Current & Past Visiting Teachers

6a00d8341feff153ef00e54f613ae38834-500wiAjahn Sucitto

Ajahn Sucitto is a Buddhist monk ( bhikkhu). He entered monastic life in 1975 in Thailand, but since 1978 has been based in Britain. He has been closely associated with Ajahn Sumedho for over 30 years, the senior Western disciple of Ajahn Chah, and has served as abbot of Cittaviveka Buddhist Monastery in Chithurst, England.



Grove T. Burnett, Vallecitos Teacher’s Council

Santa Fe, NM

Grove is a nationally known meditation teacher and trainer in the practice of mindfulness. He is founder and Guiding Teacher emeritus of the Vallecitos Mountain Ranch and has practiced meditation for over 25 years. He trained with internationally renowned meditation teacher Jack Kornfield at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He has taught mindfulness trainings for the Yale Law School, lawyers and judges, and many nonprofit organizations. Grove has had a distinguished career as an environmental lawyer and is co-founder of the Western Environmental Law Center, a nonprofit environmental law firm. He has been named six times to The Best Lawyers in America which lists the top 1% of the nation’s lawyers. He has lived in Santa Fe since 1972.

Mark ColemanMark Coleman, Vallecitos Teacher’s Council

Mill Valley, CA

Mark is a psychotherapist, coach, and mindfulness consultant, has taught mindfulness meditation retreats internationally since 1997. He is a meditation teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and teaches regularly with Jack Kornfield and Sharon Salzberg in the vipassana (insight meditation) tradition. Coleman leads wilderness meditation retreats from Alaska to Peru and is author of Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path to Self-Discovery.


Anne Cushman

Fairfax, CA

As a writer and teacher, Anne Cushman explores the intersection between spiritual practice and the down-to-earth details of embodied human life. She is the co-director of the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the author of the novel Enlightenment for Idiots; the spiritual India travel guide From Here to Nirvana; and the forthcoming Moving Into Meditation, a mindfulness course for yoga practitioners. Her essays on spiritual practice and daily life have been widely published in venues ranging from the New York Times to the Shambhala Sun. A practitioner of both Buddhist meditation and yoga since the early 80s, she is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader program and the co-founder of AwakeningAsWomen, an online women’s yoga and meditation sangha.

bonnieduranBonnie Duran, Teacher’s Council

Seattle, Washington

Bonnie met the Dharma in 1982 when she sat a month at Kopan Monastery in Nepal and learned Vipassana in Bodh Gaya India. Since then, she has taken teachings from many western teachers including Joseph Goldstein and Marcia Rose, as well as Tibetan teachers, Venerable Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Bonnie is a graduate of the SRMC/IMS Community Dharma Leader (3) training program and is now in the retreat teacher-training program. Bonnie hosts and helps organize the People of Color and Allies Sangha that meets weekly in Seattle. In 2015/16, Bonnie will be on the teaching team of the Insight Meditation Society 3-month retreat, and the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, February month-long retreat. Bonnie is also involved in Native American spiritual practices and traditions. She is a contributor to Hilda Guitierrez Baldoquin’s book, Dharma, Color and Culture: New Voices in Western Buddhism (Parallax), and has written for the turning wheel. Dr. Duran is an associate professor in the Schools of Social Work and Public Health at the University of Washington and is also the director of the Center for Indigenous Health Research.

Natalie Goldberg

Santa Fe, NM

Natalie is the author of ten books, including Writing Down the Bones, which has sold over one million copies and had been translated into twelve languages. She has also written the beloved Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America, a memoir about her Zen teacher.

Joseph GoldsteinJoseph Goldstein

Barre, MA

Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and lovingkindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where he is one of the resident guiding teachers. In 1989, together with several other teachers and students of insight meditation, he helped establish the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. He is currently developing The Forest Refuge, a new center for long-term meditation practice.

