Cathy Small is an author and retired professor of anthropology, who has been practicing vipassana meditation for more than twenty years. She has completed numerous extended meditation retreats in the U.S., India, and Nepal focusing on awareness, loving kindness and concentration, and has taught meditation since 2010. She currently co-teaches a six-week course in mindfulness every semester at Northern Arizona University for faculty, staff, and community members, and offers a mindfulness course for inmates at the county jail. She is a regular teacher at the Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community in Flagstaff, Arizona.