- What is compassion for self?
- What keeps us from opening our heart?
- What steps can we take to bring more compassion and understanding into our lives?
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Kelly Richards’ fascination with Buddhism began in the 1970’s. Her experience of nature drawing echoed the Zen of Seeing: paying attention to twigs, seed pods, or vistas brought deep calm. As a school teacher, Kelly offered that same peace to her students, encouraging them to learn through their senses in a classroom filled with natural objects, artifacts, and good smells. Supported by the Shambhala Buddhist path, Kelly has had a daily meditation practice since 2005. She is a certified Cognitively-Based Compassion Training instructor and has taught meditation to children since 2006. Kelly helped create “SEE Learning,” a K-12 curriculum for compassion-based ethics. She and her husband retired to Vinalhaven in 2014, where she teaches mindfulness to children and adults. Kelly feels deep gratitude for the natural beauty and the close bonds of the community.
Rachel Nixon was first introduced to Buddhist teachings in 1999 through Pema Chödrön's writings. Over the years, she has developed a personal meditation practice and has trained at Shambhala Centers in the U.S. and Canada, as well as the Insight Meditation Society in MA. Rachel attended the seven-week Winter Yarne Retreat with Ani Pema at Gampo Abbey in 2019-2020. She is trained as a Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor and k-12 Mindful Schools Educator. Rachel loves to teach meditation and explore the Buddhist teachings with people of all ages. She also enjoys to sailing, swimming, and going on adventures with her family.