OPEN DOOR is an Insight Meditation community based in Portland, Maine. We welcome all people of every cultural and religious background, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, age and physical ability. We look forward to welcoming you.
UPDATE April 2021: Our guiding teachers Alexis and Susa have moved into an extended period of practice. Phoenix continues to be in extended retreat until Summer 2021. Please stay tuned to our EVENTS page for more updates on how to continue practicing with local sangha.
Alexis Santos is the Guiding Teacher of ODMC. He has been in the field of meditation and mindfulness since 2001. Alexis' primary teacher is Sayadaw U Tejaniya, from the Burmese Theravada tradition, and with whom Alexis ordained as a Buddhist monk from 2003 - 2005. Sayadaw encouraged Alexis to teach in 2012.
Alexis completed the Spirit Rock/IMS four-year teacher training program with Jack Kornfield and others, including mentors Joseph Goldstein and Carol Wilson.
Alexis's teaching style is natural and uncrafted. He brings a practical, intuitive and compassionate approach to the development of wisdom. You can learn more about Alexis and his teaching schedule on his website: alexissantos.io
Susa Talan is a dharma leader at ODMC. She has been studying and practicing Insight Meditation since 2006 and is a long-time student of Sayadaw U Tejaniya with whom she ordained temporarily in 2010. She also studies with Tibetan teacher Mingyur Rinpoche.
Susa is in a 2-year Community Dharma Mentoring program with Narayan Helen Liebenson. She offers workshops on mindfulness + meditation in a variety of settings. She is also an artist + illustrator: susatalan.com
Phoenix Soleil is an artist and trainer and meditation teacher committed to creating more compassion and redemption in our society. She has many years of formal meditation practice on retreat, where she focuses on cultivating self-awareness and compassion for all beings. In her work, she uses Nonviolent Communication (NVC), a form of compassionate communication that supports us to attuning to our feelings and values. Whenever possible she invokes her background in conscious dance, Laughter Yoga, acting, and the expressive arts to build healthy, authentic, joyful, and engaged communities of all ages.