I am an insight meditation (Vipassanā) practitioner and teacher; Founding member of the Meditation Coalition, www.meditationcoalition.com a teacher's council member at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, visiting retreat teacher at Insight Meditation Society, Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center and collaborator on many online meditation programs.
I was born into a Catholic family and have early memories of being drawn toward contemplation, quietness and inner reflection. All the while externally rebelling and pushing up against societal norms that keep many oppressed, marginalized and excluded.
My inner turmoil led to causing external pain for myself and others. To help lessen my suffering I went on a search for some kind of peace. For years at a time I visited many different spiritual traditions, eventually finding my home in Buddhism and Vipassanā meditation.
I teach silent retreats and work with private students in person at my Los Angeles office or via space and time technology.
My greatest passion is to teach meditation in communities that are dedicated to seeing the truth of how racism, gender inequality and oppression go hand in hand with the compassionate action teachings in Buddhism and related perspectives to social and racial justice.
I am the grateful mother to CJ and Harris and happily married to Andre!!
Upcoming Retreats & Events
Classes in LA
- September 2nd, 2018 People of Color and Allies, 11am-12:30pm @ Crenshaw Yoga and Dance, 5426 Crenshaw Blvd. Los Angeles, 90043
- September 15th, 2018 DAYLONG, 10am-5:00 pm-JoAnna Hardy and Liz Philipose
- October 5th-7th, 2018 PEOPLE OF COLOR NON-RESIDENTIAL RETREAT-JoAnna
Hardy, Devin Berry, Leslie Booker and Gabrielle Zhuang @ Crenshaw Yoga, 5426 Crenshaw Blvd. Los Angeles, 90043 For more information and to register!
- November 4th, 2018 People of Color and Allies, 11am-12:30pm, JoAnna
- December 2nd, 2018 People of Color and Allies, 11am-12:30pm, JoAnna
Articles & Interviews
Against the Stream: Taking Refuge in an American Sangha: a short interview with JoAnna produced by the USC Center for Religion & Civic Culture on the importance of community in building American Buddhism.
Extensive recordings of JoAnna's dharma talks and guided meditations are available in the following places:
In 10 easy-to-follow videos,meditation expert JoAnna Hardy will teach you the basics of metta and how to put them into practice. Before you know it, How to Cultivate a Loving Heart will have you creating, and deepening, love and goodwill for yourself and the people in your life.
This 8-week online course through the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies explores how the liberating teachings of the Buddha relate to the contemporary social issue of race. The facilitating teacher team of JoAnna Hardy, Sebene Selassie, Erin Treat, and Brian Lesage examines how the dharma can be applied to cultural separation and oppression.
A 4-module, self-paced online course lead by JoAnna that navigates the world of sensuality, desire and relationship from a Buddhist perspective. We explore what the Buddha taught regarding relationship and sexuality and leap forward 2600 years to an ever-growing population of non-monastic practitioners living life in the world of sensuality, desire and relationship.
For 10% Happier subscribers, this course looks at the relationship of sila (ethical conduct) to meditation practice. The course was shot in a bar to underscore that precepts are not commandments but trainings. We seek to cultivate a deep, ongoing exploration of how our actions and behaviors affect our mind & heart.
Next Step Dharma is a six week online course focusing on post-retreat integration. Featuring JoAnna and a variety of prominent Insight Meditation teachers, it's particularly useful for folks who are new to the process of transitioning back into daily life from the space of retreat.
JoAnna does individual mentoring work with dharma students around the world. Sessions are 30 minutes ($55) and can be scheduled below.