mai

    Phuong Bui Mai is the Co-founder and Community Manager of the Healing Circles Vietnam Network. With a deep commitment to personal transformation and mental health care, Phuong has designed and facilitated numerous programs for diverse groups, including cancer patients, women, adolescents with substance use issues, social workers, and stressed young people. Her expertise extends to creating meaningful dialogue spaces, fostering community building, and enhancing teamwork through the Circle Way Method in organizations and communities throughout Vietnam.
    Contact: phuongbui053@gmail.com / Website: tronlanhvietnam.com

  • Firdevs Burcak

    Firdevs Burcak

    Firdevs Burcak, PhD, is a scientist specializing in Early Childhood Education, with a doctorate from Hacettepe University. As a Visiting Scholar at the University of Minnesota Duluth during her PhD, she delved into research focusing on nature’s impact on children’s social-emotional skills, notably resilience. Dr. Burcak is dedicated to advancing resilience, well-being, and social-emotional learning through nature, offering seminars and workshops for educators, parents, and leaders. Her commitment to cultivating resilience extends beyond academia, as she passionately fosters it within educational environments and among individuals outside the realm of education. Dr. Burcak is the author of the book chapter “Nature and Resilience” and the book “Outdoor Learning Environments in Early Childhood Education: Design & Effective Use,” published in Turkish.
    Contact: firdevsburcak@gmail.com / Website: firdevsburcak.com

  • Shanthy Chloe Nambiar

    Shanthy Chloe Nambiar

    Shanthy Chloe Nambiar, MSc, is a financial editor and journalist who integrates yoga, mindfulness, Buddhist philosophies, art, and other therapeutic approaches in her work. She received an MSc from Columbia University. She completed Nalanda Institute’s Compassion-Based Resilience Training (CBRT) Teacher Training program and the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine’s (Massachusetts General Hospital) Stress Management and Resiliency (SMART) program. She has studied introductory Sanskrit. Her focus is on chronic pain/pain management through holistic channels. She has lived, worked, and traveled though Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, including exploring Buddhist and Hindu cultures in Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, and Indonesia. She is passionate about integrating meditation, science, and the world’s wisdom traditions.

    Contact: shanthyc@icloud.com

  • Dan Donohue

    Dan Donohue

    Dan Donohue, BS, MA, is Nalanda Institute’s Director of Marketing and Operations. He received his BS from Rutgers University and his MA in International Affairs from the New School. He brings with him over 17 years of senior management experience in educational media and technology. At both BrainPOP, a leading K12 educational technology company, and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind Sesame Street, Dan oversaw the development of programs that have reached millions of children in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to this work, Dan managed relief efforts in South Sudan for the humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger, was a teacher in the Peace Corps, and worked on documentaries, movies and commercials. Grounding his life and work is a meditation practice; the 10 past years of which have been with the Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism.
    Contact: hello@caringcompassionatecoaching.com / Website: caringcompassionatecoaching.com/cbrt

  • Victoria Fontana

    Victoria Fontana

    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.
    Contact: victoria@mindgazing.com / Website: mindgazing.com

  • Adrián Villaseñor Galarza

    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.
    Contact: adrian@nalandainstitute.org / Website: living-flames.com

  • Alexandra Gekas Cain

    Alexandra Gekas Cain

    Alexandra Gekas Cain, M.Div, earned her Master’s of Divinity degree in Buddhism and inter-religious engagement from Union Theological Seminary with a focus on socially engaged Buddhism. She is lay ordained by the Brooklyn Zen Center in the Soto Zen lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and the San Francisco Zen Center. And she has earned a 50-hour certification in Movement Chaplaincy through the Faith Matters Network, as well as 1600 accredited hours of clinical pastoral education (CPE) as a spiritual caregiver at New York City jails, rehabs, and hospitals through the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.
    Contact: AlexandraCainMDiv@Protonmail.com

  • Rahshaana Green

    Rahshaana Green

    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.
    Contact: rahshaanagreen@gmail.com

  • Mia Gutfreund

    Mia Gutfreund

    Mia Gutfreund, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice working with adults, adolescents, and couples. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Smith College in 2009, and has since worked in private and public clinics including SF State University Psychological Services, and SFUSD High School Wellness Centers. Grounded in strengths-based and relational approaches, her work is influenced by psychodynamic thinking and child development theory. Mia has specialized training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the San Francisco Center from Psychoanalysis and the Psychoanalytic Couples Psychotherapy Group. With interests in the mind & body, Mia trained and practiced as a Certified Massage Therapist; volunteered as a birth doula; and conducted thesis research on the uses of conscious breathing in psychotherapy practice.
    Contact: miagut81@gmail.com

  • Erin Heisel

    Erin Heisel

    Erin Heisel, PhD, MM, MCPC, is an artist, writer, educator, and mindfulness and meditation teacher. Her artistic background includes a doctorate in Music Performance and Composition from New York University; she has performed as a singer and movement artist on four continents. Her research sits at the intersection of music performance philosophy, play theory, flow theory, and mindfulness-based improvisation, and she has presented her work at conferences in the U.S. and abroad. She has led practices in mindfulness, movement, and meditation at the Brooklyn Public Library, Adelphi University, and the International Network on Personal Meaning conference in Vancouver. She is also a YTT-200 yoga teacher and a certified coach.
    Contact: eheisel@gmail.com

