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Rebecca Hines
Washington, D.C.

Rebecca Hines is a passionate practitioner of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga as the foundations for well-being. She is a co-founder of the Mindfulness Training Institute of Washington, and teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), meditation classes, and offers individual mentoring. She began studying yoga two decades ago and graduated from yoga teacher training in 1999. In 2006 she completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction professional training program under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, completed the MBSR practicum, and began teaching MBSR in 2007.

Rebecca is a graduate of the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training Program from Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, and is currently participating in Spirit Rock’s Heavenly Messengers program, an in-depth training to support people dealing with difficult life challenges. Through 20 years of working in federal service, she continues to find that the confidence, skills, and understanding born out of practicing mindfulness, meditation, and yoga provide invaluable perspective, compassion, and equanimity in meeting the many challenges of daily life. The outgrowth of this experience is a love of sharing these practices.

Rebecca holds a Masters in Health Science from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a BA in psychology from Wellesley College, and certification as a holistic health counselor from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

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Shell Fischer
Winchester, VA

Shell is the founder of Mindful Shenandoah Valley, a teacher and senior practitioner with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C. (IMCW), and an instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She teaches in Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia, and as an educational partner with Valley Health, a regional 6-hospital system the Northern Shenandoah Valley. She is also a member of Valley Health’s Integrative Healthcare Committee, dedicated to bringing holistic healing practices into the hospital system.

Shell offers a variety of public and private mindfulness classes, workshops, and daylong/residential retreats, and leads a weekly sangha in Stephens City, VA. Prior to teaching, she wrote about meditation and yoga as a journalist for national magazines.

Shell grew up in Michigan and Connecticut, and began to study and practice yoga and meditation more than two decades ago at Naropa University, a Buddhist-based university in Boulder, CO, founded by Tibetan Buddhist master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Beat writers such as Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg. She received a master’s of fine arts degree in Writing and Poetics from Naropa in 1994. After a decade of living in Brooklyn, NY, she and her husband of 20 years, Brent, and their two cats now live on a farm in Frederick County, VA. The metta (loving-kindness) practices have always been the foundation and soil of her practice, and continue to inform and nurture her practice and her teaching.


Stan Eisenstein
Olney/Columbia, MD

Stan Eisenstein has been meditating for more than 25 years, and has been practicing mindfulness meditation for the past decade. He is the founder and primary teacher of the Columbia Insight Meditation group, and holds weekly classes on Tuesday evenings, as well as periodic daylong and weekend workshops. Stan also teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes in D.C. and Maryland, and is a mindfulness mentor.

His aspiration is to continue to free himself from clinging, and to help others to free themselves as well.

Two poems are of particular inspiration to him:

“This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all!” – Rumi 

“Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.  You must speak to it till your voice catches the thread of all sorrows and you see the size of the cloth. Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore, and then goes with you every where, like a shadow or a friend.” – Naomi Shahib Nye

Stan has a masters degree in social work, and currently teaches high school physics in Ellicott City, MD. He lives with his long-time journey partner Nancy Brutsché (also an MTTI graduate) and five cats.


Stephen Jamme
Charlottesville, VA

As a lifelong educator, Steve’s primary focus has been on social and emotional learning. During the past three decades, he has worked with youth and young adults in many capacities, including as summer camp counselor, outdoor educator, athletic coach, director of residence life, and mathematics teacher. He completed an MEd at the University of Virginia (Education Psychology 1989) and a second MEd at Antioch University New England (Educating for Sustainability in 2012).

Curious about how to relax in the midst of hectic work and school schedules, Steve first meditated in the 1970’s. Personal life challenges and the changing nature of the students with whom he worked drew him back into his contemplative practice in the early 2000’s. As his personal practice grew stronger, he began to incorporate meditation into his high school mathematics classroom with the initial intention of improving students’ focus and readiness to learn. In time and with practice, he found that his students also began to see themselves as a part of a larger connected whole rather than as simply isolated individuals. This shift in world view allowed Steve to more readily introduce topics of sustainability to receptive minds.

He has since started a private teaching practice, working with teens and their families who wish to experience the benefits of meditation.


Steve Zappalla
Herndon, VA

Steve Zappalla, MA, NCC, LGPC, CACII, earned a masters degree in pastoral counseling from Marymount University and is currently a doctoral student at the same university.

As a retired Army combat veteran, Steve’s long-time meditation practice led him into a transition to civilian life and a career as a psychotherapist and spiritual advisor. Today, he works as a pastoral and nationally-certified clinical mental health counselor, certified addictions counselor, mindfulness meditation teacher, and adjunct professor in Washington D.C. and Virginia.

Steve teaches about the practice and benefits of mindfulness as it relates to psychotherapy and its integration into clinical practices. He also facilitates mindfulness classes, and seeks ways to apply meditation insights into psychological processes. His main focus is how mindfulness can benefit addictions and trauma, along with DSM disorders and difficult emotions.

Steve is also a father of six adult children and enjoys being a part of their lives.


Silvia Garcia
Bethesda, MD

Silvia fell in love with the truth of the Dharma after attending her very first class in 2002 with Tara Brach. Since then, along with her two-year MTTI training, she has participated in the Year of Living Mindfully program guided by Jonathan Foust, and has studied at both the Insight Meditation Society and The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, MA, guided by Leigh Brasington, Steve Armstrong, and Joseph Goldstein, among others.

After experiencing first hand (as a mother of two teens) the overwhelming stressors under which they live today, Silvia was inspired to share the dharma with teens, and in 2013 received a “.b” (dot b) “Mindfulness in Schools” teacher certification.

Today she is an affiliate teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), leads guided meditations at IMCW’s Center for Mindful Living, and teaches in D.C.-area schools as part of the MINDS organization.

She has also chosen to use her skills in video production (she holds an MFA from NYU in film and video production) to tell stories that might help others understand how mindfulness can bring awareness to the peace within them. She has produced videos for IMCW, iBme, and MINDS, and is currently working with fellow MTTI graduate Jennifer Stanley to produce a video project that will tell the stories of mindfulness practitioners.

Deep gratitude is what continues to drive her desire to teach the dharma – to give back and to share all the blessings offered to her by her dedicated and loving teachers.


Trisha Stotler
Vienna, VA

Trisha has been a student of meditation for over twenty years, and an Insight meditation instructor since 2007. Trisha represents the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C. (IMCW) as the liaison to the Tyson’s Interfaith Partnership and as a member of the Board of Directors. She also leads the weekly IMCW drop-in group in Tyson’s Corner, Va., the year-long course “Bringing Mindfulness to Life,” as well as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes throughout the year. Trisha’s practice is influenced by the teachings of Depth Psychology and Core Energetics, and she has a keen interest in the mind-body relationship as it relates to anxiety, chronic pain and illness, depression and trauma. She sees individuals for one-on-one mentoring sessions by appointment. She lives in Vienna, Va. with her husband, three children, and a menagerie of pets.


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