Cill first meditated as a teenager in the Transcendental Meditation tradition. She stuck with it for about 6 years and then life got kind of busy so she took a hiatus for a number of years. She started meditating again a little more than 10 years ago — this time in the Buddhist Theravada tradition. She read a lot of books, watched YouTube videos, and managed to develop a consistent and dedicated daily practice. She went to her first silent retreat five years ago and the experience changed her life. Since then she has spent more than 150 days on silent retreat. Her most influential teacher has been Leigh Brasington. When she isn’t on retreat or teaching meditation, Cill is a Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University.