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Portland, OR
USA

I have been teaching for over 15 years.  I was trained by Romana Kryzanowska.  I sold my business Pilates Works and moved to Portland OR.  I am a MELT Neurostrength Instructor. I am currently in a 2 years advanced practitioners program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

Meditation

IMS, Spirit Rock, Meditation, 

It has been more than thirty years since I attended my first silent-meditation retreat.  The retreat was hosted by the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts and taught the Vipassana style of meditation.  Vipassana focuses on being mindful of each moment.  By following the moments as they arise and pass, one gradually begins to see the patterns of mind and heart that cause stress and unhappiness.  Through regular meditation, eventually one can release those patterns.

Meditation has had a profound effect on my life.  I have practiced regularly at home and on retreats since 2000.  In 2011, I attended a three-month long silent meditation retreat at IMS.  This retreat deepened my practice and drove home the many benefits of meditation.

My commitment to meditation led me to enroll in the Dedicated Practitioner's Program (DPP) offered by Spirit Rock Meditation Center.  This two-year program offers advanced students the opportunity to delve deeply into the teachings of the Buddha and the foundations of meditation.  Perhaps most importantly, it has introduced me to a community of experienced practitioners (called a "sangha" in the Buddhist nomenclature). Being part of the DPP sangha has taught me how important it is to have spiritual friends to support and nurture your practice.  I would like to create such a community here in Portland.


We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.
— Pema Chödrön