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Leslie Booker

Booker brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of Dharma, Embodied Wisdom, and Liberation; an integration of ancient wisdom practices that support us in navigating our modern world. She shares her expertise nationally as a guest lecturer at conferences, universities, and Dharma centers, on expanding our vision around culturally responsive teaching, and changing the paradigm of self and community care.

She has spoken at Mind & Life Institute's International Symposium, Contemplative Minds in Higher Education, Mindfulness in America, and Omega Institute's Mindfulness in Education conferences, along with other pioneers in the mindfulness field such as Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dr. Daniel Siegel, Linda Lantieri, and His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Booker has been a featured speaker and facilitator at the Fetzer Institute, Vassar and Pitzer Colleges, the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia. She’s especially passionate about supporting the sustainability of folks on the front lines, and training future teachers through the Peace Corps’ Jaffe Fellows and Teaching Residents at Teacher’s College at Columbia University. Booker began sharing practice with vulnerable populations in 2005, and was a senior teacher and Director of Teacher Trainings with Lineage Project, where she worked with incarcerated and vulnerable youth for ten years. During this time, she also facilitated a mindfulness and cognitive-based therapy intervention on Rikers Island from 2009-2011, a partnership between New York University and the National Institute of Health.

Throughout her career, Booker has contributed to the advancement of her field both in theory and practice. She is a co-founder of the Yoga Service Council at Omega Institute and the Meditation Working Group of Occupy Wall Street. Booker is a co-author of Best Practices for Yoga in a Criminal Justice Setting, a contributor to Georgetown Law's Center on Poverty and Inequality's report: Gender & Trauma—Somatic Interventions for Girls in Juvenile Justice, YOGA: The Secret of Life, and contributed to Sharon Salzberg's book ‘Happiness at Work’. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock's Mindful Yoga and Meditation training (2012), Community Dharma Leaders' Training (2017), and their four year Retreat Teacher Training (2020). In 2020 she was invited in as Sojourner Truth Leadership Fellow through Auburn Seminary, and was voted by her peers as one of the 12 Powerful Women in the Mindfulness Movement.

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Featured Audio Talk
January 07, 2020 - Letting Go

Letting go is a reflective practice, one that we sit with, that we explore, that we play with. We move at the speed of trust. We don’t just let go of everything at one time. We cultivate discernment and wisdom so that we do it in a way that allows us to move with grace, ease, and deep care for our practice. We get to let go of greed, aversion, and most importantly delusion that has been blocking our hearts and minds, and this creates the space to move into a life that we truly want to live.

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