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Ecodharma Retreat Center

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Alice Robison

Alice Robison is a Restorative and Yin Yoga teacher and a dedicated Buddhist practitioner in the Theravada tradition. She sits retreats at Spirit Rock, IMS, Forest Refuge, Barre Center of Buddhist Studies, Cloud Mountain, and participated in an EcoDharma retreat on the Green River with Impermanent Sangha. Alice was on staff at the  Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, MA as a Retreat Support Fellow for one year. She has completed the Advanced Practitioner Program (APP), Dedicated Practitioner’s Program (DPP), the Community Dharma Leader training  (CDL),  and Mindfulness and Yoga Teacher Training (MYMT) at Spirit Rock Meditation Center  in Woodacre, CA. She is also a…

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Asia Dorsey

Asia Dorsey embraces the earth. Ear to the soil, she heeds the instruction of mineral, microbial, and botanical beings. She uses her gift of pattern recognition to embed organizational culture with the ethics of earth care, people care and fair share.  She studied Non-Profit Management at the Wagner School for Public Service at New York University and uses her training in Kingian Non-Violence facilitation to create frameworks for beloved communities. Asia seeds indigenous centered Permaculture Design and Social Permaculture Design education with the Denver Permaculture Guild. She has centered ecological design in building her own, regenerative worker’s cooperative, the Five Points…

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Ayya Dhammadhira

Ayya Dhammadhira is a Bhikkhuni trained in the Theravada tradition. She first took ordination in 2001 at Amaravati Monastery in the lineage of the Thai Forest Master Ajahn Chah. Later, she traveled to Thailand, Myanmar, Australia, and India to continue her practice. In 2012, she retrurned to her native land of California where she took bhikkhuni ordination in Los Angeles. Ayya presently lives at Deer Park in Colorado Springs, CO where she engages in community-wide outreach through the non-profit Web of Connection. Her aim is to build a resilient, regerative and integrated community by bringing the essence of timeless wisdom…

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Barry Gillespie

Barry Gillespie was introduced to meditation practice in 1978, through the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram. In 2003 he began exploring Theravada Buddhist practice, sitting many long retreats at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and Spirit Rock in Woodacre, CA. His principal teacher is Guy Armstrong. Barry is an affiliated teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Colorado (IMCC). He teaches mainly in Boulder and at the Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center.

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Carol Kortsch

Carol was born in Africa, educated in Canada, and then worked internationally building community in different forms. After 25 years in psychotherapy and group practice at Stonehaven Commons in Radnor, PA., she now offers nature-based retreats in Colorado as a Courage & Renewal group facilitator, trained by Parker J. Palmer. She is now blending the Earth-based practices of Animas Valley Institute (Bill Plotkin) and other local organizations in a visionary program called ElderSoul.  As a life adventurer and Earth listener, she recognizes our essential and critical human need to stop, slow down, and listen to our lives and all our relations speak

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Cynthia Wilcox

My personal journey is in coming to live from embodied presence, listening to the wisdom of the body, with compassion. I value seeing the goodness and beauty in others, walking alongside, supporting and trusting each one’s own knowing. I hold space and steadiness and hope. I have confidence in this path. The teachings offered here have evolved through integration of various traditions which have been my personal path over the last 14 years: Insight Meditation, Buddhist psychology, Realization Process (a series of practices for opening the body, heart and mind to nondual reality through inward contact with the internal space…

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David Chernikoff

David Chernikoff began the study and practice of meditation in 1971 and started teaching insight meditation in 1988. He trained as a yoga teacher at the Integral Yoga Institute and completed the Community Dharma Leader program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. His teaching has been influenced by senior teachers from the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock, Tibetan teachers he studied with during a 3-year stay in Nepal, and Zen teacher Yvonne Rand. As someone with a longtime interest in interspiritual dialogue, David has also studied and practiced with spiritual guides from other contemplative traditions, most notably Ram Dass, Father Thomas Keating, and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. He taught psychology…

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David Loy

David identifies his spiritual roots as primarily in the Japanese Zen tradition. His Zen practice began in Hawaii in 1971 with Yamada Koun and Robert Aitken, and continued with Koun-roshi in Japan, where he lived for almost twenty years. He was authorized to teach in 1988 and has led retreats and workshops nationally and internationally in places such as Spirit Rock, the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, Terre d’Eveil in Paris, and Dharma Gate University in Budapest. In 2014 David received an honorary PhD from Carleton College, his alma mater, for his contributions to socially engaged…

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Donna Roe Daniell

Donna brings over 28 years of experience as a family therapist, vipassana meditation practitioner, MBSR teacher, certified IFS therapist and trained MSC teacher into her coaching practice. She works specifically with women in midlife transitions such as divorce, death of a loved one, empty-nesting, caretaking a loved one, menopause or major medical issues, and retirement or work transitions. Her unique coaching program, “The Midlife Voyage to Transformation,” offers a powerful mindfulness toolbox that ignites fierce courage in the face of fear. This roadmap through your grief brings true authenticity, clarity, and passion back into your life again. You can read…

