Heather Shoren Iarusso first moved to Tassajara in June 2008 thinking she’d stay for six months. Ten years later, she still resides amid the peace and beauty of this monastic valley. She was ordained in October 2015 by Teah Strozer, who served as the guiding teacher for Brooklyn Zen Center (BZC) for many years. Heather worked at BZC for two years as the Ino, program director, communications coordinator, and the interim executive director. Heather has served in various practice roles at Tassajara including the Ino, Tenzo, and most recently as the Head Monk with Senior Dharma Teacher Paul Haller. She’s completed 12, 90-day practice periods at Tassajara and has also participated in meditation intensives with Pema Chodron, Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi, Shohaku Okumura Roshi, and Shodo Harada Roshi. Heather holds master’s degrees in communications, creative writing, and English literature. She enjoys traveling with her spouse Tanya when they’re not sitting in silence.