Guidance and Team
A long term student of the Diamond Approach, Catherine has been teaching Insight Meditation internationally since 1997. She is a member of the Gaia House teacher council, and since 2014 has been collaborating with Rob Burbea in shaping and teaching Soulmaking Dharma. Her teaching emphasizes embodiment and working with whatever hinders us from living our deepest knowing in the world.
Chas has been practicing Buddhist meditation for almost 30 years. He has trained with Burmese meditation masters, western monastics of the Thai Forest tradition and senior western vipassana teachers. A graduate of the four-year joint Insight Meditation Society / Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program, he teaches retreats at Insight Meditation Society and at various centers and sanghas throughout the country. Chas explores how the dharma can be practiced in relationship, including how the masculine and feminine energies manifest in relationship, in spiritual practice, and in the world.
James Baraz is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. James started the Community Dharma Leader program, the Kalyana Mitta Network, helped create the Heavenly Messengers Training Program and is teacher-advisor to the Spirit Rock Family program. James has been leading the online course Awakening Joy since 2003. In recent years, he has been focusing the application of Dharma to the climate crisis.
Kaira Jewel Lingo
A Dharma teacher and ordained nun of 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, Kaira Jewel Lingo is now based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She leads retreats internationally, offering mindfulness programs for educators, parents and youth in schools, in addition to activists, people of color, artists and families, and individual spiritual mentoring. A teacher with Schumacher College and Mindful Schools and a guiding teacher for One Earth Sangha, she explores the interweaving of art, play, ecology and embodied mindfulness practice and is a certified yoga teacher and InterPlay leader.
Mark is an inner and outer explorer, who has devotedly studied mindfulness meditation practices for three decades. He is passionate about sharing the power of meditation and has taught mindfulness workshops and meditation retreats in six continents for the past twenty years. Mark is a senior meditation teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and has taught there since 2000. Through his organization Awake in the Wild, he shares his passion for integrating meditation and nature.
Susie Harrington teaches meditation nationwide and is the guiding teacher for Desert Dharma, which serves many communities in the Southwest near her home in Moab, Utah. She has trained in the Insight tradition since 1989, and in 2005 was invited into teaching by Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, and Guy Armstrong. She was an outdoor professional for over 30 years, including years as a river guide, mountaineering guide, and backcountry ranger, and now finds her greatest delight in sharing her love of the dharma and the natural world.
Lama Willa Miller
Willa B. Miller, PhD is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship in Boston, MA and its retreat center Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, NH. She was authorized as a dharma teacher and lineage holder in the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism after twelve years of monastic training and two consecutive three-year retreats. She is editor, author and translator (respectively) of three books: The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work (2012), Everyday Dharma: Seven Weeks to Finding the Buddha in You (2009), and Essence of Ambrosia (2005).
There is great wisdom in the field! For our council of guiding teachers, we are always seeking voices from across Buddhist traditions, backgrounds, identities and cultural expressions. Feel free to contact us with suggestions.
Aryuna (Ary) Radnaeva — EcoDharma Journalist
Ary grew up on the shores of the deepest lake in the world—Lake Baikal, which is situated in Eastern Siberia in Russia. She is an ethnic Buryat (one of the Mongolian ethnic groups) and was raised within traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and Shamanism. Her deepest concern and care for the Earth come from her childhood upbringing, culture and community. As part of her commitment to spread environmental awareness and retrieve a human connection to nature, spirituality, and culture, she contributes to the work and mission of One Earth Sangha. Ary is a non-profit development professional with legal educational background. She currently resides in Hawaii and works for a local non-profit organization which provides support to Hawaii’s seriously ill children and their families. In her free time she enjoys exploring nature, yoga, and meditation.
Kristin Barker — Director, Co-founder
Kristin is exploring what it means to practice a robust response to environmental and social injustice. She is dedicated to cultivating broad-scale awakening to authentic earth relationship through living Dharma and advocacy. Kristin is a teacher and board member with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (DC), a GreenFaith fellow and graduate of the Community Dharma Leader program through Spirit Rock. Kristin is also a co-founder of White Awake whose mission is to develop awareness of race dynamics among white people. She holds a Master’s in Environmental Management from Duke University, has worked as an independent consultant and staff member at several environmental organizations. Kristin is a native of New Mexico and currently lives in Washington DC.
Lou Leonard — Co-founder
Lou is a life-long environmentalist who has worked to advance laws, policies and practices that promote care for the Earth and the people and communities that call it home. Lou discovered the dharma as part of his search for balance and support in the face of the difficult emotions that arise as we dedicate ourselves to healing the world and promoting social change. He’s worked in government, civil society, academia and the private sector and currently serves as the leader of the climate change program at World Wildlife Fund, while helping to create One Earth Sangha in his personal capacity. WWF is not affiliated with One Earth Sangha and Lou’s work should not be taken as WWF’s endorsement of One Earth Sangha. Lou is deeply grateful for the refuge he has found in the dharma and the teachers who have helped him find it.
Mark Rasmuson — Assistant Editor
Mark has been chasing the dharma since the early 1970s when he lived in Nepal as a Peace Corps volunteer, and eventually joined sanghas and studied with teachers in both the Zen and Shambhala Buddhist traditions. He has worked in the international health field for more than 30 years, including two long-term assignments in Vietnam managing assistance to war victims and other disabled people. It was while living in Vietnam in 2015 that he discovered One Earth Sangha online and immediately connected with the EcoSattva vision. Back home in Washington, he has helped One Earth Sangha organize local Buddhist community support for the People’s Climate Mobilization and recent climate strikes, and he is delighted to now have the opportunity to join the editorial team.
Ngejung Datsö — Assistant Editor
Ngejung left a career in finance in order to experience change and to fulfill a need to learn about the world beyond the corporate scene. This new path stretched over six years and most of this time was spent in the Emergency Humanitarian sector. From these experiences, life continued along a nomadic path of learning drawing her closer to connecting to the soil itself. Growing, nurturing and harvesting in gardens as a volunteer brought her to a simple, more direct encounter with the Earth. Learning through permaculture practices and woofing led to a longing for eco-community. Ngejung is now transitioning from her most recent community experience at Gampo Abbey in Cape Breton where she has spent three years as a temporary monastic. She is not sure what is next, but there is a hint that it may include slow, simplicity, silence, softness…. She is grateful to be able to help One Earth Sangha in any way that she can.
Peter Nickol — Web Developer / System Administrator
Peter is committed to expressing his deep gratitude for life through service to others. His greatest wish is to leverage his 20yrs of professional technical expertise in support of causes in alignment with compassionate living and the insight of interbeing. Along with One Earth Sangha he currently also works with the Buddhist Climate Action Network and the Earth Holder Sangha helping to further their goals of promoting a sustainable relationship with the environment via technology. He practices mindfulness with the Order of Interbeing and works as a Web Developer and Server Administrator just outside of Portland Oregon.
Tashi Gatön — Web Producer
Tashi has been a Buddhist practitioner since 2015, and he recently completed an 18-month temporary monastic residency at Gampo Abbey. His practice has helped him recognize the awesome magnitude of the ecological crisis, as well as its deep interpenetration with racial, gender, economic, and other forms of injustice. He is most interested in person-to-person transformation of ecological and social consciousness, as well as the great spiritual potential of this radically uncertain time. Tashi received his Bachelor’s in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University, and he spent three years teaching English in Japan, where he fell in love with the mountains and Yoshinogawa River in rural Tokushima. He is from Dallas, Texas and is still deciding where home is.
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