Larissa Kitenko is a longtime practitioner and teacher of insight meditation. Larissa has completed the Community Dharma Leader-4 Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center (SRMC) in California with Mary Grace Orr (SRMC) as her mentor and guiding teacher. Her training also includes completion of the Dedicated Practitioner Program also through SRMC, and is a member of the Teachers’ Council of the Insight Meditation Community of Wash. DC (IMCW) under guiding teacher, Tara Brach, Ph.D.
Larissa trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn and has been teaching MBSR since 2005. She is certified as an Associate Clinical Chaplain at Shore Regional Health in Easton, MD. She leads the Easton Meditation Sangha and also teaches at the Salisbury Buddhist Community, Mindfulness Meditation in Dover, the Insight Meditation Community of Grasonville, MD, and the Insight Meditation Community of Lewes. She leads workshops and retreats all throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
More information is available on Larissa’s website, Still Point.
Many of our teachers are from the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC (IMC-W). We are particularly grateful to Dave Schoff and Jon Waterman of the IMC-W whose guidance and teaching were so helpful to our developing these programs. Below are some of the IMC-W teachers who have come to Lewes.
Jon Waterman began practicing yoga and meditation while teaching the martial arts in the early seventies, with a concentration, since 1994, on Buddhist insight meditation. His workshops and retreats focus on strengthening continuity of present moment awareness by combining mindful movement, insight dialogue and meditation techniques.
Jon has a personal coaching practice and is a founding partner of Mind Body Health Associates, a group dedicated to bringing applied mindfulness, via Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programs, to hospitals, universities and the workplace. He has been leading Stress Management programs within the Maryland Department of Corrections since 2000.
Luisa Montero has been practicing vipassana meditation since 1987 and teaching meditation since 1993. She completed the three-year Community Dharma Leadership program sponsored by the Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
Luisa currently teaches a weekly meditation class in Takoma Park, Maryland, and leads day-long and weekend retreats in the Washington area. Prior to her exploration of Buddhist meditation, she was involved in Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way spiritual study groups for four years.
Adam Asare has been practicing meditation since the mid 1990’s. He has been teaching as part of Insight Meditation of Washington (IMCW) since 2006. His primary interest lies in framing the core teachings of eastern mystic traditions as the foundation for embodied presence, compassion and true intimacy. He has had broad exposure to meditation and contemplative practices with a focus on Vipassana Insight and non-dual traditions.
Adam completed the two year Dedicated Practioner’s Program sponsored by the Spirit Rock Meditation Center and since has continued with formal training and mentoring by his primary teacher, Matthew Flickstein. Adam formerly served as a group facilitator for an IMCW Spiritual Friends (Kalyana Mitta) group and served as an IMCW board member.
Adam co-teaches meditation classes on behalf of IMCW at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda on alternate Monday evenings. He also co-teaches Sunday evenings as part of the downtown DC Sangha at The Church of the Holy City in Dupont Circle.
Carl Skooglund is a charter member of the board of Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC. Carl taught the first IMC-W Family Meditation class from 2000-2010. He has participated in IMC-W’s sutta study groups since 2002 and trained with Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader program from 2005-2008. Since 2015 Carl has been on the regular teacher rotation of the IMC-W Takoma Park class. He is the author of the article The Question of Essential Human Goodness, Keeping Your Eye on the Ball, and Book Review: The Making of Buddhist Modernism, by David McMahon.