Jess has been meditating for over 13 years, and spent more than seven studying and practicing Buddhist meditation full time. She began in the Japanese Zen tradition and later shifted to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. During those years, she was ordained as a Buddhist nun in Tibet, and also spent several months in solitary meditation retreat in the Indian Himalayas.
She has studied with dozens of prominent meditation teachers, and her main teachers are Mingyur Rinpoche and Tsoknyi Rinpoche. She is recognized as a Facilitator in Mingyur Rinpoche’s Tergar Meditation Community, and authorized to teach foundational meditation practices.
Jess is now a lay practitioner (no longer ordained), and lives in Banff, where she owns a tea company called Natur’el Tea and freelance web-design company Marten Street Media.