Gregory Kramer is the Founder and Guiding Teacher of 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.
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.
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 urban meditation is the foundation for today’s practitioner’s path to liberation. 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.