Our Visiting Teacher

Barbara Casey was ordained as a teacher (Dharmacharya) by Thich Nhat Hanh in January of 2009. As a co-founder of the Peaceful Refuge Sangha, she offers spiritual guidance through classes, mentoring, and retreats.

She now resides in Washington with her husband, Robert, and dog, Kin. Barbara continues to participate regularly in Peaceful Refuge Sangha events online, and is available for consultation to sangha members from a distance. She also periodically visits her dear friends in Peaceful Refuge Sangha, and leads special events while in Ashland. You may contact her at:

In 2023, Barbara is teaching on the theme, “How Can I Help?” This is the question of a developing bodhisattva on the path of awakening. Each quarter she offers an online teaching, with an in-person Day of Mindfulness on June 4.

Our Community

In an issue of Lion's Roar, Thich Nhat Hanh wrote "A sangha is a community of friends practicing the dharma together in order to bring about and to maintain awareness. The essence of a sangha is awareness, understanding, acceptance, harmony and love."

A sangha is a community of people who are committed to practicing together and becoming spiritual friends. Everyone is welcome to attend, experienced practitioners and those new to meditation.

Peaceful Refuge Sangha Board of Directors


From left to right: Jane McLaughlin, Nancy Lynn, Robert Serrett, Sandi Copeland, Dorothy Pendleton, and Dennis Holeman

Photo taken at the Day of Mindfulness, June 4, 2023.

Attendees at the Day of Mindfulness, June 4, 2023.