Teach yoga and mindfulness to underserved young adults of color at YearUp
Facilitate the Multiracial deep refuge group at EBMC
Leader and practitioner of co-counseling workshops and one-on-one sessions since 2007; Assistant Teaching classes and workshops for Men of Color ending Sexism and Male Domination, US'ers ending US Nationalism, People of Color healing from internalized oppression, teenagers, and allyship of all kinds.
Other passions include social justice, sports, nature-connection, and silly games.
Training and Certifications:
I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2004 and worked for five years at UCSF and Harvard doing scientific research on the psychological outcomes and benefits of mindfulness-based practices. (Academia left me feeling separated from the teaching and group facilitation work I love, so for the past nine years I have been thriving in the world of relational healing, mentorship, and education)
Yearlong Commit2Dharma program at EBMC in 2011
Facilitator-1 training at Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society in 2017
Heart and Mind Curriculum certification for teaching mindfulness to elementary schoolers in 2013
Completed the 3-year Organic Intelligence practitioner training (HEARTraining)
Community Dharma Leader program participant (CDL6) at Spirit Rock
I have practiced Buddhist meditation since 2003 including 200 days of silent retreats at Spirit Rock, Insight Meditation Society, and CA Vipassana Center, as well as extended periods of practice in a monastery in Thailand
I also create laser-cut art with themes of healing and justice