  • Jennifer Ladonne

    Jennifer Ladonne

    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.
    Contact: jenniferladonne@yahoo.com

  • Natalia Lavín Cornejo

    Natalia Lavín Cornejo

    Natalia Lavín Cornejo, Certified Instructor in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR®), Mindfulness and Emotional
    Balance Program (MBEB®), Compassion-Based Resilience Program (CBRT®) and Mindful Eating Program
    (MB-EAT®), Diploma in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Training in Compassion-Focused Therapy and EMDR,
    Certified in Compassionate Health Leadership, Yoga Instructor with a Trauma-Sensitive Approach, Social Worker
    and Master in Couple and Individual Family Psychotherapy. With more than 19 years of experience in the area
    of ​​Public and Private Health. Her motivation is to bring the practices of Mindfulness and Compassion to the
    different areas of society, promoting mental health, humanization in health, self-care and Lifestyle Medicine to
    contribute to an inclusive society of greater well-being and reduce suffering.

    Contact: nlavinc@gmail.com / Website: @natalialavincornejo

  • Ajay Manissery Konchery

    Ajay Manissery Konchery

    Ajay Manissery Konchery, MA, MBA, is a business executive and writer currently living in Hong Kong. He is the Group Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Swire, a London and Hong Kong headquartered conglomerate. 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 Jamshedpur. He is currently pursuing an online MSc in Applied Neuroscience from King’s College London and a part-time Diploma in Buddhist Studies from University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. 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.
    Contact: ajaymanisseryk@gmail.com

  • Tyler Miller

    Tyler Miller

    Tyler Miller, BS, is trained in the biomedical sciences and evolutionary psychology. At 20, an endocrine disorder set him off on a path of self-healing and a search for a deeper understanding of the embodied mind. He is a graduate of the 2-year Contemplative Psychotherapy Program at Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science and in Hatha Yoga studies from Yoga House in Pasadena, CA. He currently is teaching and coaching while pursuing a post-graduate certificate in clinical lab sciences. He is a student of the contemporary “meaning crisis,” and seeks to support others through his experience studying and training with teachers from some of the world’s rich spiritual lineages and their recent convergence with the modern scientific and humanistic systems ways of understanding.
    Contact: addisonreuss@gmail.com

  • Alexa Owen

    Alexa Owen

    Alexa Owen, C-IAYT, is a meditation faculty member at Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, as well as a graduate of the Contemplative Psychotherapy Program and teacher training in Compassion-Based Resilience Training (CBRT). She has delivered workshops on wellness and contemplative science at libraries, high schools, and universities; created mindfulness training content for values-driven organizations; and guided meditation through her work with the Anti-Racism Planning Group at Smith College School for Social Work, where she is currently working toward her Master of Social Work degree. A certified yoga therapist and inspired student of social science, she is passionate about supporting people in fully embodying their lives through self-awareness, compassion, and flourishing in their intra- and interpersonal relationships.
    Contact: alexa@alexaowen.com / Website: alexaowen.com

  • Chris Panzica

    Chris Panzica

    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.
    Contact: chrispanzicalcsw@gmail.com

  • Renu Pariyadath

    Renu Pariyadath

    Renu Pariyadath, Ph.D., is a student of Indian and Tibetan non-dual philosophies and contemplative traditions. She is exploring the potential for using contemplative practices to overcome othering, transform conflict, promote resilience within organizations, and build community. Renu is also a teacher-scholar, active within the areas of environmental health, sustainability and justice, inclusion in higher education, organizational ethics, and transnational migration. She is an associate professor of communication and an affiliate faculty member in women’s and gender studies at the University of South Carolina Upstate.
    Contact: renustuff@gmail.com / Website: renupariyadath.com

  • Maria Perez

    Maria Perez

    Maria Perez, MPH, CCM, is founder and CEO of Case Management Network, Inc., which provides care coordination and management of traumatic injuries within occupational and liability insurance frameworks. She received her MPH from Columbia University and has completed multiple programs from the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science including the Sustainable Happiness Program, Contemplative Psychotherapy Program, Meditation Teacher Training, and Yoga, Mind & Spirit. In addition to her own meditation practice, Perez has integrated teaching mindfulness meditation to her employees and patients for stress reduction and pain control.
    Contact: maria@casemanagementnetwork.net

  • Janani Ravikumar

    Janani Ravikumar

    Janani Ravikumar, a Chartered Accountant by profession, is also a globally certified meditation and mindfulness teacher (program accredited by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association), qualified CBRT Teacher and Yoga teacher (200-hour YTT). She is also a professional mindfulness-based Coach (also qualified in CBT, DBT & ACT) under the Complimentary Therapists Accreditation Association and member of the International Association of Therapists. She has been practicing meditation and mindfulness for over 22 years, and her teachings are based on the ancient spiritual practices of the East and the Western contemporary practices of mindfulness based on scientific research. She has helped several youngsters and adults to improve their attention levels, overcome unhealthy habits, manage their emotions better, improve their sleep and overall, lead happier and healthier lives, through mindfulness-based programs and coaching.

    Contact: Janani.r@devshishu.com / Website: www.devshishu.com