These teacher-led sittings provide an opportunity for the Sangha to meet with NYI teachers for meditation, a Dharma talk and dialogue to address practice issues.
Fee by donation: Suggested starting donation is $15 but whatever you offer is greatly appreciated and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. For this event all donations are split evenly between the teacher(s) and NYI.
Bart van Melik has been teaching personal meditation and Insight Dialogue since 2009, with a specific focus on working with diverse populations. He is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader Program at Spirit Rock and is currently in the Spirit Rock/IMS teacher training program; his mentors are Joseph Goldstein, Carol Wilson, Gregory Kramer and his son Lou. Bart also teaches through the Metta Foundation and is a senior teacher at the Lineage Project. He also teaches meditation and yoga at a VA hospital, juvenile detention center, homeless shelters, and Public Schools in NYC. Bart holds an MA in Psychology of Culture and Religion from the Nijmegen University in The Netherlands. His passion is supporting people to discover how they can find new ways to relate to the stress created by our life circumstances.
Brian Simmons is a former award winning Writer/Producer for Comedy Central, and currently a High School English teacher in NYC, where he has introduced Mindfulness to the Department of Education. He has been practicing intensive daily Mindfulness since 1999 and completed teacher training at the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS Medical Center. In 2014, Brian was interviewed by ABC News with Diane Sawyer for a profile on Mindfulness. Currently, Brian is enrolled in the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Program.