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Dr. Justin Whitaker

Justin Whitaker is the co-founder of GuideFul and Chief Mindfulness Coach. Justin has gained a wealth of practical experience with mindfulness meditation in London; Washington D.C.; Montana; Bodh Gaya, India; and Bristol, UK and has a Ph.D. in Buddhist Ethics.


Justin has been a student of the Dalai Lama, Soto Zen community, Vipassana, Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, Lin-chi Chan (Rinzai Zen), and teachers focusing on Samatha (calming) practices. As an interfaith educator, Justin has also studied and practiced with Hindu, Catholic, and Muslim communities as well as secular/humanist contemplatives.


Justin has been teaching mindfulness since 2003.

"In terms of all practices, I have seen evidence that all ‘work’ to some extent in the lives of most practitioners. None is a magic bullet and none is intrinsically superior to any of the others. In any person there should be a mix of ‘finding what works for you’ and allowing yourself to be changed by the practice. But none will work if isolated from developing a good moral life, good friends to help along the way, and an abiding curiosity about and understanding of the world as a whole." 

- Justin Whitaker

Justin's writings can be found at American Buddhist Perspectives and our GuideFul blog

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Kerri-Ann Appleton

Kerri-Ann’s life has led her from a small town in New Hampshire to the outback of Australia, a degree in Political Science, traveling around the world with Up with People, working over 15 years in the nonprofit sector and now living and thriving in Brazil. The moments in between have been grand but it's the finer ones that have made her who she is today. As Kerri-Ann was exploring the world, she started to get curious about the inner world and how it was creating her outer world experiences. 

Ten years ago she started studying neuroscience, meditation and quantum physics. Through that journey down the rabbit hole Kerri-Ann started learning more about herself and her life began to change. At first the change was slow and she did not see a lot of differences but over time many changes have occurred, which have brought her to be where she is today, a happier and more fulfilled person. 

The universe has been guiding Kerri-Ann to places she could never imagine, including Brazil where it helped crack her heart wide open. She sold her condo, her car, and 90% of her things…packed her dog and moved south to Brazil as it was calling her. Many thought she was crazy and others called her brave, but she is just following her heart which has led her on a wild adventure of love. 

Kerri-Ann is still on her unique journey but now sharing her knowledge and experience with others around the world through her work.

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Shannon (Sati) Chmelar

Shannon (Sati) Chmelar is a yoga and philosophy teacher, writer, and speaker who teaches internationally. She is also the founder and director of Vasudhaiva Institute, a contemplative education organization that leads retreats and pilgrimages with scholars and contemplatives around the globe. Sati has been teaching yoga for over 15 years and has a long history of body-based inquiry through her training as an Ashtanga yoga teacher, dancer, performance artist, and licensed massage therapist. Her research interests include Asian religion and philosophy, female monasticism, contemplative psychology and education, and religious pluralism. 


Within Buddhism, Sati has studied primarily within the Mahayana and Tibetan traditions. She previously lived in Nepal, and returns regularly to the Tibetan community of Boudha in Kathmandu. In Boudha, she studied Madhyamaka philosophy under Khenpo Ngawang Jorden at the International Buddhist Academy. Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa (Ogyen Trinley Dorje), and Lama Tsultrim Allione have been key figures who have inspired her devotion to dharma study. She has also received teachings from Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche, Ngawang Tenzin, Thupten Gongphel, and Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, among others.

Shannon (Sati) Chmelar's website

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Craig Hase

Craig has been practicing meditation since 1994. He has trained extensively with some of the great meditation teachers of the Insight, Zen, and Tibetan traditions, and is currently a committed student of the revered meditation master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.

While earning his BA in English and Creative Writing, Craig took a semester off to complete a 5-month meditation retreat. After graduation, he lived and worked at a Zen monastery in Colorado for six years, where he completed seven consecutive 3-month winter retreats.


