RAMONA LISA ORTIZ-SMITH, MBA
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)
ABOUT RAMONA LISA
Photo credit: Monique C.S.
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 and a year-long Indigenous Focusing Oriented (IFOT) training to support her work with intergenerational and ancestral trauma and meditation.
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 Liberation, East 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, and a facilitator for Peace At Any Pace's Deep Time Liberation retreats in-person 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 TEACHING & LEADERSHIP
Serve on the teaching team for online and in-person multi=day retreats, classes and day-long events.
Develop content and curriculum for online and in-person meditation retreats, sitting groups day-long and multi-day events
Develop and lead Dharma and meditation sitting groups and events for Dharma based, mindfulness and secular organizations
Serve as a strategic thought partner to Dharma leaders and their teams
MEDITATION INSTRUCTION & MENTORSHIP
Lead guided and silent insight and mindfulness meditation sessions
Offer mentorship and guidance on meditation practice, techniques and postures
Share Dharma wisdom and mindfulness practices through talks, practice groups and creative mediums
SEE RAMONA LISA
- Dharma Talk March 11th, 2021: "Touching Into the Qualities of Compassion and Joy" from "Radical Presence: The Practice of Love" a retreat with Buddhist Geeks