Cynthia earned her Master’s Degree in Mindfulness Studies from Lesley University in 2017. Her work focuses on the connection of ancient wisdom to modern crises. In 2016, Cynthia travelled to Tibet to better understand the oppression and culture of Tibetan Buddhism, and in 2017, she attended the Dalai Lama’s Kalachakra teachings in Bodhgaya, India. She currently develops and manages youth programs at Georges River Land Trust’s Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing, as well as teaches nature-based mindfulness in the Leaps of Imagination program in local public schools. Cynthia coordinated the Sacred Art Tour’s first visit to Maine in 2018 and looks forward to welcoming the monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in Mundgod, India back to midcoast Maine again in the future.
John first became interested in Buddhism in 2016 after coming across Thich Nhat Hanh’s book You Are Here. While living in Massachusetts, he studied Buddhism with a local Tergar group following Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche’s “Joy of Living” meditation series. John connected with Rockland Shambhala as he was transitioning to midcoast Maine for retirement. He has completed the five Shambhala Level trainings. John’s other interests include getting outside to enjoy hiking, cycling. and kayaking. He is also a hobbyist woodworker.
Julie started attending meditation programs at the Brunswick-Portland Shambhala Center in 2012 and has been a member of the sangha ever since. In 2015, shortly after moving back to Camden, she began working with Rachel to establish a meditation space and sangha in Rockland. Julie has assisted book groups, classes, and weekend retreats in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition at Rockland Shambhala. In addition to her love of meditation, she also loves a good adventure outdoors. She has biked across the US, rafted in Nepal, and sailed transatlantic. She worked as an instructor and course director for the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School for 20 years, and she is one the founders of Distant Journeys, an active travel company specializing in international hiking trips.
Maggie has studied Shambhala Buddhism in New York City, Boston, and Maine. She is inspired by the benefits of meditation in relationships and in community. As a trained Social Meditation facilitator, Maggie co-facilitates weekly circles and study groups at Rockland Shambhala. She is also passionate about the outdoors and can most often be found hiking, surfing, or camping. By day, Maggie serves the community as a clinical social worker in Belfast.