Mudra Institute Teachers

Craig Warren Smith

Dr. Craig Warren Smith

Director and founder of Mudra Institute is Dr. Craig Warren Smith, a longtime teacher of Buddhism and one of Trungpa Rinpoche’s early students. He first taught Mudra at Naropa Institute in 1974 and contemplated Mudra applications as a professor of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and as an advisor to United Nations, Microsoft, Intel and health care institutions.


Greg Heffron

Greg Heffron MFA

Greg Heffron MFA owns and manages Green Zone Conversation where he teaches mindful communication with author and Buddhist teacher Susan Champman MA. He has been a mindfulness meditation teacher in the Shambhala Lineage since 2005. In 2005, he apprenticed Craig Smith and become authorized to teach Mudra Space Awareness. In 2007, Smith and Heffron taught this practice in a workshop for fouth-year students in the Dance Division at The Juilliard School in New York City. His background is in creative writing, having earned an MFA in Nonfiction Creative Writing from the University of Iowa in 2003.


Vicky Moyle

Vicky Moyle began practicing and studying Mudra Space Awareness in 2012 with Greg Heffron and Craig Smith in Bellingham, and was given authorization to teach Mudra in 2015.  Vicky also teaches Mathematics, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a graduate of Karuna Training.  She has taught meditation instruction in the Shambhala Lineage since 2016, and formerly practiced in a Rinzai Zen lineage for 13 years.