Our True Nature meditation and yoga retreat in Costa Rica, January 2020!

Our True Nature meditation and yoga retreat in Costa Rica, January 2020!

I’m so excited to be offering this with my dear friend Melissa Berry Appleton, a yoga and meditation retreat down in Nosara, Costa Rica. It’s filling up fast and if you’re interested please check out the registration page.

Workshop feedback from Victoria

It was fun and inspiring to work with Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness back in February. Shannon Whissell offered this reflection, which I really appreciated: Mindfulness as “We Care”: A Day with Brian Dean Williams If I can help out your organization with some training, let me know!  

S.A.L.S.A. How to work with Spicy emotions rather than reacting to them

S.A.L.S.A. How to work with Spicy emotions rather than reacting to them

A little something that’s evolved for me in my Buddhist psychotherapy practice, hope you find it helpful… How do we work with our habitual reactions to life, so that we can respond in ways that are more responsive and aligned with our ethics? Riffing on Stephen Batchelor’s E.L.S.A. model of the Four Great Tasks, I’ve […]

Change the Story, Change Your Life: Online talk via Worldwide Insight

Change the Story, Change Your Life: Online talk via Worldwide Insight

In June 2017, I had the chance to offer up an online teaching for Worldwide Insight , on the connections between narrative therapy and Buddhism, and how these two traditions / approaches might assist us in transforming the stories that guide our lives.  If you missed the live version, here’s the recording.

Enso Teen Expedition

Enso Teen Expedition

Please pass thing along to any teens who might be interested. Great opportunity to practice meditation together in a wilderness environment.

Rites of Passage: Out of the Therapy Room and into the World

Rites of Passage: Out of the Therapy Room and into the World

In 1909, French anthropologist Arnold van Gennep coined the term “rites of passage.” He was observing that many traditional cultures have celebrations / ceremonies to mark a life transition from one identity to another.

New Developments in Meditation Teaching Practice

New Developments in Meditation Teaching Practice

It’s been a busy few months – so busy, that in fact I’ve been neglecting my website!  I have a bit of time today so thought I’d provide a bit of an update.

Becoming An Insider: Narrative Therapy Groups Alongside People Overcoming Homelessness

Becoming An Insider: Narrative Therapy Groups Alongside People Overcoming Homelessness

My colleague Barbara Baumgartner and I just published an article, reflecting on our time co-facilitating a weekly group with folks in the process of coming out of homelessness.

The Dharma of Harm Reduction: Responding to Substance Use with the Compassion of the Buddha

The Dharma of Harm Reduction: Responding to Substance Use with the Compassion of the Buddha

          Pleased to announce that I’ve had an article published on the Buddhist Peace Fellowship website: http://www.buddhistpeacefellowship.org/the-dharma-of-harm-reduction/ This is generating some buzz and a long overdue discussion that broadens our understanding of how to respond compassionately to the suffering of substance use. Hope you enjoy, and your feedback is welcome. cheers, […]