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dharma + embodied wisdom + activism

2020 Calendar


7th Tuesday Night: Dharma Gathering 

Mission Dharma - San Francisco

22nd Weekly Dharma Gathering


25th - 26nd Finding Your Way Home to Kind Awareness: An IMS / NYI Urban Retreat

With Bart van Melik

New York Insight - New York City



16th Sunday Session: Dharma Gathering 

Community Meditation Center - New York City


5th - 7th Contemplative Practices for Higher Education Conference

Virginia Tech - Roanoke Virginia 

26th - 28th Finding Your Ground: Mindful Yoga and Embodied Meditation Non-Residential Retreat 

With Anne Cushman

Spirit Rock Community Meditation Center - Woodacre,  California


4th - 11th Awakening Mindfulness: A Silent Meditation Retreat in the Rocky Mountains

With James Baraza and La Sarmiento

YMCA of the Rockies - Estes Park, Colorado 

29th - 30th Retreat for Executive Leaders of Supportive Housing

Garrison Institute - Garrison,  New York


26th - 28th Awakening to Love, Courage, Tenderness and Joy 

With Jack Kornfield

Kripalu Center for Health and Yoga - Stockbridge, Massachusetts


12th Daylong Retreat 

New York Insight - New York Insight


29th - 3rd September Insight Meditation Retreat

With James Baraz, Sharda Rogell, Howie Cohen, and Terry Vandiver (yoga)

Spirit Rock Meditation Center - Woodacre, California


29th - 6th LGBT & Gender Non-Conforming Queer Retreat  (1st of 2-week retreat)

With Arinna Weisman

Dhamma Dena - Joshua Tree, California



9th - 11th Intimacy with Body: A Path to Liberation

Radiance Retreat Center - Magnolia, Mississippi



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.


Embodying Compassion

Cultivating Resilience


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