Cynthia Trone 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.
Maggie Karoff 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.