Syra Smith is an artist, organizer and mindfulness educator interested in deep ecology and manifesting a culture where we can turn toward fearless abundance and generosity.
An SF Bay Area native and lifelong meditator, Syra began her personal meditation practice as a teen in 1988 and has been practicing in the Theravada Buddhist tradition since 2009. She graduated EBMC’s Commit to Dharma study program in 2011 and Spirit Rock Meditation Center's Community Dharma Leadership Training in 2017.
Syra is a Community Teacher with the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland California, where she is co-creating space with one of the most diverse communities of dharma practitioners in the US. Syra has been educating and working with young people for more than 20 years. She coordinated and co-facilitated EBMC’s weekly Teen Sangha and eventually established and served as Co-Guiding Teacher for the Center’s first peer-led Young Adult Deep Refuge Group. Syra has been committed to offering tools for resiliency to at-risk and incarcerated youth.
Syra works with Resolve to Stop the Violence, an award winning program in the San Francisco County Jail System utilizing contemplative and restorative practices to impact violence and recidivism in our prison communities. Syra co-leads Spirit Rock Meditation Center's Monday night Community Welcome group for new practitioners and beginning meditators. She teaches Insight Meditation and mindfulness throughout the SF Bay Area and beyond and is a Core Teacher with the San Francisco LGBT Sangha.