SIY Certified Teacher
Ryan is a mindfulness meditation teacher and facilitator, qualified by University of Massachusetts Medical School to teach the full 8-week course, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). He is also a Search Inside Yourself Certified Teacher, the mindfulness based emotional intelligence leadership program designed and tested at Google. Coming into this space with life experience in a non-wellness career, namely engineering, management and finance, Ryan brings a unique perspective to mindfulness. He comes from a place of initial skepticism which transformed as he discovered the growing plethora of evidence for the benefits of mindfulness. Originally drawn to mindfulness as a way to increase his patience, Ryan found the well deeper than he expected, reaching into many more aspects of his life. His personal mindfulness practice is the root of his teaching, and he meditates daily and goes on annual silent retreats. He also regularly leads mindfulness meditations which helps to deepen his practice.
Ryan has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and a MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has worked in engineering and finance roles in the automotive and aeronautical industries in Chongqing and Shanghai, respectively. He studied Chinese briefly at Nankai University in Tianjin. He has attended silent meditation retreats in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong.