Dean Sluyter (pronounced slighter) has taught meditation and led workshops and retreats since 1970, at venues ranging from Ivy League colleges to maximum-security prisons. A grateful student of sages in several traditions, he has completed numerous retreats and pilgrimages in India, Tibet, Nepal, and the West. Dean’s previous books include Natural Meditation, winner of the 2015 Nautilus Gold Award for best book on body, mind, and spirit practices. His media appearances have included Coast to Coast AM, National Public Radio, the New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, and USA Today.
From 1977 to 2010, Dean taught English and developed the Literature of Enlightenment program at the Pingry School in New Jersey. He now lives in Santa Monica, where he teaches meditation, sings with the Westside Threshold Choir, plays old songs on the ukulele, and happily zips about on his Vespa. He is married to documentary filmmaker Yaffa Lerea.