A Corey Swartsel grew up in rural Alaska where he was introduced to Buddhism at the age of twelve, initiating his first foray into a formal meditation practice. Leaving home at 15 he continued self-directed practices until he was twenty when he began sitting regularly at the San Francisco Zen Center culminating in a stay at a 500 year old Zen Temple in Ito Japan. In 2006 he began practicing secular mindfulness, leading to the 2007 founding of a seven year weekly mindfulness class with meditation teacher and author Michael Taft, offering hundreds of students from the Los Angeles area their first introduction to mindfulness meditation.
Since 2007 Corey has engaged in formal teacher training with a number of internationally renowned meditation teachers including Shinzen Young, Michael Taft and David Nichtern. He also studied spiritual counseling and chaplaincy at the Buddhist University of The West in Rosemead CA and was a founding community member of the Buddhist based recovery system, Refuge Recovery, co-founding and leading a Santa Monica based Refuge meeting for over two years while bringing regular meditation based recovery meetings to inmates in CCI maximum security prison in Tehachapi CA.
As an insured, endorsed mindfulness meditation coach Corey offers group and individual meditation instruction, offering training in both traditional Buddhist and contemporary secular mindfulness techniques with an emphasis on working with individuals managing immediate personal crises and assisting clients in creating long- term, sustainable meditation practices.