• Leslie Booker
    Leslie Booker

    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.

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Boston Meditation Center

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Dec 03 2020 - Dec 06 2020


Sliding Scale: 170 - 315

Wisdom and Compassion Home Retreat

This retreat will be held online
with Chris Crott

Wisdom and compassion balance each other, and the world needs both. Through insight meditation, we quiet the mind and investigate its true nature. With the mind made calm and stable, we enjoy the peace of non-attachment, and with wisdom, as the basis for compassion, we undertake our whole life with great care. On this retreat, we will practice insight and compassion through meditation periods which may include the “four postures:” sitting, standing, laying down, and walking. Dharma reflections will explore the application of wisdom and compassion in meditation as well as daily life, emphasizing how compassion can provide a direct path to engage the suffering of the world as well as our own freedom.

This virtual retreat will emphasize the real-time integration of doing a retreat from our homes. Through periods of teacher-led meditation and dharma talks, interspersed with individual practice sessions, we will discover how practice is not something we move away from once we’re off our cushions, but something that we embody and cultivate in our lived day-to-day experiences.

This unique retreat will provide an opportunity to practice with the support of teachers and community within a modified retreat schedule to minimize screen time.