Gretchen began practicing Transcendental Meditation in 1972. Listening to vipassana teachers’ recordings led her to switch to mindfulness/insight meditation in 1990, which is also when she attended her first Spirit Rock retreat. Gretchen completed Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioners program with John Martin in 2006 (DPP2). She has been a student of the Diamond Approach since 2007, which is a program that focuses on the karmic conditioning that forms the self and keeps us from living our formless true nature. The Diamond Approach also specializes in bringing presence/mindfulness into everyday life using the body as one’s anchor.