About Ryan Oelke

Teacher, Facilitator

Ryan is a co-founder of Buddhist Geeks, and founder of Awakening in Life. Ryan has an MSEd in counseling psychology and has 18 years experience in meditation, particularly in the Tibetan Buddhist and Dzogchen lineages, and is a certified teacher in Judith Blackstone’s Realization Process.

Ryan is also the founder of PowerUp Productions, a mindfulness-based creative agency.

Ryan teaches an integral path of embodied, responsive presence and invites others into the mystery of their own lived experience and embodiment. His approach is grounded in the foundation of waking up, and includes cleaning up (healing), growing up, and showing up in the world. 

He lives in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.



  • MSEd Counseling Psychology
  • 18+ years of meditation practice and study
  • Certified Teacher in Judith Blackstone’s Realization Process
  • Founder, Teacher at Awakening in Life
  • Co-Founder of Buddhist Geeks
  • Board member of Heart Mind Foundation
  • Founder, Creative Director of PowerUp Productions
  • BA Spanish, Music Performance, Sound Engineering
  • MA Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan Language (partial)