Eileen Ybarra began studying Theravadan Buddhism and a meditation practice in 2004. Since 2004 she has studied with Trudy Goodman, Gil Fronsdal, and with a variety of teachers through the Against the Stream Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Her profession is public librarianship, a meaningful practice of service and mindfulness which she is grateful for. Currently, she is one of the facilitators for the monthly Meditation Coalition People of Color (POC) meditation group where she leads guided meditations and group discussions. She has completed two 1-year long facilitator training programs with the Against the Stream Meditation Society and is set to complete the Dedicated Practitioners Program with Spirit Rock Meditation Center.