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BILL BROOKS

Bill’s decade-long journey on the path of mindfulness has been largely self-directed, yet many teachers have provided guideposts for him along the way through their words—both written and spoken. It has been the very real experiences of life, however, that were Bill’s greatest teachers. Bill is certified as a meditation teacher by the Meditation Teacher Training Institute. He leads meditation practice and shares the dharma with the IMCF sangha, and instructs introductory courses in mindfulness meditation locally. Bill is also certified as a yoga teacher (RYT 200) through the Integral Yoga Academy at Satchidananda Ashram, and teaches yoga at several locations around Fredericksburg. Bill’s hope is that these offerings encourage others to accept the gifts of mindfulness and kindness into their bodies, hearts, and minds. Bill is a co-founder of IMCF.

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TODD DRAKE

Todd has been studying and practicing mindfulness for over 15 years. His meditation practice is seated in the Theravada School of Buddhism. His personal training includes: The Power of Awareness Training, sponsored by the Awareness Training Institute, and Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive, sponsored by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Todd has also attended numerous silent meditation retreats over the years, and is an ardent supporter of practicing mindful self-compassion. Todd is a co-founder of IMCF.

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JOHN McLAUGHLIN

John is an enthusiastic student and teacher of the Dharma. He works to apply these teachings in his daily life and practice through mindful engagement with the world. His practice involves daily meditation, mindfulness, yoga and service to his community. He attends Buddhist retreats annually to strengthen his spiritual practice. He is teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at Mary Washington Hospital. John works as a radiologist at MWH and travels every year to Asia to train other physicians in his specialty of interventional radiology. He has a young family and many interests, both secular and spiritual, which provide for an active life and plenty of opportunities for practice. John is a co-founder of IMCF.