Befriend your mind sitting group (see Calendar) is led by Janet Keyes and is held every other Tuesday evening in her home in North Berkeley, CA.

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Janet has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1987. Wishing to deepen her practice, she joined Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioners’ Program in the early 2000s. That experience encouraged her to find ways to bring the Dharma into her community. She joined a Buddhist Peace Fellowship program on aging, and volunteered in a nursing home, working with people with dementia. That experience led her to join the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program, and for several years she served as a volunteer chaplain in hospital and community health care settings. She serves on the community advisory board of the Alta Bates Chaplaincy  program.

For twenty-one years, Janet helped organize and put on the Mount Tam Women’s Retreat, a meditation camping retreat in the redwoods for 55 women. She wrote two books about that experience, both of which are available on Amazon: Our Own Teachers, which describes the retreat, and Dharma Camp, Twenty Years on Mt. Tam, a step-by-step workbook for people wishing to organize meditation retreats in a natural setting.

A deep longing to teach the Dharma drew her to a two-year teacher-training program with Skillful Meditation Project, which she completed in 2016. In addition to her regular sitting group, which meets every other Tuesday, (see Calendar) she has several individual students whom she meets online and in person to discuss their meditation journals.  She also teaches half-day and full-day non-residential retreats in her home, (See Calendar) and co-teaches residential retreats.

Janet is a writer and occasional poet; her book of poems This Deliberate Life is no longer in print. Eventually some of her poems and Dharma talks will find their way onto this site.