Rebecca came to mindfulness and meditation through yoga, which she began practicing in 1993 as a way to relieve anxiety and stress, and completed a yoga teacher training program in 1999 offered by her teacher Betsey Downing. In 2001, she became part of the IMCW community, which continues to provide great support for her meditation practice. In 2006, she completed two 7-day trainings in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli and participated in an MBSR practicum with Trish Magyari. In 2007 she completed training as a holistic health counselor through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City.
Rebecca is a devotee of applied mindfulness, meditation, and yoga and is drawn to contemplative practice as a skillful way of “working with what is.” She enjoys the challenge of maintaining continuity of awareness from on-the-cushion to off-the-cushion in everyday life. As a way of living her favorite adage – be the change you want to see in the world – Rebecca is a student of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), an approach created by Marshall Rosenberg to create greater harmony within the realm of interpersonal communications. Rebecca contributed to the creation of the Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship founded by Tara Brach and Hugh Byrne, helping to organize a variety of events to promote peace including monthly silent peace walks around the White House.
Rebecca currently is enrolled in Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training Program and Community Dharma Leader Program. She has been teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction since 2007 with her partner Hugh Byrne in the DC metro area (www.mindfulnesstraining.org). Rebecca is a graduate of the Meditation Teacher Training Institute (MTTI).