Heather Sundberg teaches Insight Meditation (Vipassana), a form of meditation in the Buddhist tradition, which emphasizes cultivating insight through present moment experience. She began teaching meditation in 1999 primarily to youth and families. She has completed the four-year Spirit Rock/Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training and continues to be mentored by Jack Kornfield. She is also a graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders program (CDL2). Beginning her own meditation practice in her late teens, for twenty years Heather has studied with senior teachers in the Insight Meditation (Vipassana) and Tibetan (Vajrayana) traditions, and has sat 1-3 months of retreat a year for over a decade. She held the position of Spirit Rock Family Program Teacher & Manager from 2001-2010. She is a Teacher for Mountain Stream Meditation Center in the Sierra Foothills, and also teaches classes, daylongs and retreats nationally, especially at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She is currently training in Somatic Experiencing therapy and offers meditation counseling to students in person or by phone on a donation basis.
What is Insight Meditation?
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.