Since retiring from a 32-year teaching career in the public schools, Martha has been exploring meditation for the past 15 years – the first five years with Dr. Richard Moss, then various Buddhist practices newly rooting in the West. For several years she studied with Anh Huong, followed by a decade of practice with Tara Brach. She also spent two years in training with Jonathan Foust in the Year of Mindful Living Program. She has been on numerous retreats, and has spent time with both Thich Nhat Hahn and Pema Chodron.
Today, Martha leads a variety of sanghas in the Reston area, including a public sangha at the Unitarian Universalist Church. As a meditation teacher, she works with both groups and individuals, helping them to learn how to practice both in the sangha and, most importantly, in their own lives.
Martha’s primary interest is in creating and nurturing sangha—the community of meditators—as she believes strongly that the powerful transformative experience of meditating with a sangha provides us with a great potential. In the shelter of one another’s company, she feels that sangha offers us a compassionate and wise space to wake up to the truth (the dharma), of what we really are—a natural presence able to creatively and courageously tend this 21st century world.
Martha is also the mother of a 40-year-old son who is a great joy in her life.
Falls Church, VA
As a teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), Mary has facilitated a weekly meditation class in Falls Church, VA, for more than four years. She came to meditation practice in the early 1980’s, and has been a committed practitioner and student of Vipassana meditation since 2001, when she became a member of IMCW. Since then she has studied with and been mentored by many teachers, including Erik Kolving, Taraniya Ambrosia, Tara Brach, Spring Washam, Gil Fronsdal, Susan O’Brien, and Jack Kornfield.
Mary is also a licensed clinical social worker, individual and family psychotherapist, trauma and grief specialist, and organizational consultant and trainer. She has maintained a private psychotherapy practice in Alexandria, VA since 1987. Over the past 20 years she has provided on-site post-trauma services and grief counseling to private organizations, corporations, and local and federal agencies. Additionally, she provides training and consultation in leadership development and organization improvement to federal agencies, local government agencies, and private industry.
Mary continues to incorporate mindfulness-based techniques in all aspects of her work and life.
“If we can process our own anxiety, we can leave the next generation with more choices.” – Anonymous
Washington, DC, and Bethesda & Temple Hills, MD
I have been mediating for almost 14 years, and fell in love with Vipassana meditation in 2004. As a clinical nurse specialist in mental health nursing and psychotherapist, I have incorporated mindfulness meditation, Buddhist psychology, and healing into my work in a variety of ways.
I have been trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and teach classes in both. I also have training in using mindfulness in other areas such as eating (Mindfulness Eating, Conscious Living [MECL]), death and dying, managing anger, chronic illness, and more. Working with individuals, groups, families, and couples, I integrate mindfulness with other therapeutic frameworks, including cognitive therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), family systems therapy, and the focusing method.
I am also an affiliate teacher for the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, and am involved with mindfulness/Buddhist services in the community. My primary purpose is to live an awakened life, and to be of service in assisting others and the world in doing the same. Namaste.
Pat Peason has been a dedicated meditation practitioner since 1999, when he attended a silent New Year’s Retreat led by Pat Coffey and Tara Brach. This was a particularly transformative event in his life because when it ended, it was also the end of a self-destructive life of addiction. Meditation brought him to the beginning of a new life. Since then, his daily meditation practice has been the foundation for both the internal and external successes he has seen in his life.
Along with his two-year MTTI training, Pat is also a graduate of the two-year Spirit Rock Dedicated Practitioner program led by Jack Kornfield and several other world-renowned teachers.
Today, as an independent business owner, Pat gives talks in his community about how the practice of mindfulness can help improve every facet of one’s life—work, spiritual, and personal—as well as how it can benefit addiction issues. He also facilitates two ongoing mindfulness groups in his community, where he lives with his beloved wife, Susan, and their three spoiled cats.
Paul Jones, M.D., M.A.T, teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH) in Washington D.C., where he works as a child, adolescent and family psychiatrist with people living with chronic and serious medical illness, such as cancer, HIV, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and others.
Prior to MTTI, Paul did his initial training in teaching MBSR at the University of Massachusetts’s Center for Mindfulness in 2003, with further training in 2006 with Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn and Saki Santorelli. A meditator himself for twenty-two years, Paul integrates mindfulness-based approaches into his clinical work with children, adolescents, and families. He also co-facilitates, together with Rev. Sharon Graham of MGUH Pastoral Care, an ongoing support group, which includes mindfulness skills training for pediatric nurses and other caregivers.
Paul has lead mindfulness meditation groups both locally and nationally, at such organizations as Foundry Church in Washington D.C., the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, and the American Family Therapy Academy. In his clinical work, his teaching, and his own life, Paul discovers anew many times each day the ability we all have to cultivate mindful presence and compassion, and, in so doing, facilitate and support healing, connection, and meaning in all that life presents to us.
Peggy has practiced Vipassana meditation since 1980, and has been a member of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington since 1998. She has completed the Professional Training Program in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, the Year of Living Mindfully program with Jonathan Foust, and training in mindfulness and psychotherapy with Tara Brach, Ron Siegel, and the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.
Peggy has been teaching mindfulness in the context of individual and group psychotherapy since 2003, and has a private practice in Centreville, Virginia. Peggy has been guided by teachers including Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, Hugh Byrne, Pat Coffey, Jack Kornfield, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sharon Salzberg, Thich Nhat Hanh, Anh-Huong Nguyen, and Gregory Kramer.
She has a particular interest in the intersection of mindfulness, deep listening, and brain science, and how the truths of each can be woven together to foster peace, joy, and contentment in everyday life.
Silver Spring, MD
I have been practicing insight meditation for more than twenty years, am a frequent participant in silent retreats, and feel blessed and humbled by the opportunity to share the dharma. My principal teachers are Tara Brach, Pat Coffey, Hugh Byrne, Catherine Brousseau, and Luisa Montero. I am also trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. My two years of training with the Meditation Teacher Training Institute have given me a much deeper understanding of the wonderful power of sangha, and I bow to my fellow students, who have taught me in so many ways.
Particularly compelling to me are the healing powers of meditation, dharma practice, and sangha. I found the dharma during a difficult time in my own life, and have found it to be comforting and healing as life rolls out each new challenge.
My main interest lies in the contribution of mindfulness meditation to health. I have a very rewarding career working to advance the quality of health care, and struggle to balance the demands of that work with my own practice and teaching. I aspire to work with health care workers to support their efforts to heal, and to work with patients directly. I also believe that our practice and teachings hold much potential for the healing of our planet.
I am an avid cook, practitioner of Iyengar Yoga, and have two wonderful daughters, Katie and Beth.
Philip H. Davidson
Philip is a mindfulness coach, teacher, student, and practitioner. He works with individuals in organizations to build their leadership skills by applying the basics of mindfulness: self-awareness, intention, clarity, and kindness.
He and his wife Kay lead several mindfulness practice groups, where individuals can learn to meditate and explore how they can apply the basics of mindfulness to their daily lives.
Essential to being an effective mindfulness teacher is having an active personal practice. Philip typically meditates several times a week, reads extensively in this field and applies awareness and intention to the activities in his daily life. He has attended several extended meditation retreats and mindfulness workshops.
Philip grew up in Michigan and was educated in the mid-west, with a BA from the University of Michigan, an MBA from Western Michigan University and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Since 1970 he and Kay have lived in Richmond, where they raised their son Matt. Through 1997 Philip was in the banking business and was very active with several community organizations, especially in the performing arts.