Megan Prager is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Instructor, a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Instructor, and Compassion Programs Director and University Liaison at UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Megan is also an Adjunct Faculty member at San Diego State University and a Certified Yoga Instructor. In all her ventures, Megan’s passion and mission are the same: to empower individuals with an understanding of the important role they play in shaping their lives and well-being. Megan believes through compassionate awareness individuals are able to utilize the best resource they have: themselves.
Audrey Perkins was big sister to three “little ones,” a precious role which probably inspired her life-long love of teaching. She taught writing at Oregon State University, a charter junior high/high school, and finally 18 years full-time at Linn-Benton Community College. Upon retirement in 2014, Audrey began learning to teach mindfulness, diving deeper into a passion she’s had since her teens, when she began studying Insight Meditation and dabbling enthusiastically in the teachings of Zen. In 2015, she earned her qualification to teach MBSR at UMass Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness. Through the MBSR community, she happily discovered Mindfulness Northwest, where she recently completed training to become a Certified Mindfulness Teacher. Audrey lives in Corvallis, Oregon, on 12 acres with her husband and cat and assorted coyotes, bobcats, cougars, birds, bugs and other myriad life forms of this absolutely magical, interconnected world.
As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, guest teacher Mark Lazich, MS, LMHC, integrates mindfulness based skills and contemplative therapeutic orientations in facilitating healing with clients. He was intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in 2008 and is currently a clinical team member and instructor of mindfulness skills for DBT clients. Mark is a certified Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) facilitator and was trained by the founders, Sarah Bowen and Neha Chawla. Mark earned his Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Southern Oregon University in 1999 and is currently in private practice. In addition, he is a Wilderness Vision Quest Guide and enjoys leading vision quest trips for youth and adults.Mark first began formal contemplative practice in 1994 under the guidance of Ashtanga yoga teacher, Norman Anderson. His current practice includes Vipassana meditation and continued professional trainings in mindfulness based therapeutic practices.
Colleen Semple, MEd, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a private practice in Bellingham Wa. Colleen has 25 years of experience counseling children, adolescents, individuals and families in community health centers, schools and currently in her private practice. Colleen received her Masters in Education and Counseling at the University of Montana in 2001 and has focused her clinical work on strengthening the mind body connection with an emphasis on mindfulness based stress reduction. Colleen has been meditating since the early 1990's and this practice has deeply informed her personal and professional life. Colleen believes in the importance of attuning to ourselves with kindness and curiosity in order to find that which makes us stronger, wiser and more compassionate to ourselves and others. Colleen loves spending time in the mountains, gardening, sharing time with family and friends and connecting with others on the path to greater ease within.