Stephen Clarke, Ph.D., LCPC
Stephen is a cofounder of the Windhorse Institute and Community. He holds the teaching title of Shastri, meaning 'senior teacher,' in the Shambhala Buddhist Tradition, and leads retreats internationally. He has been practicing meditation and studying Buddhism since 1994, and has studied and taught in the Shambhala Buddhist, Zen Peacemaker, and Insight Meditation traditions. Along with numerous week and month long retreats, he completed a year long retreat in 2004. Stephen has trained in and teaches Non-Violent Communication, Council Practice, and Focusing. He has led mindfulness retreats and mindful communication programs for corporations, NGOs, and government agencies.
Stephen earned a Ph.D. at Loyola University of Maryland studying the effects of long-term mindfulness and loving-kindness practices in the transformation of destructive emotions and overcoming early attachment patterns. He also completed research on documenting egoless and non-dual states and their benefits among advanced meditators. His psychotherapy practice specializes in Buddhist Psychology, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Attachment & Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Non-Violent Communication, and Focusing. Formerly a hospice chaplain, Stephen works with those with terminal diagnoses to prepare for death. He is a licensed counselor in the state of Maryland (Lic. # LC4084) and an approved supervisor by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists.
Stephen is inspired to bring the view and practice of mindfulness and loving-kindness into every area of our lives and society.