John was born on the Island of Malta. He has practiced Insight Meditation since 2001 and graduated from the Community Dharma Leaders Training Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in 2012. He currently sits on the Spirit Rock Board of Directors. John has extensive retreat experience across the county and traveled throughout Asia on four major Buddhist pilgrimages. He is a Community Teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center and the founding leader of EBMC’s Deep Refuge Sangha for Alphabet Brothers of Color. He teaches internationally with a special interest in delivering mindfulness tools to marginalized communities.