Lama Willa Miller

Lama Willa MillerFounding Teacher, Spiritual Director

Willa B. Miller, PhD is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship in Boston, MA and its retreat center Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, NH. She was authorized as a dharma teacher and lineage holder (lama) in the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism after completion of two consecutive three-year retreats in the nineties. She has also practiced in the Shangpa and Nyingma lineages. […]

Elizabeth Monson

Liz Monson SquareDharma Lopon, Associate Spiritual Director

Elizabeth Monson, PhD, is the Associate Spiritual Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship and the Managing Teacher at Wonderwell Mountain Refuge. She has been studying, practicing and teaching Tibetan Buddhism in the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages for over twenty years. She has studied with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Pema Chodron, Tulku Orgyen Rinpoche, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Gyalse Tendzin Rabgye and others. […]

Jean Ashland

jean-ashlandBuddhist Chaplain

Jean Ashland is an interfaith chaplain and is ordained as a lay Buddhist minister by Roshi Joan Halifax. She completed a 2 year Buddhist chaplaincy program at the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe NM in 2015. Lama Willa served as her spiritual director during this training program. Jean is engaged in hospice and hospital based chaplaincy in Belfast, Maine where she lives with her husband Hank. […]

Joel Baehr

joel-baehrMeditation Teacher

Joel Baehr, an ordained a Unitarian Universalist minister since 1967, is a graduate of Haverford College, Union Theological Seminary, and the Westchester Institute For Training in Psychoanalysis. He has practiced as a psychotherapist and an organizational consultant since 1970, integrating spiritual practice with psychology and ordinary life. He has studied and practiced with teachers in many traditions including Quaker, Sufi, Roman Catholic, and Siddha Yoga. […]

Jane Burdick

Jane BurdickMeditation Teacher

Jane lives in Portland, Maine. She has been a Feldenkrais Movement Teacher for twenty years, is a Proprioceptive Writing teacher, and leads a weekly meditation group in the practices of Natural Love and Awareness and Natural Compassion and Awareness. She has been a student of Lama Tsultrim Allione, and for the last eleven years has been a student of Lama Surya Das, Lama John Makransky and Lama Willa Miller. […]

Gaëlle Desbordes

Gaelle DesbordesMeditation Teacher

Gaelle Desbordes has been practicing and studying Tibetan Buddhism since 2006 and is a student of Lama Willa Miller. She works as a research fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital where she is conducting research on how meditation practice affects the brain and body. She is one of the mitras in the Margha program.


Cheryl Giles

Cheryl_Giles_SquareContemplative Care Instructor

Cheryl A. Giles, PsyD, is the Francis Greenwood Peabody Senior Lecturer on Pastoral Care and Counseling at Harvard Divinity School where she has been a member of the faculty since 1997. Her primary research interests are identifying the role of risk and resilience in developing healthy adolescents and contemplative care for the dying.  […]

Susan Malloy

susan-malloyMeditation Teacher

Susan Malloy has been practicing meditation since 2003, when she became a student of Thich Nhat Hanh. In 2004 she was one of the founding members of Great Pond Sangha in North Andover, Massachusetts. Since then she has participated in many intensive retreats in the Dzochen and Mahamudra tradition. She began studying with Lama Willa in 2008. Susan has enjoyed serving as a mitra in the Margha program since 2012. […]

Janine Grillo Marra

JanineGrilloMarra120x160Meditation Teacher, Chair of NDF Movement Committee

Janine is the owner of Tranquil Flame Yoga and Wellness in Revere, MA. As a licensed physical therapist (McGill University, 1983), Reiki practitioner, certified Shake Your Soul dance teacher and certified fitness trainer, she augments her yoga classes with aspects of therapy, healing, and fitness for an integrated experience. […]

Camille Hykes

Camille HykesMeditation Teacher

Camille Hykes has practiced and studied in the Nyingma and Kagyu traditions of Tibetan Buddhism since 1995. Intensive solitary and group retreats, including 100-day retreats, have helped to fuel her practice. Direct experience of the sacred nature of the Earth illumines the indwelling openness of our hearts, and such teaching has also been of the essence for Camille. […]

