Hugh Byrne - The Center For Mindful Living

Hugh Byrne (Sunday class)

Hugh Byrne, PhD is the Director of the Center for Mindful Living, a Guiding Teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) and and a leading expert in the field of mindfulness and positive habit change.  

Hugh has practiced meditation for 30 years and completed a four-year meditation teacher training program with Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein and other senior Insight Meditation teachers in 2000. Hugh also teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and has completed a three-year training in Somatic Experiencing, a mind-body approach to healing trauma.

He teaches weekly classes on Sundays from 10:30-12:30pm at the Center for Mindful Living, leads retreats and workshops nationally and abroad, and is available for teacher interviews.

Hugh is the author of The Here-and-Now Habit and teaches classes and retreats in the Washington, DC, area, throughout the United States and internationally. He is a co-founder of the Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship.

He is also a popular teacher on Insight Timer, with 20+ meditations for you to listen to!

More information can be found on Hugh’s website.



Weekday Morning Meditation Teachers

Karolynn Coleman - The Center For Mindful Living

Karolynn Coleman (Monday class)

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 graduated from The Meditation Teacher Training Institute’s two-year program with teachers Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, Hugh Byrne and Pat Coffey in 2013. She has benefitted from numerous other trainings and Vipassana retreats.

Karolynn guides Monday morning meditation at the 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.

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Gene Kijowski (Tuesday class)

In 2003, after a 40-year career as a hard-charging business executive, Gene began the practice of meditation and mindfulness, and a path slowly opened leading him to be in the world with a newfound sense of freedom, joy, and well-being. Having experienced the benefits of the practice for himself, he is committed to being of service to promote healing for others, by breaking the cycle of suffering wherever possible.

Since joining the IMCW community, he has participated in the Insight on the Inside (IOI) prison Dharma program, teaching meditation/mindfulness practices to the incarcerated; served on the Board of Directors; and in 2012, along with Hugh Byrne, started the Center for Mindful Living in Tenleytown, where he guides Tuesday morning meditation and facilitates the Saturday morning KM group.

He has completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction training with Jon Kabat-Zinn, the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute SE Professional Training, the hospice/bereavement training at Hospice Caring in Gaithersburg, MD, and  graduated from The Meditation Teacher Training Institute’s two-year program with teachers Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, Hugh Byrne and Pat Coffey in 2013.

Anna Johns - The Center For Mindful Living

Anna Johns (Wednesday class)

Anna is deeply devoted to her meditation and yoga practice and to helping others along the path.

Growing up in India, she watched her father meditate and did sun salutations barefoot. Her studies in yoga and meditation started with Indian Master, Kamal Srinivas (one of 8 living Indian masters) in 2001.

Specialized training in the US includes Duke University’s 70-hour Certificate in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors, (which combines medicine with wisdom), Yin Yoga 65-hour training with Jo Phee, assistant to Yin Yoga founders Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers.

Anna has 700+ hours of teacher training and 3000+ hours of teaching experience. Meditation training includes MBSR with IMCW and the Year of Living Mindfully under Jonathan Foust.

Anna continues to learn and is currently pursuing Kripalu Center’s 500-hour teacher training and the 2-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. She is part of a Kalyana Mitta (spiritual friendship group) and facilitates two weekly meditation Sanghas. Anna guides Wednesday morning meditation at CML.

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Jane Jackson (Thursday class)

Jane was introduced to Insight Meditation in 1998, when she began attending IMCW’s class in Takoma Park. She was mainly looking for a break from the stresses of parenting, lawyering, and midlife. She found that, and much more.

She continues to sit with the Takoma Park sangha, occasionally leading class as a guest teacher. Her practice for the last 10 years has included annual residential silent retreats with IMCW or at the Insight Meditation Society.

In 2013, Jane graduated from The Meditation Teacher Training Institute’s two-year program with teachers Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, Hugh Byrne and Pat Coffey. She completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2003, and also has training in Yoga for the Special Needs Child and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. She teaches mindful movement, mindfulness meditation, and lovingkindness meditation through the adult education program at her Unitarian Universalist church.  She is the mother and stepmother of three adult children, including one with intellectual disability, and grandmother of two.

Jane retired from the Federal Communications Commission in 2017, after practicing telecommunications law for over 41 years.

Peggy O’Kane - The Center For Mindful Living

Peggy O’Kane (Thursday class)

Peggy O’Kane has been meditating for seventeen years. She began using meditation as a stress management tool, and quickly came to understand its profound usefulness for self-knowledge, awareness and cultivating peace and contentment. She is eager to share the techniques of meditation and the teachings of the dharma with all who are interested.

In 2013 Peggy graduated from The Meditation Teacher Training Institute’s two-year program with teachers Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, Hugh Byrne and Pat Coffey. With Jane Jackson, she guides Thursday morning meditation at CML.

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Silvia Garcia Pereira (Friday class)

Since moving to DC, Silvia became a follower of Tara Brach’s teachings and has been formally practicing Vipassana, Insight Meditation for over 10 years. In 2009 she graduated from the Year of Living Mindfully program guided by Jonathan Foust.

Silvia also graduated from The Meditation Teacher Training Institute’s two-year program with teachers Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, Hugh Byrne and Pat Coffey in 2013. That year, she also received a .b mindfulness in schools, teacher certification.

She attends 7 - 10 day residential retreats once or twice a year with IMCW, the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, helping her to grow in living the dharma.

She currently guides Friday morning meditation at the 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 young adults, her practice is an integral part of daily life.


Yoga and Wellness Teachers

Pleasance Silicki - The Center For Mindful Living

Pleasance Silicki

Lil Omm Yoga offers classes, workshops, and retreats for women using ancient wisdom and modern wellness to cultivate more joy and ease in everyday life.

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Amberlyn Kelleher


Anna Johns - see her profile above.