Maria Straatmann, a former scientist and businesswoman, has been a student of Vipassana meditation since 1996. She is a graduate of the Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Program; trained as an End of Life Counselor with Metta Institute; and volunteers with Zen Hospice Project and West Marin Senior Services. In addition, Maria facilitates Commonweal’s Support Groups for People with Heart Disease. She is Program Co-Director at Insight Meditation Center and serves on IMC’s Chaplaincy Council. Maria lives with her husband near Pt. Reyes Seashore. She longs to write more poetry.