Gregory Kramer is the Guiding Teacher of the Insight Dialogue Community (formerly Metta Programs) and has been teaching Insight Meditation since 1980. He developed the practice of Insight Dialogue and has been teaching it since 1995, offering retreats in North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. He has studied with esteemed teachers, including Anagarika Dhammadina, Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thero, Achan Sobin Namto, and Ven. Punnaji Maha Thero. Gregory is the author of Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom (Shambhala), Seeding the Heart: Practicing Lovingkindness with Children, Meditating Together, Speaking from Silence: the Practice of Insight Dialogue, and Dharma Contemplation: Meditating Together with Wisdom Texts.
Tuere Sala, one of the guiding teachers at the Seattle Insight Meditation Society, is a retired prosecuting attorney who has practiced Vipassana meditation for over 25 years. Tuere believes that for today's practitioners, the foundation for the path to liberation is urban meditation. She is inspired by bringing the Dharma to nontraditional places and is a strong advocate for practitioners living with high stress, past trauma and difficulties sitting still. Her teachings reflect an approach to Dharma that is both easy to follow and understand – making it accessible to everyone.
Mary Burns, LCSW is an Insight Dialogue Teacher and offers retreats worldwide. She is an active member of both the IDC (Insight Dialogue Community) Teacher's Council and the Guiding Sangha. In her life and work, Mary has been drawn to the intersection of Eastern and Western healing practices. She has had the good fortune over 3 decades to study with many gifted teachers, including several Vipassana teachers and had received intensive training from Gregory Kramer since 2004. She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice and has taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for many years.
Nicola Redfern has been practicing Insight Meditation since 2001. She has had the good fortune of many months spent in silent retreat. She has a strong background in Zen practice, having studied intensively with Joan Sutherland Roshi. Nicola was introduced to Insight Dialogue in 2009 and has been training with Gregory Kramer and other senior teachers to teach Insight Dialogue in a retreat setting. She has taught Nonviolent Communication and is now a caregiver working with the sick and elderly. With a strong belief that awakening is not simply a solo endeavor, she is particularly interested in getting meditation off the cushion and fully integrated into life, work, and relationships, activating the potential to wake each other up.