Stig has practiced Vipassana meditation since 1984 and facilitated sitting groups and classes since 1997. He was introduced to the practice in Thailand in accordance with the teachings of the Burmese Mahasi Sayadaw tradition. He has been guided by numerous Asian and North American teachers with his primary teacher being Tara Brach. In 2008 he completed the three-year Community Dharma Leadership program sponsored by the Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Stig served on the first IMCW Board from 1997-2001 and is now delighted to be serving again.
Stig retired from USEPA in March 2021 after working for 40 years as an environmental engineer, regulation manager, and senior policy advisor and receiving a Distinguished Career Service Award. His search for “right livelihood” prior to EPA is described in the book he recently co-authored: The Road Taken: The Remarkable Story of a Transcontinental Bicycle Odyssey. He and his wife, Melanie La Force, two daughters, and two dogs live in Arlington, Virginia.
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