Our Teachers

Melissa Mattern

Melissa Mattern

Owner | Meditation Teacher

I’m a regular person who meditates every day.

As a meditation teacher, I’ll meet you where you are in life and together we’ll develop a meditation practice that works for you.

Comfort and sustainability are key, and my style is using real life examples of how to bring more chill into your life through meditation and just taking a few minutes to think before you act.

I believe that happiness and mindfulness can be easy to learn and even easier to maintain when you keep it real.

Click here for the long version!

Jeff Gamer

Jeff Gamer

Meditation Teacher

Jeff Gamer brings compassion, science, athletic performance, and humor to meditation. For most of his life, he found his happiness any time he was in motion…preferably outside. Rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing, and long-distance hiking kept him outside and exploring. He’s a math geek and engineer and thinking outside the box is his super power.

Jeff’s life took a sudden turn in 2008 when his wife passed suddenly. The loss of his climbing, hiking, skiing and life partner left a huge hole in his life and heart. Jeff turned inward to make sense of this change. He shepherded many through their grief, while healing his own heart. When his next phase of life presented him with new challenges he found that his usual tools of “getting outside” weren’t quite cutting it.

He began formal meditation instruction in 2013 with davidji, and has gone on to study with Don Miguel Ruiz, Joe Dispenza, Rameshwar Das, and of course, his wife Melissa. Jeff explores mindfulness and meditation with a curious mind and an open heart, while keeping things authentic and approachable. He brings Ninja-like competitive edge to sports meditation and as a former NCAA Tennis Champion, he understands and demonstrates the “winning mind” of an athlete.

When he’s not meditating you’ll find him outside hiking, golfing, climbing or paddle boarding…and he won’t be far from a book!

Gary Sanders

Gary Sanders

Gary Sanders brings rich Buddhist meditation roots to the studio, and his powerhouse community building skills. He’s a founding
teacher of LA’s SCV Mindfulness, and significant contributor to the Against the Stream community and a founding member of
Refuge Recovery, a powerful Buddhist based recovery program.

Refuge Recovery’s reach has helped millions of people all over the world regain their lives and families, and Gary remains a
guiding force in the movement.

He’s also a teacher and meditation leader at Portland Insight Meditation and his gentle style and deep well of knowledge inspire his students to do what he does…sit in practice daily.

His two daughters continue to be his greatest inspiration and his wisest teachers.


Join us at Meditation for Regular People

Join us at Meditation for Regular People


We are always looking for committed teachers to add to the community. Interested?

Fill out our application and see what unfolds.