Trudy Goodman Kornfield, Ph.D., is a vipassana teacher in the Theravada lineage and the Founding Teacher of InsightLA. She also teaches residential retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA, Big Bear Retreat Center, and Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, among others.
Trudy has trained in two fields: meditation and psychotherapy. She had the privilege of studying developmental psychology with Jean Piaget, Lawrence Kohlberg, and Carol Gilligan. For 25 years, in Cambridge, MA, Trudy practiced mindfulness-based psychotherapy with children, teenagers, couples and individuals. The fourth teacher ever of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Trudy taught with its creator, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in the early days of the MBSR clinic at University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. In 1995 she co-founded, and continues to serve as Guiding Teacher for, the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, the first center in the world dedicated to integrating these two disciplines.
Since 1974, Trudy devoted much of her life to practicing Buddhist meditation with revered Asian and Western teachers in the Zen and Theravada traditions, including Zen Master Seung Sahn, Kobun Chino Otagawa Roshi, Maurine Stuart Roshi, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg and other Vipassana teachers. From 1991 to 1998, Trudy was a resident Zen teacher at the Cambridge Buddhist Association. She teaches with Jack Kornfield, Kate Lila Wheeler, InsightLA teachers she has mentored (Beth Sternlieb, Christiane Wolf) Anam Thubten, and other beloved teachers.
Trudy conducts retreats and workshops worldwide. She is a contributing author of Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness (Springer, 2008); Compassion and Wisdom in Psychotherapy, (Guilford Press, 2011); and Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, (Guilford Press, 2013). She’s also the voice of “Trudy the Love Barbarian” on “The Midnight Gospel,” Ep. 4, on Netflix.