Teachers

All Deep Spring Center teachers offer their time on a dana basis, joyfully sharing the teachings. Your free-will offerings to the teachers are welcomed.

Teacher Bios:

Dorothyann Coyne has been a student and practitioner of yoga and meditation since 1971. Mother of four and grandmother of five, she is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher and a senior teacher of meditation for Deep Spring Center. Dottie and her husband Bernie have been long time supporters of Deep Spring.  For 25 years they offered their home on a lake in the Irish Hills near Ann Arbor as a setting for many of the sangha weekend retreats and workshops.  

 

Frank Levey - Deep Spring Center teacherFrank Levey has been practicing Vipassana meditation since the mid 80’s, and he connected with Deep Spring Center within a few weeks of arriving in Ann Arbor in 1993. He has been teaching classes and co-leading retreats since 1997. In addition Frank has experience with Taoist and is a certified Transformational Breath facilitator.An avid outdoorsman, he has taught wilderness survival to youth and adults. Frank lives with his wife, Larissa, and their son, Issac, in Ann Arbor.

 

Dan Muir found his spiritual home at Deep Spring Center shortly after moving back to Michigan in 1999. He has been teaching since 2006, trying to convey the peace, joy, and deep wisdom he has found through honest intention, an effort at clean living, and daily meditation. When he isn’t teaching the Dharma, Dan is a nurse anesthetist who shares a farm near Lansing with horses and alpaca.

 
Bill Riccobono has been meditating and journaling since 1972 with the birth of his first child.  The father of 6, he was a high school counselor for 30+ years.  Relatively new to DSC, he has been practicing vipassana meditation for the last 6 years.  He values meditation in his daily practice and benefits from it in everyday living.  Bill also is a  long standing member of Ann Ann Arbor Quaker meeting. 

 

Julie Wolcott - Deep Spring TeacherJulie Wolcott began meditating in the ear with a course in Transcendental Meditation, later studying with Peggy Lippitt, the woman reported to have brought Buddhism to Ann Arbor.  From the Mahayana tradition, this form of meditation focuses on the chanting and recitation of mantras.  When Peggy passed away, Julie was drawn to work with Barbara Brodsky as her teacher in the study of Vipassana.  She has found her spiritual home in this practice.  She has been teaching Vipassana meditation in Ann Arbor and in St. Augustine, Florida for the past three years. Julie also has a passion for and facilitates and teaches Transformational Breathwork to groups and individuals.

Founder and Guiding Teacher

Barbara Brodsky, guiding teacherIn Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1989, Barbara Brodsky founded Deep Spring Center for Meditation and Spiritual Inquiry, she is the founder and guiding teacher,

Barbara Brodsky has been practicing meditation since 1960. She has dual roots in the Buddhist and Quaker traditions and her teaching reflects this balance. Barbara teaches insight or vipassana meditation and practices derived from the dzogchen (non-dual awareness) traditions to people of all faiths, traveling throughout the world. She is an ordained Interfaith Minister.

Barbara Brodsky is a channel for Aaron.

 

Aaron is a spirit who has been a Buddhist monk and scholar in many previous lifetimes and is a being of great love, compassion, wisdom and gentle humor. In his final lifetime, he was a Vipassana meditation master in the Theravadin tradition, but reminds us that, like us, he has lived in many different bodies and followed many spiritual paths.