Alison Shapiro has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1985 and has been teaching since 2008. Her primary teaching practice and her passion are in bringing mindfulness, meditation and self-compassion skills to people with acquired disabilities, their caregivers and their care providers. She herself is the survivor of 2 brain stem strokes and has lived and continues to live the power of these practices in shaping a life post injury.
She is the creator of the Mindful Stroke Recovery course, the author of the Mindful Stroke Recovery Workbook, the author of the book Healing into Possibility and the co-producer of the film What Now? Sharing Brain Recovery Lessons.
Alison trained to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Bob Stahl at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California and is a graduate of the Metta Institute End of Life Practitioner program created by Frank Ostaseski. Alison’s practice has been strongly influenced by her primary teacher, Frank Ostaseski, and by Bob Stahl, Jack Kornfield, Lama Surya Das, Pema Chödrön, Sharon Salzberg, and Ken McLeod.
She is a mindfulness teacher at The Innerwork Center in Richmond, Virginia, where she lives with her husband Dick Pennock, and she also regularly teaches in hospital and rehabilitation settings in Virginia and California. Alison is on the Advisory Board of Our Heart Speaks, an organization dedicated to sharing stories of rehabilitation and healing, and is the co-founder of Strokefocus.net.