Deborah Jai Levy

JaiPhoto2013Meditation Teacher

Deborah Jai Levy, LICSW, SEP is a somatic psychotherapist and certified yoga teacher. She has been traveling the path of self-discovery and healing for over 30 years, integrating her intensive practice and study of Buddhism, Yoga, Tibetan Buddhist Yogas, Tai Chi and Depth Psychology into her life and work. […]

Kathe McKenna

Kathe McKennaMeditation Teacher

Kathe was one of the founders of Haley House in 1966 when she and her husband welcomed men who were homeless into their apartment. For the next 42 years she merged her background in Christian contemplation with service. In the 80s she walked for peace and chanted with the Nipponzan Myohoji monks and nuns. […]

Gina Michaels

gina-michaelsMeditation Teacher

Gina Michaels is an artist who has been studying energy-related modalities since 1985. After practicing and teaching Zero Balancing and Process Acupressure for 15 years, Gina decided she needed a silent retreat, and discovered Tibetan Buddhist practice. She met Lama Willa Miller while on retreat with Lama Surya Das in 2006. Gina also studies with Brendan Kennedy, Lama Bryn Dawson and Josephine Spilka. […]

Mike Miller

Mike MillerMeditation Teacher, Drupon

Mike Miller, RN, has been studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism for 15 years, including completion of retreats on Vajrayogini, Chakrsamvara and the Six Yogas of Naropa. He is interested in adapting the Tibetan retreat tradition to busy Western lives. He works as a Registered Nurse in Boston. He and Lama Willa have been married since 2005. […]

Bob Morrison

Bob MorrisonMeditation Teacher

Bob is a writer living in the Boston area. Since meeting the late Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche in 1994, he has studied and practiced the Dzogchen teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, primarily with his main teachers: Lama Surya Das, Lama John Makransky, Lama Willa Miller, Charles Genoud, Brendan Kennedy and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche. As a meditation teacher with Natural Dharma Fellowship since its founding, he co-directs (with Camille Hykes) NDF’s margha program, which offers year-long trainings in natural meditation and bodhicitta practices. […]

Jane Moss

Jane MossMeditation Teacher

Jane has been exploring Tibetan Buddhism since meeting Chagdud Tulku in 1995. A certified instructor of the Tree of Life Tai Chi System, she teaches tai chi at the Council on Aging in Lincoln, at the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center in Somerville, and at the Harvard Medical School-Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston. She is currently engaged in a three-year Gesture of Awareness training with Charles Genoud and has been a student of Lama Willa, Lama John Makransky, Brendan Kennedy and Lama Surya Das. […]

Anne-Marie Polanski

anne-marie-polanskiMeditation Teacher

Anne-Marie Polanski has practiced Tibetan Buddhism for 12 years. She has helped sanghas in Portland Me as Discussion Leader, Vajrayana Practice leader, and volunteer teacher in fundamental meditation practices. The past three years Anne Marie has helped Natural Dharma Foundation in the role of Mitra in the Margha program. She has studied Jin Shin Jyitsu, a hands on method to bring balance to the body and promote healing, is a Reiki master, and plays Middle Eastern Frame Drums. […]

Leo Shapiro

LeoBowtie_120x160Contemplative Care Instructor

Leo Shapiro, MD, is a psychiatrist who graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1967 where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and teaches medical students. He has had a private practice in psychiatry since 1971 as well as working as an inpatient psychiatrist and for the past 14 years as the main psychiatrist in a House of Correction. He has been practicing Buddhism since 1998 and studies with Lamas Surya Das, John Makransky and Willa Miller. […]

Jeff Sullivan

jeff-sullivanMeditation Teacher

Jeff Sullivan is currently the head Margha Mitra for the Springfield, NH Natural Dharma Fellowship Margha group. A longtime student of Lama Willa Miller, Jeff thinks of himself less as a “teacher” than as a curious investigator of the mystery of experience. Known for his ability to engage his students through his use of provocative questions and interactive exercises, he is interested in how to integrate the wisdom of the dharma with the best of western knowledge to provoke a transformation of consciousness and care in the world. […]

Barbara Waldorf

Contemplative Care Instructor

Barbara Waldorf BSN, MPH is a professional nurse with thirty years of domestic and international experience in pediatric and psychiatric nursing as well as teaching public health and nursing at a local college. A long time student of Tibetan Buddhism, she is currently teaching with the Foundation for Active Compassion and training in compassion meditation with the Courage of Care Coalition. […]