About Erin Woo
Mindfulness has been a transformative process that has changed Erin’s life in powerful and important ways. She finds deep satisfaction in sharing with others the growing awareness and freedom that develop through mindfulness. Her students have reported a range of benefits including a sense of feeling calmer and less anxious, greater contentment and well being, and the ability to work with anger and difficult emotions in ways that are healthier than habits built up over a lifetime.
Erin has a Masters in Education, is certified to teach mindfulness to children through the Mindfulness in Schools Project, has completed Phase I of her training to teach mindfulness to adults through the Oasis Institute at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and has been practicing mindfulness since 2006. Erin's practice of mindfulness has developed through attending numerous retreats, workshops, and classes at Insight Meditation Society (IMS) and Cambridge Insight Meditation Society (CIMC).
In addition to teaching mindfulness, Erin is married to Ben who has been a huge part of her path in mindfulness. She has two children, Emma and Julia who are full of life and bring her great joy. She teaches at White Pine Montessori, the school she founded in 2005.
The Insight Meditation tradition that Erin has trained in is rooted in the Theravada Buddhist teachings of ethics, concentration and wisdom. While Erin benefits greatly from the teachings in this tradition, she has shifted her focus in teaching to the secular mindfulness that Jon Kabat-Zinn began in 1979.
Kabat-Zinn extracted the teachings of mindfulness from the cultural and religious context of Buddhism and brought mindfulness into the world of science and medicine, where numerous scientific studies have shown the many benefits of mindfulness.
Erin is particularly interested in this growing body of knowledge that demonstrates that many of the things she has learned through her own mindfulness practice have been demonstrated scientifically in the brain.
“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
― Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning