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 an activist/organizer, poet, and authorized Dharma teacher in the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism. He is a core teacher with Natural Dharma Fellowship in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a third-year master of divinity student at Harvard Divinity School, where he studies the intersection of Buddhism and social change. Known for his authentic teaching style of self-inquiry and humor, he has appeared in the Buddhist publications Lion’s Roar and Buddhadharma and has been recognized as one of the emerging leaders of the next generation of Dharma teachers. He is also the coauthor with angel Kyodo williams of the 2016 book Radical Dharma, which explores race and oppression within American Buddhist communities.
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.
Eloise is a meditation facilitator with Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and Dharmapunx NYC and an organizer with the Transbuddhist Collective. They love their friends, feeling lots of feelings, and riding their bike everywhere they can. Eloise teaches weekly classes in Brooklyn and is a grateful student of the teachers at Against the Stream.
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.