EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & GUIDING TEACHER
Andrew Chapman is currently the executive director and guiding teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society in Nashville. Andrew manages general programming and oversees daily operations while also facilitating weekly meditation groups, monthly workshops, and intensive study courses.
Over the past several years, Andrew has worked one-on-one with ATS Nashville founder and Rebel Saint Dharma teacher, Dave Smith, to deepen his personal mindfulness practice and develop greater competency as a group facilitator. Andrew has also spent several months in meditative training on silent retreat practice, including extensive month-long training in both the Thai Forest (via Ajahn Sucitto) & Burmese (via Panditarama Forest Meditation Center in Myanmar) methods of practice. In the Spring of 2017, Andrew graduated from a 2.5-year Community Dharma Leadership training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where he received authorization to teach the Dharma.
Andrew has been a guest lecturer at Vanderbilt University, University of Tennessee, Belmont University and Meharry Medical College, speaking to students, faculty, as well as mental health staff. Currently, Andrew offers mindfulness-based therapeutic groups and workshops at several mental health and addictions treatment centers in the greater Nashville area, specializing in adolescent and youth treatment. Andrew has also presented at the Nashville Psychotherapy Institute, discussing therapeutic interventions for Millennials--approaches to working with young adult populations.
Andrew has spent the past several years developing intensive trainings and workshops related to the intersection of Western & Buddhist psychology for dedicated practitioners, as well as professionals in the fields of education and mental health. He also offers one-on-one mentorship to persons seeking guidance and support as they begin, deepen, and sustain a mindfulness practice.
Abigail Campbell lives and works as the course coordinator at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, Massachusetts. She started attending Against the Stream in the fall of 2016. Her introduction to the dharma was through Refuge Recovery, which was a powerful and life-changing experience that called her to deep committment to her own personal dharma practice and to service to the Against the Stream Sangha. Abigail is a CPA who specializes in nonprofit accounting and consulting and has worked with many nonprofits over the years. She currently works as the director of finance at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society in Nashville, TN.
Lisa is currently in her foundations year of studies at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care to complete her professional chaplaincy training. She began attending Against the Stream two years ago, where she found herself grateful for its intention as a place of sincere practice. She is the Grief Support Coordinator at Alive Hospice where she does counseling, support groups, curriculum & programming development and co-directs children's grief camp. An experienced Arts educator with an emphasis on social justice, she brings her skills of creativity and communication with the hopes of contributing to the integrity of this community. Lisa currently facilities groups and serves as the facility manager at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society in Nashville, TN.
Zuby moved to Nashville, TN from Cincinnati, Ohio in 2015 with the specific intention of immersing himself in the Against the Stream and Refuge Recovery communities. He initially began practicing meditation while incarcerated, upon reading Buddhist literature in the jail. The Dharma has been instrumental in his personal recovery and in helping to cultivate more skillful mind-states. Zuby is a US Navy veteran having served two tours in the Arabian Gulf. He enjoys humor, awesome food, and college basketball. Zuby is currently the volunteer support and assistant facility manager at Against the Stream Nashville.
Andrew is coming from a background in both buddhism and the DIY music scene and promotion. His interest in Buddhism began when he travelled to Nepal to study Tibetan buddhist philosophy at The Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal. Returning home to his native Detroit, Andrew ran an independent record label and DIY music venue, booking and promoting bands from all over the country. Andrew came to Refuge Recovery in early 2016 and has since become passionately involved with Against The Stream, sitting two retreats at Joshua Tree in 2017. He brings his networking and promotion skills to Against The Stream Nashville, looking to support it's growth and create a welcoming atmosphere to all.
Callan first came to Against the Stream in the Fall of 2016. After having spent two years touring the country as a sideman guitarist, she came back to Nashville with the desire to find a sense of groundedness and community that had been missing in life on the road. Seeing the Dharma work in her life, she has since become an active member of the Sangha and strives to help support and further bring together our spiritual community. She enjoys hiking, going to the movies, and playing guitar in her band.
COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP TEAM
Rachael Tanner- Smith is a long-term member of the Nashville meditation community with over a decade of personal practice. Rachael is a licensed professional counselor who works as the clinical director of an integrative counseling agency and provides trauma-informed individual counseling in her private practice. She brings over ten years of clinical experience, along with training in secular mindfulness through the Mindful Schools program and training in Feeding Your Demons practiced based on the Tibetan Buddhist Chod ritual. She began attending ATS Nashville 6 years ago; as a group facilitator at ATS Nashville she synthesizes western psychological theory and eastern meditation practices. Parenting a toddler provides her with opportunities to wake up on a daily basis.
Inspired by the Dharma Punx movement, Mikey began his Buddhist practice in 2009. Initially he studied under Claude AnShin Thomas in the Soto Zen tradition at the Magnolia Zen Center in Fort Walton Beach, FL. In 2012 Mikey formally took precepts in the White Plumb lineage.
In 2014, Mikey moved to Nashville and found a new home in Against The Stream. He found comfort in a community that was willing to be open and vulnerable discussing the same dissatisfaction which drew him to the punk scene. Mikey has since embraced the Theravada tradition and has sat on retreat with Noah Levine, JoAnna Harper, Dave Smith, Vinny Ferraro, and Josh Korda to name a few. Mikey has completed both a dedicated and an advanced practitioners course through One Dharma Nashville. He has completed a 12 week course on Pali language course offered by Western Kentucky University professor Jeffrey Samuels, Ph.D. Mikey is currently in Against The Stream’s facilitator training under the guidance of JoAnna Harper and Vinny Ferraro. He holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Troy University. Mikey regularly teaches mindfulness classes in recovery centers, jails, public libraries, and with the Nashville Humanist Association. He also works one on one as a spiritual mentor and mindfulness coach.
Jess is currently enrolled in the Awareness Training Institute Mindfulness Teacher Training program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. She works as a child and adolescent psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner providing mindfulness based therapy for clients. Jess has presented didactic and experiential workshops and lectures to several different professional programs throughout Vanderbilt. She has taught to social workers, medical doctors, nurses, lawyers, therapists, psychiatrist and several other populations. Starting in January 2018, Jess will begin a PhD in Mind-Body Medicine and Integrative Mental Health and will utilize this training to bring healing in clinic work as well as integrating this into mindfulness teaching. Jess identifies as a queer lesbian female and is eager to bring these teachings to the LGBTQIA community.