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Ashley Sharp

Ashley Sharp, E-RYT, is known for her wit, practicality, and tenderness as an instructor. She has been teaching Buddha-dharma and meditation for over 20 years while continuing to study and practice at home and across the world. She is also trained in yoga, yoga therapy, and yoga nidra (a reclining meditation practice).

Ashley's ongoing practice of Vipassana meditation leads naturally to her unique weaving of mindfulness and dharma (wisdom) themes into an embodied understanding of the teachings. She graduated from the "Dedicated Practitioner Program," and the "Community Dharma Leader" trainings (both are 2 year invitational trainings through Spirit Rock Meditation Center).

She lives in Northern California among the redwood trees where she founded and runs a small retreat center called Refuge at Pudding Creek. The center focuses on awakening through mindfulness, nature, art and yoga. Sharp is the author of "Mindfulness for Beginners: 4 Weeks to Everyday Peace, Gratitude, and Focus".

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October 9, 2022 - Awe and Mystery; Surrendering to Dharma

“When we do meditation, that’s a type of yoga—not in the sense of a body shape, but as a method that leads to results. Sri Nisargadatta said, “All the yogas, whatever their source and character, have only one aim: to save you from the calamity of separate existence.” The yoga of Dharma practice, postures, and meditation are all methods to save you from the sense of separateness. When we allow our practice to bring us into a space of awe and mystery, we’re surrendering our sense of a separate existence.

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