Mary Powell has been a Vipassana practitioner for almost 30 years. During that time she has done intensive retreats at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass. In the past few years she has done month long self retreats both at home and at a remote cabin in the mountains and at the Forest Refuge. Recently she practiced for a month in the Thai Forest Tradition with Ajahn Sucitto. In 2007 she completed the 2 ½ year Community Dharma Leader training through Sprit Rock Meditation Center. For many years she served as a board member of SFVS and as president as well. She was a member of the Education Committee for 15 years. Mary also serves on the board of the Brahma Vihara Foundation and the Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center in northern New Mexico where she often teaches retreats during the summer. Mary has always been interested in practicing in nature and incorporates outdoor practice into her retreats.