JoAnna Hardy has been exploring and practicing multiple traditions since 1999. In 2005, her focus landed on Buddhism and Vipassana meditation, which is the premise for most of her current teaching. She teaches; adult and teen weeklong silent retreats, day longs and weekly classes, is on faculty at the University of Southern California (USC) and is the co-author of Teaching Mindfulness to Empower Adolescents. Helping communities and individuals that don’t typically have access to the traditional dharma settings and building multicultural community is top on her list of priorities. She is co-founder of Meditation Coalition and is on the teacher’s council of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She is the grateful mother of CJ and Harris – her main inspirations.