Darlene's heart *is* Alaya — the school, the children and the families. 2017 is her 31st year teaching at Alaya and she is committed to bring forth the vision, philosophy, history and rituals of Alaya. Her son, now 35, is an Alaya alumnus. Even her husband, David, joins her yearly to present The Hobgoblin and Shambhala plays. Darlene’s daily inspiration is to be open to all energy, emotions and situations as workable, and to be present and awake to creatively work with what arises for the benefit of all.
Darlene holds a B.A. in Dance Therapy from Naropa University and has been Adjunct Faculty in Naropa's BA Early Childhood Education and MA Contemplative Education programs for 20 years. In 2009, Darlene was awarded Educator of the Year for Boulder County Association for the Education of Young Children. She teaches and trains others in contemplative education practices and contemplative movement practices, both locally and internationally. She also teaches Waking the Teacher Mindfulness classes for local teachers.
Darlene lives in Boulder with her husband David. She greatly enjoys spending time with her family, including five grandsons, as well as hiking, dancing, gardening, camping, river trips and just appreciating being a human in this amazing world.