Mindfulness Teachers Fern Dorresteyn & Michael Ciborski
Fern Dorresteyn and Michael Ciborski lived at Plum Village monastery in France for nine years, training in the meditative arts as monk and nun for seven. They were fortunate to live and work intimately with Thich Nhat Hanh and the monastic community to organize, support, and offer meditation retreats around the world. They are both members of the Order of Interbeing as well as ordained Dharma teachers in the Plum Village tradition. In 2003, each of them departed Plum Village and, when they encountered each other, returned to lay life. Now they are married and have a son, Laurian, and two daughters, Seriena and Fiana. In 2011, they were joined byTim Ambrose Desmond and Annie Millar Desmond, whose experience directing nonprofits and working as a therapist (Ambrose) and with children’s programs around sustainability (Annie) was a perfect complement to Fern and Michael’s experience as monastics. Ambrose and Annie have a new baby boy, Finn born last year. All four teachers combine their experience with mindfulness with real life knowing about parenting, relationships and caring for their lives and their families.
Park in the Veatch Parking lot and then go up the stairs and go to the door on the left to get into the ballroom (it is on the first floor which is above the basement level). We will post signs
Wheelchair Access/Elevator Access There is a handicap parking lot but you must have a handicap sign to park in this lot. To get there take the same directions going toward the Veatch House Parking and just before entering the VH parking lot there is a turn to the left which will take you to another parking lot in a courtyard with handicap parking as well as an entrance to the basement level with an elevator which will take you to the first floor where the Veatch ballroom is located.