Deborah Ratner Helzer has been a student of Buddhist philosophy and meditation for over two decades, working wtih both western and asian teachers. She spent a year as a Theravadan nun in Burma under the guidance of Ven. Sayadaw U Pandita. Her teaching style reflects the influence of the late Burmese master Mahasi Sayadaw and his emphasis on clear, non-judgmental awareness.
Deborah has been mentored in her teaching by Joseph Goldstein and other senior Vipassana teachers connected with the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. She has also trained with Ven. Bhante Gunaratana and other monastics at the Bhavana Society in High View, WV.
Deborah has been teaching classes and workshops locally in the Washington, DC metro area since 2002. She also periodically assists at residential retreats around the country. Deborah lives with her husband and children in Silver Spring, MD.