Speaking, Teaching, Writing
Use the form at the bottom of this page if you’re interested in booking me for a speaking engagement or a teaching workshop. I have a “Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics” workshop / talk that I’ve rolled out to different audiences, from cops to Google execs to random assemblages of curious humans. I love doing these. Bottom line: no matter how short the engagement, it will always involve you learning to meditate!
See my event calendar if you’re interested in attending one of my other workshops, classes, or retreats.
For folks looking for individual guidance, I generally prefer working with groups, but I do have a network of people I recommend for one-on-one instruction.
These include Avi Craimer, a smart and experienced Toronto-based counsellor who also sees students virtually; my pal Jude Star, a street-smart synthesizer of meditation and psychotherapy who’s excellent with new meditators; and Buddhist Geeks husband-and-wife team Emily and Vincent Horn – both fine skilled teachers who do private sessions and trainings via the Pragmatic Dharma website. Other options include my own teacher Shinzen Young, who hosts a superb Home Practice Program one weekend a month at very little cost, and Shinzen’s main facilitator Julianna Raye, who runs a mindfulness training program for students and would-be teachers here.
There are also many meditation apps out there. Insight Timer is free. 10% Happier – the one I’m on – has guided meditation videos from many great teachers. Their monthly subscription fee includes live support from a team of experienced meditation instructors, an interesting resource, and one version of the future of practice support (I imagine a meditation teacher call centre, everyone on their Zen headsets, the office filled with throw cushions and wind chimes).
Meditation can be empowering and healing. So can community and social support. You learn tips from others, and just hanging out with an open-minded group of fellow explorers can make life better. If you’re in Toronto, try coming to one of our Monday night Consciousness Explorers Clubs (CEC).
The name may sound strange, but we are beginner-friendly and relatively dogma-free, although we do go on a lot about pluralism and the importance of looking ridiculous. We do a fun annual retreat in the summer that anyone can come to – contact the CEC to get on our list.
I also just finished writing v.2 of the CEC’s “Community Practice Activation Kit,” available for free here. The kit includes tips on how to write and guide meditation, how to work with meditation-related challenges, and lots of other practical information. Our hope is to inspire people around the world to start up their own practice groups, in a way that’s uniquely responsive to their local needs and context.
Finally, although I can’t respond to all the people who reach out, I do read every email. I especially enjoy reading brief notes from people whom I’ve helped, directly or indirectly. Life is short, and love keeps me trucking along.
Thank you, and good luck on all explorations!