Fern Alix LaRocca

I was a Foster Parent while owning Advanced Financial Designs , a fee-only financial planning and investment advisory firm.  After a tragic car accident, my company was sold. My meditation practice continued while I was healing.

I had been practicing and studying Soto Zen with Kwong Roshi, the dharma heir of Suzuki Roshi at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. It was there that I took Refuge vows. Later I received Kalachakra Empowerment from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I have also studied the Lojong teachings and have taken Bodhisattva vows with Ani Pema Chodron. 

To help with medical expenses, I started writing and coaching. I wrote about my personal recovery on FromFern.com and I started a blog to help others save and invest at  WholeHeartedWay.com. I also published a magazine app called Mindful Money Magazine that is still available on the Apple App store, and on Google Playstore. I was a speaker at a Trauma Symposium at Stanford University. 

Yoga, Pilates and QiGong exercises helped me recover from over 40 surgeries. Now that I have recovered and have settled in the Bay Area with my husband and dog, I lead weekly meditation sessions, and facilitate groups in contemplations, and leadership training. I was the Director of the Silicon Valley Shambhala Center. 

I now study with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and go on retreats each year. I am an authorized Shambhala Meditation Instructor. 

30 years of meditation/mindfulness training has helped me understand the tools that you need to start or continue your practice. All of these products and services are things that I use or I can verify. 

The most important thing is for you to practice everyday. It isn’t about the quality of your practice- but your consistency. I hope these Mindful Life Tools will help you on your journey. 

Life is short and to be present with the NOW in whatever form it takes, requires you to feel, be, and touch each moment. That’s why after so much adversity, I am smiling and happy to be alive, and grateful to offer you these tools to help you on your journey.