"The mind of the beginner is empty, free of the habit of the expert, ready to accept, to doubt, and open to all the possibilities."

- Baker Roshi,
American Zen Master



"Coyote Steals Fire"
© Susan Seddon Boulet

Raven image (right): from A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest by Gerald McDermott





  Fernwood Botanical Gardens


   Deirdre is a professor investigating the anthropology of well being at the Keough School at the University of Notre Dame and a consultant to the "ALIVE!" Project at Rush Hospital. She also curates and faciliates contemplative and mindfulness programming and retreats at Fernwood Botanical Gardens. She has been Director of YOGAglow studios since 2005 and has taught yoga and mindfulness meditation techniques since 1998. Deirdre completed the two year advanced teacher training program and Seminary at the Chicago Temple of Kriya Yoga,apprenticed with Dynamic Yoga Teacher Godfrey Devereaux in Ibiza, Spain, and is certified in Ayurvedic nutrition and deep-tissue massage.

She is currently a lead researcher on the Well Being at Work Project   which supports humanitarian and global heath workers with its focus on culitvating emotional resilience and somatic awarenss to prevent burnout and created a "Compassionate Leadership" series for these workers. Her continuing education has been in Viniyoga Therapy and Yin/ Restorative. She has helped facilitate yoga and story-telling workshops and retreats in Scotland, Mexico, California, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas and locally at the Snite Museum Sculpture and Fernwood Botanical Gardens.

Read Deirdre's Yoga Journal article here.

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