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 a teacher and board member with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (DC), former board member of the Buddhist Insight Network, 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 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.”

Julia Van Dyke — Consultant on EcoDharma Themes and Practices

Julia taught English to adolescents and adult immigrants in Providence and Boston before moving to Central Massachusetts to work at the Insight Meditation Society. Living in a rural environment for the first time in her life has awoken a deep desire to belong to and be in reciprocal relationship with the land. Dharma practice and the radical, intersectional teachings offered by One Earth Sangha, White Awake, and the Buddhist Peace Fellowship have supported her to touch and begin to decondition deeply engrained habits around domination and separation that have kept her from belonging to the land and to other people. She is deeply inspired by the work of visionary sci-fi and fantasy writers like Ursula K. LeGuin and Octavia Butler, and is exploring the intersections of liberation and the imagination in her life and practice. She is thrilled to be able to support One Earth Sangha in the realms of practice and engagement.

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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