Stephanie Swann, PhD
Stephanie Swann, PhD began her journey into meditation in 1988. After many fits and starts and experimenting with various methods and traditions, she began her daily practice in Vipassana meditation in 2008.
Of the many joys in this life, studying the Dhamma and practicing meditation are the greatest, she says. The other greatest joy is sharing the teachings with others. Stephanie has been a psychotherapist specializing in trauma treatment since 1996. Buddhist psychology, along with Interpersonal Neurobiology, plays a central role in her understanding of stress, suffering, and healing.
In addition, Stephanie has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction since 2010 and is one of only four certified instructors in the state of Georgia. She received her certification through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Stephanie is currently teaching mindfulness courses through Atlanta Mindfulness Institute, where she has created several classes in mindfulness for graduates of MBSR. Stephanie is a 2017 graduate of Barre Center for Buddhist Studies Entering the Path training and is currently a member of the Community Dharma Leaders Program (CDL6) through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She currently studies individually with Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia in the Theravada tradition.
Stephanie enjoys using gentle humor in her teaching and she invites her students to embrace the beautiful messiness of life, and to use this as a loving connection to fellow human beings. Stephanie lives in Decatur with her spouse Nancy, their three dogs, and one cat (who wishes he too were a dog).