After my sophomore year of college I spent my summer in a Theravadan Buddhist monastery in England, where I wrote for the Huffington Post about my early explorations of Buddhism and meditation. A couple silent retreats and a few hundred hours of meditation later, I realized that what I thought would be a brief dip into another world was actually the beginning of a path that I’ve pursued with fervor in the years that followed.
I continued to explore spirituality both experientially and academically, taking classes in Positive Psychology, the Neuroscience of Religion and Atheism, the Philosophy of Neuroscience, and the Psychology of Mindfulness. I continued to write, interning for Thrive Global after my junior year of college. And in my senior year of college I was appointed as the president of the Buddhist meditation club, where I taught meditation and led weekly discussions on Buddhist practice and theory.
I’m now pursuing my masters in Psychology with a focus in Spirituality and Mind Body Practices at Columbia University. I also work for the meditation teacher training company Unified Mindfulness and teach workshop and meditation around New York City.
Mind and Life Summer Research Institute, Conference, June 2016
Amaravati Monastery, Monastic Stay and Blogging, June-July 2016
Schumacher College, Gaia Theory Course, July 2016
Sharpham Trust, Mindfulness Retreat, August 2016
Insight Meditation Society, 5-Day Silent Retreat, May 2017
Buddhist Meditation Community at Duke, President, August 2017 - May 2018
Koru Mindfulness Teacher Certification, January 2018
Duke University, Cognitive Neuroscience, BA, May 2018
Insight Meditation Society, 1o-day Silent Retreat, May 2018
Columbia University, Masters in Clinical Psychology, Concentration in Spirituality and Mind Body Practices, September 2018 - Present
Transcendental Meditation, 4-Day TM Training Course, January 2019
Community for Mindful Living with Shinzen Young, 7-day Silent Retreat, May 2019
(Obligatory) Professional Bio
Gigi Falk has been practicing mindfulness meditation for 3 years and teaching for almost 2 years. Her meditation journey began during her sophomore year of college, and since then she has undergone intensive meditation training while living at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery and on silent retreats at Insight Meditation Society. Over the years, she has accumulated over 500 hours of formal seated meditation practice and studied with Jack Kornfield, Shinzen Young, Ajahn Amaro, Robert Thurman, Sharon Salzberg, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Kristen Neff, Chris Germer, Michele McDonald, and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey. She began teaching meditation while serving as the President of the Buddhist Meditation Community at Duke and continues to teach through workshops around New York City. She also works for the meditation teacher training company Unified Mindfulness. As an undergraduate at Duke University, she studied positive psychology, the neuroscience of religion and atheism, and the psychology of mindfulness. After graduating Duke with a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience, she went on to Columbia University to study Clinical Psychology with a concentration in spirituality and mind-body practices. She is focusing her studies on self-transcendent experiences.