Teachers for 2017 retreats
Heather Martin ——– Jan 21/22
Heather Martin, a resident of Salt Spring Island, has a long association with the Victoria Insight Meditation Society. Heather teaches classes and leads retreats in Canada and the US. Her early dharma influence was under the guidance of S.N. Goenka, and she has since been influenced by both Burmese and Thai streams of Theravada, most recently studying with U Tejaniya of Burma. Heather’s approach to life and her style of teaching for the past 15 years is led by her heart – warm and compassionate. She is curious, practical, has a ready laugh and is a great communicator.
Margo McLoughlin — Feb 19
Margo McLoughlin has been practicing in the Insight tradition of Theravada Buddhism since 1986. Margo is known for her telling of Jataka tales and in leading meditation retreats and courses on Vancouver Island, the US and Ireland. A former staff member at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts and a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School, Margo has also completed her training to be a Community Dharma Leader through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. Her teachers include Joseph Goldstein, Carol Wilson, Thanissara, and Eugene Cash. For more information about Margo, please visit her website at www.margostoryteller.net
Howard Cohn ———-Mar 18/19
Howard Cohn has practiced meditation since 1972, and has led vipassana retreats since 1985. He leads a weekly ongoing class in San Francisco. Howard has studied with many Asian and western teachers of several traditions, including Theravada, Zen, Dzogchen and Advaita Vedanta, and has been strongly influenced by contact with the Indian master H.W.L. Poonja. He has done postgraduate work in East/West Psychology and has a private counseling practice.
Tuere Sala —————Apr 30
Tuere Sala is a Guiding Teacher for the Seattle Insight Meditation Society. She is a retired prosecuting attorney who has practiced Vipassana meditation for over 25 years. Tuere is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader Training Program, has completed one-year programs in Focusing for Complex Trauma, and Mindfulness-Based Mind Fitness Training. She is inspired by bringing the dharma to nontraditional places and is a strong advocate for practitioners living with high stress, past trauma and those who have difficulties sitting still.
Ayya Medhanandi —-May 28/29
Ayya Medhanandi Bhikkhuni is the founder and guiding teacher of Sati Saraniya Hermitage, a Theravada Buddhist monastery for women in Perth, Ontario. She began a spiritual quest in childhood that led her to a long retreat in Myanmar (Burma) in 1987. The following year, she requested full ordination as a bhikkhuni from her preceptor, Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita. This was not yet possible for Theravada Buddhist women. Instead, he granted her 10-precept novice vows on condition that she take them for life.
After a military coup, she left Myanmar to train with the Thai Forest Sangha at Amaravati, UK and ten years later moved to New Zealand, and then SE Asia. In 2007, having been an alms mendicant nun for nearly 20 years, she received bhikkhuni ordination in Taiwan. In 2008, on invitation from the Ottawa Buddhist Society and Toronto Theravada Buddhist Community, Ayya returned to her native Canada to establish Sati Saraniya Hermitage.
Ajaan Geoff ————-Aug 19/20
Meditation and Study Weekend Topic: The Noble Eight-fold Path
Ajaan Geoff is a senior monk in the Thai Forest tradition of Theravada Buddhism and the abbot of Metta Forest Monastery in San Diego County, CA. Appreciated equally for his scholarship and pragmatic approach to practice, he is deeply committed to helping others understand and apply the Buddha’s teachings.
Each morning and afternoon session will begin with a guided meditation.
Ajaan Geoff will then present passages from the suttas, records of the Buddha’s words, explaining how these teachings apply to our understanding and practice of the dhamma..
Adrianne Ross ———Sep 16/17
Adrianne, a retired family physician, has been involved in meditation and healing since 1976. She has been practising Buddhist meditation since 1984. Her spiritual journey has also included contemplative inquiry practices (Enlightenment Intensives and Diamond Approach) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
Trained by Jack Kornfield (in 1998), Adrianne is influenced by both Thai and Burmese streams of the Theravadan tradition, as well as Tibetan (Mahamudra and Dzogchen) practice. She teaches classes, weekend and residential retreats in Canada and the US. She is involved in teaching and mentoring students in the Dedicated Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner Programs through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. Adrianne mentors students every year for the UCLA Mindfulness training program.
Adrianne is the guiding teacher for Saskatoon Insight Meditation Society, continuing the tradition, started by Joanne Broatch, of supporting the dharma in the prairies.
She is passionate about being awake in all areas of life, facing the challenges of diversity, equality and climate change though dharma eyes, and living the dharma as fully as possible. She co-founded BCIMS with Joanne Broatch, who has now retired from dharma teaching.
Steve Armstrong ——Oct 14/15
Steve Armstrong has studied the dhamma and practiced insight meditation since 1975. He served for many years at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts as Executive Director, Board member and senior teacher of the annual three-month retreat. As a monk in Burma for 5 years, under the guidance of Sayadaw U Pandita, he undertook intensive, silent practice of insight and lovingkindness meditations, as well as studying the abhidhamma with Sayadaw U Zagara of Australia. He continues his practice under the guidance of Sayadaw U Tejaniya in Rangoon. He has been leading meditation retreats internationally since 1990 and is a co-founding director and teacher of the Vipassana Metta Foundation dhamma sanctuary on Maui. He also directs the Burma Schools Project having funded and overseen construction or renovation of over 100 schools, 5 clinics, 2 large nunneries and supporting many other nunneries in Burma. Out of compassion for future generations, he has planted more than 2500 trees on the dhamma sanctuary/hermitage land on Maui. He recently wrapped up the Managing Editor-ship of the Vipassana Metta Foundation’s translation committee that brought to publication by Wisdom Publications, the Manual of Insight, by Mahasi Sayadaw
Brock Brown ————Nov 26
Brock Brown is a founding member and Chair of the Victoria Insight Meditation Society where he teaches and leads meditation retreats. He has been dedicated to the study and practice of the Buddha’s teachings in the Theravada tradition for the past 27 years, and is inspired by the Thai Forest tradition. He is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Dedicated Practitioners Program and the Community Dharma Leader Program and completed the Birken Forest Monastery Upasika program. Brock enjoys studying the suttas and making them relevant to our everyday lives.