Peggy Gillespie

Co-Advisor to the Buddhist Community

Phone:  413-427-1894
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Peggy Gillespie was the first assistant director of the UMass Medical Center's Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program.  She is a Community Dharma Leader, trained at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, and teaches meditation locally at the Insight Pioneer Valley Center in Eashampton, MA. She is a journalist and has several books published and she leads creative writing workshops at Smith College.  Peggy is also the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Family Diversity Projects, a national nonprofit organization in Amherst, MA that helps fight prejudice and stereotyping of people who are marginalized (Family Diversity Projects), including at high schools and colleges.  Several of their photo-text exhibits have been shown at Mount Holyoke.  In addition, she has taught meditation and Improvisational Acting at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School.  Peggy is Co-Advisor, along with Adi Bemak, to our Buddhist community here at Mount Holyoke College.