Jean Leonard

Jean Leonard, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a registered yoga teacher in private practice in Louisville, Colorado with 25 years clinical experience. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) classes and other mindfulness workshops throughout Colorado, and virtually nationwide, and is a mentor for Jack Kornfield’s and Tara Brach’s Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, supporting students’ development as meditation teachers.

She has practiced yoga for over 25 years and vipassana meditation since 2003, and holds the Dharma as a sacred compass that guides her personal and professional life. She has completed the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training (MYMT), the Dedicated Practitioner Program (DPP), and the Heavenly Messengers (HM) Program, and is currently enrolled in the Advanced Practitioners’ Program (APP, 2019-2020) through Spirit Rock Meditation Center and feels deeply nourished by many years of long retreat practice. She studied MBSR with the Duke University Center for Integrative Medicine, and completed the Mindful Self-Compassion teacher training with Kristin Neff, Christopher Germer, and the staff of UCSD and has completed advanced supervision for MSC teacher certification. She has a particular passion in supporting women blossoming into wholeness and is delighted to be bringing together her love of psychology, yoga, meditation, Women’s Studies, and nature in facilitating women’s community building in the Dharma.

Events with Jean Leonard

Gratitude, Connection, and Healing in Nature (Zoom)
June 5, 2020

Weekend Nature Meditation Retreat Friday June 5, 6–8pm MDT Saturday June 6, 9am-7pm Sunday June 7, 9am-1pm This is a fully guided and supported meditation retreat in nature, facilitated through Zoom. All are welcome, including newcomers to meditation. As we shelter in place, connection with dharma practice, nature and community is critically important to our wellbeing*. This retreat is an opportunity to explore and nourish together on a spring weekend, outdoors. Themes will include meditation in nature, gratitude, joy, interdependence, and how being with nature soothes fear and vulnerability. You can do this retreat from your home and neighborhood, walking nearby, looking out a window, porch or balcony; or going to a park or natural area with a smartphone. The retreat will include structured sitting and walking practice in nature, meditation instruction and guidance, and small group breakout sessions with the teachers for questions, discussion and sharing. Full support and instruction will be available for beginners. We will encourage a quiet, silent retreat container as much as possible in your home setting, including staying away from work, email, phone and media, and limiting interactions with others. Detailed information on doing the retreat will be available and sent after registration. The…

A Women's Sangha: Rootedness, Interconnectedness, & Spaciousness
October 22, 2020

It appears life these days is ramped up, divided, stressful, and there is not enough time! Identifying in the many roles we have as women puts many demands on our bodies, hearts and minds. Perhaps, somewhere in there, there is a longing for a chance to slow down, rest, and catch up with yourself. Perhaps you are seeking ways to better meet the challenges of this complicated world. There is something powerful and transformative when women from different paths and stages of life gather together in Mother Nature who teaches us about rootedness, interconnectedness and spaciousness. When we find our ground of being, we can be more skillful in the world, with an open and balanced heart. Drawing upon vipassana (insight meditation) and the wisdom of the heart, this retreat will continue to deepen into the practices of embodiment via rootedness, and compassion via interconnectedness, to cultivate clarity and resilience. We will introduce spaciousness practices that can help us hold it all within a wider perspective. We will explore how to work with both our personal challenges and begin to examine what women can uniquely bring to the climate emergency to support the health and survival of our children, grandchildren,…