Booker brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of Dharma + Embodied Wisdom + Activism. She shares her expertise nationally as a guest lecturer at conferences, universities, and Dharma centers, on expanding our vision around culturally responsive teaching, and changing the paradigm of self and community care. She has spoken at Mind & Life Institute’s International Symposium, Contemplative Minds in Higher Education, Mindfulness in America, and Omega Institute’s Mindfulness in Education conferences, along with other pioneers in the mindfulness field such as Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dr. Daniel Siegel, Linda Lantieri, and His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Booker has been a featured speaker and facilitator at the Fetzer Institute, Vassar and Pitzer Colleges, as well as with the Peace Corps and Teacher’s College at Columbia University, and the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia.
She began sharing practice with vulnerable populations in 2005, and was a senior teacher and Director of Teacher Trainings with Lineage Project, where she worked with incarcerated and vulnerable youth for ten years. During this time, she also facilitated a mindfulness and cognitive-based therapy intervention on Riker’s Island from 2009-2011, a partnership between New York University and the National Institute of Health.
She is a co-founder of the Yoga Service Council at Omega Institute and the Meditation Working Group of Occupy Wall Street. Booker is a co-author of Best Practices for Yoga in a Criminal Justice Setting, a contributor to Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality’s report: Gender & Trauma—Somatic Interventions for Girls in Juvenile Justice, YOGA: The Secret of Life, and Sharon Salzberg’s book Happiness at Work. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation training (2012), Community Dharma Leaders’ Training (2017), and will complete Spirit Rock’s four year Retreat Teacher Training in 2020.
Revolutionary Love: A Mindfulness Retreat for Transformative Times
This event is being offered online
with Leslie Booker Dalila Bothwell Alison Cohen Rae Houseman Kate Johnson La Sarmiento
Our world has never known times like these. How can we practice mindfulness meditation in a way that brings us closer to freedom in our own minds and hearts, and closer to collective liberation for all beings everywhere? Join us in this at-home online retreat, where we’ll refine our practices of mindfulness of body, emotions, and thoughts with support from a spirited and seasoned team of teachers. All practice sessions will be infused with a healthy dose of love and a strong sense of purpose: we practice for sustainability, for resilience, for unity, love, and freedom. With daily teachings on awareness, wisdom, and compassion, we will gather as a global community to support one another with presence. Teachers will share guidance on how to integrate your mindfulness practice into our daily lives as we respond, each in our own way, to the social and political demands of our unique place and time. We can usher in a new chapter by attending to and transforming the way we relate with ourselves and our world. Let love be the first word.