Many people are involved to make Colby Mindfulness happen:
Olivia Biagetti – Student Co-Leader
Olivia started meditation after taking Professor Harris’s class Buddhism in American Poetry, resonating with lines such as Ginsberg’s “free space for causeless bliss,” and Dickinson’s “The Wind does not require the Grass/ To answer—Wherefore when He pass/ She cannot keep Her place.” She is now co-leader of Mindfulness club, a regular at Jing’s Tuesday meditation, and a member of Multi-faith Council. She also is attuned to Reiki level two. Feel welcome to email her for further questions or comments.
Ellen Evangelides – Student Co-Leader
Ellen enjoys practicing mindfulness and is currently a senior here at Colby. She is an environmental studies major, a COOT leader, an outdoors enthusiast, and a skilled photographer. Recently, she studied abroad in Ethiopia this past Jan Plan. Last semester, she delivered the environmental studies international capstone presentation on Missing Players in Environmental Governance in Ethiopia. She frequents the Sunday meditations.
Peter Harris – Meditation Leader
Peter is a zen meditation practitioner and the Zacamy professor of English here at Colby. He teaches English Composition with a service-learning component which involves students in local public schools, 19th-century American Literature and Contemporary American Poetry. He also leads poetry workshops on campus. Peter has been a zen meditator for several years and leads sittings every Thursday at 4pm.
Jing Ye – Meditation Leader
Jing has been leading a weekly, guided mindfulness meditation group since 2001. Her training in Vipassana meditation, as well as her practice in Tai Chi and Chi Gong, helps inform her guidance. Following her half hour Tuesday sittings, there is Q & A, and discussion. Jing is a licensed clinical professional counselor at the Counseling Services. She is also a certified by the The Focusing Institute as a focusing oriented therapist.
Thomas Thornton – Website Designer & Research Assistant
Thomas is in his first year at Colby College. He enjoys backpacking, computer science, and discovering new music. Since coming to Colby in the Fall, he has been able to research mindfulness, meditation and other contemplative practices under the guidance of Peter Harris. Some of Thomas’s work can be found in the resources section, along with many other useful materials. He has been exposed to meditation from a young age, and enjoys contemplative meditation.