About Anne

“Part of me is a yogini—devoted to using the tools of posture and breath and meditation to awaken to a reality that lies beyond words, that’s larger than the stories we humans endlessly recite about who we are, who we have been, and who we might become. But another part is a storyteller—devoted to putting things into words, to spinning real and imaginary tales designed to entrance an audience with the very dramas that spiritual practice is determined to transcend.”
~ from “The Yoga of Creativity,” by Anne Cushman, in Tricycle: The Buddhist Review


My twin passions are creativity and awakening.

I want to wake up to the beauty and mystery of this embodied human life—and express it in stories, teachings, and practices that can help others wake up to it too.

Here’s what my book jackets say about me:
Anne Cushman is a pioneer in the integration of creative expression, yoga, and Buddhist mindfulness meditation. Since graduating from Princeton University with a degree in comparative religion, she has been a passionate explorer of body-based spiritual practices and their integration into the chaos and magic of everyday life. She is the author of the novel Enlightenment for Idiots, named by Booklist as one of the “Top Ten First Novels” of its year; the spiritual India travel guide From Here to Nirvana; and Moving Into Meditation: A 12-Week Mindfulness Training for Yoga Practitioners. She is the director of the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in northern California, and teaches regular retreats and courses both in person and online. She is a former editor at Yoga Journal and Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, and her personal essays on contemplative practice in contemporary life have been widely published in venues that include the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, O magazine, and the Shambhala Sun; and anthologized in Best Buddhist Writing 2004 and 2006, Best Women’s Spiritual Travel Writing, Traveling Souls: Contemporary Pilgrimage Tales, and other books  She lives with her son and her life partner in Fairfax, California.