We come from varied backgrounds of knowledge, experience and wisdom. Our collective effort brings healing to our Ancestors, our Community and to Ourselves

LOGO_small%2520sans%2520paap%2520copy_ed

About Us 

F Spiral 06.png

Board of Directors 

Isabel BeliEdit 2.png

Isabel Adon

Isabel Adon is an Afro-Latinx born in the Dominican Republic and raised in the Bronx, in NYC. She is a trained social worker and licensed by NYS as a LCSW. Isabel served on the Board Insight Meditation Society for 6 years and held the position of Diversity Chair. Isabel has been a meditator for over 20 years and practice in the tradition of Vipassana. Isabel is a community dharma leader who presently leads meditation sits at New York Insights. She was accepted into Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader program but unfortunately, due to COVID19 this program had to close. Isabel is a trainer/instructor on Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy (IFOT) and ITFL (Indigenous Tools for Living) a philosophy that is trauma focused and land based. She is a certified Focusing Oriented Therapist and a member of the leadership committee on FORCE (Focusing Oriented Relational Community Empowerment) which focus is to bring the focusing philosophy to those who may not have access free of charge. This is a ten-month training program with no cost to trainees. Isabel has been a housing advocate and received a commendation from the Bronx Borough President and NYC Council for her work in community organizing and fighting injustice against tenants. Isabel is a psychotherapist in private practice, who works with individuals. She served as a rape crisis volunteer for 11 years.

F%252520Sprial%25252005_edited_edited_ed
Noliwe_Alexander.jpg

Noliwe Alexander 

Noliwe Alexander has been a student of Vipassana meditation for over 20 years. Throughout this time of deep devotion to the Dharma, Noliwe has become a dedicated practitioner, meditation teacher of various retreats and sitting groups, day-longs and class series programs. She dedicates her BuddhaDharma practice and teachings to the BiPOC, LGBTQIA+, At Risk and Elder communities. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock's CDL4 program, EBMC's Commit 2 Dharma program in 2010 and is a graduate of Spirit Rock Teacher Training from 2017-2020. Noliwe is the founder of Peace At Any Pace, Inc. a non-profit organization that offers a Journey to Healing from Intergenerational & Ancestral Trauma retreats and Elder & Youth programs, which are exclusively for people from the African Diaspora. Noliwe is a wisdom keeper and humbled by the presence of her ancestor’s spirit that lives within and walks beside her.

F%252520Sprial%25252005_edited_edited_ed
IMG_2897 Kabir2.jpg

Kabir Hypolite

Kabir Hypolite is an African American single father, spiritualist, historian, writer, poet, artist, public health advocate, gay activist and humanitarian.  He has been a student of eastern spirituality and indigenous practices since 1990.  Kabir began his practice in San Francisco while serving as the Client Services Director of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel in the middle of the HIV/AIDS crisis.  Since then he has participated in many silent BIPOC retreats and day-longs and was a member of Spirit Rock’s CDL6 program prior to its disruption by COVID-19.  Kabir is also a graduate of East Bay Meditation Center’s Practices In Transformative Action (PITA) program.  He first became involved with PAAP as a participant on the original DeepTimeLiberation retreat in 2018, which proved to be personally transformative.  HIs practice focuses on ancestral healing and personal transformation.   Kabir also enjoys practicing Native American flute and West African Djembe.  He lives in Oakland, California with his eighteen year old son, Hanif.

F%252520Sprial%25252005_edited_edited_ed
Janet12 This one.jpeg

Janet Roos

JANET ROOS, PMP, CMT-P, has been recognized as an innovator in Business Technology for over 30 years. She has worked coast-to-coast as a highly respected “In-House” and “Consultant” leader for world renowned companies. Most recently, she served for ten years in both a Director and Project Management role at McKesson Technology—a “Fortune 6 Company.” In 2017, Janet successfully completed the UCLA “Mindfulness Certified Training Program” and is a fully certified member of the International Mindfulness Teacher’s Association. Her passion is bringing Mindfulness Best Practices to corporate employees, professional athletes, and others. Her goal is to provide a “Mindfulness Framework” for supporting career development, stress management, change/uncertainty management, and career/life transitions. Janet is a four time “Hall Of Famer” recognized elite athlete who understands the inherent value of employing Mindfulness Practices for competition, sports preparedness, and training. She has sustained a personal meditation practice for over eight years and has attended numerous training and silent retreats. Janet has volunteered with Non-Profit Organizations and currently is volunteering on the EBMC Advisory Space Force Committee.

