About John

I was born in Yonkers, NY in 1954 and lived, worked and went to school in the NY Metropolitan area. After getting my BA in Philosophy from SUNY Purchase, I was a Mental Health Worker at NY Hospital’s Westchester Psychiatric Division, taught Mindfulness on the Cognitive-Behavioral Eating Disorders Unit at McLean Psychiatric Hospital, and was a manager of a Wild Acres psychiatric half-way house in the Boston area.

In addition to practicing meditation with various teachers and Buddhist traditions, I trained under the guidance of Ajahn Sumedho in the UK in 80s and came to Italy to help set up Santacittarama Buddhist Monastery in 1990.

I currently live near Rome with my family and work as a Mindfulness teacher and consultant for innovative businesses and others interested in applying Mindfulness, meditation and yoga to professional, personal and organizational development..

Please continue if you’d like to read more. There is a partial list of clients at the bottom.


Mindfulness and neuroscience

My first “formal meditation instructions” were with Dr. Richard Davidson at the Psychology Department at SUNY Purchase in 1979 during his research into the emotional life of the brain.

meditation and Mindfulness research
Dr. Richard Davidson (right)

I began as a participant in longitudinal studies on the effects of meditation on concentration, relaxation and facial recognition of emotions. 

Living Buddhist Masters

meditation sale at IMS
meditation sala at IMS

 

Some of the retreats I participated in at Insight Meditation Society

 

Naropa Institute

Trungpa Rimpoche, Naropa Institute
Trungpa Rimpoche, Naropa Institute

Non-residential practice

Monastic experience

Anāgārika John, Sezze

My relationship with the English Sangha continues through to today. I continue to participate in monastic retreats both in the UK and Italy.

Yoga and Mindfulness based

Not for profit

Centro Sati was created in 2003. The center is a not for profit meditation society dedicated to the teaching and practice of meditation and yoga. It was modeled after the monasteries and meditation centers where I received my own training and was situated in a commercial storefront in a residential area in Latina with a small meeting space suitable for up to 20 practitioners (10 for yoga classes ); and a separate room for interviews, walking meditation and individual teaching. It does not currently have a permanent home and is being hosted by a public school in the center of town.

Consultant and trainer

a corporate seminar

I have always been interested in practical and transverse applications for Mindfulness. It has been the foundation for my work in education, human resources and organizational development; and I have been sharing these ideas, providing training and doing workshops for innovative businesses and academic organizations in Europe since 1993.

 

Some companies I’ve worked with

In addition to ongoing courses in meditation, yoga and MBSR, I have lectured in English Language and Communication at La Sapienza University in Rome and concluded a 10 year stint in 2015 as the in-house language and organizational Coach for S4BT.