Top, L-R: Thia Powers, Debbie George, Denise Owens, Middle, L-R: Larry Dawalt, Ward Simmons, Clyde Alexnder, Bottom: Alexis Stein

On May 14, 2019, five aspiring Dharma Leaders gathered as the first class of IMC Charlotte’s Dharma Leader Training Program. While one had to withdraw due to work and family obligations, and another, our dear friend Bob Bushorn, died unexpectedly during the program, three completed the training.

On Saturday, April 10, Thia Powers, Larry Dawalt, and Denise Owens celebrated their graduation. Program teachers Clyde Alexander, Debbie George, and Ward Simmons recognized the graduates with a ceremony, a certificate, and a meditation bell for each of them. Dharma Leaders Joy LiBethe and Alexis Stein also attended program sessions, and Alexis was able to be present for the graduation ceremony. The next time you have the opportunity, please take a moment to congratulate Denise, Larry, and Thia.

The long-standing group of five Dharma Leaders is delighted to have this infusion of talent and energy.