Arleen Garcia-Herbst, C.Phil., is a Secretary of the Interior-qualified Archaeologist, has been professionally employed in cultural resources management for over 15 years, and now serves as an Environmental Program Manager in charge of environmental compliance and conservation. She is the author of many reports, and has published peer-reviewed articles, presented professional papers, and provided public lectures. Her technical areas of expertise include prehistoric and historical archaeology, lithic debitage analysis, and raw material sourcing, and she has worked in Germany, Peru, Argentina, the southwestern US mainland, and the Hawaiian islands. She also has professional expertise in cultural resources, natural resources, air quality, water quality, hazardous material, hazardous and universal waste, aboveground and underground storage tanks, and special programs (polychlorinated biphenyls, asbestos, and lead-based paint).
She has been a meditation practitioner since 2015 as part of Shambhala International Buddhist meditation centers in Denver, CO and Kailua, HI (Group Coordinator), completing the Way of Shambhala training, studying in the tradition of Buddhist master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche under Dr. Dean Nelson, and has been a Board Member of Mindful Hawaii since 2019 serving as the Digital Media Manager and a Meditation Instructor during special programs. Most recently, she was accredited as a 100-hour Certified Meditation Teacher (CMT) through Yogamu, and received Vajrayogini Empowerment from Pema Khandro & Drupon Rinchen Dorje Rinpoche through the Buddhist Studies Institute. She is working on a 200-hour CMT currently. She provides instruction in basic mantras, concentration, mindfulness, yoga Nidra, and leads guided meditation.