Insight PV Teachers
Rebecca Bradshaw is the Guiding Teacher at Insight PV. She has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1983 in the United States and Myanmar (Burma) and teaching since 1993. She completed her dharma teacher training at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where she is part of the three month retreat teacher team and leads retreats for teens and young adults. She also teaches at other locations in the United States and abroad, including a Spanish language retreat in Puerto Rico. Rebecca has a master's degree in Counseling Psychology, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and works as a psychotherapist with meditators interested in supplementing their meditation practice with psychotherapeutic work. Her teaching explores the convergence of love and wisdom. For Rebecca's 2014 Teaching Schedule, click here.
Jean Esther , MSW began her formal meditation training in 1975 and has been training specifically in the Theravadan Buddhist tradition since 1982 with Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg and others. Her dharma teaching is informed by over 31 years of practice as a psychotherapist integrating spiritual inquiry with psychological understanding. For over 20 years she trained with renowned Jungian analyst Marion Woodman exploring the awakening of consciousness through the body, the psyche and the arts. The Buddha's teachings on love and wisdom serve as the wellspring of her work. Jean is a senior teacher at Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley in Easthampton, MA, a visiting faculty at IMS in Barre, MA, a Continuing Ed faculty in the Smith College School of Social Work, and has a private psychotherapy practice in Northampton, MA.
Mark Hart has practiced Insight Meditation since 1981, studying primarily at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. Since 2000 has also studied with teachers of non-dual awareness, including Adyashanti and Jeannie Zandi, and has incorporated that into his teaching. He has taught Insight Meditation since 1987 and is founder and guiding teacher of the Bodhisãra Dharma Community in the Amherst area. He holds a Masters of Counseling degree and Ph.D. in theology, has a practice of psychotherapy in Amherst, and is adjunct religious advisor to Buddhist students at Amherst College. To learn more about Mark's Teaching Schedule, visit Bodhisara Dharma Community.
Kim Weeber started practicing meditation in 1987 in the yoga tradition, and studied Zen in Denver with Danan Henry, Roshi, for 8 years. She started practicing Vipassana in 1997 with Bhante Gunaratana. She received instruction on teaching the Dharma from Jacqueline Mandell, one of the early American Vipassana teachers, and ran a weekly meditation class for prisoners for 2 years. Kim completed the Community Dharma Leader training program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. She continues her training with Arinna Weisman, and teaches classes and retreats at Insight PV and in the New England area.
Adi Bemak has been practicing mindfulness meditation for more than 35 years. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at UMass Medical School in Worcester, and at Valley Mindfulness in Northampton. Adi, a Community Dharma Leader at IPV, is the Co-Buddhist Advisor in the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Mount Holyoke College. Adi also maintains a mindfulness-based psychotherapy practice in Amherst.
Chas DiCapua has been practicing mindfulness and Buddhist meditation, primarily in the Theravada school, for over 20 years, including over 2 years of combined time in silent, intensive retreat. He has trained with Burmese meditation masters, western monastics of the Thai Forest tradition and senior western Vipassana teachers. In 2003 Chas was invited to be the Resident Teacher at the Insight Meditation Society where he continues to serve in that role. Chas is a graduate of the four year Insight Meditation Society/Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program led by Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein and others. He is interested in how the basic material of our everyday lives, including relationships, can be used as a vehicle for awakening. Chas teaches retreats at IMS, at various centers and sanghas throughout the country, and offers Spiritual Counseling for individuals. For Chas' 2013 teaching schedule, click here.
Peggy Gillespie was the original Assistant Director under Jon Kabat-Zinn, of the UMass Medical Center's Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program in Worcester. She is a Community Dharma Leader, trained at Spirit Rock, and teaches meditation locally, including at high schools and colleges. Peggy is the co-Buddhist Advisor at Mt. Holyoke College (along with Adi Bemak).
Manny Mansbach has been practicing and studying Insight Meditation since 1980. He is a graduate both of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Dedicated Practitioner Program and its Community Dharma Leader Program, and is the former Director of the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy in San Francisco. In recent years, Manny has spent many months in silent meditation retreats, and has practiced and been on pilgrimage in India, Tibet, Nepal, Burma and Thailand. In addition to studying with revered western Insight Meditation teachers, he has also been influenced by Dzogchen and the teachings of Adyashanti. Manny is committed to helping people remember and express their basic goodness, and to gain confidence in the beauty and power of the Buddha’s teachings of profound understanding and boundless kindness. One of his greatest interests is applying the Buddha’s Middle Way to the area of communication, integrating the core skill of nonviolent assertion and learning to speak from wisdom and with kindness.