Susie Harrington teaches meditation nationwide and is the guiding teacher for Desert Dharma, which serves many communities in the Southwest near her home in Moab, Utah. She has trained in the Insight tradition since 1989, and in 2005 was invited into teaching by Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, and Guy Armstrong. She has also received teachings from many others, including Tory Capron, Adyashanti, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche. She often offers retreats outside, believing nature to be a profound teacher, and a gateway to our true self. Her teaching is deeply grounded in the body and often emphasizes the expression of mindfulness in speech and daily life. Susie brings the skills of inquiry, relational dharma, and the psychological/spiritual interface to her teaching, informed by her ongoing study of the Diamond Approach by A.H.Almaas and as a graduate of Hakomi Therapy (a somatic psychotherapy modality). She offers a two-year intensive program, Dharma in Daily Life, where she delights in mentoring the innate qualities of heart and wisdom in everyday practice. Her practice is rooted in periods of long retreat both indoors and outdoors, which offer nourishment and inspiration for her teaching. She was an outdoor professional for over 30 years, including years as a river guide, mountaineering guide, and backcountry ranger, and now finds her greatest delight in sharing her love of the dharma and the natural world.


Co-Teachers:

Anne Cushman has been exploring meditation, body-based spiritual practices, and creative expression for over 30 years. She directs the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in northern California, and offers regular retreats, courses, and individual mentoring both in person and online. She is the author of the novel Enlightenment for Idiots, named by Booklist as one of the “Top Ten First Novels” of its year; the spiritual India travel guide From Here to Nirvana; and Moving Into Meditation: A 12-Week Mindfulness Program for Yoga Practitioners. She lives with her son and her life partner in Fairfax, California. For more information go to www.annecushman.com.

Carla Brennan has been meditating for over 30 years in the Theravada, Zen and Tibetan traditions. She is a teacher with Vipassana Santa Cruz, is completing Teacher Training with Spirit Rock Meditation Center and has completed the Community Dharma Leader Program. She is also a guide with Sacred Passage wilderness retreats, teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and is a retired psychotherapist.

Ayya Anandabodhi first encountered the Buddha’s teaching in her early teens, which ignited a deep interest in the Buddha’s Path of Awakening. She has practiced meditation since 1989, and lived in Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries in the UK from 1992 for 18 years. In 2009 she moved to the U.S. on invitation of the Saranaloka Foundation, to help establish Aloka Vihara, a training monastery for women, where she now resides.She took leave of the Ajahn Chah lineage in 2011, in order to take full bhikkhuni ordination. The teachings and example of Ajahn Chah continue to be an influence and inspiration in her practice and teaching.

Brian Lesage has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1988, and has taught meditation since 2000. He has studied in the Zen, Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism. He was ordained in the Rinzai Zen tradition in 1996. His training in Vipassana Meditation includes doing extended meditation retreats in Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, and India as well as numerous retreats in the U.S. He leads retreats and teaches meditation courses nationwide. Brian also has a private practice in Somatic Experiencing, which is a naturalistic approach to healing trauma.