2024 Retreat Teachers
Winnie Nazarko started her meditative journey a long time ago, 1981 in fact. Her initial retreat experience was not at all what she expected, but was exactly what she needed. Following John Lennon’s refrain “All I want is the truth, just gimme the truth!” she pursued the dharma path with full commitment from the time of the first retreat. For many years she balanced practice and study while working in human service management roles. She was asked to teach dharma by Joseph Goldstein, and has been doing so since 2005. She is a Guiding Teacher at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the Board Chair at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.
Winnie’s teaching is rooted in the Eight-Fold Path, with particular emphasis on aligning motivation with the student’s highest and wisest aspiration. Letting go (renunciation) and self-compassion are taught as essential, foundational attitudes in approaching and supporting practice. Meditation instructions draw from a variety of approaches, including the Mahasi style and its use of noting, and U Tejaniya’s emphasis on developing awareness of attitude of mind. When appropriate, students are given customized instructions which work with the actual experiences they are having, rather than insisting one method of practice works in all cases. There is an emphasis on skillful means, and an understanding that students come to practice from many different circumstances and experiences. Accordingly, while the dharma presented is within the broad mainstream of western Theravadan teaching, flexibility of approach is valued. Oh, and humor too. Very important.
A dedicated practitioner of Vipassana (insight) meditation, Roxanne Dault (she, her) has sat many long retreats in Asia and in the West, spending more than two years in silence in the last 15 years. She is a student of the Dharma for life and enjoys sitting long solitary retreats.
Roxanne has been involved with True North Insight since its beginning, where she is now a Guiding Teacher, teaching weekly sits and residential retreats. She teaches internationally in the USA and in France. She was invited by her teacher, Joseph Goldstein, to take part in the four-year Insight Meditation Society (IMS) Teacher Training, where she now teaches short and longer retreats. She is involved in different projects to share the Dharma in the West and teaches at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in a graduate program called Présence attentive.
Her teaching is influenced by indigenous spiritual practices, her many travels and her experience in Somatic Experiencing®, a body-mind approach aimed at relieving the symptoms of trauma. She speaks French, English and is learning her ancestors’ language, Anishinaabemowin.
Roxanne wants to share her love for the Dharma so that we can all touch the freedom in every moment!