Walt Opie was introduced to the dharma in 1993 and began attending regular insight meditation retreats in 2005, which he says greatly reduced his suffering. He is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders program and the Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program. Walt has led sitting groups for people in recovery since 2011. He has served as a volunteer Buddhist teacher with Buddhist Pathways Prison Project for over four years. He is currently a trainee in the Insight Meditation Society’s 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program. His most influential teachers include Sayadaw U Tejaniya and Gil Fronsdal.