FREE SPIRIT

RAMONA LISA ORTIZ-SMITH, MBA

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR
                             

IN SERVICE TO THE DHARMA AND MINDFULNESS BASED COMMUNITIES

"Holding all with compassionate awareness as we experience the fragility of our humanity and our unavoidable interconnectedness" (Ortiz-Smith 2020)

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ABOUT RAMONA LISA

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Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith, MBA, is a MTI Certified Mindfulness Teacher who brings over 25 years of cumulative meditation practice and spiritual studies to her livelihood as a Spiritual Teacher and Leader. Silent Vipassana (insight) meditation retreats and Theravada tBuddhist studies are her focus. She is a graduate of  Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s (SRMC) Dedicated Practitioners Program (DPP6), East Bay Meditation Center’s (EBMC) Commit to Dharma Program (C2D3) and  the Mindfulness Training Institute's (MTI) Mindfulness Teacher Certification program. She is currently enrolled in EBMC's 2-year Spiritual Teacher and Leadership (STL) training.

 

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, Ramona Lisa's 5 year tenure as a Retreat Manager at SRMC came to an end. In an effort to continue her dedicated service to the Dharma and other meditation and mindfulness communities, she established herself as an independent contractor in service to the Dharma and mindfulness based communities and organizations. Her clients and partnerships include Peace At Any Pace, Inc., Deep Time LiberationEast Bay Meditation Center, Big Bear Retreat Center/InsightLA, Mills College Love and Liberation Sangha, Hutson Consulting Services, Inc. and Gathering Roots Retreat and Wellness Center.


Ramona Lisa shares the Dharma and related mindfulness practices as a Cloud Sangha Teacher, Visiting Teacher at EBMC, guest and assistant teacher at Spirit Rock, facilitator-in-training for Peace At Any Pace's Deep Time Liberation retreats and online through her business, Free Spirit. Ramona Lisa is known for her integrity, dedication to customer service, humor and love for the Dharma. She is a published journalist for Peace At Any Pace's Deep Time Liberation online newsletter and East Bay Meditation Center's online newsletter. Her previous journalism articles can be found in the  archives of the Mills Quarterly alumnae magazine and student newspaper. Ramona Lisa’s MBA in Management and BA in Business Economics, with a Minor in Ethnic Studies, are both from Mills College.

FREE SPIRIT OFFERINGS

DHARMA LEADERSHIP

  • Support Dharma and meditation teachers with the development and management of online and in-person silent meditation retreats, sitting groups daylong and multi-day events

  • Support and coach Dharma leaders through the establishment of new mindfulness and Dharma based organizations

  • Serve as a strategic thought partner to Dharma leaders and their teams

  • Develop and lead Dharma and meditation sitting groups and events for Dharma based, mindfulness and secular organizations

RETREAT MANAGEMENT

online

  • Manage all aspects of silent meditation retreats, daylong and multi-day events 

  • Provide all levels of administrative and program management support to retreat teachers and their teams 

  • Serve as liaison and primary point of contact for teachers, event staff, venue staff and event participants

  • Coach and triage participants through the retreat experience

MEDITATION INSTRUCTION
online 

  • Lead guided and silent insight and mindfulness meditation sessions

  • Offer guidance on meditation techniques and postures 

  • Share Dharma wisdom and mindfulness practices through talks, practice groups and creative mediums 

EDITORIAL

  • Business writing

  • Technical writing

  • Copy and content writing

  • Journalistic writing

  • Proofreading

  • Copy and online editing

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