Below you can find more information about the assistant teachers who are supporting students in the online course the Foundations of Mindfulness, taught by Ven. Bhikkhu Anālayo.
Jeanne Corrigal has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1999, and is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioner and Community Dharma Leader Programs. She is deeply drawn to metta practice, and to Nature as a teacher. One of her great joys is serving as Guiding Teacher for the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community. She is a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS teacher training program.
Jeanne is a member of the mixed heritage Métis Nation, one of three Indigenous communities recognized in Canada. She is trained in Indigenous Focusing, and feels a great resonance between the Indigenous and Buddhist teachings. One of her first teachers in loving presence was Cree Elder Jim Settee, and she has spent 20 years teaching with Jim and his legacy.
Rachel Lewis is a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program, as well as a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioners Program and Community Dharma Leaders training. She began practicing meditation while completing her physics PhD at Yale. She has spent over 450 nights on silent retreat since 2003, including two three-month retreats. She developed a songbook of Buddhist music including her own choral arrangements of traditional chants. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Insight World Aid. She has taught classes and retreats in British Columbia since 2010, including at a prison and in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side.
Nolitha is a guiding teacher at Dharmagiri in KZN , South Africa. She is a psychologist trained in trauma work (SE and EMDR) and an Executive Coach. She has been a meditation practitioner for over 20 years under Kittisaro and Thanissara, who are the founders of Dharmagiri Buddhist Center. Nolitha completed CDL4 ( Community Dharma Leadership) at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and is currently in a 4-year program in meditation teacher training with the Insight Meditation Society. She is a mentor for meditation teacher training with Sounds True. Nolitha facilitates Race work using Insight Dialogue (Relational Mindfulness).