Guiding Teachers

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is a TNI Guiding Teacher. He has been immersed in the dharma since 1997. He leads retreats in Europe and North America, often at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts and at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. A co-founder of TNI, he enjoys sharing the Buddha's teachings with all curious people.  (more info and schedule)
Watch one of Pascal's videos:  But Now it Can Be Otherwise
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Jean Esther, MSW
began training in meditation in 1975. Since 1982, she has trained in the Buddhist Theradavan  tradition  with renowned senior lay teachers as well as Burmese and Western Monastics.  She has engaged in intensive teacher training in both Vipassana practice and non-dual awareness. Her teaching is informed by over 35 years of practice as a psychotherapist. Jean teaches at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley in Western Ma, IBME teen retreats as well as various locations across the US and Canada.
Daryl Lynn Ross
is a TNI Guiding teacher. She has deeply engaged in contemplative practices for over 40 years with teachers and mentors from several Buddhist traditions, and practiced Christian spirituality as well. She served for 22 years as University Chaplain at Concordia University in Montreal. Co-founder of TNI and President of the Board, Daryl teaches local groups and intensive courses, mentors and counsels in personal meetings and offers a wide range of retreats. She lives and transmits the Buddhist teachings from the heart with a sensitivity to the unique path of each person. 
Listen to one of Daryl's talks:  Development of Meditative Awareness
Watch one of Daryl's videos:  What is Calling Us Forward

Teachers

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A dedicated practitioner of Vipassana (insight) meditation, Roxanne Dault has sat many long retreats in Asia and in the West, spending more than two years in silence since 2006. Roxanne has been involved with True North Insight since its beginning, where she now also teaches weekly sits and residential retreats. She is involved in different projects to share the Dharma in the West. She is currently part of the four-year Insight Meditation Society (IMS) Teacher Training. Her teaching is influenced by indigenous spiritual practices, her many travels and her experience in Somatic Experiencing®, a body-mind approach to resolve trauma. Roxanne wants to share her love for the Dharma so that we can all touch the freedom in every moment! She speaks French, English and is learning her ancestors' language, Anishinaabemowin.
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 Jill Davey
is the founder of RiverSound Retreat and Insight Meditation Fergus. She has been teaching Hatha Yoga and yogic meditation since 2003. Since her first meditation retreat in 2008, Jill has devoted herself to the study and practice of Vipassana (Insight Meditation) and sharing her understanding with others. She has been mentored by Molly Swan and Norman Feldman. She is skilled at connecting the relevance of these ancient teachings of awareness, wisdom and kindness to daily life experience. Jill brings her previous years of experience as a community worker and lay chaplain to her teaching.
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Bonnie Duran
Bonnie Duran, DrPH, began Buddhist meditation practice 30 years ago. She is currently participating in the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training. She is one of the founders of The People of Color Sangha in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and in Seattle, Washington. Bonnie is also involved in Native American spiritual practices and traditions. An associate professor of public health, she directs the University of Washington’s Center for Indigenous Health Research.
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Norman Feldman
is a co-founder of TNI and former Guiding Teacher. He has been practicing vipassana since 1971, including long periods in India, and in Thailand and Sri Lanka. He has been teaching internationally since 1986. As well as formal retreats, Norman leads programmes that integrate the practice into daily life. www.insightmeditationretreats.ca
Listen to one of Norman's talks: Dukkha and the End of Dukkha
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Anushka Fernandopulle
has trained for over 30 years in the Theravada Buddhist tradition in the U.S., India, and Sri Lanka and is a member of the Teacher's Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. Anushka teaches retreats and workshops around the globe. Her teaching is informed by nature, creative arts, political engagement, innovation and modern urban life. Anushka also works as a leadership coach and management consultant, influenced by a BA in anthropology and religion from Harvard and an MBA from Yale. She lives in San Francisco.
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Jozen Tamori Gibson
Jozen (they, them) a meditation practitioner and guide, began formal meditation practice in 2004 through Sotō Zen while living in Japan, joined by a Theravada practice in 2010. Jozen serves on the New York Insight Meditation Center’s Teachers Council. In 2017 they entered into the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) Dharma Teacher Training program. Jozen carries certifications in Mindfulness Facilitation through the Mindful Awareness Research Center at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, 200-Hour Yoga and Wellness with Breathe for Change (RYS), and Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma (IFOT). Jozen lives to provide and nourish contemplative mind-heart-body alignment practices and spaces grounded in health, anti-oppression and interdependent liberation for all beings. Jozen honors the wisdom and compassion of all teachers, highlighting their mother, Akimi, and dharma root teacher, Pamela Weiss.
 
