Affiliated Instructors

Over the years we’ve been privileged to have programs presented by an impressive variety of individuals who are leaders in their fields as well as committed to including mindfulness meditation.
We’d like you to know who they are.

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Barbara Heffernan, LCSW, LADC, has a private psychotherapy practice in Norwalk, CT, which focuses on trauma, addiction, anxiety, and life transitions.  Barbara utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, meditation and visualization in her practice.  Barbara has studied meditation in Buddhist, Hindu, and Shamanic traditions, and has practiced meditation for over fifteen years.  She is a member of the Shambhala community at Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale, NY.   In her first career, Barbara spent sixteen years in investment banking, primarily in mergers & acquisitions for Salomon Brothers and Merrill Lynch.  Barbara has a BA from Yale University, an MBA from Columbia University, and an MSW from Southern Connecticut State University.  Barbara’s website is


Carol Hyman is a writer, teacher, and consultant. She has also been a partner in a renovations company, a project manager, and the director of a non-sectarian meditation program. A practitioner and teacher of mindfulness and other contemplative disciplines for more than three decades, Carol recently finished work as editorial project manager for a previously unpublished collection of the writings of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and is presently working on her own book, Salvaging Sanity. She lives in Vermont with her husband Patton.



David Sable, PhD, is a consultant and trainer in mindfulness applied to leadership development and innovation. He teaches applied mindfulness as a secular practice to professionals in universities, government, and the private sector and has worked with management consultants for over 20 years. In addition to practicing meditation over thirty years in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, David conducted his doctoral research on the impacts of mindfulness on how university students think. His contribution to evidenced-based research on mindfulness earned a nomination for best thesis in the social sciences at Dalhousie University, Canada in 2012. With over twenty years’ experience as a management consultant, David served as Executive Director of IT Human Resources Council of Nova Scotia and currently teaches part-time at Saint Mary’s University (SMU), Canada.

David recently led workshops on mindfulness and innovation for hedge fund clients of Credit Suisse, the Young Presidents Organization of Canada, and the faculty of the Sobey School of Business. He has co-led training for Applied Mindfulness Training, published peer-reviewed articles on reflective learning for managers, and is currently writing a book about his research.

Emily Gould brings 30 years combined experience as an attorney, mediator, and coach to her presentations on negotiation and dispute resolution. A frequent presenter at professional conferences and organizations in North America, Gould trains and coaches attorneys, dispute resolution professionals and negotiators, in essential conflict transformation skills. Drawing on the latest findings on the intersection of timeless wisdom and contemporary neuroscience, Gould offers experiential learning that brings real time results.

Gould is the founder of Empatia Resolutions, offering conflict resolution services, training and coaching based on Empathic Communication,™ a skill set that she developed that draws on neurobiology and contemporary communication theory to support people in finding solutions based on their values. Gould’s clients gain negotiation mastery by integrating both mindfulness and empathy as professional skills. A former criminal prosecutor and general counsel, Gould’s practice now centers exclusively on Dispute Resolution, Negotiation and Leadership Development. She serves as a mediator on panels for divorce, civil rights and employment, special education, agriculture and environmental disputes. Her facilitation and training clients include professional organizations, governmental agencies, electrical utilities, non-profits, schools and religious communities. Her work supports values based problem – solving and decision – making that allows people to develop and create new value through the conflict engagement process.

A trainer for the Beyond Yes method for negotiation and leadership that is proprietary for Mobius Executive Leadership, she also directs the coaching the coaching program at She is a past chair of the Spirituality Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution and currently chairs the Alternative Dispute Resolution section of the Vermont Bar Association. She is a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders and founded their Rwanda Team.

Esther Seibold is a long time meditation practitioner and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.  She teaches meditation to adults as well as teens and tweens.  She has also developed programs for parents, such as “Mindfulness and the Art of Parenting.”  In addition, Esther is a professor of pediatric nursing at UMass Boston, and has taught meditation to nurses and nursing students.  She has an 18 year old daughter and a good sense of humor.




