Eric Kolvig has been teaching in the Vipassana Buddhist tradition since 1985. He leads meditation retreats and gives public talks around the United States. Eric has a particular interest in “grassroots dharma,” building spiritual community in democratic, non-authoritarian ways. Eric also leads retreats in the wilderness; he is interested in the special value of spiritual practice in the natural world. He has worked with many teachers but primarily with Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg in the lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma, and also with Richard Clarke in the Zen lineage of Roshi Philip Kapleau.
Eric is the son of Tao (1915-1963), a Cook Islander, and Einar (1904-1964), a Danish-American. He is the brother of Chris (1943-1972) and Beulah (1925-1985). He holds a B.A. from Middlebury College, and an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. from Yale University. Eric lives in a singlewide mobile home in La Bolsa, a rural intentional community in northern New Mexico.