Gordon Peerman has been engaged in contemplative practices, including Centering Prayer and Insight Meditation, since 1975. Since 2003 Phillip Moffitt, one of the Guiding Teachers of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, has been his teacher. At Spirit Rock, Gordon was a member of the Community Dharma Leaders training program. He writes the Buddhism & Christianity blog for dharmawisdom.org. He and his wife Kathy Woods lead Insight Nashville, a mindfulness meditation group that meets weekly at Second Presbyterian Church in Nashville.
Gordon is an Episcopal priest and psychotherapist in private practice in Nashville. He has taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at Vanderbilt’s Center for Integrative Health as well as mindfulness practices at Vanderbilt’s Law and Medical Schools. He is an adjunct faculty member at Vanderbilt Divinity School, where he has taught classes in Buddhist Christian Dialogue. He leads a monthly comtemplative eucharist at St. Augustine’s Chapel on the Vanderbilt campus, and is the author of Blessed Relief: What Christians Can Learn from Buddhists about Suffering.
Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award winning author of over two dozen
nonfiction books, whose poems and short stories has been anthologized
in over a dozen volumes, and whose prayers are used in prayer books
around the world. Rami received rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew
Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, and holds a PH.D. in
religion from Union Graduate School. A congregational rabbi for 20 years, Rabbi Rami is currently Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Middle Tennessee State University where he also directs The Writer’s Loft, MTSU’s creative writing program, and co–director of One River Wisdom School, a training program in the Perennial Philosophy. In addition to writing books, Rami writes a regular column for Spirituality and Health magazine called Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler. He can be reached via his website, rabbirami.com.
Kathy Woods has been teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction since 2002 and studying with Phillip Moffitt since 2003. She is a former Head of the Lower School at University School of Nashville. In school settings she has worked with teachers in managing their stress and teaching children to cope with stress more skillfully. She is currently co-leading Mindfulness in Nashville Education (MiNEd), a collaboration between public and private school teachers as well as community leaders to bring mindfulness practices into Nashville schools.
Kathy is a cancer survivor and has a special interest in the application of mindfulness practices in meeting health challenges. In addition to Insight Meditation, she has practiced yoga and qigong for twelve years. She teaches qigong at Vanderbilt’s Dayani Center. She and her husband Gordon Peerman lead retreats at St. Mary’s Sewanee, a Center for Spiritual Development.