As a partner in Co-Creation Partners, I support leaders and their teams in their transformation with a focus on co-creating conditions where deep personal and interpersonal shifts can happen.  In addition I work with my fellow Co-Creators to continue our individual and collective transformation.

My journey in co-creating transformation began with personal transformation. In the early part of my career I was the stereotypical hard charging Strategy Consultant, working 16 hour days, hitting all the “success benchmarks” I had set for myself. I also became an insomniac, suffering debilitating asthma. A friend introduced me to a meditation practice that cured my physical symptoms and started me on a journey of exploration into human consciousness and both Eastern and Western philosophical perspectives. I found that integrating mindfulness practices into my work helped me achieve joy and balance at a personal level AND be more effective at work. I was inspired to specialize in creating personal and organizational culture transformations helping people learn that we can have it all: make a great living, working with people that we love, in a way that brings out the best in us. I think of it as creating a sense of ease or heaven in business, one person at a time.

Before founding Co-Creation Partners, I worked at Axialent, a culture and leadership development company.  I supported leaders and top teams of Fortune 500 companies to increase their awareness of the individual behaviors, beliefs and team dynamics that helped and hindered their effectiveness and fulfillment. Most recently I supported a major pharmaceutical company in developing a culture to increase the productivity of Research and Development, coached the leadership team of a large software company to help them increase their ability to make change happen, advance the quality of their conversations and help them become role models of the behaviors they wanted to see in the organization.  I also helped senior leaders of a Financial Services company to access their inner sources of motivation and help others do the same in the aftermath of severe financial setbacks.  Prior to joining Axialent, I was a Partner in a strategy consulting boutique, Strategic Decisions Group with a focus on supporting Research and Development decision making in health sciences companies.

I have an M.A in Economics and International Relations from Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A from Nijenrode University in the Netherlands where I grew up.

Outside of work too I love exploring the expansion of human consciousness and its expression  in various forms.  I love singing opera and dancing, meditation and yoga, reading and writing.  I am in the process of writing my first book: ‘Welcoming the Unknown, Co-creating Joy and Effectiveness at Work’.

Irini Rockwell, MA, is director and principal trainer at the Five Wisdoms Institute. She is author of Natural Brilliance and The Five Wisdom Energies (in eight languages). Wisdoms@Work is the signature training series of the institute, with mindfulness training as its foundation. Irini has created customized trainings for the National Institute for School Development in the Netherlands, Karuna Training in Germany, and the EastWind Institute in Canada. Irini holds a master’s degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy and a certificate in Authentic Leadership from Naropa University, where she was director of dance and dance therapy. A senior teacher in the Shambhala community and at Naropa University, she is a longtime student of Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.


Jill Satterfield is the founder of Vajra Yoga & Meditation, a synthesis of yoga and Buddhism that combines meditation, yoga postures, visualization and contemplation practices. She is also the founder and Director of the School for Compassionate Action: Meditation, Yoga and Educational Support for Communities in Need. SCA is a not for profit that trains teachers, psychologists, social workers, and health care providers to integrate mind and body into their professions. SCA also offers classes to at-risk youth, people suffering with chronic pain, illness and trauma. Jill turned to meditation and yoga over 30 years ago to successfully heal from a debilitating physical condition coupled with acute chronic pain. Her personal triumph became the inspiration and drive to guide as many people as possible in utilizing and understanding their own mind, heart and body to help themselves.

Jill is on the founding faculty of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Mindfulness for Yoga Training and the Kripalu Institute’s Integral Leadership Program for young adults. Jill was scholar and teacher in residence at the Kripalu Center in 2004, and was named one of the four leading Buddhist and yoga teachers in the country by the Shambhala Sun Magazine. . Jill’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Tricycle Magazine, MORE, Shambhala Sun, Crains, Self, Fit Yoga, Yoga Journal, amongst others. Her story of healing, and the founding of the School for Compassionate Action in NYC was included in “Freeing the Body: Freeing the Mind. Writings on the Connections between Yoga and Buddhism” by Michael Stone.

