A daily online meditation is held each day from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Janet teaches this group every Friday. The Zoom Room number is 818 7605 9491, pass code 100. For more information about this daily online meditation, see the Calendar page.
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 teaching every Friday on the online daily meditation (see Calendar) she has individual students whom she meets online to discuss their meditation reflections. She also has taught half-day and full-day non-residential retreats in her home, and co-taught residential retreats. Hopefully, these in-person meditation retreats will be able to resume sometime in the future.
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.