James Baraz

I’ve been teaching mindfulness meditation since 1978. I’m a cofounding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, where I started the Community Dharma Leader program, the Kalyana Mitta (Spiritual Friends) Network, the Spirit Rock Family Program and helped create the Heavenly Messengers Training Program. I’ve been leading the online Awakening Joy course since 2003. In recent years, I’ve been focusing on dharma and climate change, and serve as an advisor to One Earth Sangha, a website devoted to Buddhist responses to climate change. My books include Awakening Joy with Shoshana Alexander, and Awakening Joy for Kids with Michele Lilyanna. 

Regarding my mentoring style, my prime goal is to bring out the wisdom in others. I think that happens best when there is a feeling of safety and trust, with everyone in the group committed to supporting and learning from each other. Pronouns are he, him, his.