As a pioneer in the field of mind body awareness, Jill has been teaching, consulting organizations and instigating mindful, creative educational programs for over 20 years.,

Author of the highly acclaimed book The Art of Practicing, pianist Madeline Bruser is a Juilliard graduate who has trained in mindfulness disciplines for 35 years. She has performed as soloist with the San Francisco and Denver Symphony Orchestras and has taught workshops at the Juilliard School and other conservatories throughout the U.S. and Canada. Her book has sold 75,000 copies and has been translated into Korean, Chinese, and Italian.

Ms. Bruser’s mindfulness training began at 29, after she had won many awards and prizes as a young artist but was still dissatisfied with how she felt onstage. In search of greater relaxation and confidence in performance, she began practicing mindfulness meditation, which transformed her playing and teaching. Her book, published in 1997, presents an approach to practicing that combines traditional conservatory training with mindfulness techniques to help musicians release tension and unleash their full potential.

Ms. Bruser served on the Committee for Pianists’ Wellness for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy from 2001 to 2003, and she has retrained pianists with practice-related injuries since 1985.

Ms. Bruser is an authorized instructor of mindfulness meditation in the Shambhala tradition, which presents mindfulness in secular contexts cross-culturally. From 2004 to 2010 she taught weeklong summer programs in Vermont that combined music workshops with meditation workshops. She has studied the relationship between mindfulness and the artistic process since 1977, under the guidance of Tibetan Buddhist meditation master and artist Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

In 2011, Ms. Bruser’s article “Making Music” was published in The Mindfulness Revolution, a book featuring the writings of leading experts in the field of mindfulness, including Jon Kabat-Zinn. In 2012, she created Fearless Performing, a monthly online magazine featuring articles and videos to help musicians break through to a new level of performance.

In addition to her Juilliard degree, Ms. Bruser received a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory and also attended the music schools at Indiana University and the University of Southern California. Her piano teachers included Alexander Libermann, Menahem Pressler, and Jeanne Stark-Iochmans.

Ms. Bruser appeared on National Public Radio’s Performance Today in an interview and piano lesson broadcast in 200 cities. She teaches privately in New York City, where she has served on the Adjunct Piano Faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently writing her second book, about developing freedom and confidence in performance.

Michael Carroll is the author of Awake at Work (Shambhala 2004), The Mindful Leader (Shambhala 2007) and Fearless at Work (Shambhala 2012) and over his 30 year business career has held executive positions with such companies as Shearson Lehman/American Express, Simon & Schuster and The Walt Disney Company. Michael is presently the COO of Global Coaching Alliance and has worked with client firms such as Procter & Gamble, Google, AstraZeneca, Viropharma, Starbucks, RED, National Geographic Expeditions, Merck, Gilbane, Inc. and others

Michael has been studying Tibetan Buddhism since 1976, graduated from Buddhist seminary in 1980 and is an authorized teacher in Kagyu-Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Michael received his bachelor’s degree in theology and philosophy from the University of Dayton and his master’s degree in adult education from Hunter College. He has lectured and taught at Wharton Business School, Columbia University, Swarthmore College, Yale University, Virginia Tech, University of Sydney, St. Mary’s University, University of Toronto, Kripalu, Cape Cod Institute, Zen Mountain Monastery, Shambhala Mountain Center, Karmê Choling, Evam Institute, Omega Institute (assisting Pema Chödrön) and many other practice centers throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Australia. Michael’s website:

Nancy Frumer Styron is a licensed psychologist with a specialty in pediatric oncology, play therapy, and parent guidance. She teaches health psychology at the graduate level and has been involved in training and supervision for many years. She has been a meditation practitioner for over twenty years and has taught mindfulness to her patients, trainees, and students and is interested in meditation as an evidence-based practice for many disciplines. She has presented on “Mindfulness Meditation and the Art of Parenting” at Karmê Chöling in Vermont.



