Shastri Jason Ruvelson began studying and practicing the Shambhala wisdom teachings since 1992 and formally became a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 1999. Mr. Ruvelson completed a Masters in Contemplative Psychotherapy at Naropa University, and worked as a psychotherapist for a number of years. After moving to Bellingham, WA he served in a number of positions including head of Practice and Education, Center Director, and most recently as Chadzo for the Bellingham Shambhala Center. Additionally, Mr. Ruvelson works as the Finance Director for North Cascades Institute whose goal is to: inspire and empower environmental stewardship for all through transformative experiences in nature. His current passion is practicing appreciation with camera in hand.