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Meet Our Teachers

Each one of our world-class SkillfulMeans teachers has an expertise in both a western and eastern approach to health, well-being, and meaningful action. They have gone through a personal journey of blending the wisdom from these traditions in their own life and have developed unique and powerful offerings in applying mindfulness to health, creativity, performance, and community engagement.

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Dr. William Jackson
Founder

Former Buddhist Monk, Entrepreneur & Mindful Therapist
While meditating as a monk in remote jungle huts for 12 to 14 hours a day, William developed a fascination with how people living fully engaged modern lives could experience the life-changing benefits of meditation. This calling led him to leave the monastery, study psychology, and develop the SkillfulMeans approach to complete wellbeing. It is the goal of SkillfulMeans to help you infuse insight into every facet of your life.
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Heather Wise, MPH
Founder

Certified Holistic Nutrition Coach
& Author
Heather Wise M.P.H. is a certified integrative health coach, mindfulness teacher, yoga instructor, and author of the book, “A Gut Feeling: Conquer Your Sweet Tooth by Tuning Into Your Microbiome.” Instead of dictating a diet, Heather’s science and wisdom-backed online courses help you become aware of the natural cues of your body and to develop an intuitive relationship with food that supports the health of the gut microbiome.
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Dr. Chris Willard
Teacher

Psychologist, Author
Harvard Lecturer
Dr. Christopher Willard (PsyD) is a psychologist and educational consultant specializing in mindfulness. He serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010) Growing Up Mindful (2016) Raising Resilience (2017) and eight other books for parents, professionals and children.
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Mari Reisberg, LPC

Therapist, Actress
Podcast Host
Mari Reisberg, LPC is a therapist, coach, performer, podcast host of the Sustaining Creativity Podcast. She holds a BFA in Acting and an MA in Somatic Counseling Psychology, Dance/Movement Therapy, from Naropa University. She has worked with performers and non-performers in 1:1 coaching programs to spark, grow, sustain and transform creativity in their lives.
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Dave Kenneally

Dave Kenneally has been practicing mindfulness for over twenty years. A former Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and a former Buddhist Monk in the tradition of the Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, he spent six years living in Buddhist Monasteries and Practice Centers. As a Certified Mindfulness Instructor for the US Veterans Affairs Department and Certified Corporate Mindfulness Coach through Search Inside Yourself Program, Dave brings mindfulness to vets, business leaders, social workers, teachers, and wellness instructors, helping them heal and thrive in every aspect of their lives.

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Pete Kadushin

Pete Kadushin, Ph.D., CMPC is the Mental Performance Coach for the Chicago Blackhawks. With over a decade of experience in the field of sport and performance psychology, Pete’s had the privilege to work with a wide range of performers and organizations. His mission is to help people develop the mental skills and mindset that allow them to perform at their highest level so they can live a more fulfilled, meaningful life. A meditator since 2010, Pete continues to be awed by the power of the simple and profound practice of mindfulness.

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