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Doshin Daigu Nelson Roshi

Doshin is a poet, teacher, and troublemaker – a Zen Master of no rank. He is the founder of Integral Zen and the Poetry of Dying Project, which uses the mirror of death to point to the essence of life. Doshin worked directly with JunPo as he first released and then developed the Process of Mondo Zen. Doshin uses several similar practice methods, he calls “Wu Technologies” to initiate curious seekers into a direct experience, a glimpse of the deepest truth of who we are – pure selfless awareness unpolluted by the perceptual illusion of self and the perpetual delusions…

Frederic Weidemann

Frederic is a renaissance kind of guy — scholar and published author of Between Two Worlds: The Riddle of Wholeness; Founder and Director of two nonprofits; community activist through the MIT U-Lab; working in fields as diverse as pregnancy and infant loss to Human Resources VP for an entrepreneurial start-up rocketing to $50,000,000 sales; poet of over 200 poems; and an active coaching and mentoring practice for those wanting clarity and connection with their deeper soul. He has deliberately synthesized his background in clinical psychology, spirituality, meditation, mindfulness, energy medicine, somatic experience, neuroscience, wisdom traditions, evolutionary psychology, yoga, solo vision quests,…

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Gene Dilworth

Gene is dedicated to the project of rewilding the human spirit as an essential dimension of being fully alive in these times. Facilitating deep inquiry into the mystery of one’s true nature through meaningful engagement with the more-than-human world, he supports individuals to discover, re-member and live from their soul-rooted sense of belonging to the world. Gene is founder of Wild Heart Center for Nature & Psyche and is a lead guide at Animas Valley Institute

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Grace Fisher

Grace Fisher, MFT, JD, MEd, is the Staff Dharma teacher at Spirit Rock and a psychotherapist in private practice in the Bay Area. She is a former lawyer who holds a Masters in Education from Stanford, and is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leaders program at Spirit Rock. She recently completed the Somatic Experiencing training and has studied at the Money Coaching Institute. At Spirit Rock, Grace also teaches a weekly women’s class and various daylongs. She is committed to exploring how the teachings support us navigating the gritty, the challenging and the beautiful. A former Coloradan, she lives…

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Jean Leonard

Jean Leonard, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a registered yoga teacher in private practice in Louisville, Colorado with 25 years clinical experience. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) classes and other mindfulness workshops throughout Colorado, and virtually nationwide, and is a mentor for Jack Kornfield’s and Tara Brach’s Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, supporting students’ development as meditation teachers. She has practiced yoga for over 25 years and vipassana meditation since 2003, and holds the Dharma as a sacred compass that guides her personal and professional life. She has completed the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation…

Jeannie Zandi

Jeannie Zandi is a mother, teacher and revolutionary of the heart whose 4 year dark night of the soul culminated in a shift to unitive consciousness. She is Spiritual Director of Living as Love, a nonprofit organization dedicated to seeding a culture of Love on the planet. Through retreats and online programs, participants explore what it means to live from the alive present moment. This teaching is deeply spiritual and grounded in practicality, as Jeannie’s skill at untangling the complexities of mind and emotion bring each participant back to resting simplicity. She is known for her fearless clarity, tender mercy…

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Johann Robbins

Johann started backpacking and meditating as a teenager, and deepened his spiritual journey on frequent solo wilderness trips. His passion is facilitating spiritual practice in nature: he has guided and taught wilderness retreats and workshops in various traditions for over 25 years, including as a Vision Quest guide in the late 1990s. Johann founded Impermanent Sangha in 2002 and has led dozens of Ecodharma and nature meditation retreats, including backpacking, camping, canoeing and rafting. Johann founded Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center in 2016 and is its Executive Director. Johann teaches Mindfulness Meditation, also known as Insight or Vipassana, with a…

Joshua Ellis

Josh Ellis is a mindfulness teacher, wilderness guide, and the former Resident Manager of RMERC. He is certified to teach mindfulness through Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach’s Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program. He is the founder and lead guide of Maui Mindful Adventures, a group dedicated to practicing mindfulness in motion in nature.

