Teacher Mentoring Group
In the fall of 2011, OIMG’s founding teacher Peter Carslon decided it was time to return to the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts to attend his second three month silent retreat. To ensure the Sangha’s needs were properly cared for, Peter invited some of OIMG’s experienced practioners to participate in a “teacher mentoring group.” This group began meeting in January 2012 and meets weekly to deepen spiritual friendships, work on dharma talks together, and nurture the sangha’s needs.
Judy Douglas first became interested in meditation in the ’60s when she was introduced to Christian Zen while she was living and teaching in Japan and has since practiced and studied a wide variety of meditative techniques. She has attended several long meditation retreats. She did her undergraduate work at University of Florida and City College of San Francisco and graduate work at San Francisco State University and studied literature, creative writing, linguistics and history. She is retired, a widow, and has three adult children and three grandchildren.
Tommy Harrison started practicing the dhamma in 2002. He enjoys attending retreats every year and relishes learning and sharing with others. An engineer by trade, Tommy is happily married with a family of 5. He thoroughly enjoys incorporating the Buddha’s teaching in daily life as a husband, father, employee, and OIMG’s Treasurer and retreat coordinator. He has also been a licensed foster parent and hospice volunteer. He studied at the University of South Florida.
Robert Lockridge has a dual practice. He began practicing in 2000 with the Kwan Um School of Zen, and in 2002 he took the precepts in that tradition. About the same time, he began a sitting practice at OIMG with Peter Carlson. Robert has sat many retreats, including four one-week retreats with OIMG and a three two-week Kyol Che retreats with the Kwan Um School of Zen. He became a dharma teacher in the Kwan Um School in 2010. He also has been a practitioner of the 12 Steps for 26 years. Robert is married and has a son.
Timothy Stulman has concentrated his dhamma practice on breath work for the last six years supplemented by choiceless awareness and lovingkindness meditation. He has attended several weekend retreats and one one-week retreat. Tim is a composer and is interested in Chinese language and culture. He is married and has a young daughter. Tim received his DMA and MM from Bowling Green State University.
Kitty White is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters degree in Social Work. Kitty received her Master degree here at UCF. She is currently self employed as a mental health counselor and teaches mindfulness meditation for beginners classes in her local community. She has attended several weekend and week-long meditation retreats. Kitty is coping with her aging father who is in a nursing home and enjoying her relationships with her wonderful, supportive friends. She credits her meditation practice for creating a fulfilling life.