Rakhel Shapiro has nearly a decade of dedicated mindfulness practice in the insight meditation and Unified Mindfulness traditions, including intensive silent retreats and work with a mentor. As Founder and Facilitator at Source Mindfulness, Rakhel offers one-on-one mentorship via Skype, a weekly class in New York City, and monthly half-day retreats.
Rakhel’s approach is based on fostering a complete practice, drawing from Shinzen’s “four quadrants”: to appreciate self and world, to transcend self and world, to express spontaneity, and to transform self and world. She balances an insight/liberation driven focus with cultivation of deep compassion, empowering students with the sensory clarity to transcend unnecessary suffering, and the qualities of heart that nourish an authentic, connected, meaningful life. In everyday language, this is training in seeing clearly and caring deeply.
Rakhel specializes in developing emotional and relational intelligence, supporting students to live by their authentic values, and facilitating deep insight practice. Rakhel studies with George Haas (her mentor and mentorship supervisor) and Shinzen Young. Rakhel receives training through George Haas and JoAnna Harper's Mentor Training and Certification Program at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. She holds a BA with Highest Honors from Vassar College, and helps to facilitate clinical psychology research on mindfulness, and on the impact of parent-child relationships on empathy development.