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MBSR Instructor Bios

 Meet Your MBSR Instructors!


Jonas Batt, MA, LMHC, is passionately committed to helping others learn, grow, and change through the simple power of paying attention in the present moment. Jonas has practiced and studied mindfulness and meditation since 1997, is a trained yoga instructor, holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Seattle University, and is a licensed mental health counselor in private practice.


Since 2011, Jonas has taught MBSR to veterans with PTSD at the Seattle/Puget Sound VA in support of research by Dr. David Kearney. In 2014, he began co-teaching for a multi-year study measuring the effects of Loving-Kindness Meditation (LKM) on PTSD. Jonas was previously a Clinical Supervisor and Case Manager with the Crisis Respite Program (CRP) at Seattle’s DESC; the CRP is a King County-funded, 24-hour residential psychiatric crisis respite for severely and persistently mentally ill homeless adults.


Lisa Hardmeyer Gray has
 been studying mindfulness and meditation for nearly 25 years.  In 2015 Lisa received full Certification as a teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.  Lisa has been teaching MBSR and Mindfulness training since 2011. Her clients include: International Community Health Services, Washington Physicians Health Program, Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care System, King County Healthy Incentive Program, Port of Seattle and the UW Center for Family and Child Well-Being.  Lisa is currently completing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Antioch University.  She is also an award winning documentary filmmaker who directed the film Healing a Soldier’s Heart  which followed five veteran’s through a 12-week mindfulness class at the Seattle VA.  Lisa is also the mother of twin 7 year olds.  


Kurt Hoelting has been a mindfulness instructor for 20 years, and has trained as a Zen student for over 30 years.  He is an ordained United Church of Christ minister (UCC), and graduate of Harvard Divinity School (M.Div., 1977).  Kurt has led over 50 mindfulness-based wilderness kayaking retreats in Alaska since 1994.  He has been a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor since 2007 at the VA Hospital in Seattle, and since 2010 at Samaritan Center of Puget Sound, teaching ongoing classes at both locations.  He also teaches MBSR to King County employees.  He is currently nearing certification as an MBSR instructor through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine.


Janice Sack-Ory, MSN, is a Certified Yoga Therapist and a registered nurse.  Janice is trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) as well as in Integrative Restoration (iRest), and Mindful Yoga. In addition, she completed a certificate program in Mindful Yoga and Meditation through Sprit Rock Insight Meditation Center and trained in Insight Dialogue with Gregory Kramer. She has taught in a variety of settings including corporate and health care, as well as in community centers and yoga studios and volunteered for two years offering Mindful Yoga to Veterans with PTSD at the Puget Sound VA.  In addition, she brings three decades of experience in clinical nurse-midwifery and hospital management to her teaching. 







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