2019 Faculty

  • Wapner_2018BioPic
    Paul Wapner, is professor of Global Environmental Politics in the School of International Service at American University. His research and teaching focus on environmental ethics, climate governance, environmental activism, and social change. His books include Living Through the End of Nature, Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics, Principled World Politics, Global Environmental Politics: From Person to Planet (co-edited with Simon Nicholson) and, most recently, Reimagining Climate Change (co‐edited with Hilal Elver). His forthcoming book, Is Wildness Over?, will be published in 2019. Paul is a long-time meditation practitioner in the tradition of Thich Naht Hahn and has written numerous articles and book chapters focused on the relationship between one’s interior life and environmental engagement. He serves on the board of Re-volv, an organization that finances and installs solar panels on the roofs of nonprofits. See his university faculty page for more info.

  • Jornlin
    Therese Jornlin is a meditation and Qi Gong instructor and therapist.  Jornlin integrates holistic teachings from the East and West that help people heal themselves and trust the intelligence of their bodies as their primary resource. She’s a student first and has been incredibly fortunate to study with some exceptional teachers in the US and while living in India. Her life-long interest in the relationship between the body and mind, between energy and matter, led her to study a wide variety of body-mind centered traditions in the fields of therapeutic bodywork, meditation, nutrition, breath-based yoga, medical Qi Gong to name a few. Resourcing her studies, her multi-dimensional perspective and her life experiences, (with permission from her teachers), she developed two original curricula titled Breath As Medicine and Women Awake. While both of these programs are original, they are rooted in the wisdom teachings of ancient cultures. Whether she is teaching, consulting, lecturing or working one-on-one, her mission is to aid the embodied empowerment of each individual and awaken our dynamic connection with each other and the earth.  Her website is www.theresejornlin.org.

  • Fletcher_headshot3
    Lena Fletcher, is a professor of Environmental Conservation in the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass). Her work focuses on teaching and advising undergraduate students in the Natural Resources Conservation major. Lena was first exposed to meditation as a sea kayak guide for mindfulness kayaking retreats in Southeast Alaska in 2002, and she has been exploring the intersection of mindfulness and environmental awareness and activism since then. In 2014 she was hired as a lecturer at UMass and she began to actively incorporate contemplative practices into her large introductory classes about the environment and society. Lena has been continuing to explore her own insight meditation practices while constantly exploring and collaborating around mindfulness in higher education, within both teaching and advising. Lena was a co-founder of a contemplative climate change action group at UMass, Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis.  See her faculty page for more info.

  • janice
    Janice Pezzoli an environmental and social activist, works with diverse people and organizations to create community and school garden spaces using permaculture design principles.

Past workshop teachers

  • Jeff_WarrenBio_crop

    Jeff Warren, is a writer and meditation instructor. He has been co-teaching the contemplative environmental practice workshop at the Lama Foundation since 2012. Jeff's primary subject is practice - meditation practice, art practice, movement practice, life practice - made fun and relevant and (sometimes) ridiculous. He is the co-author of The New York Times bestselling Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, a road-trip-slash-how-to-mediate book written with Dan Harris and Carlye Adler, and author of The Head Trip, a travel guide to sleeping, dreaming and waking, that critics called “enchanting,” “hilarious,” and “long.” He is a former producer for CBC Radio’s The Current and Ideas and has written for The New York Times, The New Scientist, and Discover, among others, and has won awards for his writing on whales and plant medicine, which are never to be mixed, for obvious reasons. In 2011 Jeff founded The Consciousness Explorers Club ("The CEC"), a nonprofit meditation adventure group in Toronto. The CEC's motto is "being human takes practice." Their ambition is to reinvent local community practice, and offer free online resources and support, so other communities can do the same. You can hear Jeff talk about various mind and practice-related subjects here, and listen to some of his free guided meditations here.

  • kritee

    Kritee is a Zen teacher (Sensei), scientist, activist, dancer, and a certified permaculture designer. She taught the CEP workshop at Lama Foundation from 2016 to 2018. Academically, she was trained as an environmental microbiologist and biogeochemist at Rutgers and Princeton Universities and now works as a scientist with the global climate program of Environmental Defense Fund to link farmers with markets in ways that promote climate mitigation, support poverty alleviation, and strengthen adaptation to climate change. Spiritually, she directs Boundless in Motion, an environmentally and socially engaged Rinzai Zen meditation community in Boulder, Colorado, and is a co‐founder of Eco‐Dharma Sangha, a group of meditators from different traditions who want to bring the fruits of their spiritual practice to our ecological and socio-economic challenges. She places deep importance on the need for non-violent direct action (satyagraha), diversity and alignment of climate advocacy with social justice movements. For her writings and other offerings, please visit this website.

