A grateful student of Eastern and Western sages in several traditions, Dean has completed numerous pilgrimages and retreats in India, Tibet, Nepal, and the West. He is known for conveying authentic teachings in forms that are relaxed, accessible, and down-to-earth. When not writing or teaching, he narrates audiobooks, administers the Awakening Prison Art project, makes music, and happily tools around the streets of Santa Monica on his Vespa.
Dean lived in New Jersey for 33 years, where he developed classroom meditation programs at The Pingry School and worked with inmates at Northern State Prison. He is now on the faculty of the West Coast Writers Conferences and is married to documentary filmmaker Yaffa Lerea.
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"The laid-back, down-to-earth approach made meditation appealing and easy, even for complete novices. Dean’s presentation was of tremendous value in supporting our view of meditation’s benefits for our associates, both personal and professional."
– Haley Akin, Senior Health & Wellness Specialist, Garmin International
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– Tom Jacobs, Director, Timber Creek Retreat House
In this lively 2018 talk, Dean discusses natural meditation, Fear Less, and some quick-and-dirty methods for addressing everyday challenges.
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