Erin is currently in the process of entering a 3 year meditation retreat and is on extended sabbatical. If you would like to be in contact with Erin when she returns from retreat please join her mailing list.
Erin Selover, MS, is a Licenced Marriage and Family Therapist, Strategic Coach, Consultant with Courageous Leadership and serves on the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
Erin currently has a strategic coaching practice where she specializes in working with women in the realm of both the practical and the spiritual. One of Erin’s missions is to empower women to boldly vision the world they want to live in and then accompany them in co-creating it. Erin specializes in collaborative-based leadership and creating systems that allow the insight of our mutual inter-dependence and belonging to be realized.
As a meditation teacher, Erin integrates systemic and cultural factors of oppression into teachings on mindfulness and compassion that are often only taught from an interpersonal and intrapersonal lens. With a passion for systemic change, Erin’s teachings broaden the field of mindfulness to look at the how Buddhist teachings can help us understand systems of oppression such as patriarchy, white supremacy and modern economics.
Supporting students to see factors that contribute to their pain as part of a larger system helps to decrease shame, increase a sense of agency and to work collectively towards compassionately changing oppressive systems within their communities.
She is the co-guiding teacher of a meditation community called Fertile Void, a coalition of sacred activists based in Buddhism and Feminine Mystery Knowledge based in Berkeley, CA.
Inspired by a vision of multi cultural coalitions of non-violent activists creating lasting change, as a white women, Erin has a passion for guiding and accompanying other white people at the intersection of Buddhism and racial justice, answering a call to decrease the burden on people of color to educate white people on dominant culture.
As a student of the body for the past 20 years, Erin views the tension held in the body as a potential doorway to liberation when we have the courage engage it. She regards self-care and listening to the body as essential to sustainable skilful action in the world. She is a practitioner of Bio-Dynamic Cranial Touch and integrates it into her teaching and individual work.
Erin is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and previously worked full time in private practice integrating Buddhism, Somatic Experiencing and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She worked for over 2 years as a Dialectical Behavioral Therapist at Clearwater Counseling and Assessment Services in Oakland. She also worked as a family therapist Family Paths in Oakland & with commercially sexaully exploited youth at Project SAGE in San Francisco. She was also a core team member of the group that co-founded Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, IBME and is a long time trainer and mentor for the Stepping Stones Project.