Karen, Stephen and Sally met in 2019 while enrolled in the iBme Inward Bound Mindful Education Teacher Training. iBme is a not for profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of teens, parents and professionals. They instantly formed a strong bond within their small group under the tutelage of their beloved teacher Jessica Morey. They have a shared passion for helping others reach their full potential and are excited to share what they have learned through courses, trainings, retreats and individual mentoring.
For well over a decade Sally has trained extensively in the field of holistic health, and lifestyle medicine. Sally's belief is that we all possess the ability to tap into our natural state of health and well-being through the thoughts we think, the foods we eat, the way we move and our connection to ourselves, others and the natural world around us. Continually inspired by an endless stream of life-changing case studies, Sally is passionate about empowering others with the knowledge, and practical application of these body-mind-spirit alignment practices. Sally is immensely grateful for all of her teachers and has had the honor to study under Sri Shyamji Bhatnagar, Micro Chakra Psychology, Ranjitha Sandeep, Hatha Yoga, Wendy Gross Pinto, Yoga and Healing in the traditions of Vipassana, Ashtanga, Bikram and Jivamukti, Denise Risvi, Peruvian Meditation, Jessica Morey and the teaching team at iBme, Mary Grace Le Page, Energy Work, and Joel Fuhrman, MD., Plant Based Nutrition. Sally is a certified Mindfulness and Meditation teacher, Hatha Yoga teacher, and Wellness Coach. Sally has taught in hospitals, corporations, schools, transitional homes for at risk youth, community centers and athletic training centers. She has taught C-suite executives, firefighters, doctors, nurses and Olympic hopefuls and is a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. Prior to her career in Mindfulness teaching and mentoring, Sally spent more than 17 years in corporate marketing, is married and has two grown children.
Karen Blumenthal is one of the guiding teachers at the Long Island Center for Mindfulness founded by former Buddhist monk Cory Muscara. She accepts private students, guides walking through nature meditation classes, holds monthly sunrise meditations, teaches Koru mindfulness classes and runs private retreats. She is a sought after speaker for local colleges and public schools on Long Island. Karen brings 36 years of public school education experience and holds a Masters Degree from Adelphi University in physical education and health. Her passion is to help others reach their full potential. In 2017 her interest in well being and life’s transitions brought her out to Death Valley California, and in the Native American tradition she completed a 10 day Vision Quest. She has studied meditation with SN Goenka, Joseph Goldstein, Tara Brach, Cory Muscara, Jessica Morey and Bhante Nanda Thero. Karen has participated in four 10 day silent retreats. In 2018 she took a 12 day pilgrimage with Bhante Nanda to Sri Lanka. While there she was able to study more deeply the teachings of the Thai Forest Tradition. Karen is certified by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association and she holds certifications in Applied Positive Psychology developed by MAAP practitioners from the University of Pennsylvania, Koru Mindfulness developed by Doctors at Duke University, and Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, a not for profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of teens, parents and professionals.
I came to mindfulness meditation when I was living in Thailand in 2007 and became curious about what was happening behind the closed gates of the monasteries that dotted the landscape. This curiosity led me down a path of practice and study that has taken me from Asia back to my roots on the east coast. My practice is rooted in Theravada Buddhism, as practiced in the countries of Thailand, Burma and Sri Lanka. I have found a home within the lineages of Mahasi Sayadaw, Ajahn Chah, Buddadhasa and Sayadaw u Tejaniya. I practice and teach vipassana meditation, brahmavihara meditation and relational mindfulness. I have spent many months at the IMS forest refuge, studying and practicing with such teachers as Shaila Catherine, Joseph Goldstein, U Jagara and Jessica Morey.I was a secondary history teacher before I started teaching meditation in 2020. My training is through iBme, an organization that operates meditation retreats for teens and young adults throughout the world. They have pioneered an approach to closed container relational mindfulness practice that I have adapted to fit the zoom platform. I am a part of the broader iBme community and enthusiastically participate as a mentor on their teen retreats. In 2020, I was asked to become the guiding teacher of the Open Heart Meditation Community, an Insight meditation sangha in Portland, Maine. I lead meditations, offer dharma talks and facilitate relational mindfulness sessions that help people connect with each other, themselves and feel seen for who they are.