Upasaka Upali is a meditation teacher from a style that combines both ancient techniques and modern cognitive science.  Read more about Upasaka Upali here.

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Upasaka Upali (aka Paul Peterson) is a meditation instructor who works with beginning to advanced meditators. Upali’s teaching style strives to provide tangible instruction, inspire consistent practice, and create a rewarding meditation experience.

He has taught audiences ranging from adult professionals seeking stress reduction to elementary students in underserved communities. He began teaching in the Southeastern United States where he would travel once a month to a Federal Prison in Virginia to talk about meditation with inmates of a prison Sangha (meditation community). He later moved to South America, where he continued his teaching practice through teaching beginning meditation classes online. Since then, his online teaching practice has expanded, which he has found to be a delightful way to connect with meditation practitioners from all over the world.

Upali eventually returned to the United States and settled in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he currently lives. He started a local meditation community and taught mindfulness in the public school systems in Chattanooga. In April of 2018, he completed a one month Teacher in Residence program at Dharma Treasure at Cochise Stronghold in Arizona.  I recent years, Upali has increased his teaching of in-person meditation retreats both at home and abroad and has enjoyed seeing the immense benefit silent retreats create for practitioners.  


Upali offers online courses for beginning and interemdiate meditators and personalized instruction for intermediate to advanced practitioners. Classes are designed to be accessible and personalized. Most class formats also connect you with a community of fellow practitioners. Check out the classes tab above, or fill out the contact form below and we can help plug you into a class that will be a good fit for you.

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