Jill Rayna has been a dedicated practitioner for over 30 years, and was initiated as a lay teacher in 1991 by her root teacher, Ruth Denison (the founder of Dhamma Dena Retreat Center and Monastic Refuge, Joshua Tree CA, and one of only four westerners to have been initiated to teach by the Burmese meditation master, U Ba Khin).
Jill has lived and practiced in solitude in nature for more than 20 years. Letting go of her field guides, binoculars, and natural histories, she began to cultivate Presence in nature, free of concepts, categorizing, preferences, and expertise. Through bare receptivity to what arose in the moment to meet her senses (seeing, hearing, smelling, feeling, touching and thinking), without grasping or pushing away, the dharma unfolded organically. She delights in the opportunity to share the merit of these practices with others, in either retreats, or upon request for private day-long adventures in the redwood forests, the secluded beaches of the Sonoma coast, or on a waterfall hike up the sparkling grotto-filled sculpted-rock creek.
Jill's practice has been deeply affected by the spontaneously awakened teachers Eckhart Tolle, Adyashanti, and Byron Katie, and Scott Kiloby to whom she is deeply grateful.
All teachings are freely given, and dana gratefully accepted.