Joan Mitchell began practicing Insight Meditation with Shinzen Young in 1987. Other teachers who have influenced her practice include Leigh Brashington, Marcia Rose, Eric Kolvig, and most recently, the Venerable Ajahn Sucitto and Venerable U Tejaniya. Her practice regularly includes intensive month-long as well as shorter retreats. Currently her practice and teaching emphasize finding ground in the body and mindfulness of mind states. Since 2008 Joan has been teaching Introduction to Insight Meditation classes. She taught Core Buddhist Studies classes beginning in 2013 until they evolved into Dharma Explorations in 2016. She was a co-founder and coordinator for a Sutta Study group from 2008 – 2016. A member of the SFVS board, she is also coordinator for education programs. Joan is a graduate of the University of Michigan and St. John’s College, and taught English in Turkey, Greece, the Navajo Nation, and Santa Fe. She retired from the National Park Service where she worked as a park and recreation planner. She is also a published poet.