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Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson is a meditation teacher, facilitator, writer and mama. She has practiced Buddhist meditation in the Insight lineage since her early 20’s, and was authorized as an independent dharma teacher through Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s four-year retreat teacher training. Kate began facilitating organizational training and retreats after co-founding the Meditation Working Group at Occupy Wall Street. She later joined the faculty of MIT’s Presencing Institute, and went on to work at Buddhist Peace Fellowship, where she designed online programs integrating spiritual and political education and practice. She is the author of the book Radical Friendship: Seven Ways to Love Yourself and Find Your People in an Unjust World.

As a consultant, Kate works with leaders and organizations committed to equity, sustainability, and the practice of wise relationships, using awareness-based and embodied practices to support communication, strategy, and culture. As a meditation teacher, she regularly offers courses and retreats integrating relational spirituality, social justice, somatics and creativity. Kate also coaches a handful of dedicated meditation practitioners in private study to clarify and deepen their practice. In her off hours, she can be found exploring Philly with her kid, sipping tea with friends, and looking for all manner of good trouble.

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September 27, 2021 - Settling on the Earth

Part of our work as we dive into the earth element is healing our relationship with nature. We have lost parts of ourselves that we must retrieve. As my mother said to me, “the environment is not somewhere else—it’s here.” It’s here. When we become intimate with it with our awareness, the Earth is an incredible teacher. The earth is mother not as an identity but as an activity. We can learn from what the Earth does and its mothering. And we can emulate that in our relationship with other beings, and in our relationship with ourselves.

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