Bode is a meditation teacher and dedicated Presence Collective Sangha member who has studied extensively with Caverly Morgan since 2014. First inspired and trained in the Zen tradition, Bode has come to love a variety of orientations to meditation and spiritual practice, including working with the chakras and energy system, tea ceremony, and immersion in the natural world. He is passionate about spiritual practice being accessible to all, and has experience as a mindfulness instructor for Peace in Schools, a teen retreat mentor though Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, and a teacher and practitioner with countless Presence Collective events.
Bode offers individual practice consults through Presence Collective for both beginning meditators and those looking to deepen their practice.
Bode is inspired by the freedom that comes through examining and releasing patterns of suffering and separation, both personally and collectively. He has particular interest in the intersection of spiritual practice and the expression of masculinity and internalized patriarchy. As a white, cis-gender, male-identified practitioner, Bode is committed to the continual practice of uncovering and dismantling systems of oppression, internally and societally. Some of his notable influences are Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chodron, Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Rupert Spira, Lau Tzu, and Shunryu Suzuki.
Dr. Claudelle Glasgow is a Queer, first-generation West Indian/Haitian female-bodied human. Dr. G is a minister, teacher, protector, and student in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. She discovered the dharma at 7 years old, began studying meditation through yoga at 19. This Human began more formal practice in 2004 in the Zen tradition within the Jodo Shinshu tradition in Chicago, IL, and later in 2007 with the Shambhala tradition, where they entered the vajrayana path under Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, began teaching in 2012, and was fully authorized to teach in 2015. She teaches the dharma in any space of need, at its intersections of mental health, trauma, embodiment, and race. Dr. G is also a practitioner of several contemplative arts including writing, storytelling, kyudo (Jap. "The Way of the Bow") in the HEKI RYU BISHU CHIKURIN-HA style with teacher Shibtata Sensei XXI, and yoga.
Professionally, Dr. G is trained as a clinical psychologist. She is in private practice in Seattle, WA where their work centers the healing and liberation of BIPOC through narrative, somatic healing, and ritual.
When working with Dr. G, you can expect that they are holding the view of your innate wisdom and its ability to co-construct the space as well as transform any obstacles you may be experiencing on your path. The space often includes some centering practice, a question of curiosity posed by the mentee, and some discussion integrating the dharma, humor, and its meeting with everyday life. Sessions are typically about 55 minutes. At the end of our time together, with hopes you leave with more spaces of curiosity, empowered, and some direction of how to explore it further until our next meeting. Cheers!
Janice Martellucci is a white, female-identified, cis-gender, queer, able-bodied, mother, teacher, and student. Her contemplative roots started with her Catholic upbringing and expanded during her years working as a naturalist in the redwoods. Janice’s formal training in awareness practice began in 2010. She’s spent the last decade training in retreat settings and studying intensively with Caverly Morgan. Janice’s teachings have also been influenced by Rainer Maria Rilke, Wangari Maathai, St. Francis of Assisi, Rupert Spira, Cheri Huber, Rev. angel Kyodo williams, and Rachel Carson, to name a few. Janice has 5 years of experience teaching mindfulness to teens and adults through Peace in Schools. Through Presence Collective, she offers workshops and consultations that focus on what it means to embody and integrate the teachings into daily life. Janice brings extensive experience working with a variety of tools and contemplative technologies the practice offers. Her passion is supporting herself and others in ending suffering and realizing the love and possibility inherent in us all. She loves working with those brand new to practice and those who have been practicing for years. Areas of intersection for Janice include marriage and relationships, the enneagram, environment and climate, sexuality, parenting, loss, adolescence, young adulthood, and religion. Janice lives with her wife, son, and small cat just outside of Philadelphia. She’s available for video consultations by appointment.
Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls (they/them) is a teacher and student in the Shambhala school of Vajrayana (Tibetan) Buddhism. Shanté began studying and practicing Buddhism at age 17 and has practiced in Zen, SGI, and Shambhala communities. Shanté began on the teaching path in 2009 and was authorized in the Shambhala tradition to teach meditation and buddhadharma in 2015. Dr. Smalls teaches dharma and meditation in a variety of locations including dharma centers, conferences, corporations, and colleges and universities. Shanté is focused on the healing impact of contemplation and meditation in Black communities, People of Color communities, LGBTQ+ communities, and prison and recovery communities. Shante is a Teacher on the Liberation App and teaches regularly on Weekly Dharma Gathering Online.
Shanté is an Assistant Professor of Black Literature & Culture at St. John’s University in Queens, NY, and they live in Brooklyn, NY with their dog, Drala. They will be living in Atlanta for the 2019-2020 academic year on a research fellowship at Emory University.