In addition, Craig holds a master's degree in counseling and just defended his dissertation in counseling psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has had the great fortune to be influenced by renowned neuroscientist Richie Davidson and philosopher of contemplative sciences John Dunne, among other luminaries.

He has designed and implemented curricula for the School of Veterinary Medicine at UW-Madison, the UW-Hospital, and the Mendota Mental Health Institute, among other institutions. He is currently working with the Center for Healthy Minds at UW-Madison and the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia to develop a well-being curriculum for first year undergraduates. 

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Daniel Scharpenburg

Daniel Scharpenburg is an independent dharma teacher and Ch'an Adept living in Kansas City. He regularly gives teachings through the Open Heart Project. He also runs the Monday Night Zen Group at the Rime Buddhist Center. He writes for a few websites including Lion's Roar, Patheos, and the Tattooed Buddha. His teaching style has been compared to that of the earliest Mahayana teachers and Ch'an Masters. Daniel has taken Bodhisattva Vows in both the Nagarjuna and Asanga lineages and was transmitted the Caodong Ch'an lineage of Master Xu Yun.

Daniel Scharpenburg's website

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Dzung Vo

Dzung X. Vo, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at British Columbia Children’s Hospital, and clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver, Canada. His medical practice, teaching, and research emphasize promoting resilience in young people to help them thrive in the face of stress and adversity. He co-developed (with Dr. Jake Locke at BC Children’s Hospital) a mindfulness training program called MARS-A, or Mindful Awareness and Resilience Skills for Adolescents. MARS-A is a developmentally appropriate adaptation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), for youth with chronic stress, chronic pain, depression, and anxiety. Dr. Vo is the author of The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time (New Harbinger, 2015). Dr. Vo also serves on the Board of Directors for the BC Association for Living Mindfully (BCALM) and the Mindfulness in Education Network (MiEN).

Dr. Vo has been practicing mindfulness regularly since 1999, and has experienced the transformational power of mindfulness practice firsthand. All trees have roots, and Dr. Vo’s root mindfulness teacher is the Vietnamese Zen Master, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and author, Thich Nhat Hanh. Dr. Vo has also been deeply inspired by the pioneers of the mindfulness movement in the West, including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jack Kornfield, Zindel Segal, Daniel Siegel, and many others. Dr. Vo hopes to share the benefits of mindfulness to diverse youth in a universal, secular way that is appropriate for anyone, of any religion, or no religion at all.

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Maia Duerr

Maia brings her background as a cultural anthropologist, writer, and longtime meditation practitioner to all her work. Maia is committed to offering reflective practices that cultivate compassion, awareness, and social transformation.

Her sweet spot is working with small business owners and nonprofits in the startup phase, creative individuals, and healthcare providers who realize the value of mindfulness and want to integrate awareness practices into their lives and work.

Maia offers mindfulness-based:

  • Transformative learning opportunities (online programs, retreats, workshops)

  • Career coaching

  • Executive coaching tailored to nonprofit leaders

  • Start-up consultations for small businesses and nonprofits: how to build a healthy organizational culture from the beginning, how to structure your organization for effectiveness

  • Marketing and fundraising consultations

  • Facilitation services

Maia Duerr's website

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Tara K Howe

Tara K Howe is a Practitioner of the Healing Arts with 15 years experience providing therapeutic services and education. She is a Reiki Master Teacher, Craniosacral Practitioner and Life Coach trained additionally in Neurolinguistic Programming, Applied Ecopsychology, and the Art of Story.  Formerly the Integrative Health Coordinator for a nonprofit medical center and the Founder & Director for a Women's Childbirth Education and Resource Center (UMA), Tara is now the owner of Goddess Works: Intuitive Healing & Coaching to Help You Live Your Passion. Guided meditation and visualization has long been a significant aspect of her practice, enabling clients to understand their own stories and the ways in which those stories can change to allow more room for growth, balance, affirmation and sustainability. 

Tara K Howe's blog

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