Visiting Teachers

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

Carol Cano

Carol Cano, M.A., began her practice over 30 years ago at Wat Kow Tahm in Thailand and has actively engaged in building communities and teaching Dharma internationally. Carol is Founder and Executive Director of Braided Wisdom, a BIPOC led cross-cultural mindfulness organization. She is a graduate of the 2017-2020 Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Teacher Training program and a teacher at Spirit Rock often. She is a core teacher and a former board member of East Bay Meditation Center. Carol co-founded Philippine Insight Meditation Community in the Philippines. Her unique teachings are deeply grounded in Basque, Native American and Buddhist influences that braid the Dharma along indigenous wisdom and Earth-based practices. Her psychology background gives her a unique view into the human condition, which helps her hold community in a compassionate and confident manner. Carol reminds us to keep grounded in our hearts as we uphold spiritual ideals and encourages us to remain balanced within the demands of modern life. Please learn more at and connect with us @BraidedWisdom on Instagram and Facebook.

Events with Carol Cano

We Are Nature - Embodying the Four Elements: An online Meditation Retreat for Self-Identified Women
November 9 - 13, 2022

“You are the sky, everything else is just the weather.”  Pema Chodron  There is a way that nature moves within us and speaks through the body.  This silent online meditation retreat will be rooted in the four natural elements of earth, air, fire and water.  During our time together, we will cultivate an embodied awareness of how to listen to and practice with these elemental energies.  Through practice we will deepen our understanding of how intricately aligned we are with community, nature and the greater external world.  Our teachings will weave the feminine lineage of the Dharma from the time of the…