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Kazu Haga

Born in Japan, Kazu has been engaged in social change work since participating in the Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage at 17 years old. He has over 20 years of experience in nonviolence training and organizing work, and has been trained by elders such as Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Rev. James Lawson. He has been a Kingian Nonviolence trainer since 2009, is a restorative justice facilitator, a core member of the Ahimsa Collective, and sits on the board of PeaceWorkers. He is the author of the upcoming book, Healing Resistance: A Radically Different Response to Harm. He is also…

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Kritee (Kanko)

Kritee (dharma name Kanko) is a Zen teacher, scientist, activist, dancer, and permaculture designer. She directs and teaches Boundless in Motion Sangha in Boulder in the Rinzai-Obaku Buddhist lineage of Cold Mountain and is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Boulder Eco-Dharma Sangha. She is also a co-founding teacher of Earthlovego, a community of meditation practitioners, teachers/professors & environmental advocates from different backgrounds seek ways to deepen synergy between their spiritual practices and their activism through workshops at Lama Foundation in New Mexico. Kritee trained as an environmental microbiologist and biogeochemist at Rutgers and Princeton Universities, and has done over…

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Lin Wang Gordon

Over the past decade, Lin has studied insight meditation (vipassana) under the guidance of Jonathan Foust and Mark Coleman.  In stillness and silence, she discovers the transformative power of meditation to help live a life of flow, joy, grace and gratitude. She was particularly moved by the power of nature meditation to connect with a deep sense of love, wonder, resilience, and belonging.  She graduated from Mark Coleman’s Awake in the Wild Nature Meditation Teacher Training in 2017. Since then, she has taught at Kripalu and other retreat centers around the country, has attended several programs at RMERC including the Ecodharma Training…

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Maria Talero

Dr. Maria Talero is a long-time educator and facilitator who believes that lasting social change arises from a deeper level than our fiery and righteous ideas of right and wrong – and that this level can be accessed by fostering empathetic and trusting relationships in organizations, workplaces and communities. She is a native of Colombia and was raised bi-culturally in the U.S., and is now raising two small kids and looking at the future through their young eyes. She partners with non-profits, faith communities, and educational and grassroots organizations in Colorado and is involved with  Social Permaculture Design Course and…

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Mark Coleman

Mark Coleman is an inner and outer explorer, who has devotedly studied mindfulness meditation practices for three decades and has taught mindfulness workshops and meditation retreats on six continents for the past twenty years.  Mark is a senior meditation teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and cofounder of the Mindfulness Training Institute. Mark is an unabashed nature lover and, through his organization Awake in the Wild, he leads wilderness meditation retreats integrating meditation and nature. Based on his book, Awake in the Wild, Mark leads year-long meditation-in-nature teacher training programs in the US. Mark also holds a MA in Clinical…

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Natasha Deganello Giraudie

As a child growing up in Venezuela, Natasha learned some of her most valuable lessons outside the classroom – from indigenous people living on their ancestral lands. As an adult, she studied with the Dalai Lama for more than 20 years and had the opportunity to attend nature-based retreats with Thich Naht Han in his monastery. As a professional nature meditation teacher and certified moon guide, she has taught groups from the United Nations, Google and Airbnb as well as medical practitioners, politicians, nonprofit leaders and filmmakers in the US, Latin America and Asia. Natasha is also a documentary filmmaker.…

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Peter Williams

Peter Williams has practiced meditation for 27 years in the Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. He has done more than 30 months of silent retreat. He has taught insight meditation (mindfulness) since 2003 and has completed the Community Dharma Leader training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. In addition to teaching retreats and dedicated practitioner groups, Peter has taught mindfulness to diverse audiences, from Colorado juvenile justices to school teachers to environmentalists. Peter is one of the founders of the Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center in the mountains near Boulder. Peter has been practicing as a transpersonal psychotherapist since 2007, using mindfulness and spirituality to…

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Rochelle Calvert

Rochelle Calvert has a devoted love to share the power and healing potential of mindfulness, somatic awareness and nature. She has studied and taught mindfulness for the past 16 years and knows personally the transformational potential. Rochelle currently leads courses and retreats in mindfulness, somatic experiencing and Awake in the Wild- nature-based mindfulness. She also facilitates professional trainings in mindfulness for clinicians and travels the country teaching seminars. She is a certified mindfulness teacher with the Mindfulness Teaching Institute and the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. She has also trained and assisted with Mark Coleman and as an Awake in the…

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Sarah Jones

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Terry Ray

Terry Ray is a licensed psychotherapist who has been practicing Insight (Vipassana) meditation since 1974, and teaching for over 45 years. She completed the first Community Dharma Leader’s program at Spirit Rock, leads retreats and teaches through the Insight Meditation Community and at Naropa. Terry also studied intensively with Charlotte Selver in Sensory Awareness, and is certified to lead this somatic based mindfulness practice. Terry is the author of Embodied Presence, A Spiritual Memoir. For information go to www.TerryRay.org

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Tory Capron

Victoria (Tory) Wolf Capron is the principle teacher for the Golden Bowl Foundation. Inspired by Buddhism, particularly the crazy wisdom teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the body, nondual teachings, the natural world, and shamanism, Tory weaves together Buddhist practices, meditation, and psychology to challenge her students to be fearless and gentle in uncovering the truth of their own true nature and experiencing the sacredness of life. Tory has been working with individuals, couples, women and groups for the last 25 years. From 1980-1996, her life and career was deeply connected with the natural world. She worked as a wildlife biologist, backcountry ranger, and…

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