Walt Opie is a teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition. He is a graduate of the Insight Meditation Society's (IMS) 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program. He is also a graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders training program (CDL4), mentored by Kevin Griffin (author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps). Walt began leading sitting groups specifically for people in addiction recovery in 2011. He started assisting and teaching on residential insight meditation retreats in 2017.
Since 2014, he has served as a volunteer teacher with Boundless Freedom Project (formerly known as Buddhist Pathways Prison Project) inside prisons in California and also served on their nonprofit board for five years. He is also a graduate of the Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy program and has served as a Buddhist Chaplain at Santa Rita jail (until COVID-19).
Some of his most influential teachers are: Sayadaw U Tejaniya, Bhikkhu Anālayo, Luang Por Sumedho, Ajahn Pasanno, Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Carol Wilson, and Gil Fronsdal.
Walt's writing appears in the book collection Still, In the City: Creating Peace of Mind in the Midst of Urban Chaos edited by Angela Dews (Skyhorse Publishing, 2018).
He served as a communications professional with Spirit Rock Meditation Center for seven years. He received an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts in 2004. In the past, he has worked in the tech industry as an editor and customer relations professional. He also holds a BFA in Photography from California College of the Arts, as well as a BA in English from University of Richmond.
He lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife and daughter.