Visiting Teachers

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

Erin Selover

Erin Selover, MS, is a Licensed Therapist, Strategic Coach, and serves on the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

As a meditation teacher, Erin integrates systemic and cultural factors of oppression into teachings on mindfulness and compassion that are often only taught from an interpersonal and intrapersonal lens. With a passion for systemic change, Erin’s teachings broaden the field of mindfulness to look at the way Buddhist teachings can help us understand systems of oppression such as patriarchy, white supremacy, and modern economics. Through supporting students to see factors that contribute to their pain as part of a larger system, Erin helps students in decreasing shame, increasing a sense of agency, and working collectively towards compassionately changing oppressive systems within their communities.

As a white woman, Erin has a passion for accompanying white people interested in integrating Buddhist Meditation and racial justice, answering a call to decrease the burden on people of color to educate white people on dominant culture.

Erin currently has a strategic coaching practice where she specializes in working with female leaders. One of Erin’s missions is to empower women to boldly vision the world they want to live in, and then accompany them in co-creating it. Erin specializes in collaboration-based leadership and creating systems that allow the insight of our mutual inter-dependence and belonging to be realized.

Erin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and previously worked full time in private practice integrating Buddhism, Somatic Experiencing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She was also a core team member of the group that co-founded Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (IBME) and is a long-time trainer and mentor for the Stepping Stones Project. For more information, visit

Events with Erin Selover

Cultivating Insight: A Simple and Powerful Practice
September 23 - 30, 2023

During this week-long silent mindfulness meditation retreat, we will cultivate the quality of awareness that supports us in attending to every moment with kindness and acceptance. The practice of insight invites us to look deeply,  to understand the nature of suffering, and to allow our inner wisdom to blossom. As we develop this inner knowing, we bring greater freedom to ourselves and our communities. We will offer meditation instructions (including sitting, standing, and walking), guided lovingkindness and compassion instructions, as well as Dharma talks,  practice discussions, question and answer periods, and ample time to practice. We will be practicing primarily…