Emily Horn is a mindfulness teacher trainer and dharma teacher who develops programs and support structures for people dedicated to living a wholehearted life in the modern world. She's authorized to teach meditation retreats by Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Insight Meditation Society, and InsightLA. Emily was personally mentored by Jack Kornfield, P.h.D and Trudy Goodman, P.h.D. She's worked in various contemplative education environments including Buddhist Geeks and is now a co-founder of the Heart of Insight Collective. Emily has been called a “power player of the mindfulness movement" by Wired Magazine. For her, the spiritual journey is simply learning to dance with all of this human experience: from transcendence to dirty dishes, evolutionary edges to ancient roots, solitary practice to deepening relationships. She lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with her husband, Vincent, and son, Zander.
Vincent Horn is part of a new generation of teachers translating age-old wisdom into 21st century code. A computer engineering dropout turned modern monk, he spent his 20s co-founding the ground-breaking Buddhist Geeks project while doing a full year of silent meditation practice on retreat. Vince began teaching in 2010 and has been authorized in both the pragmatic dharma lineage of Kenneth Folk and by Trudy Goodman, the guiding teacher of InsightLA. Vince has been called a “power player of the mindfulness movement” by Wired magazine and was honored to be featured in Wired UK’s “Smart List: 50 people who will change the world.” Vince is one of the co-founders of the Heart of Insight and lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina along with his partner Emily and their son Zander.
As a yoga teacher and acupuncturist, Lisa Sherman has been a student of various schools of Eastern thought for over 15 years. Her meditation practice has included sitting retreats in the Thai forest, Tibetan and vipassana traditions, and she is currently studying with Vincent and Emily Horne who fortunately reside in her current home town of Asheville, North Carolina. Her geek credentials include previous lives in the UK as a molecular biologist and web designer. She is passionate about the evolutionary potential of human consciousness, and enjoys exploring what it really means to be a human being and how to skillfully embody the wisdom and love of awakening.
Will Hamilton, PH.D is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialty training in neuropsychology and behavioral pain management, who frequently uses brief mindfulness-based interventions to help alleviate the suffering of his clients. In his personal practice, Will has spent time studying concentration and insight practices, as well as Zen, non-dual teachings, and yoga. He is deeply interested in the development of the Fourth Turning of Buddhism, and the study, practice, and facilitation of empirically-supported and practical tools of Awakening.
Michael Johnson ERYT-500 is a lead instructor in the 200 and 300 hour programs at Asheville Yoga Center, where he also teaches 9 weekly classes. He has studied Ashtanga Yoga with K. Pattabhi Jois in India, Integral Yoga with Swami Satchidananda, attended 3 10-day Goenka style Vipassanā retreats, certified in Jivamukti by Sharon Gannon and David Life and certified in Yoga and Positive Psychology by Tal Ben-shahar. He is a husband, father, artist and co-founder of the musical project Ösel.
Ryan has an MSEd in counseling psychology and is contemplative teacher of awakening, an artist, and entrepreneur. He has 18 years experience in meditation, particularly in the Tibetan Buddhist and Dzogchen lineages. Ryan is the founder of Awakening in Life, where he teaches meditation and a way of living dedicated to revealing natural presence and awakening in each moment of our lives, regardless of how it appears to us. He is a co-founder of Buddhist Geeks and the founder of PowerUp Productions.
Francis is at heart a practitioner of the Chaos Dharma or what Shinzen Young calls a “poly-spiritual”. Following his curiosity and his intuition, he's deeply interested by the complementarity of different contemplative traditions. He’s now studying with Vince and Emily as their non-dogmatic, modular approach to meditation, their individualized "spiritual midwifery”, and their plain deep humanity resonate with him. He brings his contemplative experience in his work as a manager and coach in software engineering where he helps teams and individuals in their development. He lives in Montreal, QC with his wife, their three sons, and rabbit.
John Ruff lives with his wife in Springfield, Missouri. They have made their living as self-employed craftsmen since leaving graduate studies in the sciences in 1971. He's had a regular meditation practice since 2007. A big fan of silent retreat, John attended his first retreat in 2008 and has sat at least one week-long or longer retreat every year since then. He has been working with Vince and Emily since 2011, both as a student and as a facilitator in the Buddhist Geeks Dojo. John currently co-leads , with four others, Ozarks Dharma Community, an informal and diverse Buddhist community in southwest Missouri. His own practice has been informed primarily by the Theravadin and Pragmatic Dharma traditions.