Toby’s interest in mindfulness began with Yom Kippur fasting, wood wandering, and Shamanic sweat lodges. In 2011, Toby met Shinzen Young and began practicing, teaching, and researching mindfulness more seriously.
As a practitioner, he enjoys mining his emotional body sensations as a source of wisdom and using his physical senses to – like a ninja – be hyper aware of his surroundings. Toby spent a year-and-a-half at the Center for Mindful Learning, which is a socially-engaged monastery that Shinzen advises.
As a teacher, Toby specializes in Self Actualization and working with people who suffer from anxiety. He has taught mindfulness in after school programs, in-person and phone-based retreats, and college campuses.
While at Vassar College, Toby conducted a Social Studies research project entitled Reflection, Reproduction, and Challenging at the Brooklyn Zen Center and a Cognitive Science research project that Shinzen consulted on entitled Breath, Self, and World: Pioneering Meditation Pedagogy.
Toby’s sense of social responsibility includes entrepreneurship, Social Justice, Political Geography, and the power of live music.