The Asheville Insight Meditation Leadership Team consists of dedicated sangha members who assist Lead Teacher Ronya Banks in presenting the dharma to our community.
Each leader is an accomplished facilitator, well-versed in the dharma, and has studied in AIM’s two-year-long Facilitator Training program. The facilitators regularly lead meditation sessions, present dharma topics, and teach various classes.
Eddie LeShure is a Registered Substance Abuse Counselor, a Certified Peer Support Specialist, and a NAMI Family Support Group Facilitator who has practiced mindfulness meditation for over 30 years. His primary passion is bringing mindfulness practice into the worlds of addiction recovery, trauma relief, and self-care.
Eddie teaches and leads groups in various treatment and recovery settings, as well as in series classes, workshops, retreats, and detention centers. He began meditating in the early ‘80s and since then has lived in both Zen and Tibetan Buddhist retreat centers. He has studied and sat with a variety of renowned Buddhist teachers.
Jack Hannibal came to meditation as a cross-country runner in high school, counting his breaths as a way to quiet his mind and mitigate pain. Later, he studied Zen Buddhism for several years under the late Peter Matthiessen.
Jack has a committed, daily meditation practice and, over the years, has been on numerous silent retreats. Currently, he is part of the Asheville Insight Meditation (AIM) Facilitator Training program where he studies and teaches under founder and lead teacher, Ronya Banks.
Jack is a practicing psychotherapist and professional presentation coach. JackHannibal.com »
Kate Freeman began meditating in the late 80’s to manage severe migraines and eventually turned to Theravada Buddhism (Vipassana/Insight Meditation) as her root practice because it helped her gain freeing insights with difficult thoughts and feelings.
Since retiring from the federal government in 2014, Kate began immersing herself into her heart’s desire: daily meditation, chanting, walking in nature, and Buddhist studies. She is a Sound Massage and Reiki practitioner for her business, Spa de la Paz, as well as a volunteer for Hospice in Asheville.
Kate supports her passion for peace by frequently attending residential silent retreats, participating in the Asheville Insight Meditation (AIM) Facilitator Training program, and teaching at AIM. Kate’s kind and vulnerable nature creates the space for others to experience their vulnerability and together an intimacy develops that supports kindness and compassion for all beings.