Kim Roberts, MA
While earning a Master’s degree in Psychology from Naropa University Kim was inspired by the teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and discovered Buddhist meditation. She has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 20 years, using the model of Contemplative Psychotherapy, which explores how contemplative practice informs and aids the therapeutic process.
Within a week of discovering dharma, she met her first yoga teacher and mentor, Richard Freeman. She studied intensively with him for over 20 years. In 1997 she first traveled to Mysore, South India, to study with Pattabhi Jois, who eventually gave Kim his authorization to teach Ashtanga yoga.
She has been an enthusiastic Dharma student since 1992, and studies regularly with her primary meditation teachers.
Kim spent spent the better part of 15 years living in South and Southeast Asia leading retreats that offered yoga, sitting meditation, and creative writing as tools for personal growth. While painting has always been part of her personal practice, she committed to the process when she discovered the encaustic wax medium.
Kim is the author of Ashtanga Yoga for Beginner’s Mind, a guidebook that lays out the path of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and explores its relationship to shamatha meditation. She is also a regular contributor to Levekunst, Mind Body Green, Elephant Journal and Namaskar, a yoga magazine based in Hong Kong.
Kim currently lives in Crestone, Colorado, where she paints and writes. She is working on a new book, Toward A Secret Sky: A Guide To The Art Of Pilgrimage, to be published in Spring 2019.