Joseph first became interested in Buddhism as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand in 1965. Since 1967 he has studied and practiced different forms of Buddhist meditation under eminent teachers from India, Burma and Tibet. He is the author of Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom, The Experience of Insight, and co-author of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom and Insight Meditation: A Correspondence Course. His new book is One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism.

Trudy GoodmanTrudy Goodman

Los Angeles, CA

Trudy Goodman is the Founder of InsightLA, a non-profit offering Vipassana (Insight) meditation courses, sitting groups and retreats. InsightLA also provides compassion-based mindfulness education and trainings for Children’s Hospitals, the VA Hospital and other community service organizations. Trudy teaches around the country with Jack Kornfield, Wes Nisker and others, and worldwide. She co-founded and is the Guiding Teacher for the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy in Cambridge, MA.

Mushim Ikeda NashMushim Ikeda

Oakland, CA

Mushim Ikeda is a meditation teacher, community peace activist, writer, diversity facilitator, and mother of a 20-year-old son. She has done both monastic and lay Zen Buddhist practice over the past twenty years, in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and S. Korea. A consulting editor to Turning Wheel: The Journal of Socially Engaged Buddhism, she also contributes a quarterly column on family life and Buddhist practice, and her poetry and essays have been published widely in journals and anthologies such as the Shambhala Sun and Innovative Buddhist Women: Swimming Against the Stream. Mushim was coeditor of Making the Invisible Visible: Healing Racism in Our Buddhist Communities. She is former chair of the San Francisco Zen Center Board Committee on Diversity and Multiculturalism and she has served on the boards of San Francisco Zen Center and the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Mushim’s work has been featured in two documentary films, Between the Lines: Asian American Women Poets and Acting on Faith: Women and the New Religious Activism in America, a recent documentary presenting portraits of three women activists of minority faiths in the U.S. She lives in Oakland, California with her family, and volunteers as a literacy teacher in the Oakland public high school her son attends.

Brian LeSage

Flagstaff, AZ

Brian has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1988 and has taught since 2000. He has studied in the Zen, Theravada, and Tibetan schools and was ordained in the Rinzai Zen tradition in 1996.  His training in Vipassana Meditation includes doing extended meditation retreats in Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, and India as well as numerous retreats in the U.S.  He leads retreats and teaches meditation courses nationwide.  Brian also has a private practice in Somatic Experiencing, which is a naturalistic approach to healing trauma.

Michele McDonald

Barre, MA

Michele co-founded Vipassana Hawai’i in 1984 with Steven Smith. She has taught Insight meditation for over twenty-five years, teaches extensively throughout the United States, in Canada, Burma, and various locations around the world. Michele has been a quiet pioneer having being the first woman to teach a formal retreat in Burma, side-by-side with a senior monastic figure, Sayadaw U Lakkhana, Abbot of Kyaswa Monastery. Having worked with a wide range of Asian and Western teachers, Michele is most inspired by her practice with Dipa Ma and Sayadaw U Pandita and more recently in Burma with the Mya Taung Sayadaw. She appreciates teaching at many levels of practice and has enjoyed teaching three-month retreats for experienced students as well as developing meditation retreats for youth. Her style of teaching emphasizes helping individuals find entry points into stillness that are natural for them. Michele is thrilled when students begin to love their practice.

Bill Morgan, PsyD

Boston, MA

Bill is a clinical psychologist who has been practicing meditation for over 35 years in both the Zen and Vipassana traditions. He has participated in more than four years of silent retreats, and once lived in a Trappist monastery for six months. He has a private practice in two Boston locations.

Susan Morgan, CNS

Boston, MA

Susan is a psychotherapist in private practice in Cambridge MA. She also consults with therapists who are interested in deepening therapeutic presence. Susan has co-led retreats for psychotherapists with Bill for the past 10 years, and is currently on a 2-year silent meditation retreat. Lovingkindness and body awareness are integral to her mindfulness teaching.

