About John


John Angelori

John Angelori

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I was born north of New York City 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 Divisiontaught Mindfulness on the Cognitive-Behavioral Eating Disorders Unit at McLean Psychiatric Hospitaland 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 (see below), 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 teacher and consultant for innovative businesses and individuals interested in applying Mindfulness, meditation and yoga to professional and personal development, communication, organizational development, and for general well-being.

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Mindfulness and neuroscience

My first “formal meditation instructions” were with Dr. Richard Davidson at the Psychology Department at SUNY Purchase in 1979:

the emotional life of the brain

the emotional life of the brain

  • Participant in longitudinal studies on  the effects of meditation on concentration, relaxation and facial recognition of emotions

Buddhist meditation

Like many, I started off in the Insight Meditation Society pipeline in Barre, Massachusetts. Here are some of the retreats I participated in then:

meditation sala at IMS

meditation sala at IMS

July 1980 at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado:

I have also participated in non-residential practice over the years with the Zen Community of NY (under the guidance of Bernard Glassman), the Cambridge Zen Center and the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (under the guidance of Larry Rosenberg).

Clinical work

Monastic experience

My relationship with the English Sangha continues through to today.

Santacittarama, Sezze

Anagarika John, Santacittarama I

Over the years I have participated in a
number of monastic
retreats both in the
UK and Italy lasting
from 10 days to the
traditional 3 month
monastic winter retreat.

Yoga and Mindfulness based

Not for profit

Centro Sati was created in 2003.

meditation room

practice room, Centro Sati

The center is a not for profit meditation society dedicated to the teaching and practice of meditation and yoga. It has been modeled after the monasteries and meditation centers where I received my own training and is currently situated in a commercial storefront in a residential area. Centro Sati is a small meeting space suitable for up to 20 practitioners (10 for yoga classes ). There is a separate room for interviews, walking meditation and individual teaching.

Consultant and trainer

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 of the companies I’ve worked with:

corporate yoga

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

female meditator_use

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