Metta PDX: Half-Day Practice

March 25th, 9am-1pm

Join Shelby Leigh & Gary Sanders for a morning of Mindfulness & Metta (Loving-Kindness) meditation practice. Deepen your connection to yourself and the world with more Compassion and Clarity through teachings and practices of the Buddha. Donation-Based. Suggested Donation: $35-$75

Gary moved to Portland in the spring of 2016 from the Los Angeles area, where he was the founding teacher of SCV Mindfulness for over 5 years. He was empowered to lead Buddhist meditation and dharma groups by Noah Levine and Vinny Ferraro of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and also helped found Refuge Recovery, a Buddhist based recovery program for all addictions, which has now spread worldwide. Gary was recently asked to join the teaching staff at PIMC by Robert Beatty and the Teachers’ Council. His wife and daughters continue to be his greatest teachers.

Shelby has been instructing meditation to adults and teens since 2005 and working with individuals through coaching and counseling since 2007. Introduced to Buddhist Vipassana practice very early in her 20’s, she took refuge in the teachings whole-heartedly. Her primary places of practice and training include Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Against The Stream Meditation Society.

Shelby leads a passionate life. She has fiercely moved through love, loss and the in between. Similarly to her past experience as a river guide, she enjoys guiding her students daringly and compassionately through the challenging and beautiful terrain that life presents. Shelby guides from a place of knowing deep struggle and suffering and also gratefully knowing the capacity for change. Life can be challenging, disappointing and uncertain. It can also be joyful, energizing and alive. Shelby teaches practices that honor the spectrum of these human experiences.


Sandee Lawless