Patton Hyman is the President and Executive Director of Applied Mindfulness Training, Inc., a position he has held since 2005; during that time the organization has designed, promoted, and presented numerous programs introducing mindfulness to professional and nonprofessional audiences, as well as offering three Applied Mindfulness Conferences at Karmê Chöling and co-sponsoring a fourth at West Chester University (Pennsylvania).  These programs were designed for groups as diverse as lawyers, judges, physicians, nurses, therapists, dancers, educators, business and public sector organizational leaders, mediators, musicians, actors, writers, yoga practitioners, parents, couples, qigong practitioners, and improvisational performing artists. Patton has frequently served in these programs as either teacher or meditation instructor or both.

Patton has been a practitioner and teacher of meditation for more than 30 years.  He served, with his wife, Carol, as co-resident director of Shambhala Training in Atlanta for nine years, and is authorized to direct all levels of Shambhala Training, including the Warrior Assembly.

In addition to offering mindfulness meditation programs of the Vermont Bar Association, he has led workshops for the Akron (Ohio) Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the Mindful Lawyer conference at the Berkeley (California) Law School.  He also serves as mindfulness instructor for the Key Executive Leadership Certificate program at the School of Public Affairs at American University, Washington, D.C.

Patton practiced law for almost 30 years as a member of the firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, in Atlanta, Georgia, before moving to Vermont at the end of 1998.  He has been a member of the Vermont bar since 2001 and practices in the areas of estate planning and business and property transactions.  Before moving to Vermont, Patton and Carol spent a year on the road in an RV with their two children, traveling around the United States and Canada.

Rebekah Younger has over 30 years of experience as an artist/designer and entrepreneur.  She has a MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College. Through her company, inSite Contemplative Design, she brings mindful attention to her clients and the details of each space. Her approach to interior design grew out of her desire to incorporate her more than a decade of mindfulness practice with her aesthetic experience for the benefit of others. She is an authorized Shambhala Art teacher who lives and teaches in Maine.

Richard Reoch has spent most of his working life in the service of international public affairs organizations in the fields of human rights, conflict resolution and environmental protection. For many years he was the global media chief of Amnesty International, speaking for human rights to the media worldwide.  In 2002, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, appointed him President of Shambhala, a global community dedicated to the practice of creating enlightened society. He has also trained for nearly 30 years in the cultivation of internal energy under Master Lam Kam Chuen and is a fully qualified instructor of the Zhan Zhuang school of Chi Kung, leading programs in both Europe and North America.


One of Canada’s leading pioneers in the art of improvisation, Vicki Tansey, dancer, singer and visual artist, has been performing and teaching for over 35 years. Trained in both classical and contemporary dance, she is also an accredited Tai Chi teacher and longtime Buddhist practitioner, having taken refuge with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1972. A passionate and inspired teacher, she has been on the faculty of the National Theatre School of Canada, and has taught improvisation and creative process in the Dance, Theatre and Fine Arts departments of Concordia University in Montreal, as well as at the Visual Arts Centre and the Saidye Bronfman School of Fine Arts. She is the subject of an in-progress documentary film by Quebec artist Louise Abbot: Vicki Tansey: In the Moment, and is the creator and director of a new multi-disciplinary performance work entitled The Physical Choir Theatre Project.

Susan Piver is an authorized meditation instructor in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and the New York Times bestselling author of five books, including the award-winning How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life (St. Martin’s Press 2007), The Wisdom of a Broken Heart (Simon & Schuster, 2010), The Hard Questions (Tarcher/Putnam 2000), The Hard Questions for an Authentic Life (Gotham Books 2004), and The Hard Questions for Adult Children and Their Aging Parents (Gotham Books 2004). She has been practicing meditation for over fifteen years and is founder of The Open Heart Project, a free meditation newsletter that goes to nearly 10,000 people. Susan’s web site: