Our Teachers

Our Teacher—James Baraz


James Baraz is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. James started the Community Dharma Leader program, the Kalyana Mitta Network, the Spirit Rock Family Program (with his wife, Jane), for which he is a teacher-advisor. He’s led the popular Awakening Joy online course since 2003. James is co-author (with Shoshana Alexander) of Awakening Joy: Ten Steps to Happiness and co-author (with Michele Lilyanna) of Awakening Joy for Kids

James is also a guiding teacher of One Earth Sangha, a website devoted to Buddhist responses to Climate Change. James lives in Berkeley with his wife, Jane, and has two sons and three grandchildren.

For James’ teaching schedule outside of Spirit Rock visit his website. In addition to the talks posted on this website, for audio recordings of all of James’ talks including those given outside of our weekly Berkeley meetings visit dharmaseed.org 


Our Teacher—Kate Munding

Kate-Janke Kate Munding has been practicing and studying Buddhist meditation since 2004. She has sat many long retreat in the US and Thailand and is part of the Spirit Rock/ IMS Teacher Training which started in 2013. Her teaching style is based in the tradition of Theravada Buddhism.

In 2008 she began teaching secular mindfulness to young adults as well as elementary and middle school students in their classrooms. Kate is the former Director of Training for Mindful Schools. In 2012, Kate founded Heart-Mind Education, a mindful education business developing and teaching mindfulness programs and trainings to students and the adults in their lives. To date she has taught mindfulness to over 2000 students in the Bay Area and has trained approximately 2500 educators, therapists, and parents in mindful awareness techniques and philosophy around the world.


Our-Teachers-Kids-3   All Talks in chronological order or guest Teachers at IMCB.