Training CV

I’ve done a number of weekend courses, day-longs and self-directed studies; however, this is a list of my more intensive, extended trainings.

It’s also worth nothing that like most people, a lot of the things I’ve learned the most from had nothing to do with formal trainings, like deeply intimate relationships, spending years traveling & living in the developing world, saying goodbyes, plant medicines, or having my world crumble around me many times over.

As of Spring 2019, total days on silent meditation retreat: 873

  • 2003-2008, Wisconsin — B.A. in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • 2009 Summer, Mexico — 1 Month Agama Yoga Intensive
  • 2010 – 2011, Oregon — 1 year Vinyasa Yoga studies with Renee Sills
  • 2011 Summer, Washington — 10 day Vipassana meditation retreat at Northwest Goenka Center
  • 2011 – 2012, Oregon — 1 year Ashtanga Yoga studies with Casey Palmer
  • 2012 Summer, Washington — 10 day Vipassana meditation retreat at Northwest Goenka Center
  • 2012 Autumn, New Mexico — 4 month residency at Upaya Zen Center
  • 2013 Winter, Washington — 10 day Vipassana meditation retreat at Northwest Goenka Center
  • 2013 Spring, Thailand — 2 week Yoga & Bhagavad Gita intensive with Richard Freeman
  • 2013 Spring, Thailand — 7 day Vipassana meditation retreat at Wat Tam Doi Tohn
  • 2013 Summer, Nepal — 8 week Vipassana meditation retreat at Lumbini Panditarama
  • 2013 Summer, India — 3 week Iyengar Yoga & Pranayama course with the Chanchanis
  • 2013 Autumn, India — 3 week Yoga & Kashmiri Shivaism study with Amit Raina
  • 2013 Autumn, India — 2 month Ashtanga Yoga course with Mary Louise Ellis
  • 2013 Winter, India — 1 month Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Noah McKenna
  • 2014 Winter, Malaysia — 3 week Vipassana meditation retreat at Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary
  • 2014 – 2015, Myanmar — 21 month Vipassana Meditation retreat with Sayadaw U Tejaniya
  • 2016 Winter, Oregon — 5 day solitary Vipassana meditation retreat & fast in the forest
  • 2016 Summer, Colorado — 7 day Path of Love retreat at Sunrise Ranch
  • 2016 Autumn, California — 7 day Vipassana meditation retreat at Abyaghiri Forest Monastery
  • 2016 – 2017, California — 10 month Transpersonal Counseling Training at Interchange Counseling Institute
  • 2017 Winter, Washington — 10 day Vipassana meditation retreat at Northern California Goenka Center
  • 2017 Spring, Oregon — 3 day private counseling intensive with Robert Augustus Masters
  • 2017 Summer, Washington — 3 day Solsara retreat (the practice of opening)
  • 2017 Autumn, Oregon — 6 day solitary Vipassana meditation retreat in a forest cabin
  • 2017 – 2019, Oregon — Two Year Comprehensive Training in Hakomi Mindfulness-Based Somatic Psychotherapy at the M.E.T.A. Institute
  • 2018 Winter, California — 26 day Vipassana meditation retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center with Carol Wilson
  • 2018 Spring, Oregon — 3 day Solsara retreat (the practice of opening)
  • 2018 Summer, Oregon — 4 day Solsara retreat (the practice of opening)
  • 2018 Summer, Oregon — 5 day Vipassana & wilderness meditation retreat with the Eugene Insight Meditation Society
  • 2018 – 2019, Oregon — One year of weekly therapy with a certified Hakomi Therapist
  • 2018 Autumn, Oregon – 5 day Solsara retreat (the practice of opening)
  • 2018 Autumn, Oregon – 5 day Zen Meditation retreat at the Great Vow Zen Monastery
  • 2019 Winter, Oregon – 21 day solitary Vipassana Meditation retreat in a forest cabin
  • 2019 Spring, Oregon – 3 day Solsara retreat (the practice of opening)
  • 2019 Spring, Washington – 7 day Vipassana Meditation retreat at Cloud Mountain with Carol Wilson
  • 2018 Spring to Present — Dharma mentorship with Carol Wilson

Notes:

*I’ve bolded what were for me the most transformative experiences.  Curiously, it seems to be mostly the “firsts”—the first retreat of any kind (Agama yoga), the first silent meditation retreat (10 day Vipassana), the first living in a spiritual community (Upaya Zen Center), the first long silent meditation retreat (8 week Vipassana), and the first very long meditation retreat (21 month Vipassana).