Heather Sundberg has taught insight meditation since 1999, has completed the Spirit Rock/IMS Teacher Training program and is currently on the Spirit Rock Teacher's Council. Beginning her own meditation practice in her late teens, for the last 25 years, Heather has studied with senior teachers in the Insight Meditation (Vipassana) and Tibetan (Vajrayana) traditions. She has completed 2.5 accumulated years of silent retreat, and has sat 1-3 months of retreat a year forthe last 20 years. She was the Spirit Rock Family & Teen Program Teacher & Manager for a decade. Between 2010- 2015 she spent a cumulative one-year in study, practice, and pilgrimage in Asia. Since 2011, she has been a Teacher at Mountain Stream Meditation Center and sister communities in the Sierra Foothills, and also teaches nationally & internationally, especially at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She has training in both Somatic Experiencing and Hakomi Mindfulness Somatic Therapy and offers 'individual meditation support sessions' to students in person or by phone on a donation basis. Her teaching emphasizes embodiment, compassion, maturing awareness and practical wisdom.
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Insight meditation (Vipassana) is the practice of cultivating a precise nonjudgmental attention, which can clearly experience the present moment, and by doing so creates the possibility for ever-deepening insight into the nature of things. Often associated with mindfulness meditation, insight meditation as it is practiced in the west traces its roots to the Theravadan traditions from Thailand, Burma, and Sri Lanka.