Lissa began practicing meditation in 2008, studies in the traditions of Soto Zen and Theravada Buddhism, and identifies practice as a deep form of love and care. Lissa has two 200-hour yoga certifications, a children’s yoga teacher certification, a mindfulness teacher certification, and has completed a year-long certification in Indigenous Focusing-Oriented Therapy (IFOT) and Complex Trauma. Lissa is currently in Spirit Rock’s two-year Community Dharma Leader (CDL) training and has a strong commitment to daily practice as well as retreat practice and has accumulated almost 200 nights of silent retreat practice.

Lissa has over a decade of experience in nursing and mental health and has experience working with people of all ages. Lissa presently shares culturally-informed and trauma-sensitive meditation practices through engagement as a yoga, qigong, and mindful movement instructor, interplay leader in training, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, sangha (community) facilitator, and meditation instructor. Lissa has a deep desire to share embodied meditation practices for the wellness and liberation of all beings and is particularly moved to work with populations less likely to have exposure or access to contemplative practices.