Khenmo Konchog Nyima Drolma
Abbess of Vajra Dakini Nunnery, Khenmo Konchog Nyima Drolma has studied with the foremost spiritual teachers of our time including H.H. Dalai Lama, H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche (the head of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage) and Ani Pema Chodron. After her novice ordination by Drikung Kyabgon in 1997, she received training at Gampo Abbey guided by Ven. Pema Chödrön, and attended their shedra (philosophy College). In 2002 she took full ordination as a Buddhist nun in Taiwan. In 2004 she was installed as a Khenmo (Abbot) in the Drikung lineage, becoming the first woman and first westerner in her lineage to officially hold this responsibility. She teaches the Dharma internationally. Her current responsibilities, in addition to Vajra Dakini Nunnery, include the Tibetan/Himalayan Nuns Leadership Program and she chairs the international committee for the 2020 Shravasti Rains Retreat.
Peggy Smith is a certified trainer with the International Center for Nonviolent Communication, with over four decades of teaching experience. She is at the forefront of bringing empathic thinking and communicating to our region. Peggy holds a M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and was a teacher in public and alternative schools for 32 years before devoting her full time energies to this endeavor. She offers trainings in a wide variety of venues. She has posted online a Courageous Communication curriculum developed over five years with men coming out of incarceration. She is a co-founder of the Maine NVC Network and leads their monthly newsletter team. Peggy has done international NVC work through Seeds of Peace International Camp, working with educators from the Middle East and South Asia both in Maine and in the region. A student of Mindfulness since 1991, Peggy has been ordained as a teacher by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. She has a passion for helping everyone develop their innate capacity for empathy by integrating mindfulness into how we think and communicate. Peggy enjoys designing and implementing programs that support empathic thinking and communicating as part of systemic culture change.
Rev. Todd Glacy is an Interfaith Minister who describes himself as an Enlightenment Advocate, Spiritual Explorer and an Instigator of Joy. He travels extensively as a speaker, musician and workshop facilitator sharing his passion for empowering people to live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives. Todd holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston and a Master’s Degree in Counseling. After working for a decade as a School Counselor, he enrolled in the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine (ChIME) where he received his ordination as an Interfaith Minister. He is a certified life coach, yoga instructor, drum circle facilitator and the creator of the Gong Journeywork™ Wisdoming process. He has recorded a number of CD’s and shares his passion of Sacred Sound and Living with spiritual and wellness focused communities and organizations throughout the US. Find out more at
Anil Kumar Kottakki
Anil Kumar Kottakki was born in India he has completed his Masters in Yoga and received training in Yoga from learned Yogic Teachers. He has been teaching Yoga since 2004 . He is the current yoga in-charge of Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama,Visakhapatnam His classes include Asanas, Pranayama, Meditation and Self Development techniques which help individuals to grow to higher level of consciousness. He has conducted various programmes in the field of Yoga like training CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) officers, Yoga classes in Samskar Sibhir, Yoga classes for prisoners at Central Jail Visakhapatnam, Conducted Yoga workshop in Rajahmundry and Yoga training camp for Visakhapatnam Airport Staff. You can reach him at anil@SadhanaMe.com
Maria Wagner has a varied career as a performer and private music instructor in Portland, Maine. She began as a classically trained clarinetist, went on to earn her Masters in music performance from the University of Southern Maine and continues to perform freelance across the state in a variety of groups and orchestras. In 2010 Maria began the study and performance of classical and folk music from the Middle East, and was a founding member of Zapion(2010 - 2020), in which she played the clarinet and the Arabic nay. She maintains a vibrant private teaching studio for clarinet and nay based in Portland and is also on the applied music faculty of Bates College. Maria's deepest love is her practice of Bhakti yoga. She teaches heart-centered, devotional yoga classes that incorporate music, chanting, and explore all that it means to be human. FMI: mariawagnerclarinet.com
Randy Lindsey, MMA (Master of Musical Arts), is from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Along with tuning pianos, Randy teaches guitar, voice, and piano. He performs throughout the New England area with his six-string acoustic guitar : Jazz Standards, 60s - 70s Popular Songs, Instrumentals, Originals, Classical Guitar Pieces, and songs from Musicals, Operas, and Foreign Cultures.
Satya Franche began her singing career as a child in Montreal eventually earning two degrees in music, from Grant MacEwan, Edmonton, Alberta, and Berklee College of Music, Boston, Mass. She has worked extensively both in live performance and in the studio. In the 80's, she recorded a pop album entitled "As We Were" with her group, So Sudden. Her kirtan journey began in 2006, when she formedSatya Franche & Ma Kirtan, inspired by her mentor Krishna Das and the guidance of her Satguru, Sri Neem Karoli, and his great disciple, SiddhiMa. Satya has recorded and performed with many of today’s kirtan leaders. She has toured in India, Canada and the Northeastern States with the late Ma Chetan Jyoti, one of kirtan's great voices. Currently, Satya leads kirtan throughout the Eastern seaboard. Satya’s debut kirtan CD was released in 2009 entitled "Love is in the Name" and she is currently working on her second one entitled "Faith in Hand" due to be released soon.
Rasa Devi Dasi
Rasa Devi Dasi of Boston is an exceptional hand cymbals/manjira and tambourine player and a devotee. She is also a kirtan singer. She has been playing music with Devadas of New York since 2011. She plays in Kirtan bands throughout the East Coast.