JoAnna Hardy

JoAnna Hardy an insight meditation (Vipassanā) practitioner and teacher; founding member of the Meditation Coalition, www.meditationcoalition.com a teacher’s council member at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, visiting retreat teacher at Insight Meditation Society, Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center and a collaborator on many online meditation programs. She was born into a Catholic family and has early memories of being drawn toward contemplation, quietness and inner reflection.  All the while externally rebelling and pushing up against societal norms that keep many oppressed, marginalized and excluded. Her inner turmoil led to external pain for herself and others. To help lessen her suffering she went on a search for some kind of peace. For years at a time she visited many different spiritual traditions, eventually finding her home in Buddhism and Vipassanā meditation. She teaches: silent meditation retreats, social justice based meditation classes and workshops, youth work, online courses and work with private students. Her greatest passion is to teach meditation in communities that are dedicated to seeing the truth of how racism, gender inequality, and oppression go hand in hand with the compassionate action teachings in Buddhism and related perspectives to social and racial justice.