Dharma Teachers: Mark Gebert and Lisa Story
Guiding Member: Toni Needel
Toni Needel has been practicing meditation for many years having started her journey in the 70s. She has experienced many forms of meditation along the way and is very happy to share what she has learned from those different paths. Toni became a certified meditation teacher through the prestigious Mindfulness Center in Bethesda Md, under the guidance of Dr. Debra Norris, Director of the Psychobiology of Healing Program at American University. Toni is passionate about helping people relieve their suffering through meditation. Toni is forever a student.
Guiding Member: Temple Sellers
Temple has been practicing insight meditation for 17 years. She regularly attends residential meditation retreats to renew and deepen her practice and has completed a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher training intensive through the U.C. San Diego Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. MBSR is a secular mindfulness program used to support individuals with chronic pain, stress and anxiety related to medical and other conditions. Having experienced the ways in which insight meditation gradually reveal our deep interconnectedness, Temple views meditation practice as a way to strengthen wisdom and compassion and to reduce confusion and suffering for both ourselves and for others.
Temple retired from the practice of law in 2019 and is currently working with her husband Barry to build a meditation center in the North Georgia mountains.
Guiding Member: Veletta Gebert
Veletta has been practicing Insight meditation since 1981. She is married to Mark and together they began an Insight meditation group while living in Athens, as well as a weekly J. Krishnamurti video presentation and discussion group. She has attended several Vipassana meditation retreats, most recently a 4 day retreat with Narayan Liebenson at IMS. She is an original member of Sandy Springs Insight Meditation Group which began in 2009, where she is currently a facilitator. She and Mark have offered a monthly Half Day retreat at their home for many years. She is a retired school teacher, a Presbyterian Deacon, and now considers service to others her continued primary endeavor.
Guiding Member: Bowman Yager
Bowman was first introduced to meditation with Transcendental Meditation in the early 70’s and has been a spiritual seeker since that time. Having participated over the years in many different trainings and practices, both personally and professionally, he brings a well-rounded, down to earth experience and view of spirituality. Having retired from business he now studies the Dharma and has made being of service to others a primary goal and considers it an honor to be part of this leadership team.