Instructors

The Mindfulness and Health Institute works with experienced instructors that teach from their own personal mindfulness practice. We believe building capacity to be present in others starts with ourselves. We believe in approaching each program with curiosity and care participants and each moment.

MHI Mindfulness Instructors and Staff

Instructors and Staff

Our instructors have extensive knowledge of mindfulness and long-term mindfulness practices. “Living into” the programs they teach, MHI Instructors can help lead participants on a journey of their own wisdom in wakefulness and skilled action. Wakefulness and skilled action may improve wellbeing and help to alleviate suffering and separation.

Éowyn Ahlstrom, M.Ed., is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and has been teaching mindfulness since 2008. Éowyn has co-authored the curriculum “MBSR 2: Expanding Your Practice, Ecology of Mind-Body Health” a next step course for MBP completers based on MBSR. She has extensive experience teaching MBSR live-online, and also leads multi-day mindfulness retreats that serve as pre-requisites to MBSR teacher training and bring the wider mindfulness community together for periods of deeper practice. 

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Éowyn also holds the highest registry mark obtainable for yoga teachers from the Yoga Alliance and is a certified massage therapist with years of experience. Embodying mindfulness, and teaching others how to do the same, is the heart of her practice and work. 

For over a decade, Éowyn has taught yoga for retreats at the Insight Meditation Society. Her master’s degree is from the American College of Education, where she studied health and wellness. She is the author of a forthcoming volume of poems about mindfulness practice entitled Mindscapes: Practice Poems.

Colleen Camenisch, MBA, has been teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programs along with other meditation courses over a decade. In addition to the MBSR classes, she has taught many modified programs and retreats at many large companies, hospitals, including a program for victims of trauma and for judges through the National Judicial College.

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Colleen’s other professional experience includes a Master’s Degree in Business and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from UNR.  Additionally, she completed a post-graduate course in International Business and Trade Law at the United Nations International Labor Organization.  She also works part-time as the Executive Director of the Nevada Physician Wellness Coalition.

Her practical business skills coupled with her extensive formal education have brought a unique combination of professionalism, knowledge, and sincere compassion to all of her work.  In all of her personal and professional endeavors, she has strived to find ways to make the world and community a better place.

Janet Curry, MA, MST, LPC is a Certified MBSR Teacher Trainer, a Licensed Professional Counsel, and a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Teacher. Janet offers counseling and Mindfulness-Based training programs from Durango, Colorado, training students across North America and Europe.  Janet is an experienced Licensed Professional Counselor; she received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Seattle University and her BA from Williams College.  An ardent mindfulness practitioner, student and teacher of Mindfulness-Based Programs, in 2018 Janet completed a second Master’s degree program in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, from which she graduated with their highest mark of ‘Distinction.’

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One of the first 100-plus Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teachers to have been certified by the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness (CFM), Janet was chosen to join 30 other Certified MBSR teachers globally to complete the CFM’s first and only ‘Train the  Trainer’ program.  She is a Certified MBSR Teacher Trainer with the CFM and the Mindfulness Center at Brown University (MC@B).

Trauma treatment is an area of personal passion and expertise.  Janet is fully trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing), and has twice completed the Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies with the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute led by world-renowned trauma expert Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, MD.  She has also completed the 1st year of training in Somatic Experiencing, a somatic treatment approach for resolving trauma.  She brings her expertise in Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness to the community through presentations and workshops.

Before moving to Durango and opening Stillpoint in 2006, Janet began her work at a Seattle community mental health clinic. Since then, she has supported clients coping with a wide variety of mental/emotional and physical health challenges and conditions, including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, cancer, and other forms of chronic and acute illness. She has taught over 40 Mindfulness-Based courses (MBSR & MBCT) in person and online, to students ranging in age from 21 to 84.

Janet began her first-person investigation of meditation at age 16 when she enrolled in a course in Transcendental Meditation in her hometown of Kansas City. Ten years later, she fell in love with yoga, as well as the Japanese martial art of Aikido and sword training.  Soon after reading Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book on MBSR, “Full Catastrophe Living,” she began the practice of mindfulness meditation.  Her work today emerges directly from four decades of personal practice, investigation, and study, as well as the privilege of offering these practices to others.  Her daily teachers include her two children, ages 21 and 26, her husband of 27 years, and the newest member of the family: Sammie the Rescue Pup.

