Hugh Byrne

Hugh Byrne, Ph. D. is a senior teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. He completed a four-year teacher training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the Insight Meditation Society led by Jack Kornfield. Hugh is also trained in and teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and has completed training in Somatic Experiencing, a mind-body approach to healing trauma. He is a co-founder of the Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship.

Hugh has been on IMCW’s Board of Directors and a member of the Teachers Council since 2003. He teaches weekly classes in Washington, DC, leads retreats and workshops nationally and abroad, and is available for teacher interviews. He is also one of four teachers for the Meditation Teacher Training Institute (MTTI).

More information can be found on Hugh’s website.  

Contact Hugh here for teacher interviews.

Karolynn Coleman

Karolynn Coleman became interested in Buddhist psychology and meditation practices in the mid 90’s as a result of extensive travel throughout the Himalayan mountain regions. Having trained in Western psychology and psychotherapy since the mid 60’s, she was struck with the rich understanding of the human experience and the science of the mind which Buddhist psychology offers. She has done a two-year meditation group for psychotherapists at the Massachusetts Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, completed the Professional Training for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction offered by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, participated in The Year of Living Mindfully Program with Jonathan Foust, and is currently enrolled in The Meditation Teacher Training Institute’s two-year program with teachers Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, Hugh Byrne and Pat Coffey. She has benefitted from numerous other trainings and Vipassana retreats.

Karolynn is currently guiding morning meditation at IMCW’s Center for Mindful Living. She has a private psychotherapy practice in Bethesda, MD. As both a meditation teacher and psychotherapist she integrates knowledge and practices from Western psychology and Buddhist psychology to help promote positive growth and development.

Silvia Garcia Pereira

Since moving to DC in 2002, Silvia has become a follower of Tara Brach’s teachings and began formally practicing Vipassana, Insight Meditation in 2007 and then participated in the Year of Living Mindfully program guided by Jonathan Foust.

Since then, she has attended several residential retreats with IMCW, the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. These retreats, which she takes either once a year or twice a year, for one week,10 days or 6 weeks continue to support her meditation practice helping her to grow in living the dharma.

Silvia is a graduate of the two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute (MTTI) program under the guidance of Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, Hugh Byrne and Pat Coffey.

Silvia received a .b mindfulness in schools, teacher certification in the Spring of 2013.

She currently co teaches Saturday’s Women’s Community Mindfulness Class in McLean, VA and guides morning meditation at Center for Mindful Living.

As a video producer, Silvia is happy to work on multiple video projects to spread her love for the dharma. She has contributed as video producer to several of IMCW’s videos.

As a mother of two teenagers, her practice is an integral part of daily life.

Jane Jackson

Jane was introduced to Insight Meditation in 1998 by her first Dharma teachers, Lynn Kelly and Luisa Montero-Diaz, at the IMCW Sunday night class in Takoma Park. She has maintained a regular sitting practice since that time, and has continued to sit with the Takoma Park class, where she is now also an occasional substitute teacher. In 2006 she began participating annually in silent residential retreats, including three metta (lovingkindness) retreats at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA.

She completed yoga teacher training at Willow Street Yoga Center in 2003, and she incorporates Dharma teachings, mindfulness, and lovingkindness practices into her yoga classes. In 2011 she entered IMCW’s Meditation Teacher Training Institute (MTTI).

Jane has taught both yoga and meditation through the adult religious education program at her Unitarian Universalist church. She is a mother and stepmother of adult children, including one with special needs, and also a grandmother. In her day job, she is a federal government attorney and a member of the Senior Executive Service, serving in a management position at an independent regulatory agency.

Gene Kijowski

Spiritual practice is considered by many to be a process of transformation – and this certainly holds true for me. After a forty-year career as a hard-charging executive, in a highly stressful business, the necessity for a change became the only option. Once this reality set in, a path slowly opened with glimmers of clarity about how to be in the world with a new-found sense of freedom, joy, and well-being.

For the past fourteen years this “path” (or wisdom tradition – which has existed for thousands of years) provided many tools to tackle a life-time of conditioned behaviors and beliefs – many of which were not particularly conducive to healthy living! The most fundamental tool for me to support change has been – and continues to be – the practice of meditation and mindfulness. After so many years it’s still a marvel to contemplate how “sitting down” with a deep intention to “quiet down” can create the internal resources to live in the modern world with greater and greater ease. Having experienced the benefits of these practices for personal growth and change I’ve committed myself to be of service to promote healing, by breaking the cycle of suffering, for others wherever possible.

As a dedicated member of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) my involvement is as follows: participated in the Insight-on-the-Inside (I-O-I) prison Dharma program (teaching meditation/mindfulness practices to the incarcerated) since its inception in 2009, serve on the Board of Directors, and lead the Tuesday morning sitting group at the Center for Mindful Living (Tenleytown, DC). In 2012, along with Hugh Byrne – Senior IMCW teacher, started the Center for Living Mindfully.

A meditator since 2003 I’ve attended five residential silent retreats, numerous day-long retreats, completed the UMass Center for Mindfulness 7-day Professional Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training in Mind-Body Medicine with Jon Kabat-Zinn, completed the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute three-year SE Professional Training (SEP – Somatic Experience Practitioner), completed hospice/bereavement training at Hospice Caring in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and  graduated from the two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute’s (MTTI) program.