Mentees

I train a small group of long-term students to be future teachers. These mentees are kind and patient and, as Dharma Teachers-In-Training, help other students.

Students have access to the Dharma Teachers-In-Training at retreats, where they are the pillars that keep things running smoothly. They help students with posture, meet to discuss concerns, and generally offer additional one-on-one support.

The Dharma Teachers-In-Training are also accessible before or after retreats by phone or Skype for practice support. If you want to develop a regular relationship with one of them, there’s a sliding-scale fee that you can ask them about.

You can find out more about each of the Dharma Teachers-In-Training below. If you’d like to reach one of them, you can do so through the Contact page.

  • Caitlin Strom

    Caitlin is a farmer, photographer, and artist and currently lives in Illinois with her husband Nathan and dog Basho. Caitlin sat her first silent retreat in 2006 and since then has been deeply dedicated to practice. She studied with various teachers in the Vipassana and Tibetan traditions before finding Michael. She continues to be inspired by his earthy approach, his commitment to relationship and community, and the way he embodies practice and compassion.

  • Jennifer Whitney

    Based in Brooklyn, Jennifer teaches yoga and dharma with a small sangha, as well as in group and one-one-one settings. She is passionate about studying and living the awakening traditions of yoga philosophy and Buddhist dharma. Building community and integrating care and connection with nature infuse her work. She is currently going back to school for her MA and PhD in Psychology at The New School. She has been studying with Michael for many years, and is continually inspired in all she does by his teachings.

  • Rose Riccio

    Rose is a registered massage therapist and yoga teacher living in Toronto. Her teaching practice involves bringing careful attention to breathing patterns, postural awareness, and mindful movement.

    She is infinitely interested in exploring how the mind, the body, and perception, continually influence and inform each other. She feels a deep commitment to dharma practice and it’s potential to transform our relationships with ourselves, and with each other. She is inspired by Michael’s dedication to cultivating community while living an engaged and embodied practice that embraces courage and compassion.

  • Andrea Russell

    Andrea Russell is an assistant for Michael Stone’s online courses and retreats, a yoga instructor and a licensed massage therapist specializing in neurovascular/craniosacral therapy. Her yoga teaching integrates meditation and a mindful approach to asana with attention to anatomy, optimal alignment, breath, and inner awareness. She inspires students to live a more grounded and compassionate life in harmony with the world we are all a part of. Her primary teachers are Michael Stone and Scott Anderson. Andrea leads Alignment Yoga teacher trainings and meditation retreats in Wisconsin where she resides with her pitbull Lucy.