Pam is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher who has taught for many years at Winona State University and the Winona Yoga Center. She loves sharing her love of yoga with others, from adults and adolescents to elderly and children. She is a long-time meditator, now learning from the Tibetan Buddhist Mahamudra tradition, and has found yoga asanas and pranayama to be very helpful in clearing her mind and satisfying her fidgety body. She works as a writer and editor for Big River Magazine.
Trish began her work with meditation, mindfulness and embodiment practices almost 20 years ago. She has been a mindfulness and meditation instructor for 5 years and works with children and adults throughout the community. Trish teaches secular mindfulness practices in the schools and believes that offering these skills to youth supports their social, emotional, and academic abilities as well as their overall health and happiness. Trish studies with Mindful Schools in Oakland, California. In addition, Trish leads mindfulness workshops in public and private sectors throughout the community. She also teaches mindfulness to families, leads youth camps (movement, mindfulness, social engagement and service) and adult wellness retreats at Manitou.
Trish has been studying and practice Zen since 2000. She began her formal studies with Steve Hagen from the Dharma Field Meditation and Learning Center. Trish now studies with and is a Dharma Holder with Roshi Genmitsu Kahn and Roshi Genki Kahn from Zen Garland Community and Order in Airmont, NY.
She is also committed to the important service of being a hospice volunteer.
Trish loves being a mom to her 2 children Nico and Willow. She also loves learning new things, exploring and adventuring, moving her body in creative and healthy ways, traveling, cooking, dancing and spending time with her family and friends. Trish is a Director and an Instructor at Manitou Center.
Liberty is a professor of English with spiritual and scholarly practices in meditation and Buddhism. His work as a professor and scholar focuses on social activism in the public sphere. Liberty has published scholarship on Buddhism’s language of non-conflict based communication and Buddhist reflection as a teaching tool. Liberty has been a practitioner of yoga and meditation for a decade. His study of Buddhism and meditation includes short-term practice and study with Tibetan masters such as Mingyur Rinpoche and Matthieu Ricard. Liberty has continuing study with Zen master Roshi Genki Kahn. He is also interested in the contemplative sciences and has undergone training in Zen focusing, a form of guided meditation merging embodied psychoanalysis with Zen practice.
Lew is a Land Use Planner working for Winona County since 2006. He works on a variety of rural and small community land use issues and enjoys working with people to improve places where they live, work, and play. Lew holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Geography from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. A native Winonan, Lew enjoys outdoor activities including paddling local waters, skiing in the bluffs, and biking as much as possible. He and his wife Trina Barrett are the parents of two children who have enjoyed being a part of the Manitou community for almost as long as either of them can remember.
Randy had nearly a decade of research and development activity in both St. Teresa’s College and Winona School District in teacher preparation and school reform areas, respectively. In 1992, he shifted that focus in human development to the whole community as the director of the Winona Council for Quality-a group that has been dedicated to bringing community leaders and educators together to discuss and practice ways of transforming individuals and organizations. Over the ensuing years, the Council has been involved in many areas:business/education partnerships, community celebrations of quality, Re-Learning Learning, the Winona Working Together video and HBC TV series, clergy roundtables, and the decade long Thrive Leadership series that continues to meet with a focus currently on Mindful Leadership. He is also working with a local consortium seeking to promote mindfulness and compassion in Winona.
For a number of years Randy was a community columnist for the Daily News, with his writing focused on using compassion, understanding and connection to bring Winona residents together. He has committed his work to bringing individuals, families and communities together to be excited and curious learners, to collaborate with each other, and channel the collective talents for the community good.
Paul Kisho Stern
Paul sees his work at Manitou and in life in general as being focused largely on developing contexts within which individuals are able to engage in life practices that allow them to connect more completely with themselves, their communities, and their world. This work is central to the Zen education and practice, mindfulness programming and martial arts/movement arts practices offered through Manitou. All of these areas of study are pathways that foster this type of holistic personal development and help connect people more fully to their communities and their world.
Paul began his journey with martial arts in 1989. He has studied martial arts consistently from that time forward with an emphasis on Choy li Fut Kung fu and Chen Taiji Quan. He has studied extensively in the United States,Taiwan, Canada, and Europe. He has taught martial arts since 2000. He continues to cultivate and grow his personal practice of martial arts under the instruction of Masters Lee Chang Ren and Lee Chang Chih in Taiwan as well as Tai Sifu Neil McRitchie and Sifu Eric Muchowski in North America.
Paul began his interest and study of meditation in the early 1990’s. This journey brought him to study with a variety of teachers both in North America and abroad. He deepened his connection and study through during his years in Taiwan, where he studied at Bu Dong Shi in Pingdong Province of southern Taiwan.
Upon returning to Minneapolis, Paul studied Zen Meditation and Buddhist studies at Dharma Field Meditation and Learning Center in Minneapolis under Steve Hagen and Tibetan Buddhism with the Bodhicitta Sangha under Khenpo Sherab Sangpo. This journey has lead him to becoming a novice priest in the tradition of Roshi Paul Genki Kahn and Roshi Monika Genmitu Kahn from Zen Garland Community and Order in New York, where he continues his study and growth in this area of meditation and Zen practice.
Currently, Kisho lives with his family in Winona where he works at WSU and is a Director & Instructor at Manitou Center.