Visiting Retreat Teachers

Welcome to Newly Arrived Insight Meditation Teachers

Tempel Smith is now living in this same neck of the woods, having recently moved to Victoria, B.C. with his wife, Kristina Bare, who is an Insight Meditation Teacher-in-training. He is looking forward to connecting with the sangha’s of BC, Alberta and the US Pacific NorthWest.

Tempel Smith began practicing insight and loving-kindness meditation in 1989 at Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. Tempel focused his younger years on activism within nuclear disarmament, environmental protection, and service working in crisis shelters for homeless and abused youth. In 1997 he spent a year in Myanmar (Burma) as an ordained monk with both Ven. Sayadaw U Pandita and Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, and later practiced in silence for a nine month retreat back at the IMS.

Since 2001 Tempel has to taught meditation and Buddhist psychology to a wide variety of people including prisoners, activists, youth, service providers, and those with severe and chronic illnesses. He founded the B.A.S.E. House in San Francisco – a residential community dedicated to living a socially engaged Buddhist life. Tempel spent a year in volunteer service for Zen Hospice, and in 2003 he initiated an international meditation retreat and program for teenagers and young adults which became iBme (Inward Bound Mindfulness Education). Tempel worked for the Buddhist Peace Fellowship in Berkeley coordinating the B.A.S.E. and Young Adults programs, and also has lead pilgrimages in Thailand, Burma, and India for the past ten years.

In 2010 Tempel graduated from a four year teacher training program run by Jack Kornfield, and now leads Spirit Rock’s 2-year Dedicated Practitioner Program at SRMC. The Buddha’s teachings Tempel offers is greatly informed by his time in Myanmar, years of activism and front line social services, western neuroscience and psychology, and modern somatic based trauma healing.  It is his hope to help transmit the ancient wisdom traditions from Asian countries in accessible forms to western communities.

Kristina Baré has trained as a clinical psychologist in Denmark, Couple and Family therapist in Canada, Dialectical Behavior Therapist and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (R). She has worked as a therapist/psychologist in Denmark and Canada for 15 years primarily supporting those experiencing relational difficulties, traumas, and grief reactions.

Kristina was first introduced to meditation as a young child by her father who offers spiritual teaching in the Zen Buddhist and Taoist tradition. She came to the Theravada Buddhist tradition in 2009 and have practiced primarily in the Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw and Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw traditions. In 2020 she completed 6 months of retreat practice at the Forest Refuge (Insight Mediation Society) and in self-retreat. She was trained in the Pa Auk jhana system by Shaila Catherine, Ven. Sayadaw U Jagara, Winnie Narzarko and her primary teacher Marcia Rose during these retreat months.

Kristina is currently being mentored by Marcia Rose, and other dharma teachers, to share the dharma and teach meditation retreats in the Insight meditation tradition. She is also studying Buddhist chaplaincy through the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies.

Kristina has begun offering online Buddhist study courses and individual dharma support meetings. She has a particular interest and skill in supporting those who wish to explore samatha (concentration) teachings with a focus on Anapanasati (mindfulness of breathing) and Brahmavihara (loving-kindness) practices. As described by the Buddha, samatha practices can be a valuable support for greater well being in daily life, as well as a support for deepening wisdom.

Kristina lives in Victoria, BC. with her life-partner Tempel Smith. She is the mother for a 28 year old son. You can learn more about her work at