Kate Johnson, MA

Residential Retreat Teacher

Kate Johnson is a meditation teacher, facilitator, writer and mama. She has practiced Buddhist meditation in the Insight lineage since her early 20’s, and was authorized as an independent dharma teacher through Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s four-year retreat teacher training. Kate began facilitating organizational training and retreats after co-founding the Meditation Working Group at Occupy Wall Street. She later joined the faculty of MIT’s Presencing Institute, and went on to work at Buddhist Peace Fellowship, where she designed online programs integrating spiritual and political education and practice. She is the author of the book Radical Friendship: Seven Ways to Love Yourself and Find Your People in an Unjust World.

As a consultant, Kate works with leaders and organizations committed to equity, sustainability, and the practice of wise relationships, using awareness-based and embodied practices to support communication, strategy, and culture. As a meditation teacher, she regularly offers courses and retreats integrating relational spirituality, social justice, somatics and creativity. Kate also coaches a handful of dedicated meditation practitioners in private study to clarify and deepen their practice. In her off hours, she can be found exploring Philly with her kid, sipping tea with friends, and looking for all manner of good trouble.

Our role as radical friends can be to maintain the view that, underneath it all, there is always a fundamental goodness in each of us. We can prevent or interrupt harm whenever we can without losing sight of that goodness; we can enact boundaries to protect that goodness. We can try our best to connect with and speak to that place of awakening in each other, even if one of us has forgotten who we really are. When we speak to that place of innate goodness in ourselves and in each other, we help bring it forth.
 
Kate Johnson, Radical Friendship: Seven Ways to Love Yourself and Find Your People in an Unjust World

Kate Johnson's Upcoming Programs

Retreat On-Land

September 19 - September 25, 2024 Thursday - Wednesday | 6 nights

Spiritual Sanctuary: A Women's Liberation Retreat

Open to all self-identified Women. We welcome all who identify as women, as well as non-binary folks who feel nourished in spaces centering women.

We live in times of increasing pressure, which can be experienced as intensity, stress, limitation, or dissatisfaction. The Four Noble Truths remind us that pressure is an unavoidable part of life, and that freedom is possible within it. This retreat offers a space in which practitioners can choose rest, renewal, and liberation. Together we will practice in silence, integrating movement and stillness, outdoor practice, and Dharma talks that lift up women’s journeys of awakening from a diversity of lineages and traditions.

Erin Selover

Erin Selover

Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson

Victoria Cary

Victoria Cary

Erin Treat

Erin Treat

Monica Magtoto

Monica Magtoto

Retreat On-Land

November 9 - November 14, 2024 Saturday - Thursday | 5 nights

Finding Your Ground: Mindful Yoga and Embodied Dharma

How do we stay grounded, centered, and rooted in compassion and wisdom—especially through personal and global challenges? In this silent retreat, we’ll offer teachings and tools from the Dharma and Yoga traditions for settling your nervous system, grounding your energy, and connecting in an embodied way with what matters most. Each day includes gentle guided Yoga; seated, walking, standing, and lying down meditation instruction and practice; and Dharma reflections and discussion.

Anne Cushman

Anne Cushman

Leslie Booker

Leslie Booker

Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson

Rolf Gates

Rolf Gates

Dharma Library

Can't join us live online or on the land? Study and practice at your convenience with Kate Johnson through our new library of recordings, articles, and self-paced online courses.

Picks from the Library