My neighbor's mother is dying. While i was on vacation last week, my neighbor, Dee, came over and cut some sunflowers from my gardens to take to her mother, who hasn't eaten for days. I feel so happy that Dee made herself at home in my flowerbeds and felt free enough to simply take what she needed.
I let go of flowers.
Dee is letting go of her mother.
Dee's mother is letting go of life.
Cheryl teaches at Vermont Insight Meditation Center and spends as much time in the garden as she can.
Cheryl discovered gardening the same year she attended her first retreat at Insight Meditation Society in 1977.
She has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch New England, with a concentration in Mindfulness and completed an internship with Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. She became a Master Gardener in 1999.
Cheryl graduated from the Community Dharma Leader program, sponsored by Spirit Rock Meditation Center and from the Integrated Study and Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.
Cheryl is also the author of Following the Nez Perce Trail: A Guide to the Nee-Me-Poo National Historic Trail with eye-witness accounts, 2nd edition.