IMG_1356Peter Doobinin is the guiding teacher of the Downtown Meditation Community.  He founded DMC in 2002.  Prior to that, Peter was a co-founder of New York Insight Meditation Center.  In forming Downtown Meditation Community, his vision is to provide a refuge, a place where people can practice together and support each other in their efforts to alleviate suffering and find true happiness. Peter’s book, The Skill of Living, was published in the spring of 2013.  He also writes fiction and published a novel, Suburban Boy, in 2005.  


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Paul Weinfield has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1995. He’s been practicing insight meditation since 2004. Paul is a musician, writer, and professor of Religion and Philosophy. He received his doctorate from Columbia University and has taught academic courses on mysticism and philosophy there and at Hunter College since 2002.


kristine_bioKristine Marx has been practicing Insight Meditation since 2006. She started teaching meditation to college students in 2010. Kristine is an artist and has been teaching in higher education since 1998. She is presently an assistant professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She earned her M.F.A. from Hunter College, CUNY and a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. She resides in New York City and Philadelphia.


kate s picKate Solmssen Stephan is a certified Kripalu Yoga instructor, a certified Integral Yoga pre-natal teacher and a certified OM Yoga teacher. She is also an ACE certified personal trainer. Ms. Stephan danced professionally as a soloist for over ten years and was the Manager of the New York City Ballet Workout, a ballet-based fitness class, for three years. She teaches yoga at The Prenatal Yoga Center, The New York Kripalu Center, co-offers annual yoga/meditation retreats and teaches ballet at The School at Steps.


Carla Stangenberg has been the director of the Jaya Yoga Center in Brooklyn, New York since October 2005 and has taught there since 2000. She received her certification at Om Yoga Center under the guidance of Cyndi Lee. Her teaching experience also encompasses the fields of theatre, acting, movement and voice. Carla holds a BFA in theatre from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She currently teaches yoga at Brooklyn College, CUNY as well as at Jaya. She is grateful to many teachers who have helped her along the way.