As I schedule classes open to the public, I will post an announcement on the home page. If you'd like to see a class organized in your town, please contact me. I'm located in the St. Louis metro region, but will travel to meet significant interest or need.
What kind of meditation do you teach?
I teach what is commonly called "mindfulness", as well as a set of "lovingkindness" practices. These techniques are appropriate for anyone, regardless of one's spiritual/religious/philosophical stance, or lack thereof. My mission is to give people a useful lifelong tool for navigating the ups and downs of life, and I do this with respect for their existing "toolbox" and worldview.
Who are your influences?
I'm most directly inspired by Western teachers that studied with Eastern meditation masters, then translated that wisdom for a contemporary Western audience. Without their work, my life would be different today. They include Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, and Jon Kabat-Zinn.
There are dozens and dozens more who have influenced me with their wonderful books and other offerings. They range from Dr. Mark Williams at the University of Oxford to famed Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh.
Where can I take classes with you? Do you have a studio?
I teach throughout southern Illinois and the St. Louis metro region. I don't have a studio at this time. I typically come to schools, workplaces, etc. and deliver instruction on-site. I also organize classes that are open to the public, and will announce the venue on my home page as they are scheduled. For private groups, families, and individuals, we will figure out an appropriate location on a case-by-case basis. Your comfort and safety is always a priority.
What do I need in order to meditate? What should I wear?
You don't need to bring anything to meditation class other than your own curiosity. If you like to take notes, perhaps bring materials for doing so. You don't need a mat or special clothing--this isn't a yoga class. I find it helpful to be dressed comfortably, but you can wear whatever you like.
I'm the sort that wants to explore on my own before I dive into a class. Can you recommend something for absolute beginners?
I suggest Mindfulness: An Eight Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman, or Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation by Sharon Salzberg. These give you an overview of what this is all about, and provide a structure you can follow.
If you're interested yet skeptical, you may enjoy 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress without Losing my Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story by Dan Harris.