Author, Teacher, Public Speaker
The son of a US Army Chaplain, Don Morreale spent much of his childhood overseas on Army bases in Germany, Japan, and Taiwan. His family settled in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1961. In 1965, he graduated from Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School in Kingston, PA, and subsequently earned a BA in Comparative Religions from the University of Denver, and a Masters in Creative Writing from University of Denver University College.
In 1968 he began what was to become a lifelong practice of Buddhist meditation at the Zen Studies Society in New York City. He continued his training at the Denver Zen Center, Rocky Mountain Shambhala Center, the forest monasteries of Thailand, and the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. A certified meditation teacher, he is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader training program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County, California and a senior teacher at Colorado Insight Meditation Community in Denver. Since 2004 he has taught meditation and stress reduction internationally aboard the ships of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Don has taught public speaking to both students and faculty at Zhejiang Sci-Tech University in Hangzhou, China, creative writing at Kathmandu University, Kathmandu, Nepal, high school English at Santa Cruz International School in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and Conversational English at the English Language Institute in Tehran, Iran.
Don Morreale is a freelance writer with over 200 articles published online on examiner.com (sadly, no longer in existence) and in print in the Denver Post YourHub
He is the author of three books; Buddhist America, The Complete Guide to Buddhist America, and Cowboys,Yogis, and One-Legged Ski Bums -- The Extraordinary Lives of Ordinary Coloradans. He's also the editor of a new book entitled Aftershocks, a collection of stories about the 2015 Nepal earthquake written by his students at Kathmandu University.