Training and experience panorama

I am a mindfulness teacher and consultant for innovative businesses and others interested in applying Mindfulness, meditation and yoga to professional, personal and organizational development.

Born and raised in the NY Metropolitan area, I lived, worked and went to school there til I was 30. 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 in Italy.

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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 during his research into the emotional life of the brain.

Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard talks with Richard J. Davidson

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

Living Buddhist Masters

Some of the retreats I participated in at Insight Meditation Society

The main meditation hall at IMS

Tibetan Buddhism and vipassana

A summer at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado

Chögyam Trungpa Rimpoche

Zen Buddhism and Insight

Bernard Glassman

For years, I was a frequent visitor helping out with work projects at the Zen Community in Yonkers, NY where I grew up, as well as, at CIMS in Cambridge where I lived and worked through the 80s.

Larry Rosenberg

Theravada Buddhism

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

Ajahn Thanavaro, Ajahn Sumedho, and me

Yoga and Mindfulness

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. For many years it 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 meetings retreats are hosted from time to time in a public school in the center of town or at the Tibetan Monastery in Cisterna and now on-line on Skype.

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 of my clients

Conclusion

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 did a 10 year stint finishing in 2015 as the in-house language and organizational Coach for S4BT.

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