Whether we’ve met through mindfulness or while I was helping you with English, you know that I’ve been weaving the two together for more than 30 years now.
Born and raised in Yonkers, NY, I got interested in meditation in grade school and began practicing with Cliff Saron in Richard Davidson’s lab at S.U.N.Y. Purchase. IMS retreats with Jack, Joseph and Sharon inspired me and I worked as a mindfulness teacher and mental health worker in Massachusetts in the 80s.
The mindfulness revolution was taking off, so I chose life in a Buddhist monastery over graduate school. In 1990, I came to Italy to help set-up Santacittarama and I never left.
Living in monasteries was transformative. And it taught me something I share whenever I can: mindfulness touches our lives in many ways, whether we know it or not.
Knowing our mind is important. So is feeling compassion, appreciation and gratitude. It affects our health, how we learn, and the way we live. And mindfulness is a powerful tool that directly strengthens all of these areas for greater well-being and balance - in very little time.
When I first came to Italy, it was difficult to convey just how beneficial mindfulness could be. But I knew that it would super-charge any training and make it more effective.
People will tell you that my unique way of teaching English through mindfulness has made learning more compelling for them, with results that last a long time. And my enthusiasm and personal experience with mindfulness has given me the opportunity to help many in other areas of their lives, to grow and change and feel its power.
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Look for me on YouTube or on-line where I do most of my teaching these days, or in workshops at schools, hospitals and innovative businesses you know.