Susie Harrington teaches meditation nationwide and is the guiding teacher for Desert Dharma, which serves many communities in the Southwest near her home in Moab, Utah. She has trained in the Insight tradition since 1989, and in 2005 was invited into teaching by Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, and Guy Armstrong. In 2016 she formally received lineage transmission in the Thai Forest and Burmese Mahasi lineages. She has also received teachings from many others, including Tory Capron, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Lama Drimed, and Lama P.S. Dorji Rinpoche in Bhutan. She loves offering retreats outside, believing nature to be a profound teacher, and a gateway to our true self. Her teaching is deeply grounded in the body and often emphasizes the expression of mindfulness in speech and daily life.
Susie brings the skills of inquiry, relational dharma, and the psychological/spiritual interface to her teaching, informed by her ongoing study of the Diamond Approach by A.H.Almaas and as a graduate of Hakomi Therapy (a somatic psychotherapy modality). She delights in mentoring the innate qualities of heart and wisdom in everyday practice. She teaches regularly at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and co-leads the advanced student LEAP program as well as being a member of their leadership council. Her practice is rooted in periods of long retreat both indoors and outdoors, which offer nourishment and inspiration for her teaching. She was an outdoor professional for over 30 years, including years as a river guide, mountaineering guide, and backcountry ranger, and now finds her greatest delight in sharing her love of the dharma and the natural world.