Eric McCullum first discovered meditation in the early 1990’s. In 2005 he began practicing in the Vipassana tradition with Trudy Goodman and Insight LA. Eric is currently a member of Insight LA’s teacher development group. Eric co-leads a young men’s sitting group in Santa Monica as well as a sitting group in Hermosa Beach. One of his main interests lies in fostering meditation practices that are relevant to people with active, engaged lifestyles in the 21st Century. “Off the cushion” Eric places a strong emphasis on service work. From 1999-2001 he served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in the country of Vanuatu. He holds an MA in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and has been a bereavement counselor and hospice bedside volunteer for over 10 years. Eric currently is principal of a structural engineering firm in the South Bay of Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and 2 children.