Storytelling Panel of Harm, Healing, and Hope

This December marks the 2-year anniversary of a letter going out to the GBZC community, notifying us of our then-spiritual director’s sexual misconduct. On Sunday, December 4, 2022 7–8:30 p.m. via Zoom, Join us for a storytelling panel of harm, healing, and hope as involved members reflect on what they’ve seen and learned over the past 2 years—transforming suffering into wisdom. This event is open to all who care about safety in sanghas, including those outside the GBZC community. Panelists include:

  • Jill Gaulding, former Vice President of the GBZC board & assistant dharma teacher
  • Julie Nelson, former ethics ombudsperson and current senior teacher
  • Karen McCormack, assistant dharma teacher & practice leader 
  • The survivor of the sexual misconduct


Because this material is sensitive, we are taking precautions in guiding who has access to join:

  • Because we will have survivors of significant misconduct present, this is not an appropriate event for a teacher who committed boundary violations with a student to attend. This isn't a statement about transgressors' ability to reform, but rather a best practice in tending to survivors' needs for psychological safety in the aftermath of abuse.
  • To RSVP, please fill out this form: Register for Storytelling Panel. Those who RSVP will receive a Zoom link via email to join.

Please don’t let our RSVP precautions deter those of you with earnest hearts from signing up to attend! We wholeheartedly want to share what we’ve seen and learned, to enable others to benefit from (and help transform with their compassion listening) our stories. 

This event is sponsored by the Resilient Sangha Project Trustees. To learn more about the Resilient Sangha Project, check out the Resilient Sangha page.