GUIDING TEACHER & DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING
Andrew Chapman, LMSW
Andrew Chapman is currently the guiding teacher and director of programming at Wild Heart Meditation Center in Nashville. Andrew manages programming and also facilitates weekly meditation groups, monthly workshops, and intensive study courses.
Over the past several years, Andrew has worked one-on-one with 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.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS & COMMUNITY FACILITATOR
Rachael Tanner-Smith LPC-MHSP, ACS
Rachael Tanner- Smith is a long-term member of the Nashville meditation community with over a decade of personal practice.
Her diverse background includes training in secular mindfulness through the Mindful Schools program, Feeding Your Demons based on the Tibetan Buddhist Chod ritual, Buddhist psychology and Asian Studies.
In addition, her work as a licensed professional counselor with over a decade of clinical practice includes serving in leadership capacities in non-profit, for profit and community mental health settings. She is also currently enrolled in a psychiatric nurse practitioner program.
As a group facilitator at WH she synthesizes western psychological theory and eastern meditation practices. Parenting a toddler provides her with opportunities to wake up on a daily basis.