Joan began practicing meditation in the Theravada or Insight tradition in 1985. Since then she has practiced and studied intensively in the US and Burma with senior American and Asian monastic teachers, including Joseph Goldstein, Ajahn Thanissaro and Sayadaw U Tejaniya. She was a founding member of the Santa Fe Vipassana Sangha where she is a regular speaker and teaches introduction to meditation. A lifelong student of hatha yoga, she has taught meditation and yoga in treatment centers and prisons and has a particular interest in the relationship of personal practice and compassionate action. As a licensed psychotherapist she works with healing trauma through the power of mind body awareness.