My teaching style is influenced by my practice and exposure to Vipassana Insight Meditation.
In 1977, I began meditating and practicing a whole foods approach to health and fell in love with both. Since then, I have continued practicing a holistic approach to health, mindfulness, meditation and life. I continue to feel in awe and gratitude for the practices and how they have enriched my life. I offer them to you with great love and respect.
I have been teaching MBSR since 2004 and have led over 60 trainings including four week trainings and day retreats in community, corporate, private and hospital settings, of which over 40 have been eight week trainings. I was trained at the Center for Mindfulness in Worcester, MA founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn and follow the eight week training as outlined in the book Full Catastrophe Living. My approach is also influenced by the knowledge I have received through many other various meditation organizations, colleagues, and leaders as well.
My teaching is influenced by the multiple classical traditions and schools of meditation I have studied which include Zen, Tibetan and Theravada (Viapssana) meditative traditions and their practices. Being able to bring all of my interests together from health as a professional RN, the emotional and psychological domains from my therapeutic background, my meditation background, and as a human being with similar aspirations as you, is a great joy for me.
My upbringing in a large family in the Deep South during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, a career in photography, film and nursing, my interest in nutrition and yoga, and volunteer time at The Missions of Charity in Calcutta, as well as the aforementioned, allows me to bring a well-rounded approach to each training. My intentions are to bring to the many what has traditionally been reserved for the few, and to help bring about practices, views and useful knowledge which enhances and enriches our individual sensibilities and those of our society. If you touch into harmony and reason for yourself through these practices then I have done my job satisfactorily and I have successfully shared useful knowledge and practices with you.
My personal inquiry from a very early age motivated me to seek answers to the more profound questions around suffering and happiness. I spent 10 years committing and dedicating myself to learning what I could. Those years were unexplainably rich and rewarding and are a part of my foundation I continue to build upon to this day. I hope whatever I learned can be built upon with grace, skill and wisdom and will become ever more evident every day and every opportunity.
I have been fortunate to have met and taken retreats (5, 10 and 30 day retreats), and instruction since then from many of the world’s greatest teachers. I look back now and realize how fortunate I have been to have made these connections. Some of the people I have taken retreats with and instruction from are the Dalai Lama, Joshu Sasaki Roshi, Cheri Huber, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Trungpa Rinpoche, Kobin Chino, Dezhung Rinpoche, Dagchen Rinpoche and Dagmola, Chakdud Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche, Pema Chodron, Lama Tsultrim, Jon Kabat-Zinn and at the Diamond Sangha Maui Zendo led by Robert Aiken Roshi, as well as others.
I had the opportunity to connect Mother Theresa with Dagchen Rinpoche of Seattle while in Calcutta volunteering at the Mission of Charity. I have also taken workshops with Dr. Marshall Rosenberg of Nonviolent Communication and studied object-relations, identity development and the enneagram for two years with Stephen Wolinsky and two years through the Diamond Heart community. I continue to explore different avenues to growth and change.
I am trained through the Center for Mindfulness and listed as a teacher.
2008 March-April: 8 Day Teacher Development Intensive: the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness Certification Program: Worcester, 90 hours CE credits
2004 Practicum 10 day and 7 day professional training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, University of Massachusetts Medical School, June/July 2004 140 CE credits.
I developed Grow Aware in 1996. I was born and raised in Alabama but Seattle has been my home since 1980.