Judith lives in Henniker, NH in a beautiful little spot in the country with her twenty-year-old cat. She sat zazen for three years in the early 1980s and attended her first retreat in 1989 with Thich Nhat Hanh. In 1989 she completed training as a mindfulness-based psychotherapist, specializing in working with clients traumatized in their families of origin, and plans to retire this June. For many years she was primarily a “book Buddhist”, had a regular mindfulness meditation practice, and studied the energy healing practices of the Peruvian Andes. She was introduced to Lama Willa’s teachings on self-compassion in 2016 and realized she had finally found the teachings that could bring so much deeper healing to herself, her relationships, and her clients. She began the Margha Program in 2017, completing three years in the program. This is her first year as a Mitra.
The foundational practices of the Margha Program have helped me to better understand the deep layers of conditioning and habitual thoughts, feelings, and actions which have created and maintained my suffering, and to hold them in compassionate awareness. This work has helped me to come into better relationship with myself, “so-called” others, and the world. It is an honor to be able to serve as a Mitra, and I look forward to deepening my skills and awareness as I work with this wonderful group of Mitras and students.