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 Steven Hick
former social work professor and founder of War Child Canada, dove into the Dharma full-time in 2005. He has since founded the Ottawa Insight Meditation Community and now teaches insight meditation with an emphasis on reducing the stress in our daily life. He is Director of MBSR Ottawa where he established MBSR teacher training in Manitoba, Newfoundland and Alberta. Steven has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1979 with a variety of teachers, including Matthew Flickstein, Adyashanti, Bhagavan Shanmukha and Thich Nhat Hanh.
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Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey
Jesse 's meditation teaching aims to inspire the faith, determination and skill necessary to realize the deepest human freedom. He is the resident teacher of Vipassana Hawaii and co-founder of The Stone House, a center for spiritual life and social justice in Mebane, NC.
Listen to one of Jesse's talks:  Training for our Own Unbinding
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Dawn (she, her) has been practicing and studying Insight Meditation since 2005, regularly sitting long intensive meditation retreats in Canada, United States, Thailand, Burma, and South Africa. Since discovering the Dharma, Dawn has graduated from Spirit Rock's Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training and the Dedicated Practitioners' Program, as well as the first teacher development group of True North Insight. She is a value and purpose-oriented teacher with a passion for inclusivity, particularly how societal conditioning hinders diversity on various levels. Dawn is a meditation retreat teacher for teenagers with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education and is currently in Spirit Rock's 4-year Teacher Training. She is known to teach with a playful, dynamic, and heartfelt approach, and leads daylong retreats and mindfulness workshops in Canada and the US.
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Michele McDonald
has taught insight meditation around the world for 31 years, helping individuals to find their own natural entry points into stillness and deep liberation. She is a cofounder of  Vipassana Hawaii, as well as a leader of retreats for youth and Burma relief projects.
 Listen to one of Michele's talks:  Wise Investigation
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Molly Swan
is a co-founder of TNI and a former Guiding Teacher. She has been engaging in spiritual inquiry and dharma practice since 1985, both in Asia and the West. She has been teaching Insight Meditation retreats primarily in Canada since 1997 and offers classes, retreat days & individual support closer to their home in Guelph, Ontario. ( more...)
Listen to one of Molly's talks:  Reconciliation and Renewal
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U Jagara
is Canadian-born and has been a Buddhist monk for 37 years, primarily in Sri Lanka and Myanmar (Burma). He has trained and taught in the U Ba Khin as well as the Pa-Auk traditions of Myanmar (Burma), where he is presently living, dedicating his time to meditation and study.
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DaRa Williams
has practiced vipassana meditation for 25 years and serves as an IMS guiding teacher. She is also a certified coordinating trainer for Aboriginal Focusing Oriented Complex Trauma Therapy and maintains a private psychotherapy practice in the New York City area. "It is my experience that meditation and the Dharma are ideal for transforming suffering. Awareness, wisdom and a compassionate heart become the vehicle for transformation, connection and freedom."

Assistants

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Jeanne Corrigal
has been practicing since 1999, is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader Program, and joyfully leads the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community. Jeanne is Métis, and one of her first teachers in loving presence was Cree Elder Jim Settee. She is a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS teacher training program.
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Matthew Hepburn
began sitting his first silent retreats at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) with Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein. He also practices at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (CIMC) to support his practice in daily life. At CIMC he has studied with and received invaluable mentorship from Narayan Liebenson, Larry Rosenberg, and Madeline Klyne. Since 2012, Matthew has taught in spaces ranging from schools and prisons to fast-growing tech-startups. He also teaches classes and builds ongoing relationships with new & dedicated students as a core teacher at CIMC, and spreads the development of wisdom and wellbeing to wider audiences through his work in content development at Ten Percent Happier. Matthew Hepburn is currently a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.

Community Meditation Teachers

Claire Holden Rothman
Claire Holden Rothman
discovered Insight Meditation in 2004. Since then, she has enjoyed over 200 days of silent retreat in Canada, the U.S., and Asia, including the 3-month retreat at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Massachusetts and, most recently, a one-month monastic retreat in Lumbini, Nepal. Her core teachers in Montreal are Pascal Auclair and Daryl Lynn Ross of True North Insight, under whom she completed a two-year teaching mentorship. Prior to that, she studied at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Massachusetts with Andrew Olendzki (ISPP 2014). She has also worked with acclaimed teachers like Joseph Goldstein, Carol Wilson, and Ajahn Sucitto. Clarity is the hallmark of Claire’s own teaching, mixed with lots of humour and heart.
Muriel Jaouich
Muriel Jaouich
Muriel is engaged in a Buddhist practice since 2006. Muriel has attended over thirty silent meditation retreats including a 6 week long retreat. She has completed seven years of Buddhist studies as well as a MBSR training with Jon Kabat-Zinn. Muriel is a first generation Lebanese-Armenian-Canadian, having come from a family directly affected by the Armenian Genocide. At True North Insight, Muriel is under the mentorship of Pascal Auclair & Daryl Lynn Ross. She teaches in hospitals, schools, corporations and other urban settings, helping meditation practitioners integrate mindfulness into daily life. In another life, Muriel has worked at Cisco Systems & VeriSign back in the height of Silicon Valley as well as at UNICEF. She now shares her passion for the Dharma by working for True North Insight. Muriel has a warm and gentle presence. When not teaching meditation, she is pursuing an artistic practice as a painter.
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Joan Robicheau
has been an ESL teacher for over 30 years and a meditation practitioner for the past 15 years. She has been involved in the TNI prison meditation programme since it began, and has been a regular teacher in that programme for the past two years. She also teaches at Yoga on the Park, substituting for Daryl Lynn Ross, and leads a weekly mindfulness meditation session in a Montreal-area business.