Joanna Macy, PhD is a scholar of Buddhism, systems theory and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice and ecology, she gives trainings worldwide for eco-warriors and activists for global justice. As the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, she has created a ground-breaking theoretical framework for personal and social change. Her books include "World as Lover, World as Self" and "Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World."
Spiritual Activation. Julia is a prominent environmental activist best known for living in the redwood tree Luna for 738 days (1997-1999) to prevent loggers from cutting it down. She is author of the book The Legacy of Luna and co-author of One Makes the Difference.
Kate Munding is co-guiding teacher of IMCB. She has been practicing since 2002 and has done numerous 1-2 month intensive practice periods. Kate is currently in Spirit Rock's Teacher Training program. Kate has also trained approximately 2,000 educators, therapists, and parents in mindful awareness techniques and philosophy in the U.S. and abroad.
She is founder of The Heart-Mind Education Project, a consulting business focused on mindfulness in education.
Kevin Griffin is the author of the seminal 2004 book "One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps" and the recent "A Burning Desire: Dharma God and the Path of Recovery". He has been practicing Buddhist meditation for three decades and been in recovery since 1985. He’s been a meditation teacher for almost fifteen years. His teacher training was at Spirit Rock Meditation Center where he currently leads Dharma and Recovery classes.
Kristin is Associate Professor of Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas. She began practicing Insight Meditation in 1997. While doing her post-doctoral work she conducted research on self-compassion. She has developed an 8-week program to teach self-compassion skills. Her book titled Self-Compassion was published in April, 2011. Kristin was recently featured in the best-selling book and award-winning documentary called The Horse Boy that chronicles her family’s adventure with autism.
Linda Graham, M.F.T., has a full-time private psychotherapy practice in the San Francisco Bay Area and leads trainings nationwide on the emerging integration of relational psychology, mindfulness and neuroscience. She is the author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience (New World Library, 2013) and publishes a monthly e-newsletter Healing and Awakening into Aliveness and Wholeness, archived on her website.
Mark Coleman has been engaged in meditation practice since 1981, primarily within the Insight meditation tradition. He has been teaching meditation retreats since 1997. His teaching is also influenced by his studies with Advaita Vedanta and Tibetan teachers in Asia and the West, and through his teacher training with Jack Kornfield. Mark primarily teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, though he also teaches nationally, in Europe and India.
He leads backpacking retreats, nature-based retreats, and teaches retreats for environmental activists in the wilderness at Vallecitos Mountain Refuge in New Mexico, and at Knoll Farm in Vermont. In the Bay Area, Mark has a counseling practice, where he integrates his studies of psychotherapy and meditative work. He is the author of “Awake in the Wild - Mindfulness in Nature as a path of Self-Discovery." Mark has been an avid hiker, and backpacker for most of his life and spends much of his time in the outdoors. He lives in the woods in Marin County, Northern California.
Mila Khyentse Rinpoche, is a French tulku (reincarnation of a realized Tibetan master) who grew up in a French family acquiring a traditional European education with degrees in tibetology, archeology and history. However, being a tulku, he very early decided to dedicate his life to the practice of Buddhism and has received numerous teachings and transmissions from all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
One of the greatest contemporary Dzogchen masters, Tertön Pema Tötrengsel Rinpoche, recognized him as a great bodhisattva and enthroned him as his lineage holder (Gyaltsab). This master also prophesied that Mila Khyentse Rinpoche would develop many activities for the benefit of the world.
In fulfillment of this vision, he has been involved in intercultural and interdisciplinary programs in Europe and Asia. He is developing a center in the French Pyrenees, that will welcome practitioners from all authentic spiritual paths. In Asia, in Tibet, Rinpoche is renovating the stupa-temple that was built by his master. In Bhutan, where he is currently living with his wife, he is developing a new generation retreat center that will be open to everyone (not only Buddhists).
Mirka Knaster has practiced in the Theravada tradition since her first retreat in India in 1981. An independent scholar and freelance writer and editor, she has written "Living This Life Fully: Stories and Teachings of Munindra" (Shambhala), a book about the meditation master who first taught Dipa Ma, Joseph Goldstein, and many of our western dharma leaders. Munindra was a pivotal figure in the transmission of Dharma to the West and the resulting mindfulness movement. Her previous book is "Discovering the Body's Wisdom," which explores the benefits of Eastern and Western body-mind disciplines.
Mirka has been in the holistic health field since the 1970s as a practitioner, teacher, writer, editor, and speaker. Growing up in a European family in the U.S., living and traveling in diverse areas of the world, and studying the traditions of different peoples, she brings a cross-cultural perspective to her research on the body, healing, and spiritual practice. Mirka has a Ph.D. in Asian and Comparative Studies.
Nancy Bardacke is a nurse-midwife, mindfulness teacher, and founding director of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) Program which she currently teaches at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. She also leads a Professional Development and Teacher Training Program in MBCP through the Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation as well as a 6 day training retreat through UC San Diego’s Center for Mindfulness. Nancy is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSF School of Nursing.
And, the author of "Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond(HarperCollins/HarperOne, publication date: July 2012)