Visiting Teachers

Skilled and Compassionate Guidance Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center guided meditation retreats are led by the most skilled and capable teachers...

Leslie Booker

Booker brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of Dharma, Embodied Wisdom, and Liberation. Using this framework, she supports folks in creating a culture of belonging through her teaching and writing on changing the paradigm of self and community care. She shares her offering widely as a university lecturer, public speaker, and Buddhist philosophy and meditation teacher. Booker worked as the Director of Teacher Trainings for Lineage Project in NYC where she shared the practices of yoga and mindfulness with incarcerated and system-involved youth for over a decade. She also facilitated a Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy intervention with the youth communities on Rikers Island through the LionHeart Foundation and the National Institute of Health. She is passionate about supporting frontline communities to thrive in their work, and has trained future leaders through the Peace Corps’ Jaffe Fellows and Teaching Residents at Teachers College at Columbia University, as well as the Dalai Lama Fellows. Booker is a co-author of Best Practices for Yoga in a Criminal Justice Setting, the upcoming anthology Practicing Liberation: Transformative Strategies for Collective Healing and Systems Change, and a contributor to scholarship, books, and journals. In 2020 she was a Sojourner Truth Leadership Fellow through Auburn Seminary, graduated from Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s four-year retreat teacher training, and was voted by her peers as one of the 12 Powerful Women in the Mindfulness Movement. She currently lives in Philadelphia with her partner and pup, and serves as the Guiding Teacher of New York Insight.

Events with Leslie Booker

Cultivating Embodied Insight and Intuitive Wisdom
September 15 - 22, 2024

During this week-long silent mindfulness meditation retreat, we will learn to pay attention with an embodied knowing that leads to intuitive wisdom. We will practice loving embodiment as we cultivate attending to each moment with mindfulness. Being immersed in the natural world, we’ll attune to nature within ourselves and around us. This practice allows insights to arise, bringing greater freedom for ourselves and communities. We will offer meditation instructions (including sitting, standing, and walking), guided heart practices, as well as Dharma talks, practice discussions, question and answer periods, and ample time to practice independently. We will be practicing both indoors and outdoors in nature.…