Steve Flowers has been deeply invested in meditation practice since 1974, and is the author of The Mindful Path through Shyness and co-author (with Bob Stahl, PHD) of Living with Your Heart Wide Open. Steve has been in private practice as a mindfulness based psychotherapist since 1981. Certified as a mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) teacher, Steve founded and directs the MBSR program at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, CA. and pioneered teaching MBSR online with video conferencing tools. With a deep commitment to build bridges between the contemplative arts and mainstream medicine, Steve has led MBSR retreats for medical professionals five to six times a year since 1997 with his co-leader Bob Stahl since 1997 and day long workshops at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin, California since 2009.