René Rivera (he, him) is a leader and bridge-builder, working and learning in all the spaces in between race, gender, and other perceived binaries as a queer, mixed-race, trans man. He teaches heart-centered, trauma-informed meditation and mindfulness practices at East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) and elsewhere. His path to spiritual leadership has included the Commit to Dharma and Practice in Action programs at EBMC and the Community Dharma Leaders program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. His experience as an organizational leader guides his practice as a coach and mentor, supporting you to find your strengths, inner guidance, and self-accountability. René is committed to ending suffering due to violence, whether reducing our violence to ourselves through daily practice, transforming conflict and tensions as a facilitator, or working to dismantle racial capitalism, heteropatriarchy, and other systems of dominance. He works with the Ahimsa Collective as a restorative justice facilitator.