True North Insight Meditation Center / Centre de méditation Voie Boréale

 Guiding Teachers

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Pascal Auclair

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)

Listen to one of Pascal's talks: Self-worth, Selfing, Forgiveness, Wisdom & Compassion

Watch one of Pascal's videos: But Now it Can Be Otherwise

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Daryl Lynn Ross

is a TNI Guiding Teacher. She has been engaged in meditation and other contemplative practices for 40 years, most especially Buddhist teaching and meditation, and Christian contemplation as well. She has practiced with Tibetan, Insight (Vipassana) and Non-dual teachers. She is a founding member of TNI and President of the Board of Directors 

Listen to one of Daryl's talks: Development of Meditative Awareness
Watch one of Daryl's videos: What is Calling Us Forward

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.


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Martine Batchelor
lived in Korea as a Zen nun under the guidance of Master Kusan for ten years. She is the author of Meditation for Life, The Path of Compassion, Women in Korean Zen and Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits. She is a member of the Gaia House Teacher Council. She teaches meditation retreats worldwide and lives in France. Her latest work is the The Spirit of the Buddha.
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Dr. Judson Brewer, MD PhD is the Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness and associate professor in medicine and psychiatry at UMass Medical School. A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for addictions. He started meditating on his first day of medical school in 1996 and has been under the guidance of Joseph Goldstein since 2008.


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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, 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 TNI 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.

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Listen to one of Norman's talks:Dukkha and the End of Dukkha
 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.

Bill Knight

has worked as a medical doctor and psychotherapist. Since 1995 his medical practice has been limited to teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. He has practiced with a variety of teachers in both the Theravada and Mahayana traditions in both North America and Asia.

Narayan Helen Leibenson

is a guiding teacher at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center and has been teaching at the Center since it opened in 1985. Narayan is also a guiding teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. She is the author of When Singing, Just Sing: Life as Meditation and is a regular contributor to Buddhadharma: A Practitioner's Quarterly. Her training includes over 30 years in the Theravada tradition as well as in Chan with the late Master Sheng Yen.

 Listen to one of Narayan's talks: The Parami of Metta
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
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
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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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.

 Community Meditation Teachers

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The spiritual path is at the heart of Roxanne’s life. A dedicated student and practitioner of Insight Meditation for the last 10 years, she has completed nearly 350 days of silent residential retreats in Asia and in the USA, including a 3-month retreat at the Insight Meditation Society. Roxanne recently completed a 2-year meditation teacher mentorship program with Daryl Lynn Ross and Pascal Auclair of True North Insight in Montreal. She has also completed a 2-year intensive Buddhist study and practice program with TNI, and MBSR training with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. Roxanne is a member of the TNI Board of Directors and is involved in its prison meditation program. She is currently training to be a Somatic Experiencing®practitioner. Her deepest intention is to share the joy and beauty of the practice so that all people can touch the happiness and wisdom that permeates every moment!
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Claire Holden Rothman

has been practising Insight Meditation since 2004. She has completed nearly 200 days of silent retreat in Canada, the USA and India, including the 3-month retreat at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts. She recently finished a 2-year teaching mentorship with Pascal Auclair and Daryl Lynn Ross of Voie boréale/True North Insight in Montreal. She has also participated in three intensive programs in the Insight tradition, including a course on non-self with Joseph Goldstein and Brian Lesage at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Massachusetts, the Integrated Study and Practice Program with Andrew Olendzki at the Barre Centre for Buddhist Studies and a 2-year introduction to Buddhism with TNI in Montreal. Off the cushion, Claire writes novels. She loves the interplay between meditation and creativity.

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Muriel Jaouich

is engaged in a Buddhist practice since 2006. She has completed 5 years of Buddhist studies as well as an MBSR training with Jon Kabat-Zinn. 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. Muriel has a warm and gentle presence. When not teaching meditation, she is pursuing an artistic practice as a painter.



Dawn Mauricio

Dawn is a yoga and meditation teacher with a playful, dynamic, and centered approach. She has been practicing Vipassana meditation since her discovery of it at a Thai monastery in 2005. Since then, Dawn has completed close to 20 silent residential retreats in Canada, the US, Thailand, and Burma, and has completed several programs of meditation studies from True North Insight (2-year teaching mentorship) and Spirit Rock Meditation Center (18-month Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training, 2-year Dedicated Practitioners' Program). 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 yoga mat and meditation cushion - and encourages her students to do the same.


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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.