A Dharma and Mindfulness teacher at New York Insight Meditation Center Jon first came across meditation in the 1970s, and then became interested in Insight and Mindfulness practices in the late 1990s, studying mindfulness meditation and Buddhism, which have since become central to his life. A Certified MBSR Teacher and Teacher Trainer, Jon trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and Brown University.
In 2016 he completed his training with Breathworks in the UK and has integrated many of these techniques and modalities into all his teaching. He is a co-founding member of New York Mindfulness Meditation Collaborative and founding member of the Global Mindfulness Collaborative. In addition to his work in these communities and following an interest in working with people struggling with trauma, Jon studied with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, which qualified him as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner®, having completed the 3-year professional training. Most recently he started teaching mindfulness for the New York Police Department. Growing up in New Hampshire wilderness activities have been part of his life since he was a teenager. He participated in one of the first retreats at RMERC and last taught there in 2018. He looks forward to returning this July.
Events with Jon Aaron
June 3 - 9, 2024
Finding our True Nature in Nature Within the beautiful surroundings of RMERC, and with the power of meditating in nature, we may discover our true nature. Let us cultivate a joy that supports facing the uncertainties of this world and the arising of appropriate response. This retreat brings together different traditions of Buddhist practice, integrating Insight and early Mahayana practices by drawing deeply from Yogacara’s Three Natures teachings. Held by the mountains, forest, and stream, supported by the container of noble silence, we will spend most of our time outside in the meadows and forests of the center. Approximate Daily Schedule We awaken at first light, hot water and coffee are available, and we meditate outside. Then breakfast is put out, and everyone eats and then packs their lunch. Daily activities include being out on the land doing sitting, walking, and hiking meditation, including meditation instruction, with teacher support including individual and small group practice discussions. After dinner there is an evening meditation, followed by a dharma talk around the campfire, and then bedtime or optional practice when it gets dark. Noble Silence Every effort is made to support a deep and fruitful retreat, and noble silence is a valuable…