Caroline is a writer and activist who first came to breath-based shamatha meditation in 2008. She has been teaching since she completed the Interdependence Project's Facilitator Training program in 2012. She created the Sound of Mind mindfulness of sound workshop which was held at ISA restaurant in Brooklyn, and held a weekly mindfulness class at the queer arts and community space The Spectrum, also in Brooklyn. She aims to bring a sense of humor and wonder to her classes, and hopes to create a gentle space for simply being with all the sounds and sensation of life in New York City. She currently also teaches at the studio MNDFL in NYC.
Kevin Townley is a writer and performer. Since 2010 he has been studying in the Shambhala tradition as well as with the Sokuko-Ji Zen Center. He completed the Interdependence Project’s teacher training program in 2012. He is passionate about exploring the interplay of meditation and art-making and encouraging others to bring their own innate humor and insight to their meditation practice.
Craig has been practicing meditation since 1994. He has trained extensively with some of the great meditation teachers of the Insight, Zen, and Tibetan traditions, and is currently a committed student of the revered meditation master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. While earning his BA in English and Creative Writing, Craig took a semester off to complete a 5-month meditation retreat. After graduation, he lived and worked at a Zen monastery in Colorado for six years, where he completed seven consecutive 3-month winter retreats. In addition, Craig holds a master's degree in counseling and just defended his dissertation in counseling psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has had the great fortune to be influenced by renowned neuroscientist Richie Davidson and philosopher of contemplative sciences John Dunne, among other luminaries. He has designed and implemented curricula for the School of Veterinary Medicine at UW-Madison, the UW-Hospital, and the Mendota Mental Health Institute, among other institutions. He is currently working with the Center for Healthy Minds at UW-Madison and the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia to develop a well-being curriculum for first year undergraduates.