Erin’s love for wild nature, her passionate commitment to serving collective liberation, and decades of working as a bodyworker are all palpable in her Dharma. Erin is Guiding Teacher at both Vallecitos and the Durango Dharma Center, and is a Core Teacher at Spirit Rock. She served as core faculty of the sixth Community Dharma Leaders (CDL) Program, and is a graduate of Thanissara and Kitissaro’s Dhammapala Training, designed to bring forth an embodied bodhisattva ideal within the lineage of Theravada Buddhism.
Erin was born and raised in the prairie of Fargo, North Dakota to a family of Irish and British heritage. When she first came to the San Juan Mountains, she felt an unexpected sense of homecoming – an immediate connection to the cultures of the southwest as well as the magic of the red rocks, high desert, and alpine landscape of the Four Corners area. She’s lived in Durango for 26 years.
Erin is committed to fostering communities of belonging. In both her teaching and Dharma leadership, she works to decenter whiteness and heteronormative culture. In her hometown of Durango, she teaches classes that help practitioners understand and deconstruct whiteness in their own minds and acts as a resource for other dharma teachers engaging these issues. In 2018, she was part of a team that developed the groundbreaking “Race and Dharma” course for the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Erin is also committed to practicing and sharing the depth of the dharma, including teachings on emptiness and not-self, and loves mentoring students over time as their practices deepen and mature. Erin is happiest dancing, hiking, cooking, and being in the mountains and rivers she calls home
Events with Erin Treat
October 14 - 19, 2024
A Silent Insight Meditation Retreat Monday, October 14th – Saturday, October 19th Registration closes September 30th at 11:59pm Pacific Time The primary focus of teachings throughout this retreat will draw practice and theory from the Manual of Insight by the great Burmese Master, Mahasi Sayadaw. Together we will explore the progress described within these teachings that lead to the sure heart’s release: the purification of conduct, the purification of mind, and the development of insight leading to the cool warmth of nibbana. Held within the traditional structure of noble silence, the program will include instructions for sitting and walking practice,…