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James Baraz, MA

Expert meditation teacher, creator of Awakening Joy course

James Baraz has been a meditation teacher since 1978. He created the popular online Awakening Joy course, which he has taught to thousands of participants since 2003. He is the coauthor of Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to Happiness, the book based on the course, as well as coauthor of Awakening Joy for Kids.

James is a cofounder and teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and a guiding teacher for One Earth Sangha, a website devoted to expressing a Buddhist response to climate change. He has contributed blog posts to the Huffington Post and his course, Awakening Joy, has been covered on Oprah.com.

Upcoming Programs

Awakening Joy

Awakening Joy

June 8 - 10, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

It’s easy to get saturated with messages that heighten our fear and sadness about the world—and now more than ever it is vital to understand the importance of joy as central to spiritual practice. We must stay connected to that part of our interior world that makes life worth living. Our own cultivation of well-being...