Visiting Teacher, Dharma Dialogues Interviewer
Hildur Palsdottir is a certified meditation instructor, Reiki Master Teacher, Eco-minister and the co-founder of Sol Center, a nature-based healing arts center in Port Washington. Hildur took refuge in the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in 2001, while completing her PhD in Cellular Bioenergetics at the Max-Planck Institute of Biophysics, Germany.
After post-doctoral research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory she worked as a research scientist at the New York University Medical School. Her personal practice is at the intersection where spirituality and science meet in the experience of Deep Ecology. She grew up intimately connected to land in Iceland and feels passionate about rewilding, ecosystem restoration, conservation and care for both the inner and outer environment.
Hildur completed the Shambhala Teaching Mindfulness 200-hr Certification with Dr. Shante Smalls, David Perrin, and Ethan Nichtern. Hildur is a member of the Natural Dharma Fellowship and participates in their Margha program. She sits on the advisory board at the Center for Earth Ethics, whose mission it is to facilitate the needed moral changes in cultural consciousness and policy in order to establish a new and viable value system, based on protecting the rights of nature and well-being of all.
Hildur is an environmental educator, climate activist, community organizer and co-founder of ReWild Long Island. She is a founding steering committee member of Transition Town Port Washington and President of the Board of Trustees at The Science Museum of Long Island, where she participates in stewarding Leeds Pond Preserve, while inspiring future scientists to care for the natural world. She contributes to a weekly environmental column Earth Matters in the Island Now newspaper.
In her free time she enjoys outdoor activities with her family and friends. She especially enjoys bird watching, wildlife tracking and gardening.
We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.~Thich Nhat Hanh (1926 -2022)