Senior Students

Jason Leslie

Jason has been an avid meditator since 2004. He began practicing in the Theravada tradition in 2011 and recently completed the Spirit Rock Dedicated Practitioners Program. He regularly sits retreats and attended the 3-month retreat at the Insight Meditation Society in 2017. Formerly a lawyer, Jason is now pursuing a PhD in law, focusing on the nature of property and economic justice in the Canadian housing market.

Santa Aloi

Santa has practiced in the Vipassana tradition for over 25 years. She has sat many long retreats and has completed both the Dedicated Practioners Program (2010) and the Advanced Practitioners Program (2017) at Spirit Rock.

She has been greatly influenced by the teachings of Ajahn Sumedho, with her main Vipassana teachers being Guy Armstrong, Phillip Moffitt, Adrianne Ross, Joseph Goldstein and, lately, Bikkhu Analayo. She has been authorized by Adrianne Ross and Phillip Moffitt to lead sitting groups and to teach classes. A former Professor of Dance at SFU, choreographer and dancer, she taught movement and improvisation from a place of mindfulness of body, mind and heart.

Jenna Jordinson

Since 1984 Jenna has been attending yearly meditation retreats in the Theravada tradition. Her dharma journey has led her to train as an interfaith hospital chaplain where she has served patients and families at critical moments of their lives. She envisions a sangha where community members are supported with compassion at times of transition. Jenna has answered requests to lead sitting groups and teach introductory meditation classes. In the late 1990’s she managed the first local residential retreats of teachers Adrianne Ross and Joanne Broatch. Two meditation groups she started when her children were young continue now, over twenty years later. She is influenced by the teachings of Ajahn Chah from the Thai Forest tradition and Gregory Kramer's Insight Dialogue, among others. 

Stephen Flach

Stephen Flach has been practicing meditation since the mid-1980s and began studying the Dharma in 2001. A veteran of peer-led Buddhist addiction recovery groups, he was also part of the Triratna Vancouver Buddhist Centre teaching kula for three years and led a weekly sitting group at SFU between 2017 and 2019. He began studying a fusion of Mahasi and U. Tejaniya practices with Steve Armstrong in 2015 and later participated in Touching the Earth, a year-long training with Steve Armstrong and Kamala Masters. In 2019, Stephen joined the 6th cohort of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader program. While that program was cancelled due to COVID-19 in Summer 2020, he remains in regular contact with his teaching mentor and other cohort members.

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