Lead Teachers

Liddy Arens

Liddy Arens is a meditation teacher and co-founder of The Veda Center with extensive training in the Vedic knowledge and co-creator of the 200 hr Meditation Teacher Training.

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Charlie Knoles

Charlie Knoles is a Vedic Meditation teacher, the director of The Veda Center, and cofounder of The Path. Charlie has taught over 10,000 people to meditate from all walks of life including convicts, CEOs, celebrities, monks, and stay-at-home-dads.

Assistant Teachers


Femke Bakker

Femke Bakker, PhD is a political psychologist, meditation teacher, and a former actor and (screen)writer. Different roles that all reflect Femke’s never-ending wonderment about human behavior.


Cherry Pearce

Cherry is a surfer, yoga teacher, and meditation teacher.

Marisa Mickel

Marisa K. Mickel (LCSW) is a New York City-based meditation teacher and psychotherapist, as well as the founder of The Vichara Center. She believes that everyone can meditate — and also that not every meditation is a fit for every person. With the aim of reducing discomfort and increasing compatibility, Marisa has dedicated many years to accumulating training and experience in a range of meditation techniques, while also studying the impact of different meditation approaches both on the human brain generally and in interaction with mental health conditions. Her specialization is bespoke meditation instruction, tailored to an individual’s unique background and mind-type.

Marissa Kosolofski

Marissa Kosolofski is awesome.