My deep appreciation of meditative practice stems from it’s capacity to not just improve our lives, but also to transform our relationship to how we experience being alive. Meditation offers us the radical possibility to re-calibrate our sense of where meaning, nourishment and beauty can derived from.
I have been practicing Buddhist meditation since 2001. My early years of practice were with the sangha at Deer Park Monastery (Thich Nhat Hanh). I began practicing Vipassana/Insight Meditation in 2005. The Samatha/Vipassana path has been the heart of my own practice, and forms the basis of what I convey as a meditation teacher. In working with others, I do my best to understand and support their aspirations for practice. Whether someone wants to increase their own inner resources (more peace and stability, less reactivity), is honoring a phase where healing work is needed, or is actively pursuing a spiritual path, I strive to offer my expertise and understanding of meditative tools to support those intentions.
I have a deep passion for developing and communicating meditative approaches with precision and clarity. My strongest influences have been my two teachers, Rob Burbea and Shinzen Young. I have participated in facilitator trainings with Shinzen, and completed the second level training with Shinzen’s Unified Mindfulness System. My ongoing training is being supervised by Rob Burbea, and I participate in a teacher-training group with him. I am very grateful to have my understanding of how to best share meditative techniques shaped by their many years of experience.
I enjoy working with artists and others who wish to open up their relationship to creativity alongside developing a meditation practice. There is little in my mind that separates the artist from the mystic beyond choice of materials – both involve movement towards a deeply meaningful sense of aliveness, mystery, and sacredness. My own path began through art making (studying painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, and film at UCLA). I have also practiced and done retreat work engaged in a spiritually-oriented painting practice developed by Michele Cassou. You can see some of my artwork here.
My own path involved pursuing intensive practice while parenting, and I have a particular interest in how a deep, vibrant meditation practice can be maintained in the midst of a busy householder’s life. Many people I work with with are balancing the compelling (and sometimes challenging) terrain of the contemplative path with their care and responsibility for the people and things they are devoted to. I believe that a great deal of progress is possible outside of retreat environments, if one is able to be flexible and creative.
I am currently a Community Dharma Leader at Long Beach Meditation, where I lead workshops, classes, and give dharma talks periodically. I co-lead a sitting group in Agoura Hills with Marcy Crawford (see the teaching page for details). I enjoy working with individuals one-on-one about meditative practice – contact me if you’d like to setup a consultation to see if we’d be a good fit.