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Joe Clements was first introduced to mindfulness meditation in the mid 1990’s from his dear friends that started Dharma Punx and Against The Stream Meditation Society. Though there was some appeal, Joe had grander plans than finding peace and inner freedom. While his friends pursued the path of growth and healing Joe decided to keep chasing his dreams and the high of becoming a big star, touring the states in a popular punk band throughout the 1990’s. As his dreams faded, the high of stardom slowly wore off and relapse on drugs started creeping in. Amidst all of this there was always a desire in Joe to help others. Eventually that desire started to arise once again when he opened his recording studio, Compound Recordings where he had the opportunity to connect and support other musicians with their goals and visions. Though there was some benefits of his work in the studio, the lifestyle brought with it a heavy relapse with drugs and alcohol after being clean and sober for nearly 10 years. It was in 2010 that Joe was reintroduced to the meditation cushion as he started a new chapter in his life and in recovery.
Joe took to the simple teachings of “sit, feel, heal” learning to embrace his thoughts, emotions, feelings and sensitives. Continuing his journey to recovery he followed his desire to give back and helped create outreach programs in Santa Cruz CA for Refuge Recovery, a Buddhist-inspired path to recovery from addiction.Joe continued his own healing and service work by training in Mindfulness Meditation Group Facilitation with Joanna Hardy and Vinny Ferraro, Secular Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence training with Mind Body Awareness Project, Mindfulness and Attachment Theory Courses, Hakomi Trauma to Dharma Training as well as continuing his own meditation practice through countless silent meditation retreats. Joe has spent the last 5 years facilitating Mindulfness-Based Recovery and emotional awareness groups in various drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers; works with at-risk youth in detention programs through the Mind Body Awareness Project, has mentored and co-taught 2 meditation retreats for teens through IBme and leads weekly meditation groups in Insight Meditation.