Gena LaFrenier

Teaches: Beginning Meditation, Group Meditation and leads Yoga at our Retreats

Gena began searching for peace, community, and a different way to approach life following the unexpected passing of her husband. She started taking yoga classes and exploring meditation under Jan Engels-Smith at Lightsong School of Shamanic Studies. Gena stumbled upon group meditation classes offered by Caren Prentice, which soon became her refuge where she found love, acceptance, and belonging with the sangha. Her dedication to meditation has continued over the last 12 years, learning techniques to stay present and to show up for her life JUST as it is. Among her go-to techniques are the 3-part breath, Hong Sau, and alternate nostril breathing which help her stay in the present moment.

Gena is retired and now cherishes her role as a single mother of three, a grandmother of four, and a resident of Oregon City, OR with her dog Riley, where she teaches yoga and practices Reiki. But Gena is most at peace when she’s in nature with her horse Spring, where she experiences a connection proven to reduce stress and enhance empowerment — much like meditation. When she’s not at the barn or riding on the trail, she enjoys knitting, sewing, yoga, and looking forward to autumn — her favorite season with its crisp days and hearty soups. Gena’s absolute favorite book is The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer and the words of Louise Hay resonate deeply: “The point of power is always in the present moment”.