As an Indian woman, Pawan Bareja, PhD, was raised in a culture that emphasizes ritual. Thus she has a deep love and respect for ritual and its role in community. She has a body-oriented counseling practice based on Peter Levine's somatic experiencing (SE) work for coping with trauma and life changes, in which she incorporates mindfulness techniques. She is also an assistant in the SE Trainings, offering supervision and case consultation for new practitioners. Pawan is an active member of the Marin Vipassana Sangha and has assisted in the annual “Care Providers” daylong at Spirit Rock for several years, offering individual interviews for participants.