James Baraz has been teaching meditation since 1978 and the online Awakening Joy course since 2003. He leads retreats, workshops and classes in the U.S. and abroad and is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California.
James is co-author with Shoshana Alexander of Awakening Joy, a book based on the course as well as Awakening Joy for Kids, co-authored with Michele Lilyanna, a classroom teacher from Vancouver, B.C. In an earlier incarnation James taught elementary school for 12 years in New Your City and California.
In addition, James is an advisor to One Earth Sangha a website devoted to consciously addressing Climate Change. He lives with his wife in the Bay Area, has two sons and three grandchildren.
For more information, please visit: www.awakeningjoy.info and FB pages: "Awakening Joy" and "Awakening Joy for Kids".