Guidance and Staff

Guiding Teachers

There is great wisdom in the field! Our council of guiding teachers is still in formation as we are seeking voices from across Buddhist traditions, backgrounds and cultural expressions.  We are also forming a more extensive advisory panel of dharma teachers, sangha leaders and organizational leaders.  Send us an email if you’re interested in either group.


Kristin Barker — Director, Co-founder

Kristin is exploring what it means to practice a Buddhist response to environmental and social injustice. She is dedicated to cultivating broad-scale awakening to authentic earth relationship through meditation, sustainable living and advocacy. Kristin is an active member of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (DC), former board member of the Buddhist Insight NetworkGreenFaith fellow and is currently being trained as a Community Dharma Leader 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 Leonard

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.

Amelia Williams — Assistant Editor

Amelia is a poet, writer/editor, mother of two, and a member of an intentional community whose goals include living more sustainably, and stewardship of the land. Her environmental activism has been intensified by the threat of fracked-gas pipelines proposed for Central Virginia. Introduced to the dharma through the writing of Pema Chödrön and the teachers at the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville, Amelia uses activities like writing poetry, hiking and making eco-art as forms of meditative practice. She leads seasonal “Wild Ink” walks that focus on the synergies among mindfulness, creativity, and being in nature, and offers nature walk/origami poetry workshops to middle school students. Author of Walking WildwoodTrail: Poems and Photographs, her most recent eco-art projects are “Triage,” and “Spooked.”

Terry Kinsey — Sangha Farmer

Terry has attended many wilderness and center-based Buddhist retreats since 1998. He has been leading spiritual retreats for adults and youth through the Unitarian Universalist Church since 1990 and founded Mother Earth Adventures an earth-centered community at that time. He is the founder and ongoing facilitator of the Mindful Reflection Community of the Unitarian Universalist church in Oak Park, IL. His passion for environmental justice started back in April 22, 1970 on Earth Day. He met Lou Leonard while attending an 11-day Eco-Dharma retreat and later asked Lou if there was some way he could volunteer and assist One Earth Sangha….the rest is history!

Peter Nickol — Web Developer / System Administrator
Peter Nickol

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.

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