DharmaCamps provides a safe place for people to combine the beneficial experience of self reflection with the fun of camp! Through art, community, and play we hope to make profound Buddhist philosophies accessible to everyone. Whether it is an afternoon session or a several day camp, our goal is to give people of all ages a space to develop their own inner potential for boundless compassion, wisdom and loving kindness.
Terresa Lauer, Cofounder is a Licensed Psychotherapist working in Santa Cruz, Ca and has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism since 2001. Her greatest passion is helping people of all ages grow and heal in practical and gentle ways using the tools we all are born with. Terresa loves to facilitate retreats and gained her vast knowledge working over a decade with Vajrapani Family Camp and Young Adult Retreat as well as Tara Brach, B. Alan Wallace, Kelly Rae Roberts and Sarah Susanka.
Anna Landaw, Cofounder was inspired by the way Buddhism was presented in an approachable way at the Vajrapani Family Camp, which she attended as a camper from age 4 until joining the staff at 13 and eventually becoming co-director. She hopes to bring her passion for art and creativity, as well as the skills she developed running camps, teaching Tae Kwon Do, and managing the kitchen of the catering company she works for, to make Dharma Camps as helpful to the community as possible.
Jon Landaw, Spiritual Director author of Buddhism for Dummies, was born in New Jersey in 1944. From 1972 to 1977 Jon worked as an English editor for the Translation Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, producing numerous texts under the guidance of Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey. As a student of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche since 1973, Jon has edited numerous works for Wisdom Publications, including Wisdom Energy and Introduction to Tantra. He is also the author of Prince Siddhartha, a biography of Buddha for children, and Images of Enlightenment, published by Snow Lion in 1993. As an instructor of Buddhist meditation, he has taught in numerous Dharma centers throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere.