Lama Willa has studied and practiced in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for the last thirty years in the non-sectarian Kagyu, Nyingma and Shangpa lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. She completed two three year retreats in the nineties, and teaches Tibetan Buddhist practice, meditation and yoga in the Northeast. Her teaching interests at the moment include the wisdom of the body, natural awareness practices and compassion. She is the founder of Natural Dharma Fellowship in Boston, and its retreat center Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, New Hampshire. She has a PhD in religion, and is author, editor and translator (respectively) of Everyday Dharma, The Arts of Contemplative Care and Essence of Ambrosia.