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 30 years, Heather has studied with senior teachers in the Insight Meditation (Vipassana) and Tibetan (Vajrayana) traditions. She has completed 3 accumulated years of silent retreat, and has sat 1-3 months of retreat a year for the last 25 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. From 2011-2021, she was a Core Teacher at Mountain Stream Meditation Center and sister communities in the CA Sierra Foothills, and continues to teach nationally & internationally. She has training in both Somatic Experiencing and Hakomi Mindfulness Somatic Therapy and offers 'individual meditation support sessions' to students on the phone or on screen on a sliding scale donation basis. Her teaching emphasizes embodiment, heartfulness, emptiness, maturing awareness and practical wisdom.
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Heather stands in solidarity and support of equality and justice for all marginalized groups, especially the African American community being particularly adversely affected by continued structural discrimination and acts of brutality during this very difficult pandemic time.
Heather is committed to practicing and sharing dharma which supports engagement in all the cycles of our spiritual journey - including transformation through the personal and inter-personal experienece, as well as engaging in structural transformation and direct action.
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.