F Spiral 06.png
unnamed (2).jpg

Rosetta Saunders

DaRa_Williams.jpg

DaRa Williams

Dinae%20Yasky_edited.jpg

Diane Yaski

Rosetta Saunders is an educator and historian with degrees in Ethnic and American Studies.  Having recently retired from 20 years of teaching with a focus on “People of Colors History” in the United States, she has done extensive research on her ancestral linage and continues to explore and experience her healing journey along with her ancestors. Rosetta’s passion is West African and Afro-Cuban drumming, primarily as a healing medium for self and others. She was introduced to the Dharma in 2002 at the first African American Retreat held at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Rosetta recently completed a two-year Dharmacharya program with the Venerable Pannavati and Pannadipa having taken refuge in the Triple Gem and receiving Confirmation of Ordination. Rosetta now welcomes the chance to immerse herself in practice and healing!

F%252520Sprial%25252005_edited_edited_ed

DaRa Williams has practiced Insight Meditation for more than 25 years. She completed the Spirit Rock/IMS/IRC Teacher Training, and serves on the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, and as an Associate Guiding Teacher at IMS. DaRa is a trainer and wellness coach, and has been a clinician and administrator in the mental health field for over 25 years. She is a certified Focusing Oriented Therapist and a practitioner and trainer of Aboriginal Focusing Oriented Complex Trauma Therapy."It is my belief that vipassana meditation and the dharma are ideal for transforming suffering, particularly the trauma of oppression and its many vicissitudes-where the chains around our minds and hearts can be broken through and dissolved. Awareness and wisdom become the vehicle for freedom and transforming lives."

F%2525252520Sprial%252525252005_edited_e

Diane is currently the Retreat Program Coordinator at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.  She has held roles as their Administrative Coordinator for their predominantly BIPOC and LGBTQI 4-year Teacher Training Program, their Community Dharma Leaders Program, and their Advanced Practitioner Program. Diane has over a decade of experience in non-profit organizations and is known to understand the nuances and dynamics of multicultural interactions and relationships. Diane holds a degree in Library Information Science and Technology as well as graphic design and photography. Outside of these roles, she is a committed practitioner of the Vipassana and Theravada lineage as well as yoga. She is deeply honored to be part of Peace at Any Pace and looks forward to her role as a board member.

F%252520Sprial%25252005_edited_edited_ed
F%2525252520Sprial%252525252005_edited_e
F Spiral 06.png

  Thank You! 

To Our Funders

Generous Individual Donations

Peace At Any Pace is a 501c3 Organization

spirit_rock_medition_center_logo_2017f.p

Spirit Rock Meditation Center

logoKataly Paap.png
HAI.png
Spiral PAAPe revBeli3.png

Facilitators

Noliwe_Alexander.jpg

Noliwe Alexander 

Noliwe Alexander has been a student of Vipassana meditation for over 20 years. Throughout this time of deep devotion to the Dharma, Noliwe has become a dedicated practitioner, meditation teacher of various retreats and sitting groups, day-longs and class series programs. She dedicates her BuddhaDharma practice and teachings to the BiPOC, LGBTQIA+, At Risk and Elder communities. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock's CDL4 program, EBMC's Commit 2 Dharma program in 2010 and is a graduate of Spirit Rock Teacher Training from 2017-2020. Noliwe is the founder of Peace At Any Pace, Inc. a non-profit organization that offers a Journey to Healing from Intergenerational & Ancestral Trauma retreats and Elder & Youth programs, which are exclusively for people from the African Diaspora. Noliwe is a wisdom keeper and humbled by the presence of her ancestor’s spirit that lives within and walks beside her.

F Spiral 06.png
Devin-Berry_2018.jpg

Devin Berry

Devin Berry currently serves on the boards of Insight World Aid and Barre Center For Buddhist Studies. He was a founding board member of MindfulPeacebuilding and formerly served on the board of Coming To The Table. Devin co-founded both the teen and men of color sanghas at the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA. For many years he lead youth programs around the San Francisco Bay Area, including rites of passage programs for young men, wilderness and outdoor based programs and served as a frontline advocate for youth on the streets of San Francisco and Oakland. He taught some of the first mindfulness programs in the public school systems of the San Francisco Bay Area. He co-lead a groundbreaking mindfulness and generational trauma program for African-American elders in Oakland, CA. Devin has been a meditation practitioner for over 20 years, undertaking many periods of silent long-term retreat practice. He teaches Dharma nationally and is committed to the personal and collective liberation of marginalized communities.

