People who work with Chris describe him as patient, calm, and genuinely caring. They report feeling more ease, openness, peace, and confidence as a result of his guidance. Chris focuses on truly listening, discovering what can be learned from challenges, and making sure that self-understanding is balanced by self-compassion. He is especially passionate about regularly applying mindfulness principles to everyday situations, so that the results of practice (including joy!) are tangible and empowering.
Chris is a certified Unified Mindfulness Teacher. He has also trained as a meditation teacher with the Interdependence Project and Journey Meditation. Over the course of many short and long intensive practice periods, he has cumulatively spent nearly two years on meditation retreat, including a yearlong program at Blue Cliff Monastery, a mindfulness practice center in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village tradition.
Chris has taught over 1500 classes in community groups and in the workplace. He has had the honor of co-teaching a weeklong meditation retreat alongside Shinzen Young; and he has been a co-teacher for the Unified Mindfulness Pathways training program, helping to train others to teach mindfulness. Chris is also Lead Moderator for the Unified Mindfulness Group Coaching page. His main teachers have been Shinzen Young, Thich Nhat Hanh, Thanissara, Kittisaro, Byron Katie, and Rupert Spira.
In addition to teaching meditation, Chris is a professional musician. Some of his other favorite things are spending time with loved ones, building community, going to parks and coffee shops, art, political engagement, plant-based eating, and imagining a more wise and compassionate world.