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Christiane Wolf

Christiane Wolf, MD, PhD first encountered vipassana meditation in her late teens. She is passionate about translating ancient wisdom teachings into accessible and applicable modern-day language. She aims to live from the heart informed by the brain and inspires her students to explore the same.

Before transitioning full time to teaching the Dharma and mindfulness Christiane trained as an OB/GYN and received an PhD in psychosomatic medicine from the University of Berlin in Germany.

She is a graduate of the Spirit Rock/IMS/Insight Meditation Center teacher training and teaches retreats and classes in the US and in Europe. She is a MBSR teacher trainer for the UC San Diego Center For Mindfulness and the co-founder and lead instructor for VA CALM, the national mindfulness facilitator training program for clinicians at the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Christiane is the author of “Outsmart Your Pain - Mindfulness and Self-Compassion to Help You Leave Chronic Pain Behind” and the co-author of the classic training manual for mindfulness teachers “A Clinician’s Guide to Teaching Mindfulness”.

She is a senior teacher at InsightLA in Los Angeles where she lives with her husband and their three teenagers.

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Featured Audio Talk
September 22, 2016 - Pain and Compassion - Reflection Being with Body

It's often hard to be kind to ourselves, especially when it feels like the body has failed or betrayed us. So how are we working with pain and compassion? So many of us have this idea that our own pain is not worthy of compassion while others’ pain is okay. But pain is not personal. It comes with a personal story, and we have a history that we’re very attached to. But you are not your pain—it’s just part of your experience in this moment. And your pain deserves compassion, period.

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