La Sarmiento has been practicing Vipassana meditation and has been a member of IMCW since 1998. La's practice and approach to the Dharma has been influenced greatly by the teachings of Tara Brach, Pema Chodron, Larry Yang, Eric Kolvig, Michele McDonald, Cheri Maples, Joe Weston, and Ruth King. In September 2012, La graduated from the Community Dharma Leadership IV program sponsored by Spirit Rock Meditation Center and, in November 2013, was certified as a Teach .b Mindfulness Teacher with the Mindfulness in Schools Project based in the UK.
Since 2005, La has been the guiding teacher/leader of the IMCW Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Sangha and the IMCW People of Color Sangha. They* integrate the Kalyana Mitta process and the concepts of Respectful Confrontation and Non-violent Communication into their gatherings to create a sacred space for group wisdom to arise. Between 2011 and 2016, La also co-led the DC Monthly Teen Sangha for youth between 13-19 years of age.
La is a senior retreat/event manager committed to bringing diverse teachers and programs to IMCW and to making the Dharma accessible to all. La teaches and manages retreats for teenagers through Inward Bound Mindfulness Education and produces workshops for Joe Weston in "Respectful Confrontation".
La has been a body/energyworker in private practice since 1992 and teaches mindfulness-based Reiki classes with their life partner Wendy Taylor in Adams Morgan, DC.
For more information on La, check out their website, www.lasarmiento.com.
*La identifies as gender non-conforming and uses the pronouns they, their, and them when being referred to in the third person.
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