Patrick Groneman, Meditation Coach
I’ve been studying and practicing mindfulness and other forms of meditation since 2007, and teaching and coaching since 2011. My approach to mindfulness is about creating space in our lives for the things that bring us true joy and freedom, while working skillfully with difficult situations. For me, mindfulness is as much about “joy creation” as it is about “stress reduction.”
:~) <<< Joy
I want to encourage clients to take their life as a creative project, where mindfulness is the foundation for creating the types of relationships, lifestyles and communities they value deeply.
More About My Path
Trained initially as a fine artist, I’ve found mindfulness and other forms of meditation particularly supportive in bringing focus and whole-hearted attention to creative projects, work environments and relationships. In my own experience the practices have helped to reduce stress, symptoms of stress-related illnesses, and offered insight into ways of approaching everyday life as an ongoing, creative process.
My meditation instructor training occurred at the Interdependence Project in New York City, under the guidance of Shastri Ethan Nichtern, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York City.
Other relevant study includes meditation retreats & programs with the Village Zendo in New York City, at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, at the Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado & Yoga training at Greenhouse Holistic and Yogaworks in New York City.
I have many wonderful teachers and friends to thank for making my learning so inspiring and uplifting, too many to list here, but relevant names include:
– Sokuzan Bob Brown (Sokokoji Buddhist Community)
– Shastri Ethan Nichtern (Interdependence Project, Shambhala Meditation Center of New York City)
– Robert Chender (Interdependence Project, Shambhala Meditation Center of New York City)
– Acharya Arawana Hayashi (Shambhala International)
– Acharya Eric Spiegel (Shambhala Meditation Center of New York City)
– Roshi Enkyo O’Hara (Village Zendo, NYC)
– Sharon Salzberg (Insight Meditation Society)
– Mom & Dad (School of Life)
If you’re interested in viewing some of my creative projects and artworks, you can see them on my Tumblr page.
Image copyright Jeremy Groneman (top), & Maitreya Levanchild, used with permission.