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Facilitator: Nina Bryce
Nina Bryce has been a mentor with iBme since 2014, and has been involved with youth mindfulness since she was a high school student who taught yoga and meditation to other teens and to children. She is currently a Master of Divinity candidate at Harvard Divinity School, focusing in the Buddhist Ministry Initiative. As an undergraduate, she attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a B.A. in American Studies with minors in Sustainability Studies and in Women’s and Gender Studies. Before starting her graduate degree at HDS, Nina was working as a program coordinator at youth development organization called Brainfood, where she ran after-school and summer programs focused on food, cooking, and gardening for DC public high school students. Nina grew up in an interfaith Jewish-Buddhist family where she was fortunate to be introduced to spiritual practice at a young age. She joined a teen Sangha in middle school and attended her first silent retreat at Spirit Rock when she was fifteen. Since then, her meditation practice has involved personal practice, participation in Sangha, and retreat in both the Insight Meditation community and the Plum Village community. She has especially treasured the refuge of LGBTQ Sangha and retreat. Nina also began practicing and then teaching yoga as a teen, has completed teacher trainings in Vinyasa, Kundalini, and Teens & Kids yoga, and has taught yoga in a variety of contexts to young people and adults of all ages. She has experience leading meditation at her high school, university, and more recently, in neighborhood sitting groups, in activism spaces, and in the Harvard Buddhist Community. Nina spent this past summer staffing the teens program at Plum Village, Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastery and mindfulness practice center in France. She is currently a participant in the iBme Teacher Training and is very excited to be in the inaugural class!
Facilitator: Zac Ispa-Landa
Zac Ispa-Landa has practiced and studied insight meditation for 13 years and has accumulated over 90 days of silent retreat experience. He is a graduate of the iBme Teacher Training program and has been staffing iBme teen and college retreats since 2017.
He is a senior lecturer in the School of Environment and Natural Resources and a professional affiliate in the Leadership for Sustainability Program at the University of Vermont.
As an ecologist, naturalist, and meditator, Zac has deep respect for interdependence, diversity, complexity, self-organization, compassion, and the healing power of awareness. He is particularly interested in the role contemplative practices can play in undoing systems of oppression and creating conditions for collective liberation and sustainability. In both his professional and personal life, he aspires towards embodied compassion, joy, and wisdom.
Facilitator: Dawn Mauricio
Dawn has been practicing and studying Insight Meditation since 2005, and sits silent residential retreats in Canada, the US, Thailand, and Burma, including a 3-month silent retreat at Insight Meditation Society. She has completed several programs of meditation studies from True North Insight and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Currently, Dawn is a student in Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s 4-year Teacher Training. Dawn firmly believes that how we offer ourselves in practice reflects how we offer ourselves in life, inspiring her to find new ways to extend her practice beyond the meditation cushion – and encouraging students to do the same.
Facilitator: Nannette Weinhold
After attending Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, Nannette began her professional journey as a passionate experiential educator. She taught in a very rural Oregon school district before moving to the Rocky Mountains with her family to attend Naropa University. There her spiritual journey began as a contemplative educator, meditator, and yogini. Nannette is committed to helping young people thrive and have the confidence to be their true selves. She enjoys working with teens and being a positive presence in their lives. Nannette runs a summer mindfulness and art camp for middle school students and periodically teaches mindful parenting classes in her community. She also works with high school students teaching them meditation and helping them pursue their passions. Nannette is working toward her PhD in Somatic and Spiritual Psychology from the International University of Professional Studies, under the mentorship of psychotherapist, Matt Licata PhD. Her dissertation entails using contemplative photography to help young people see directly the world in which they live. Through contemplative photography, young people can experience a deeper connection to their inner and outer worlds. At this time there are no future plans except to joyfully be of service and to support those who are bringing forth goodness in the world.
Facilitator: Sara Shapouri
Sara Shapouri has been practicing meditation since 2008 and participated in numerous retreats at the Insight Meditation Society, including a 3-month silent retreat. Sara also sits on IMS’ Board of Directors. She graduated from the University of Virginia’s School of Law, with a particular interest in human rights and social justice. Her desire to promote the welfare of children has taken her around the globe, including legal reform advocacy for incarcerated children in Bangladesh, analysis of the plight of child soldiers in Sierra Leone, and a published policy paper on child sexual abuse and exploitation in Iran.
Facilitator: Brett Wheeler
Brett lives in Northern California with his partner and cat. He has been a practitioner and teacher of insight meditation and student of Buddhist and Western-European intellectual traditions for many years. He has also taught college and currently works as an attorney. Brett’s passion is teaching mindfulness meditation to teens and adults at various venues and leading Buddhist services in California prisons, where he also facilitates anti-violence programs with inmates. Brett’s life has been changed by retreat, in particular by staffing teen retreats, where he has learned the power and sometime pain of being truly honest with himself in relation to others. Brett loves walking (mindfully) in the forest, talking with friends, performing music, reading with my cats, and generally being awake.
Facilitator: David Hart
David Hart has over 20 years of experience in the areas of education, media, and the arts. He completed his graduate work in Art and Art Education from Teachers College of Columbia University. After growing up in Los Angeles and living in New York, David became interested in mindfulness and meditation as ways to counter the stresses of urban life and as a way to build community, authentic connection, and creative expression. He volunteers with the Awake Youth Project in Brooklyn and has completed training with The Interdependence Project, Lineage Project, and Mindful Schools in meditation and mindfulness teaching. David teaches meditation in organizations throughout New York City.
Resting in the Breath
Dawn Scott. May 3, 2018
Practicing Doing Nothing
Sara Shapouri. April 12, 2018
Awareness and Technology
Mark Wax. February 28, 2018
Nini. February 14, 2018
Andie Poile. January 25, 2018
Working with Difficult Emotions with RAIN
Khalila Archer. March 20, 2017
Allowing and Letting Be
Elise Hoblitzelle. April 11, 2017
Being Human, Not Perfect
Cara Lai FitzGibbon. May 16, 2017
Relaxing into the Body
Jessica Morey. May 30, 2017