The Samadhi Tribe

We are a collaborative of independent yet “inter-dependent” practitioners at Samadhi.  We are held together by a common philosophy and mission in our work.  We have taken great care to create a heart-centered space for the community and look forward to seeing you soon.

Dan ~ Mahamudra Meditation

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Dr. Daniel Brown is Samadhi’s resident meditation teacher. Dr. Brown studied meditation practice for 38 years, including Patanjali’s Yogasutras and its commentaries in the original Sanskrit with the great historian of religion, Mircea Eliade and as a direct meditation practice with Dr. Arwind Vasavada. He studied Burmese mindfulness meditation in Burma with its originator, Mahasi Sayadaw and other masters like Tungpalu Sayadaw and Acchan Cha. He studied Indo-Tibetan concentration and insight meditation with the root teacher, Geshe Wangyal, and then with Denmo Loncho Rinpoche and Yeshe Tapgyay, and learned Mahamudra meditation from numerous Tibetan lamas. He spent 10 years translating meditation texts from Tibetan and Sanskrit.

As a Western psychologist Dr. Brown spent 10 years conducting outcomes research on beginning and advanced meditators, with an emphasis on researching the effects of intensive concentration meditation and on the nature of the awakened mind. He has taught intensive meditation retreats internationally for 20 years, alone and in collaboration with a number of Tibetan meditation masters. His recent interest is in meditations designed to stabilize awakening in everyday life and to bring about the flourishing of positive qualities of mind, such as the Great Completion (Dzogschen) meditations.

Dr. Brown is the author of 4 books on meditation including Transformations of Consciousness and Pointing Out the Great Way, and two books in collaboration with H.H. The Dalai Lama. His background in both Western psychology and Eastern meditation traditions offers a unique integration of the contemporary Western research on peak performance and positive psychology and the classical Buddhist meditation lineage traditions.


John ~ Founder: Meditation Instruction & Retreats, Acupuncture

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John Churchill, along with his wife Nicole, is the co-founder of Samadhi. Born in London, England, John Churchill’s interest in meditative and contemplative studies began as a teenager. After leaving high school, he joined Samye Ling Kagyu Monastery in Scotland where he began his studies in the Mahayana and Mahamudra. He came to the United States to study at Naropa, a Buddhist University, where he majored in Contemplative Psychology with a specialization in mind/body health.  He completed graduate studies at the New England School of Acupuncture where he specialized in Japanese acupuncture.  John has been a practitioner of meditation and hatha yoga for 20 years and has taught embodied yoga and meditation for the last decade. John is a long time close student of Dr. Daniel Brown, the senior teacher, originator and translator of the Pointing Out Way, and was authorized as a teacher in the tradition in 2012. 

At Samadhi he offers services in acupuncture, holistic health, contemplative studies and meditation instruction. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from William James College. 

He is also the father of two children, Trinity and Bodhi who are his best teachers!


Nicole ~ Founder/Director, Psychotherapy, Music Therapy

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Nicole Churchill, MA, MT-BC is the Co-founder and Director of Samadhi. In addition to Samadhi, she is the President of the Board of the Karuna School; a high school for Peace.

Nicole is a board certified Music Therapist, Integral Psychotherapist and Movement Facilitator.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Berklee College of Music, and her Master of Arts degree
in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and Music Therapy from Naropa University.

Prior to work at Samadhi, Nicole spent 15 years as a management education consultant with special expertise in experiential learning. She has advised and led clients through the design and implementation of human change initiatives and transformational educational experiences. She is an seasoned facilitator and program designer who has experience in all phases of the human learning experience. Nicole’s past clients include: Cornell, Rice, Dartmouth and Duke Universities.

Ever since she can remember, Nicole has been passionate about exploring human potential and living a wholehearted life.

Today, she has the fortunate luck to share offices at Samadhi with her primary dharma teacher Dr. Daniel Brown studying Indo-Tibetan Mahamudra and Dzogchen.

Nicole offers private services in Psychotherapy & Music and Movement Therapy.  She is a certified Listening Program Provider. The Listening Program® (TLP) is a music listening therapy that provides engaging brain stimulation to improve performance in school, work and life.

After 20 years of training, education, and teaching in the expressive arts field, Nicole developed Kosmic Pulse; a movement practice designed to facilitate transformational experiences.  Nicole provides a container for her students to strengthen their connection between body, mind and spirit. Her classes are suited for all levels and are nurturing, dynamic, expressive, and athletic with intoxicating music choices spiced with rhythms from the global palate of sound. Nicole continually reminds her students to find their own expression, intensity, and depth in their practice. 

She is also the mother of two children, Trinity and Bodhi who provide inspiration and teachings all their own!