Judith Ansara has been a leading innovator and teacher of human consciousness, organizational & personal effectiveness and values-based living for over 30 years. With a diverse background in psychology and the arts along with decades of training in contemplative practice as well as trans-traditional spirituality, Judith trains psychotherapists, coaches, social workers and educators at teaching centers including Esalen, Omega, Hollyhock, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences and serves as a consultant/trainer at organizations in the US and Canada.
Judith is co-founder of The Peacemaker Institute which trains professionals in contemplative-based peacemaking and social action. She has also been dedicated to bringing women and feminine leadership principles into the world.
With her husband, Robert Gass, she offers retreats for couples in the arts and skills of committed relationship. Her Transformational Coaches Training has grown from Judith’s and Robert’s life-time work on the theory and process of fostering lasting change, effectiveness and well-being.
Robert Gass has been known for leading edge work in human consciousness and organizational change for over 30 years. Holding a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Organizational Development from Harvard University, his work synthesizes an unusually diverse background in humanistic psychology, organizational behavior, social change, business, music and spiritual studies.
Robert was the former President of ARC International, a global consulting and training company specializing in transformational change with Fortune 500 companies. As an organizational consultant, he has worked at the most senior levels with corporations such as General Motors, Chase Manhattan, Pillsbury, Textron and Motorola. Robert has for many years served as executive coach to well-known business, non-profit, political and spiritual leaders.
Co-creator of the Opening the Heart workshops, Robert has offered seminars to over 100,000 individuals on leadership, relationships (with his wife, Judith) and spirituality at universities, educational centers and conferences around the world including the Conference Board, the American Academy of Psychotherapy, the Institute of Cultural Affairs (China), Omega Institute, Brown University, Auroville (India), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.N. Peace University in Costa Rica.
Also a highly-regarded composer, performer and recording artist, Robert has released over 20 albums of music to uplift the human spirit with his renowned singing group, On Wings of Song. His musical career spans classical, rock and chant, is founder of the independent label, Spring Hill Music having sold over 600,000 copies of his chant CDs. His recording of Om Namaha Shivaya was hailed by New Age Journal as “one of the twenty most influential recordings of the last twenty years.”