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.
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.
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.
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.