My deep appreciation of meditative practice stems from it’s capacity to profoundly transform our relationship with how we experience this life. Meditation offers the radical possibility to shift and open up what is nourishing and meaningful to us.
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.
My ongoing training is being supervised by Rob Burbea, and I participate in a teacher-training group with him. I am deeply indebted to the ways in which Rob’s teachings have expanded my understanding of what is possible to include within spiritual work (practices that lead to liberation, practices that open up mystical perspectives, and practices that ensoul our lives and bring beauty and meaningfulness to our experience). I have also studied and trained with Shinzen Young and completed the second level of Unified Mindfulness facilitator training and enjoy working with people using Shinzen’s approach.
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.
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. I co-facilitate a twice-monthly drop-in group for people working with Rob Burbea’s Samadhi and Emptiness teachings alongside four other teacher trainees (see the teaching page for details). I enjoy working with individuals one-on-one to support their meditative practice.