Board of Directors

Chris Crotty

Chris Crotty is a Buddhist teacher, pastoral counselor, and adjunct professor in wellness and alternative medicine. Practicing meditation since 1998, he has taken retreat with Burmese monastics Sayadaw U Inndaka and Sayadaw U Tejaniya, scholar-practitioner Bhikkhu Analayo, western monastics of the Zen and Thai Forest tradition, and senior western Vipassana teachers. Chris was authorized to teach Buddhadharma in 2015, and in 2016 was encouraged to teach vipassana and metta by Sayadaw U Inndaka (Chanmyay Myaing, Myanmar).

Chris’s teaching combines Theravada Buddhism’s emphasis on insight and ethics with the Mahayana ideal of compassionate action, along with the synthesis of practice and study. He is also influenced by the fields of ecopsychology, attachment theory, and contemplative, pastoral, and palliative approaches to sickness, aging, and end-of-life care.

Prior to focusing on Buddhist practices, Chris taught Hatha yoga, directing a community yoga center in Gloucester, Mass., and training yoga teachers internationally at the 200-hour and 500-hour levels. Chris’s yoga combines yin, viniyoga, and kripalu with trauma-sensitive methodologies and mindfulness.  His weekend-format yoga teacher training, Hatha-Dharma, developed to help students practice and teach a more awareness-based yoga, has been offered at yoga centers internationally.

Chris has taught at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health’s Institute for Integrated Leadership, as well as the Trauma Center in Brookline, Mass., and he was active in yoga research with Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  For Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) he taught retreats and managed the development of iBme’s Mindfulness Teacher Training program. His course “Living the Good Life: Practicing Health and Wellbeing” is a core course in Wellness and Alternative Medicine at Johnson State College. As a visiting lecturer Chris has taught at Endicott College’s nursing program and at Tufts University. He holds a master’s degree in ecopsychology, sustainable leadership, and Buddhist practice, and is currently an active member of the Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation (CSCPF). Chris regularly teaches workshops and retreats nationally and offers individual mentoring and Buddhist pastoral counseling. To learn more about Chris and to view his full schedule, visit chriscrottydharma.org.

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Sarah Mitchell

Sarah is a nonprofit leader, fundraiser, and human rights activist with 10+ years of experience. She is currently the director of supporter engagement at the international LGBTQ+ rights organization All Out. She first came to the dharma through recovery groups and aspires to help provide those seeking freedom from the suffering of addiction with a safe and welcoming community. She has sat vipassanā retreats with monastics and lay teachers in the Theravada tradition. Sarah is currently training to become a facilitator with the Boston Meditation Center. She lives in Cambridge with her partner and dog.

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Lia Houk

Lia is an artist living in Henniker, New Hampshire. She began practicing with a peer-led sangha in Boston in 2014 and then with Chris Crotty in 2015. She was closely involved with the establishment of Boston Meditation Center in 2018. As someone living with chronic illness, Lia uses her Buddhist practice as a way to reduce stress and help prioritize her many interests. She is most interested in bringing the teachings off the cushion to stay present in everyday life and continue to explore the eightfold path in action. As program coordinator, Lia is responsible for the organization of residential and nonresidential retreats, ongoing contact with teachers and facilitators, and acting as registrar for all programs.

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David Schouela

David is a workshop facilitator and certified yoga teacher-trainer. He is passionate about helping individuals cultivate increased presence and resilience  through the practices of yoga and mindfulness. David is on the teaching faculty for the trauma-sensitive yoga certificate program offered through the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA. In 2004, David cofounded True North Insight, a Canadian charitable organization offering a full schedule of Buddhist Insight meditation retreats and courses in English and French.

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