Insight PV Teachers
Rebecca Bradshaw is the Guiding Teacher of Insight PV, and one of the Guiding Teachers at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. 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 young adults. She also teaches at other locations in the United States and abroad, including a Spanish language retreat. 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 2016/17 Teaching Schedule, click here
Jean Esther , MSW began formal meditation training in 1975. She has been training specifically in the Theravadan Buddhist tradition since 1982 with senior Western teachers as well as Burmese and Western Monastics. Since 2008, she has undertaken extensive teacher training in both Vipassana practice and non-dual awareness. Jean's dharma teaching is informed by over 34 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, psyche and the arts. Since 2010, her training in Somatic Experiencing has been woven into her work. The wellspring and root of her work are the Buddha's teachings on love and wisdom. Jean is a senior teacher at InsightPV, a visiting faculty at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, a continuing ed faculty at 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.
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. For Manny's website click here.