Shastri Maria Stella started practicing in the Shambhala community in 2000 and began studying with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2004. She has served as Co-resident Director of Shambhala Training in Vancouver BC, Head of Practice and Study in Berkeley CA, and since 2012, Shastri in Victoria BC. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice and Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology at City University. Her interests include applying contemplative approaches to health, education, and working with trauma, loss and transitions. Originally from Italy, she enjoys living on Canada’s west coast with her partner.