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James Baraz, MA Meditation teacher, creator of Awakening Joy course

James Baraz has been a meditation teacher since 1978. He created the popular online Awakening Joy course, which he has taught to thousands of participants since 2003. He is the coauthor of Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to Happiness, the book based on the course, as well as coauthor of Awakening Joy for Kids.

James is a cofounder and teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and a guiding teacher for One Earth Sangha, a website devoted to expressing a Buddhist response to climate change. He has contributed blogposts to Huffington Post and his course, Awakening Joy, has been covered on

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Personal Growth
Being Present for Your Life
November 13 - 15, 2020
Do you want to really feel present, every single day? Join expert insight meditation teacher James Baraz to engage directly with the present. Become capable of meeting each situation with spontaneity, fearlessness, and resilience. Learn how to accept the fleeting highs and inevitable lows of life as a gift that increases joy, tenderness, awe, and beauty, moving you through more difficult feelings to truly open your heart and widen your consciousness.

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