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Meg Agnew has been experiencing the healing benefits of yoga since 1986. At that time, while earning a Master's degree in Education and mothering her two-year old son, she returned to yoga to help alleviate joint pain in both wrists. Through practice, Meg found relief from her physical pain and a renewed sense of wonder and connection to the Life Force in all its magnificent forms. With a desire to share the abundant fruits of this discipline, she began teaching yoga in 1993. She was fortunate to begin studying with Phillip Moffitt in the Theravadan Buddhist tradition in 2001 and moderates the Dancing with Life discussion board on dharmawisdom.org.
Meg is a graduate of the first Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Currently, she is excited to be enrolled in Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leaders program. Meg leads a weekly meditation sangha in Seattle and also benefits from her connection to the Seattle Insight Meditation community. Beautiful, rainy Seattle has been home for her and her husband, Steve Rupp, and their two children since 1987. She teaches yoga and meditation at two studios in town, Seattle Yoga Arts and Om Town Yoga.
Ayya Anandabodhi was born in Wales in 1968. She first came across the Buddha's teaching on the Four Noble Truths at the age of 14 and felt a deep confidence that the Buddha knew the way out of suffering. She has practiced meditation since 1989 and lived in Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries in the UK from 1992 until 2009, training with the Community of Siladhara under the guidance of Ajahn Sumedho and Ajahn Sucitto.
In 2009, she moved to the US on invitation of the Saranaloka Foundation to help establish Aloka Vihara, a Theravada Buddhist monastic residence for women. In 2011, she took leave of the Ajahn Chah lineage in order to take full bhikkhuni ordination with Ayya Tathaaloka Theri as preceptor.
Ayya Anandabodhi currently resides at Aloka Vihara in San Francisco and offers teachings at the Vihara, as well as in the wider Bay Area and occasionally in other parts of the US. The example and teachings of Ajahn Chah continue to be a source of inspiration and guidance in her life and practice.
Sylvia Boorstein, LCSW, PhD, is a cofounding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. She has worked as a psychotherapist since 1967 and taught the first women’s studies course offered by the College of Marin. Sylvia trained as a yoga teacher with Magana Baptiste in the 1960s and taught hatha yoga for many years. She is the author of five books on Buddhism and meditation practice, including Pay Attention, For Goodness’ Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness and Happiness is an Inside Job. www.sylviaboorstein.com
Edward Espe Brown is a Zen priest and author of The Tassajara Bread Book and Tomato Blessings, Radish Teachings. Also a student of Vipassana, yoga, cranio-sacral therapy, handwriting analysis, and chi gung, as well as a lover of poetry, his teaching style weaves together his multiplicity of interests.
Dana DePalma has practiced vipassana meditation since 1993. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leadership program and is in the joint Spirit Rock/Insight Meditation Center teacher-training program. She leads the dharma and meditation section of an ongoing weekly class at Spirit Rock that combines meditation and yoga. She is a psychotherapist in San Rafael, Calif., and is particularly interested in the intersection between depth psychotherapy and meditative practices. Currently, she is actively engaged in “family practice” and is the mother of an exuberant toddler.
Shahara Godfrey has followed the teachings of the Buddha since 1989, with her primary practices in Compassion and Social Activism. She has completed the Community Dharma Leadership Program and the Path of Engagement programs at Spirit Rock, and received her Ph.D. in Humanities with a focus on Transformative Learning and Change from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Shahara teaches mindfulness to adults and children in the Bay Area and also at the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA. A self-taught mixed-media artist, she has exhibited in the Bay Area, Oregon, Washington, Atlanta and Los Angeles.
Art Jolly took an introductory meditation course in the early 1990's and sat his first residential retreat in 1995. Since then, he’s sat numerous retreats and participated in Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioners and Community Dharma Leaders Programs. In 2003 he spent five months as a monk in Burma. He has led a sitting group in Oakland since 2006 and teaches introductory Buddhism classes for Marin Sangha. Art lives and works in the East Bay and, outside of work, enjoys dancing and the restorative power of nature.
Barbara McHugh and Bill Coffin
Barbara McHugh and Bill Coffin have been meditating for more than 20 years. They have attended many silent retreats and studied in Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioner Program. They have been teaching meditation since 2006.
Barbara has a PhD in religion and literature. She currently teaches the art and craft of writing fiction. Bill worked for eight years as a professional drummer and for 20 years as a computer software developer. Bill and Barbara travel extensively, and in particular they like to chase total solar eclipses. You can find out more about them at http://www.eclipsoid.com/.
Lama Palden Drolma
Lama Palden Drolma is the Resident Lama of Sukhasiddhi Foundation, based in San Rafael, California. She completed the traditional Tibetan Buddhist three-year retreat under Kalu Rinpoche's guidance in 1985. In 1986 she became one of the first Western women to be authorized as a lama in the Vajrayana tradition. In addition to Kalu Rinpoche, she has studied with many of the great Tibetan masters from all lineages. Lama Palden's personal website is www.LamaPalden.com. Since 1986, Lama Palden's teachings have translated Vajrayana Buddhist principles and practices in ways that make them accessible to Westerners. She has a deep interest in fostering psycho-spiritual awareness within daily life. She is a mother of two children.
Lisa Dale Miller, MFT
Lisa Dale Miller is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist in Los Gatos, Calif., specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, addiction, relationship distress, and emotion dysregulation. Lisa is a presenter at conferences on the clinical applications of mindfulness and is on the faculty of eMindful.com. She teaches MBSR, MBCT, MBRP (Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for addiction recovery). Lisa has been a yogic and Buddhist meditation practitioner for more than 30 years. She writes the Buddhism and Psychotherapy blog for dharmawisdom.org.
Lisa holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. Her masters thesis, Uncertainty, Nothingness, Beingness revisioned depression through the lenses of philosophy of quantum physics, Existential psychology, and Buddhist philososphy/psychology. To learn more about Lisa Dale Miller, visit: www.lisadalemiller.com/mbpsych.htm
Wendy Palmer has been teaching classes in Conscious Embodiment and Intuition Training for 28 years and has practiced Aikido and meditation for 34 years. She is a sixth degree Black Belt in Aikido and teaches at Aikido of Tamalpais in Corte Madera, Calif. Wendy is the author of two books, The Intuitive Body and The Practice of Freedom, a DVD, Conscious Embodiment, and an audio CD, Recovering Your Center.
Gordon Peerman, D.Min.
Gordon Peerman has been a student of Phillip Moffitt’s since 2003. He has been engaged in contemplative practices, including centering prayer and mindfulness meditation, since 1975. He has practiced yoga, tai chi, and qigong since 1995. At Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Gordon was a member of the Community Dharma Leaders training program. He writes the Buddhism & Christianity blog for dharmawisdom.org.
Gordon is an Episcopal priest and psychotherapist in private practice in Nashville, Tenn. He teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at Vanderbilt’s Center for Integrative Health as well as mindfulness practices at Vanderbilt’s Law and Medical Schools. He is an adjunct faculty member at Vanderbilt Divinity School, where he teaches a class in Buddhist Christian Dialogue. He and his wife Kathy Woods lead the Nashville Mindfulness Meditation Group, which meets weekly at Vanderbilt Divinity School.
Gordon holds degrees from the University of Virginia, Yale, and Vanderbilt and is a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He is the author of Blessed Relief: What Christians Can Learn from Buddhists about Suffering and leads contemplative kayaking retreats in Southeast Alaska in the summer.
Yvonne Rand is a meditation teacher and lay householder priest in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition. She began her practice and study of Zen with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in 1966. Her other principal teachers and mentors have been Dainin Katagiri Roshi, Maureen Stuart Roshi, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Venerable Tara Tulku, and Shodo Harada Roshi. Her primary practice path is Zen, augmented by practices and teachings from the traditions of Theravada and Vajrayana. Ms. Rand incorporates insights from the psychotherapy traditions in her teaching. She also investigates the relevance of the arts and gardening for training the mind. Ms. Rand is married and is a mother and a gardener.
Ayya Santacitta was born in Austria in 1958 and has practiced meditation for over 20 years. After graduating in hotel management, she studied cultural anthropology and worked in avant-garde dance theatre as a performer and costume designer.
Her first teacher was Ajahn Buddhadasa, whom she met in 1988 and who sparked her interest in Buddhist monastic life. She has trained as a nun in both the East and West since 1993, primarily with the Siladhara Community at Amaravati Monastery under the guidance of Ajahn Sumedho. Since 2002, she has integrated Dzogchen teachings of the Vajrayana into her practice.
Ayya Santacitta is co-founder of Aloka Vihara, a Theravada monastic residence for women in San Francisco, where she has lived since 2009. In 2011, she received bhikkhuni ordination with Ayya Tathaaloka Theri as preceptor. She offers teachings at the Vihara, as well as in the wider Bay Area and occasionally other parts of the US, sharing her experience in community as a means for cultivating the heart and opening the mind.
Ñaniko Oren Sofer
Ñaniko Oren Sofer has been a practitioner and student of Theravada Buddhism since 1997, and holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University. He began studying Dharma in Bodh Gaya, India with Acarya Anagarika Munindra and Godwin Samararatne, and has since studied extensively with Joseph Goldstein, Michele McDonald, and Venerable Ajahn Sucitto. Ñaniko has spent the greater part of the last two years in white, following the eight precepts and practicing at the Insight Meditation Society and Chithurst Buddhist Monastery. Ñaniko is also a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for healing trauma, a trained mediator, and a Collaborative Trainer with BayNVC (Nonviolent Communication). In all his work as a counselor, teacher and facilitator, he integrates mindfulness practice, communication tools and a skilled understanding of the human nervous system. He will be participating in the upcoming IMS-Spirit Rock 2013 Vipassana Teachers Training Program. For more information about his teaching and upcoming classes please see www.orenjaysofer.com
Heather Sundberg teaches Insight Meditation (Vipassana), a form of meditation in the Buddhist tradition, which emphasizes cultivating insight through present moment experience. She began teaching meditation in 1999 primarily to youth and families. She has completed the four-year Spirit Rock/Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training and continues to be mentored by Jack Kornfield. She is also a graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders program (CDL2). Beginning her own meditation practice in her late teens, for twenty years Heather has studied with senior teachers in the Insight Meditation (Vipassana) and Tibetan (Vajrayana) traditions, and has sat 1-3 months of retreat a year for over a decade. She held the position of Spirit Rock Family Program Teacher & Manager from 2001-2010. She is a Teacher for Mountain Stream Meditation Center in the Sierra Foothills, and also teaches classes, daylongs and retreats nationally, especially at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She is currently training in Somatic Experiencing therapy and offers meditation counseling to students in person or by phone on a donation basis.
Spring Washam is a meditation and dharma teacher based in Oakland, California. She has studied meditation and Buddhist philosophy since 1997. After many years of extensive training with Jack Kornfield she is a new teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Spring is one of the founding members and core teachers at the East Bay Meditation center where she leads regular day long retreats and teaches a weekly sitting group. Spring is considered a pioneer in bringing mindfulness based healing practices to diverse communities. In addition, Spring has tremendous training in indigenous healing practices and works with students individually from around the world. She currently leads healing and meditation retreats throughout the US. www.springwasham.com.