Wes NiskerWes Nisker

San Francisco, CA

Wes Nisker is a Buddhist meditation teacher, author, radio commentator, and performer. His books include Essential Crazy Wisdom; The Big Bang, The Buddha, and the Baby Boom; Buddha’s Nature; and his latest, Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again! Mr. Nisker is also the founder and co-editor of the international Buddhist journal “Inquiring Mind.”

Mary PowellMary Powell, Vallecitos Teacher’s Council

Santa Fe, NM

Mary has been a Vipassana practitioner for over 20 years.  During that time she did intensive retreats at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass. In the past couple of years she has done month long self retreats both at home and at a remote cabin in the mountains. Recently she completed the 2 ½ year Community Dharma Leader training through Sprit Rock Meditation Center. For many years she has taught the “Introduction to Meditation” class at the Santa Fe Vipassana Sangha where she chairs the Education Committee.

Mary has always been interested in practicing in nature. She lived for 5 years in an off the grid cabin near Pecos, where she was first introduced to meditation.

Siegel Color Head ShotRonald D. Siegel, Psy.D.

Boston, Massachusetts

Ron is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation and teaches internationally about mindfulness and psychotherapy and mind-body treatment. He is author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problem, coauthor of Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy, and coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice.

Dyanna Taylor

Santa Fe, NM

Director and veteran cinematographer Dyanna Taylor brings a uniquely personal angle for guiding this retreat. After over 30 years, she still has a passion for the film business and a familiarity of the sacrifices it requires. Combine this with her twenty- five year Buddhist practice, varied and powerful wilderness experiences and you find the inspiration for this retreat. Dyanna’s media experience as Director of Photography on hundreds of films, for clients in features, documentaries, and television garnered her the MUSE lifetime achievement award from New York Women in Film and Television, a Peabody, and five Emmy’s.  Taylor recently DP’d on the Disney feature McFarland released February 2015, and the National Geographic special Sleepless in America.  Her own film for PBS American Masters:  Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lightning premiered August 2014 and is touring nationally.

Erin Treat, Vallecitos Guiding Teacher

Durango, CO

Erin Treat lives in Durango, CO and serves as a Guiding Teacher of Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center.  She teaches retreats at Spirit Rock and the Insight Meditation Society and serves as a teacher and board member at the Durango Dharma Center. Erin offers talks, leads classes, and teaches meditation retreats in the southwest and nationwide.  Her approach to sharing the dharma is influenced by her experience as a student of the Diamond Approach by A.H. Almass and by her deep love of embodiment and wild nature.

Don UsnerDon Usner

Santa Fe, NM

Don Usner is a writer, photographer and New Mexico native who focuses on natural and cultural history. His books include The Natural History of Big Sur, Sabino’s Map: Life in Chimayo’s Old Plaza, and Valles Caldera: A Vision for New Mexico’s Newest National Preserve.

Peter Williams

Boulder, CO

Peter Williams is a psychotherapist and dharma leader. He has practiced meditation for over twenty years in the Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist traditions, including many months of silent retreat. He has taught meditation since 2003. Peter has completed the training as a Community Dharma Leader through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Peter leads retreats and classes out of Boulder, CO and loves teaching dharma in nature. Earlier in life, he worked for 18 years as a wildlife biologist and naturalist.

Diana WinstonDiana Winston

Los Angeles, CA

Diana is the Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) where she has taught and designed many mindfulness programs and trainings since 2006. She has been teaching mindfulness since 1993 and has brought mindful awareness into schools, hospitals, and nonprofits, as well as to health professionals, psychotherapists, adolescents, educators, and activists in the US and Asia. Diana is also a member of the teacher’s council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California and the founder of the Buddhist Alliance for Social Engagement. She is the author Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness (with Susan Smalley, PhD) and Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens. Diana spent a year as a Buddhist nun in Burma and has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 1989.