Shanti Norris is a co-founder and Executive Director of Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, DC. She has an extensive background in complementary medicine and mind-body approaches to healing. She has taught meditation, yoga philosophy and stress reduction for over 35 years and underwent a formal ten-year mentorship with a renowned yoga master. She created and runs the Smith Farm Center hospital Artist-in-Residence program and the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery. Shanti is a former board member of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare and Chaired their Annual Conference in 2004. She is a founding board member of The Art Connection in the Capital Region and a founding member of the national Arts in Healthcare Advocates. She is a member of ArtTable, the mother of three adult children, and is a painter and sculptor.