In February, we will be having Wednesday evening practice online-only, as Jeanne will be teaching at the Forest Refuge in Barre, Massachusetts, but she will zoom in to teach our Wednesday evenings. We have taken the online opportunity to invite some very special guests to join Jeanne each week: Lev White, Bob Stahl, Marienala Medrano, and DaRa Williams. Learn more about them below!
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February 7 – Lev White: Readings from Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices
Fresh “Lev” White is a lover of life and all beings, who lives to reflect and offer the possibilities of unconditional love and self-compassion to his diverse global community through his writing, mindfulness offerings, and Diversity Trainings. A graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leadership Program, Lev offers Dharma at centers around the SF Bay Area, including his sangha home at the East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC).
February 14 – Bob Stahl: Making Peace with Ourselves and Life
Bob Stahl, Ph.D., a long-time insight meditator, lived in a Burmese Buddhist monastery in the Forest tradition of Ven. Taungpulu Sayadaw for over eight years. He founded and directs mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) programs in three medical centers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bob is a professor of the practice in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the School of Public Health at Brown University, and is a senior teacher at the Brown Mindfulness Center. He formerly served as a senior teacher at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Bob is the co-guiding teacher at Insight Santa Cruz.
February 21 – Marianela Medrano: Healing Historical Grief: A Path to Awakening in Connection. In her offering, Marianela Medrano will address historical grief, which emerges from historical trauma. She’ll speak about her journey tracing and reclaiming Taíno spirituality and how mindfulness practices resonate with the traditions of her people, creating a new sense of home away from home. This offering also looks at indigenous practices that carry the seed of interdependence and interconnecting embodied in Thich Nath Hanh’s interbeing.
Marianela Medrano, Ph.D., was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and has lived in Connecticut since 1990. She is a Mindful Eating instructor/facilitator and a certified Mindfulness Meditation teacher with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield through The Sounds True Foundation, a program for teaching awareness and compassion-based practices. Additionally, she is a mentor/supervisor for the International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy, IFBPT. A poet and writer of nonfiction and fiction, she holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and is now researching interspecies care with a grant from the Bess Family Foundation. Her TEDTALK at Ursuline College speaks about her work and research on the Taino people: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pQeBYd2oJk.
February 28 – TBA: DaRa Williams isn’t able to join us on February 28. She will join us another time!
We will still be meeting online!