Mission   Board   Staff   Instructors


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Cormac Levenson

Cormac is the Executive Director and Lead Meditation Instructor for Elm Village. He is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and worked as a hospital chaplain for six years. As a hospital chaplain he had the opportunity to offer meditation to people struggling with addiction and mental health issues. It was in this setting that he first developed a passion for teaching meditation to people struggling with mental health and addiction issues. He has been teaching meditation for almost a decade and is currently a teacher in the New Haven Insight meditation community.




Elizabeth Merwin

Elizabeth is the Director of Business Development for Elm Village. Her academic background is in Neuroscience, focusing on neuropsychiatric studies of stress and addiction. She first developed a mindfulness practice in Burlington, VT in 2009 and has been meditating ever since.  An active member of New Haven Insight and NAMI CT, she has a special interest in bringing meditation to individuals with mental health issues.








Sarah, also known as TW, is the Director of Programs. She is deeply grateful to the book by Thich Nhat Hanh that fell on her mother's head when she was 7, initiating a meditation practice that has been at the center of this life journey ever since. 

TW lives for her home and community in New Haven, where she has been learning and growing through her work as an educator for the last 10 years.  Her work is propelled by the principle that awareness is a critical starting point we can work from to undo the roots of systemic racism and oppression and move towards wholeness.  Both spiritual practice and dancing are what connect TW to a collective journey of healing!