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Want to Deepen Your Connection to the Sangha? It�s Easier Than You Think!

The Washington Mindfulness Community is run by committee. No, really! Below are the two elected bodies, as required by law for non-profit organizations, and five committees that help our community stay organized, supportive, and connected to each other. Learn about specific WMC projects from the latest Community Gathering Report, then e-mail a committee to find out you can get involved!

WMC Board of Trustees
trustees(at)mindfulnessdc.org
(2-year elected terms)

Manages the business and affairs of the WMC, seeking input from the larger community for major decisions. The Trustees are entrusted by the community with holding the well-being of the community in their heart and with embodying in their actions the needs of the community as a whole.

  • Carrie Rose
  • Sankar Sitaraman
  • James Figetakis
  • Brigitte Pichot


    WMC Practice Council
    practicecouncil(at)mindfulnessdc.org
    (2-year elected terms)

    Oversees the spiritual life of the community and supports the mindfulness practice of community members; looks to the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and Dharma teachers in his tradition, and seeks input from the larger community, before making substantive changes to established practices.

  • Elisabeth Dearborn
  • Susan Hadler
  • Richard Brady
  • Steve Sidley

    Retreat Committee
    retreats(at)mindfulnessdc.org
    (volunteer)

    Organizes and manages three community retreats per year, seeking input from sangha members, making contact with host sites, signing up participants and planning retreat formats.

  • Joann Malone
  • Jindra Cekan
  • Alan Heyman

    Operations Committee
    operations(at)mindfulnessdc.org
    (volunteer)

    Supports Sunday evening WMC meetings and other events, through tasks such as coordinating bell inviters, greeters and newcomers� evening guides, and managing the WMC library.

  • Brigitte Pichot
  • Richard Brady
  • Carrie Rose
  • Susan Hadler
    ** additional member needed for newcomer orientation scheduling


    Communications Committee
    communications(at)mindfulnessdc.org
    (volunteer)

    Manages the WMC web site, publishes the quarterly newsletter and sangha directory, and conducts other projects to help keep members informed and connected.

  • Mary Hillebrand
  • Joseph Byrne
  • Nick Chang
  • Azara Turaki


    Community Care Committee
    community(at)mindfulnessdc.org
    (volunteer)

    Organizes community-building projects such as Second Body Practice and book groups and provides support for individuals and groups of congregants who are experiencing difficulties.

  • Steve Sidley
  • Carolyn Blumele
  • Susan Hadler
  • Lisa F.

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