F%2520Sprial%252005_edited_edited.png
Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith.jpeg

Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith

Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith brings over 25 years of meditation practice to her work as a Business Consultant, Retreat Manager and Facilitator at Peace At Any Pace, Inc. She has been practicing Vipassana meditation and studying the Dharma in the Theravada tradition for the past 12 years and is a graduate of the East Bay Meditation Center’s (EBMC) Commit to Dharma (C2D3) program and Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Dedicated Practitioners Program (DPP6). Ramona Lisa has an MBA in Management and a BA in Business Economics with a minor in Ethnic Studies. She has years of experience in nonprofit management and board leadership. She is known for cultivating and maintaining collaborative relationships and her dedication to customer service, support and service to the Dharma. Ramona Lisa is humbled to be part of this incredible organization and its journey!

Fibonacci Spiral-this.png
unnamed (2).jpg

Rosetta Saunders

Rosetta Saunders is an educator and historian with degrees in Ethnic and American Studies.  Having recently retired from 20 years of teaching with a focus on “People of Colors History” in the United States, she has done extensive research on her ancestral linage and continues to explore and experience her healing journey along with her ancestors. Rosetta’s passion is West African and Afro-Cuban drumming, primarily as a healing medium for self and others. She was introduced to the Dharma in 2002 at the first African American Retreat held at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Rosetta recently completed a two-year Dharmacharya program with the Venerable Pannavati and Pannadipa having taken refuge in the Triple Gem and receiving Confirmation of Ordination. Rosetta now welcomes the chance to immerse herself in practice and healing!

F%252520Spiral%25252003_edited_edited_ed
DaRa_Williams.jpg

DaRa Williams has practiced Insight Meditation for more than 25 years. She completed the Spirit Rock/IMS/IRC Teacher Training, and serves on the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, and as an Associate Guiding Teacher at IMS. DaRa is a trainer and wellness coach, and has been a clinician and administrator in the mental health field for over 25 years. She is a certified Focusing Oriented Therapist and a practitioner and trainer of Aboriginal Focusing Oriented Complex Trauma Therapy."It is my belief that vipassana meditation and the dharma are ideal for transforming suffering, particularly the trauma of oppression and its many vicissitudes-where the chains around our minds and hearts can be broken through and dissolved. Awareness and wisdom become the vehicle for freedom and transforming lives."

DaRa Williams

Advisory Board

Devin_Berry.jpg

Devin Berry

Devin Berry currently serves on the boards of Insight World Aid and Barre Center For Buddhist Studies. He was a founding board member of MindfulPeacebuilding and formerly served on the board of Coming To The Table. Devin co-founded both the teen and men of color sanghas at the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA. For many years he lead youth programs around the San Francisco Bay Area, including rites of passage programs for young men, wilderness and outdoor based programs and served as a frontline advocate for youth on the streets of San Francisco and Oakland. He taught some of the first mindfulness programs in the public school systems of the San Francisco Bay Area. He co-lead a groundbreaking mindfulness and generational trauma program for African-American elders in Oakland, CA. Devin has been a meditation practitioner for over 20 years, undertaking many periods of silent long-term retreat practice. He teaches Dharma nationally and is committed to the personal and collective liberation of marginalized communities.

IMG_2562 Jacque.jpeg

Jacque Alexander-Sykes

“Creating is my centering and my focus”, says JACQUELINE ALEXANDER-SYKES, a multi-talented artist who utilizes color, shape and perspective to create striking forms figures and landscapes.  Her pallet includes working with acrylic, oils, watercolor and 35mm camera. Within the past 30 years Jacqueline has found her voice in the creative process, a voice that speaks eloquently through painting, photography and other creative endeavors. Since 1979 Jacqueline has lived and worked at St. Elmo Village, in Mid City Los Angeles. The Village has been an avenue for Jacqueline to share and teach the process of creativity to others as well as being a place of creativity where she can explore and develop as an artist and exhibit her work. For the past six years her work with youth has extended to be a Discussion Leader for the Getty Multicultural Internship Program, in which college interns are mentored. As a Board of Directors Member and Administrative Director of St. Elmo Village, Jacqueline  has been an important part of the day to day work that the Village accomplishes in the community. In 2019 Jacqueline became St. Elmo Village’s first female Board President and Executive Director. Among her other public art commissions are art for the Junipero Serra Branch Library as part of the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, Public Art Program, creating art for the walls of Raymond Avenue Elementary School and producing three painted panels for Good Beginnings Pre-School. The most resent mural was painted for Walter N. Marks Realty Inc. on the Helms Bakery property.