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Rebecca Bradshaw is the guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley, MA. She leads vipassana retreats, including Spanish language courses, emphasizing embodied clarity and kindness. She holds a master's degree in counseling psychology, and also serves as an IMS guiding teacher.
Listen to one of Rebecca's talks: Clinging and Non-Clinging given at IMS on November 7, 2014 – 62 minutes, 43 MB Download
Greg Scharf, an IMS guiding teacher, has practiced with Western and Asian teachers in the Theravada tradition since 1992. He has been teaching residential retreats since 2007, including the annual Three-Month Retreat at IMS. Greg's love of nature and the outdoors deeply informs both his practice and teaching.
Listen to one of Greg's talks: Great Joy The Ox given at IMS on November 27, 2017 – 60 minutes, 41.5 MB Download
Winnie Nazarko started dharma practice 35 years ago, asking, "Why does there have to be suffering in the world?" She teaches to help individuals realize their full potential for clarity, balance, kindness and wisdom.
Listen to one of Winnie's talks: Seeing the Good given at IMS on November 11, 2011 – 55 minutes, 37.8 MB Download
Brian Lesage has studied in the Zen, Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism since 1988. He has taught meditation across the US since 2000 and currently teaches nationwide in the vipassana (insight) tradition. He also has a private Somatic Experiencing® practice.
Listen to one of Brian's talks: Being Somebody and Being Nobody given at IMS on November 25, 2014 – 53 minutes, 36.4 MB Download
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."
Jill Shepherd sat her first insight meditation retreat in Thailand in 1999. She currently divides her time between the US, Australia and New Zealand, teaching residential retreats and supporting local communities to explore the Dharma in daily life.
Listen to one of Jill's talks: Dukkha, and the Ending of Dukkah, given at IMS on December 3, 2017 – 61 minutes, 41.8 MB Download
Dawn Scott has been practicing insight meditation since 2008, is a Diamond Heart practitioner, and currently serves as the Family Program Coordinator at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She teaches teen retreats at Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) and is a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.
Tara Mulay has been a dharma practitioner since 2003 and has undertaken intensive retreat periods in the US and Myanmar. She is a co-founder of San Francisco People of Color Insight Meditation Group, a board member of Aloka Vihara, and a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program. She teaches around the Bay Area, combining a deep love of classical Theravada teachings with a focus on bringing the practice alive in modern daily life.