Jessica is the executive director of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme). She began practicing meditation at age fourteen on teen retreats offered by the Insight Meditation Society (IMS). She returned every year for six years and then participated for ten years in an IMS young adult mentoring group. Jessica has attended longer retreats (1-3 months) in Asia and the United States, and is a founding board member and lead teacher for iBme teen retreats. She completed her meditation teacher training with Noah Levine of Against the Stream in 2015. Before joining iBme, Jessica worked in clean energy and climate policy and finance. She holds a BA in environmental engineering from Dartmouth and master’s degrees in sustainable development and international affairs.
Lama Rod Owens
Lama Rod is the guiding teacher for the Radical Dharma Boston Collective and teaches with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme), where he is also a faculty member for the organization’s teacher training program. He holds a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School with a focus on the intersection of social change, identity, and spiritual practice. He is a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, which explores race in the context of American Buddhist communities. He has been published and featured in several publications including Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, and Spirit Magazine. He has offered talks, retreats, and workshops for many organizations and universities including New York University, Yale University, Harvard University, Tufts University, University of Vermont, and Boston College. Lama Rod facilitates undoing patriarchy workshops for male-identified practitioners in Brooklyn and Boston, and his current writing project is an exploration of intersectional masculinity and spirituality. Lama Rod is officially recognized by the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.
Cara Lai FitzGibbon
Cara rediscovered the Buddhist path in her years as an outdoor educator. She began attending long-term meditation retreats, and her life was quickly transformed. Through her practice she moved towards work in mental heath, and she now works as a mindfulness-based psychotherapist and artist in Burlington, Vermont. In 2016 she completed Facilitator II training with Against the Stream, and is currently enrolled in the Spirit Rock Teacher Training. She loves working with teens and has staffed numerous teen retreats with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education. In her spare time she enjoys running and watching plants grow.
Adam has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 2009, beginning at the Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport. In addition to helping found Against the Stream Boston, he was active in the Boston Dharma Punx community from 2010 to 2015, and in 2014 he completed Noah Levine’s meditation facilitator training course. He lives in Newburyport with his two children and works as an editor and writer.
Jameson is a consultant, life-coach, and mindfulness facilitator living in Cambridge. His work focuses on using Buddhist principles to support individuals as they seek to reduce suffering in their lives and find their own meaningful path. He has worked with individuals in recovery since 2012, using mindfulness practice as a tool to overcome addiction, and currently serves as both the manager at Against the Stream Boston and coordinator for Refuge Recovery in the Boston area. Jameson came to Buddhist practice in 2009 and completed meditation facilitator training with Noah Levine at Against the Stream in 2011. He is particularly interested in working with people in recovery and members of the LGBTQ community.