Kaira Jewel Lingo
Kaira Jewel Lingo grew up in Chicago and in Nairobi, Kenya. From a young age, she remembers feeling connected to people in other countries and knowing that her purpose in life was to be of service, to relieve suffering, and to bring joy to others. Kaira Jewel began practicing mindfulness in 1997. Today, she teaches Buddhist meditation, mindfulness, and compassion, with a focus on activists, people of color, artists, educators, families, and youth. An ordained nun of 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh's Order of Interbeing, she is now a lay Dharma teacher based in Washington, DC, leading retreats in the US and internationally, and offering mindfulness programs for educators and youth in schools. Kaira Jewel edited Thich Nhat Hanh's Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children and helped to start and develop Wake Up Schools, bringing mindfulness to education. She explores the interweaving of art, play, ecology, and spiritual practice and is a certified yoga teacher and InterPlay leader. She also offers spiritual mentoring to individual clients. In addition to her roots in the Zen tradition, Kaira Jewel practices and teaches in the Insight tradition and is an affiliate teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology and Social Sciences, and she speaks fluent Portuguese, French, German and Italian. Visit Kaira Jewel's website to learn more.
Kaira Jewel's Winter 2018 Classes
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