Alisa Dennis, PhD

Residential Retreat Teacher

Alisa Dennis, Ph.D., discovered meditation through her study of metaphysics and ancient mystical traditions. Since then, she’s trained in the Soto Zen tradition, MBSR, and most recently in the Theravada tradition. Alisa completed Spirit Rock’s teacher training program and is an authorized teacher in the Theravada lineage. Alisa gravitated toward Insight meditation because of its emphasis on liberatory heart-opening practices and its growing community of practitioners committed to embodied awakening and transformative justice.

Appreciating the connections across diverse wisdom traditions, Alisa weaves varied ways of knowing and being together in her life and teachings. She has worked with shamans and medicine women and considers Nature one of her wisest teachers. Her study and practice of inquiry, as taught in the Diamond Approach has supported a deeper exploration into the nature of consciousness.

A clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, Alisa supports people as they move through transitions, deepening, expansion, or letting go in their lives. She specializes in Somatic Experiencing which informs her Dharma teaching. She enjoys the creative arts and invites creativity into her practice and teaching of the Dharma.

Though Alisa currently resides in the Atlanta area, she is a teacher at Insight L.A. in southern California where she’s enjoyed facilitating workshops on storytelling, creativity, embodying feminine energy, and Mindful Self Compassion. She teaches at Spirit Rock, and other retreat centers in North America. Alisa also offers trainings in mindfulness for community-based organizations and corporations around the world.

Understanding the truth of impermanence supports the practice of equanimity and cultivating equanimity strengthens our understanding of impermanence. We are often conditioned to want things to be different from how they are. Whenever we find ourselves thinking that things would be better if they were different, we are in our egos or separate selves. This creates suffering. This meditation is an invitation to explore first bringing compassion to the experience of dukkha, then opening to equanimity as space and acceptance of how things are in the present moment.
Alisa Dennis, Bringing Equanimity to the Experience of Impermanence and Dukkha

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