Jonathan Weber is a mindfulness and yoga teacher, and visionary artist. He is certified in Mindful Hatha yoga and MBSR Yoga Therapy from the Mindful Yoga Academy in Spain, and educated as an MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) instructor from the Institute of Mindfulness-Based Approaches in Germany. He is also certified in EDGU spinal maintenance and Reiki healing, with a Yin yoga teacher training from Biff Mithoefer. Jonathan has 30 years of experience in yoga and meditation, and began teaching mindfulness and compassion in 2006.
Together with a modern, science-based training, Jonathan teaches from his long experience in Eastern traditions. Inspired by a meeting with the spiritual teacher Ram Dass in 1987, Jonathan began a dedicated path of yoga, meditation and service when he was 16. He studied Classical yoga for two years with Conrad Zevely, and joined a weekly meditation and chanting group. He went on to practice Iyengar yoga for another two years with Chad Hamrin. Over the decades, he has continued to practice and study in the traditions of Yoga, Vedanta, Tantra, and Buddhism, giving him a broad understanding of Eastern philisophy. He lived for a year in a Buddhist retreat center, and spent over a year in India and Nepal visiting sacred sites and teachers. He has a special interest in Jnana and Ati yoga, the yogas of wisdom and direct awakening, and has been fortunate to learn from many genuine teachers in these lineages, including Gangaji, Lama Surya Das, and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche.
Service, or Karma yoga, has always been at the heart of Jonathans path. While a teenager, he was honored with an Earth flag from the Mayor of Salem for his efforts in uniting all the high schools of the city to educate the public about local old growth deforestation. After graduation, he spent two years as an environmental activist in San Francisco, lecturing to high school audiences about global deforestation, commercial abuse of animals, and species loss. He trained with Ram Dass in a leadership course called Creating Our Future, and another called Compassion In Action, which gave him tools for an engaged form of spiritual practice. With this passion for helping the world and preserving the environment, Jonathan turned his attention towards the development of inner peace as the way forward, through the practice of mindfulness and compassion.
Jonathan has been holding workshops, seminars, and courses in Mindfulness and Compassion for the last 10 years. He has been teaching daily classes through Yogasentrum and Oslo Yoga in Norway, and is a co-teacher in the first Therapeutic Yoga teacher training in Oslo, together with founder/director Maja Thune. Teaching yoga and meditation in a way that is open and accessible to everyone, Jonathan shares his gentle warmth, wisdom and grounded presence.
Jonathan is also an accomplished visual artist, illustrator, and poet, educated through the Pacific NW College of Art, and granted the prestigious Marie Walsh Sharpe Art scholarship to study with professional artists at Colorado College. He was part of the Visionary Art movement in the NW, and has shown his work in numerous exhibitions and publications, such as Tribe 13 in Seattle and the Goddess Gallery in Portland. His artwork reflects his desire to bring an awareness of the divine potential in each one of us, and to connect with the divine as it manifests through nature and light.
Originally from Oregon, he now lives and teaches in Oslo, Norway.