Young Adults (Ages 20 – 35) Sitting Group

Third Sundays of the month, 7 to 8:30pm

February 21: Martina Schneider

March 21: Spring Washam

Kate Janke started her meditation practice in 2004 at IMC. In 2005 she went to Thailand for six months to deepen her meditation practice in Southeast Asia sitting long retreats. This was a transformative experience that has propelled her to make Buddhist practice central to her life. Currently, Kate co-leads a Kalyana Mitta group for young adults and is one of the founders of the Saturday Night Sangha sitting group in the East Bay. She is also in the Dedicated Practitioners Program at Spirit Rock. Kate works as the Coordinator for James Baraz’s Awakening Joy Course and her next adventure in spreading the dharma is as a mindfulness teacher in the Oakland Public Schools through the Mindfulness and Education Project.

Martina Schneider has been a student of the Dharma since 1996. She has done long-term intensive meditation practice at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has also practiced in India and was ordained as a nun in Burma. In recent years, Martina has worked in a soup kitchen and served as part of the Zen Hospice Project. At the present time, she is studying psychology and teaches mindfulness to children in elementary schools. She is currently in teacher training with Jack Kornfield.

Spring Washam is a meditation teacher and co-founder of the East Bay Meditation Center. She has practiced meditation intensively since 1997 with many teachers and is known for her joyful heart and loving spirit. She pioneer s bringing mindfulness-based meditation practices to youth and communities of color.  Spring is a Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader and leads a weekly sitting group in Oakland. She is in teacher training with Jack Kornfield at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.