Workshops + Retreats


Maia with students of the Upaya Chaplaincy Training Program


“Thank you for bringing your wonderful activities and energy to the EBSSE workshop. Many of the students and mentors, including myself, had never engaged in contemplative practices. We learned so much about simple ways to manage our busy schedules. Thank you for planning so many great trainings and reflections.”

~Cindy Bennett, University of Washington


I am available to speak to your group and/or facilitate workshops on the following topics:

  • Re-Connection and Renewal™
  • Spiritual activism
  • Socially engaged Buddhism
  • How to integrate mindfulness into your workplace
  • How to develop a contemplative practice in your daily life

I also offer “Mindful Happy Hours” as an add-on feature for conference and events.

Here’s a partial list of places where I have given talks and facilitated workshops:

  • October 2014: “Re-Connection and Renewal” retreat day for staff of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
  • June 2014: Taught mindfulness practices to participants of the Empowering Blind Students of Science and Engineering (EBSSE) conference, University of Washington
  • July 2013 and 2014: “The Mandala of Socially Engaged Buddhism,” a multi-day course at the International Women’s Partnership for Peace and Justice, Mae Rim, Thailand
  • November 2012: “Toward an Engaged Anthropology: What Engaged Buddhism Can Teach Us,” at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, CA
  • June 2010: “Assessing the State of Contemplative Practices in the U.S.,” at the Fetzer Institute, Kalamazoo, MI
  • November 2006: Public talk, “Being Peace in a Time of War,” presented in Cincinnati (with David Loy), Yellow Springs, and Cleveland, OH
  • October 2006: Workshop on “The Mandala of Socially Engaged Buddhism” at “How Can I Help?” conference, Lexington, KY (organized by Shambhala community)
  • June 2006: Workshop on “The Mandala of Socially Engaged Buddhism” at Buddhist Peace Fellowship National Membership Gathering, Garrison, NY
  • April 2005: Workshop on “Creating a Contemplative Organization” at Women and Buddhism Conference, Smith College, Northampton, MA
  • September 2004: Speaker at “Womens’ Votes, Womens’ Voices” event, organized by the Pluralism Project, National Press Club, Washington, DC
  • August 2004: Public talk: “Inviting the World to Transform,” Chicago, IL
  • April 2003: Presented workshop on “Sustaining Our Activism” at Reproductive Rights Conference, Hampshire College, MA

I’ve also given a number of dharma talks at Upaya Zen Center. You can listen to the podcasts of those talks here.

If you’re interested in bringing me to speak to your group and/or facilitate a workshop, I’d love to have a conversation to see how I may serve you. Please contact me through this page.