Nelly Kaufer is our lead teacher. Judy Butler, Katrina Gould, Pam Crow and Arah Gould teach in the continuing education programs for mental health professionals.

Nelly Kaufer
Nelly Kaufer

Founder and Lead Teacher

Nelly Kaufer, LPC is the founder and lead teacher at Pine Street Sangha. Nelly was introduced to Vipassana (Mindfulness) meditation in 1978 on retreats taught by Ruth Denison and began teaching women meditation soon thereafter, as there were no female teachers in her community at that time. She co-authored A Woman’s Guide to Spiritual Renewal (HarperOne,1994), a book for which she interviewed women about their spiritual experiences. She completed two intensive teacher trainings, one in Vipassana with Jacqueline Mandell and the other in Recollective Awareness Meditation with Jason Siff. Nelly is a psychotherapist in private practice, integrating Buddhist psychology into her clinical orientation and has been teaching continuing education workshops for mental health professionals for about twenty-five years. Nelly and Linda Modaro of Sati Sangha are writing a book on Reflective Meditation to be published by the Tuwhiri project in 2022.

Judy Butler
Judy Butler

Continuing Education Teacher

Judy Butler, LPC met Nelly Kaufer at a psychotherapy conference in 2005 and became involved in an on-going meditation group for therapists the same year and has since studied consistently with Nelly Kaufer.  In 2013 she entered the Recollective Awareness Teacher Training Program. She is lead teacher in the continuing education program, assisting therapists to reflect upon their ethical vulnerabilities and strength. While retired as of April 2016, Judy spent the last 15 years as a Psychotherapist in Private Practice with adults. Previously she worked for the state of Oregon and Cares NW, where she specialized in the assessment and treatment of child abuse. She was frequently sought out as a trainer on this topic both in Oregon and other parts of the U.S. Judy is a mother of three adult children, grandmother to five, an avid walker and a yoga practitioner. She values the balance and insight that meditation brings to her life.

Contact Judy: judy@pinestreetsangha.org

Katrina Gould
Katrina Gould

Continuing Education Teacher

Katrina Gould, LCSW has been in private practice for over 25 years where she uses a somatic approach with couples and people with trauma. She worked before that with at-risk children and families. A Buddhist meditation practice has supported and deepened her life for most of her adulthood. She turned to Reflective Meditation with Nelly Kaufer in 2013 and was part of a meditation group for therapists for a number of years. She joined the Teacher Training program in the fall of 2018 when she began assisting at the ethics training for mental health professionals at Pine Street Sangha.

Contact Katrina: Katrina.Gould.LCSW@gmail.com

Pam Crow

Continuing Education Teacher

Pam Crow, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice and a published poet. She has been a meditator with the Pine Street Sangha since 2005, using meditation both in her therapy work and as a practice of self-care.  Pam has taught workshops both locally and nationally for the past 30 years to mental health professionals. She is a lead teacher in our continuing education program.

Contact Pam: Pamcrowlcsw@gmail.com

Arah Gould

Continuing Education Teacher

Arah Gould, LPC, is a psychotherapist in private practice and works with adoptive and foster families at a local non-profit. A longtime meditator and student of Buddhism and Reflective Meditation, she has been studying under the mentorship of lead teacher Nelly Kaufer at Pine Street Sangha for over a decade, with a special focus on the intersection of meditation and psychotherapy practice. Arah has a graduate degree in counseling psychology and has been in the psychotherapy field since 2004.  She is a mother of two teens, who keep her humble and continually learning. She is passionate about living life with greater awareness, compassion, and creativity—qualities that her reflective meditation practice help her cultivate and renew.

Contact Arah: arah@arahgould.com

Penny Ruff
Penny Ruff

Teacher

Drawn to meditation and Buddhism since early adulthood, Penny had become certain she could not learn to meditate. Having found the gentle and accepting approach of Reflective Meditation, she’s been meditating and learning the dharma with Nelly Kaufer and at Pine Street Sangha for over a decade. Her meditation practice and study of the dharma — as its lessons unfold in her inner world and in her life as practice “off the cushion” — has indelibly affected her ways of experiencing and being in the world. These effects have brought an awareness, insight, and peace unachievable by other means. Penny is a mother and grandmother, a social justice activist, a labor and community organizer, and an artist. Currently she serves as Secretary to the Board of her beloved Pine Street Sangha.

Contact Penny: tigerrrrruff@yahoo.com