  • david-abram
    David Abram, cultural ecologist and geophilosopher, is the author of The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World, and Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology. Hailed as "revolutionary" by the Los Angeles Times, as “daring” and “truly original” by Science, Dr. Abram's writings have catalyzed the emergence of several new disciplines, including the rapidly growing field of Ecopsychology. His essays on the cultural causes and consequences of environmental disarray are published in numerous magazines, scholarly journals, and anthologies. David is the co-founder and Director of the Alliance for Wild Ethics (AWE), a consortium of individuals and organizations working to ease the spreading devastation of the earth through a rapid transformation of culture. Widely sought after as a uniquely powerful educator and speaker, Dr. Abram recently held the international Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and the Environment at the University of Oslo. A distinguished Fellow of Schumacher College, he is a recipient of the international Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction, and of fellowships from the Rockefeller and the Watson Foundations. David lives with his two children in the foothills of the southern Rockies.

  • daniel-p-barbezat

    Daniel P. Barbezat is professor of economics at Amherst College and the executive director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. He is coauthor, with Mirabai Bush, of Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning. He has been a visiting professor at Northwestern University and Yale University and has taught in the summer program at Harvard University. His approach to teaching economics has been featured in the Boston Globe, the U.S. News & World Report, as well as on the NPR program, Here & Now. Barbezat has worked with the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society as a Board member, treasurer, and associate director of the Academic Program since 2009. In 2012, he became the executive director. He has lectured and led workshops on contemplative learning and pedagogy throughout the United States and Canada and is actively working to expand and deepen the center’s programs, making its work more accessible and transformative for all.

  • richard-falk

    Richard Falk is Albert G. Professor of International Law and Practice Emeritus at Princeton and, until recently, research professor of Global & International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Falk's many books and articles explore the challenges of building a more just, peaceful, ecologically sound, and economically humane world order.  His scholarship has shaped the disciplines of International Relations, Environmental Studies, Peace and Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights as well as associated fields.  Falk was an early and vocal critic of the Vietnam War and has remained an active voice for the dispossessed, politically marginalized, and often silenced people of the world.  He served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights to the Palestinian Territory and expert witness in numerous international disputes.  All his scholarly and activist efforts stem from a deep commitment to take suffering seriously.

  • karen-litfin

    Karen Litfin, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of political science at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D. from UCLA in 1992. Karen’s first two books were Ozone Discourses: Science and Politics in Global Environmental Cooperation and The Greening of Sovereignty in World Politics. Her latest book, Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community, traces her yearlong journey to ecovillages around the world in search of lessons to help build a viable human future. Karen takes an innovative “person/planet politics” approach to teaching rooted in two questions: What does it mean to come of age at the dawn of the Anthropocene, as we learn that prevailing institutions, practices and values are unraveling the tapestry of life? And how does one serve as a mentor under these conditions? Karen is currently working on a book based upon her twenty years of experience with contemplative pedagogical practices in environmental and global education.

  • robert-mcdermott

    Robert McDermott, PhD, Boston University (Philosophy, 1969), program chair, is California Institute Integral president emeritus and professor of philosophy and religion. He taught at Manhattanville College (1964‐71) and is professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Philosophy at Baruch College, CUNY (1971‐90). His publications include Radhakrishnan (1970), The Essential Aurobindo (1974), The Essential Steiner (1984), and the "Introduction" to William James, Essays in Psychical Research (Harvard University Press, 1986). Robert recently edited The New Essential Steiner: An Introduction to Rudolf Steiner for the 21st Century (Lindisfarne Books, 2009) and edited The Bhagavad Gita and the West: The Esoteric Significance of the Bhagavad Gita and Its Relation to the Epistles of Paul (SteinerBooks, 2009). Both of these volumes include the editor's 80‐page introductions. His latest book is Steiner and Kindred Spirits (Anthroposophic Press, 2015).

  • nicole-salimbene

    Nicole Salimbene is a visual artist whose work explores intimacy and sustainability. She leads workshops and classes aimed at deepening one's creativity and finding meaningful ways to live through environmental challenges. Her art strives to glean elegance and monumentality out of the ordinary and ephemeral. Through form and idea, she aims to evoke a sense of the archetypal and the contemplative in art. Out of this dialogue, she searches for the poetics of materiality and relationship, and the transformation that arises from wrestling with internal and external worlds.