Kaira Jewel Lingo
Kaira Jewel Lingo teaches Buddhist meditation, mindfulness, and compassion internationally, with a focus on children, families, and young people. She began practicing mindfulness in 1997. An ordained nun of 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, she is now a lay Dharma teacher, leading retreats in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Brazil, India and Southern Africa, and offering mindfulness programs for educators and youth in schools. She edited Thich Nhat Hanh’s, ‘Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children’ and helped to start and develop Wake Up Schools, bringing mindfulness to education. She also leads retreats for people of color, activists and artists. She explores the interweaving of art, play, ecology and spiritual practice and is a certified yoga teacher and InterPlay leader. In spring 2015, she was spiritual practitioner in residence at Schumacher College, an ecological college, in the United Kingdom. In addition to her roots in the Zen tradition, she regularly attends the 3-month silent retreat at IMS. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology and Social Sciences.
Rod Owens is an activist, organizer, poet, and authorized Dharma teacher in the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism. He is a core teacher with Natural Dharma Fellowship in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a third year master of divinity student at Harvard Divinity School where he studies the intersection of Buddhism and social change. Known for his authentic teaching style of self-inquiry and humor, he has appeared in the Buddhist publications Lion’s Roar, Buddhadharma, and Tricycle and has been recognized as one of the emerging leaders of the next generation of Dharma teachers. He is also a co-author of Radical Dharma: Taking Race, Love, and Liberation published by North Atlantic Books which explores race and oppression within American Buddhist communities.
Cara Lai FitzGibbon
Cara Lai FitzGibbon discovered mindfulness during her years as an outdoor educator in New England. She has since attended numerous long-term meditation retreats which were powerfully transformative for her. Her mindfulness practice was the impetus for her move towards the mental health field, and now she works as a mindfulness-based psychotherapist in Burlington, Vermont. In 2016 she completed Facilitator II training with Against the Stream, and is currently enrolled in a 4 year teacher training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. She loves working with teens, and is a regular volunteer and retreat staff member with iBme. iBme combines all of her passions—meditation, youth, the outdoors, community, and kindness; into one beautiful package, and she is honored to be a part of it all.