Our Mission

For the past several years, it has been our dream to visit, document, and share with the world how these communities were developed, overcome challenges, and thrive in teaching people mindfulness. We will share our research findings through photos, video, articles, and a book, so that others can learn about and replicate these models themselves. Please support us in sharing this treasure of community with the world!

Mindfulness Touring Superstars

Curiosity about Community 95%
Compassionate Motivation 98%
Sangha Love 100%
Dedication 99%
Creative Inspiration 93%

Who Are These Characters?

A Bit More About Each of Us

David Viafora

David has been practicing in the Plum Village tradition for 15 years, and has a deep love for sharing the practice with children, teens, and young adults. He ordained as a monk in 2005, and spent several years practicing both in Plum Village and Deer Park Monastery. After transitioning back to lay life, he ordained in the Order of Interbeing in 2009, and has since been committed to building lay practice communities.

Vanessa Loucky

Since 2013, Vanessa began a daily mindfulness practice while working and living abroad in Thailand, and has since been committed to building mindfulness communities in the U.S. She has co-founded and led mindfulness based groups including for young adults. In 2016, Vanessa joined an 8 month residential internship at Deer Park Monastery. With a passion for human rights, humanitarian service and extensive international experience, Vanessa is dedicated to building community and helping those in most need.

Some Different Sides of Us...