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2019 Calendar

14th-17th Mindful Meditation Teacher Certification Program Retreat
*for participants of MMTCP

Rockville, Maryland with Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Anne Cushman, La Sarmiento, Kate Johnson, Jonathan Foust and Jill Satterfield
24th WorldWide Insight: Sunday Insight
Online Teaching
26th New York Insight Tuesday Night Drop-In
New York City with Lani Miller


9th-10thEmbodied Awakening: Trauma, Healing & Collective Liberation
Spirit Rock Meditation Center with Sean Feit Oakes
15th-17th​Resilience in the Resistance: Contemplative Practice for Recovery and Renewal
Garrison Institute, Garrison New York with Contemplative MiNDS in Higher Education (CMiND)

27th-28th 3rd Annual Supportive Housing Conference
*for Executive Leaders in NYC Supportive Housing
Garrison Institute, Garrison New York with Jonathan Rose


1st People of Color Sit at New York Insight
New York City
2nd New York Insight Tuesday Night Drop-In
New York City with Gary Singer
5th East Bay Meditation Center Friday Night Mahasangha Practice Group

Oakland, California
24th-26thOpening Space: Mindful Yoga & Embodied Meditation Residential Retreat

Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre California with Anne Cushman
27th Palm Springs Insight, Daylong Retreat
Palm Springs, California
28th Palm Springs Insight, Sunday Afternoon Drop-In
Palm Springs, California


17th-24th Mindful Meditation Teacher Certification Program Retreat
*for participants of MMTCP
Denver, Colorado with Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Konda Mason, Anne Cushman and Solwazi Johnson


20th-23rd Wanderlust Festival
Stratford, Vermont
25th ​​New York Insight Tuesday Night Drop-In

New York City with Jon Aaron

22nd-25th Black Yoga Teacher’s Alliance Conference

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health - Stockbridge, Massachusetts

31-September 2  Loving Awareness: Awakening the Wise Heart

Garrison Institute, Garrison New York: Jack Kornfield and Bart Van Melik 


16th-22nd Natural Liberation Retreat
Spirit Rock - Woodacre, California with Wes Nisker and Vinny Ferraro


Sept 30th-Oct 6th Moving Into Meditation: Mindful Yoga and Embodied Dharma Retreat

Spirit Rock - Woodacre, California with Anne Cushman, Dawn Mauricio and Sean Feit Oakes

24th-27th New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care Retreat
Garrison Institute - Garrison, New York with Koshin Paley Ellison and Robert Chodo Campbell

27th WorldWide Insight: Sunday Insight
Online Teaching

2nd Citta: A Union of the Heart, Mind and Body Daylong Retreat

New York Insight , NYC 

14th - 17th  Insight Meditation and Compassion Retreat

Wonderwell Mountain Refuge - Springfield New Hampshire with Chris Crotty 

6th  ​Connecticut State Wide Integrative Medicine Collaborative Conference

Hartford, Connecticut
13th-15th Intimacy with Body: A Path to Liberation Retreat
Copper Beech Institute - West Hartford, Connecticut

7th Mission Dharma

San Francisco, California

24th - 26th Finding the Way Home to Kind Awareness: An IMS / NYI Urban Retreat 

New York Insight, NYC with Bart Van Melik 


17th Community Meditation Center 

New York City


Best Practices: Working with Incarcerated and System Involved Populations, co-authored with Yoga Service Council

YOGA: The Secret of Life, Photographs by Francesco Mastalia

Gender & Trauma—Somatic Interventions for Girls in Juvenile Justice: Implications for Policy and Practice Report, co-authored through Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality


Caring for myself is not self-indulgence,

it is self-preservation, and that is

an act of political warfare.

Audre Lorde


Booker brings her heart, wisdom, and compassion to the intersection of social justice, yoga, and mindfulness. She has shared these practices with vulnerable populations in New York City since 2006, working in juvenile detention centers, residential treatment centers, and on Rikers Island. She travels nationally utilizing the foundation of Dharma and embodied wisdom practices to support the sustainability of front line Changemakers.


Booker is on faculty with the Prison Mindfulness Institute and Off the Mat Into the World, and teaches at Insight Meditation centers across the country. She is a co-founder of the Yoga Service Council at Omega Institute, the Meditation Working Group of Occupy Wall Street and Urban Sangha Project in NYC. Booker is a co-author of Best Practices for Yoga in a Criminal Justice Setting, a contributor to Georgetown Law report Gender & Trauma, and Sharon Salzberg's book Happiness at Work. She is a graduate of both Spirit Rock's Mindful Yoga & Meditation and Community Dharma Leaders trainings, and is currently in their 4 year Dharma Retreat Teacher training.


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