Erin Selover

Erin Selover, MS, is a Licensed Therapist, Strategic Coach, Consultant with Courageous Leadership and serves on the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
As a meditation teacher, Erin integrates systemic and cultural factors of oppression into teachings on mindfulness and compassion that are often only taught from an interpersonal and intrapersonal lens. With a passion for systemic change, Erin’s teachings broaden the field of mindfulness to look at the how Buddhist teachings can help us understand systems of oppression such as patriarchy, white supremacy, and modern economics.

Through supporting students to see factors that contribute to their pain as part of a larger system, Erin helps students in decreasing shame, increasing a sense of agency, and working collectively towards compassionately changing oppressive systems within their communities.

As a white woman, Erin has a passion for accompanying white people interested in integrating Buddhist Meditation and racial justice, answering a call to decrease the burden on people of color to educate white people on dominant culture.

Erin currently has a strategic coaching practice where she specializes in working with female leaders, and is the co-guiding teacher of Fertile Void, a women’s meditation community in Berkeley. One of Erin’s missions is to empower women to boldly vision the world they want to live in, and then accompany them in co-creating it. Erin specializes in collaboration-based leadership and creating systems that allow the insight of our mutual inter-dependence and belonging to be realized.

Erin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and previously worked full time in private practice integrating Buddhism, Somatic Experiencing and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She was also a core team member of the group that co-founded Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (IBME) and is a long-time trainer and mentor for the Stepping Stones Project.

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Featured Audio Talk
August 26, 2018 - Looking at Oppression through the Lens of the Four Noble Truths

Fundamentally, what the Buddha was pointing to is that it is hard being human! I’m not in control. Anything can happen in any moment. And that’s a lot to sit with. So what we’re doing in this path is opening more and more and more to this raw vulnerability. To uncertainty. To the truth of change. Thinking about the first noble truth from this point of view makes the second noble truth, the truth of resistance, completely understandable. Really, who wants to feel that raw vulnerability—to feel that they’re not in control? And then you feel that, and realize “Oh, I’m okay. I’ll be okay.”

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