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Joan points to the vibrant aliveness of what is (this undeniable awaring presence and the sensory-energetic-immediacy of present experiencing here-now, exactly as it is). She is interested in seeing through our imaginary problems, our stories of deficiency and lack, and our tendency to mistake conceptual maps for the living reality. Her bare-bones approach is open, direct and down-to-earth. She invites a meditative exploration of what is that is non-methodical and awareness-based, encouraging people to look and listen for themselves and to question all second-hand ideas and formulations. Joan's main teacher was Toni Packer, a former Zen teacher who left that tradition behind to work in a simpler and more open way. Joan spent time with many other teachers as well, exploring Buddhism, Advaita and other forms of nonduality, but she does not identify with any particular tradition. Joan is the author of Bare-Bones Meditation: Waking Up from the Story of My Life (1996), Awake in the Heartland: The Ecstasy of What Is (2003), Painting the Sidewalk with Water: Talks and Dialogs about Nonduality (2010), and Nothing to Grasp (2012). She is at work now on a book that explores aging and dying (and being awake here-now). Joan has lived in northern California, rural New York state and Chicago. She currently resides in southern Oregon.