Neil Stegall began meditating to Mindfulness Based Stress Response tapes over 20 years ago, and soon discovered the work of Joseph Goldstein and other western insight meditation teachers. He began attending retreats and shifted his focus from solo practice to appreciating the importance of the sangha at large. Neil has attended many retreats, sutta studies, and Bodhi Courses with Shaila Catherine. He finds sutta study to be a great help in deepening his practice, and the Maranasati sutta in particular has had a vital impact on his practice. Neil lives outside Austin, Texas where he is a co-founder and practice leader of Mariposa Sangha. He is self-employed as a clinical social worker.