Jacqueline Dover, RN, BScN, MHSc, is a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and MBSR teacher trainer. Jacquie has facilitated MBSR and other mindfulness programs in community settings.   

Jacquie has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Health Science in Health Promotion, and graduate certificate in Evaluation for Social Change and Transformative Learning. Jacquie has practiced community health nursing for more than twenty-five years. Her nursing career has included varied front-line and leadership positions in primary health care, public health, and academic settings.

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She is thankful to have served in Ontario, Canada with a regional network of public health nurses in roles focused solely on addressing health equity and the social determinants of health.  

Jacquie is passionate about the transformational potential of program evaluation, and she is committed to efforts aimed at delivering culturally responsive MBSR programs and MBSR teacher training.

Brenda Fingold is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and has been teaching mindfulness and well-being strategies for almost two decades. Most recently, Brenda was the Assistant Director for Workplace and Leadership Education at the Mindfulness Center at Brown University School of Public Health. She joined Brown from the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she was a teacher and the Manager of Community and Corporate Programs. Brenda now teaches as adjunct faculty for UMass Center for Mindfulness, the Mindfulness Center at Brown and Mindful Leader. She is a member of the board of the Mindfulness in Law Society and co-chair of the New England Chapter.

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A graduate of New York University School of Law, Brenda spent 17 years at the Boston law firm of Hale and Dorr (now WilmerHale), where she was a litigator and the Partner Responsible for Training and Professional Development. She is a co-founder and former chair of the Professional Development Consortium, a national lawyer training organization, and for many years was an instructor at Boston University School of Law.

Brenda has been practicing mindfulness since 1998, when she was encouraged by her then Managing Partner to invite the founder of MBSR, Jon Kabat-Zinn, into her law firm to help lawyers reduce stress, strengthen resilience and better navigate the inherent challenges of a demanding professional life. Inspired by the benefits of the program and her experience of mindfulness as a vehicle for well-being, thriving and sustaining optimal performance, Brenda began to study and then teach mindfulness.

Brenda offers training and coaching in mindfulness, resilience and well-being to legal organizations, judges, businesses and in education, government and non-profit organizations. Brenda’s work in the fast-paced and demanding world of a large law firm coupled with her equal years of immersion in the science and practice of mindfulness give her a unique breadth and depth of wisdom and experience to guide individuals in integrating mindfulness into their work and lives.

Brenda writes and speaks extensively on mindfulness and workplace wellness. Her publications include Navigating the Full Catastrophe with Mindfulness, Trial Magazine (July 2020), How Mindfulness Can Help Manage Work Stress, Mindful Leader (June 2020), The Time is Now: Leading the Charge for Lawyer Well-Being, NALP Quarterly (August 2019), among others. Find links to Brenda’s publications in the Resources section.

Patti Holland, M.S., C.R.C. is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher. In addition to teaching MBSR, Patti teaches Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and other mindfulness-based programs including Mindfulness Based College (MB-College) and the science and practice of mindful habit change.

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Prior to teaching mindfulness full time, Patti worked for over 30 years in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation as a clinician, non-profit agency administrator, consultant and in public policy as an Assistant Director for the New Jersey Division of Mental Health. In these roles, she created recovery-oriented services and resources to enable independent living for those least likely to have access to these opportunities. 

Patti first received formal mindfulness training in 1986 and has studied meditation in India and the United States. 

Dianne E. Horgan melds her professional experience as an organizational leader and manager with her strong interest and education in psychology and human development, and her meditation and mindfulness practice of more than twenty-five years.

Dianne’s professional career highlights include working in both for and non-profit organizations including as Chief of Operations, UMASS Center for Mindfulness where she oversaw all financial, operational, human resource and strategic issues. She also was the Executive Director at the Insight Meditation Society that delivered day and multi-day residential mindfulness programs. 

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Her executive experience also includes positions as Director of Finance and Resource Management, WGBH Educational Foundation (Public Television and Radio), Development and Membership Divisions; Director of Administration, Bowditch & Dewey; and Director of Human Resources, Limbach, Inc. Her higher education experience includes her position as Director of Graduate Admissions, WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute). 

Throughout her life, Dianne has been involved in social and community issues. She co-created the President’s Steering Committee on Diversity and co-chaired the Sustainability Committee at WGBH. In 1985 she was honored at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta for her work with African Americans; and won the 1997 Woman of Distinction Award by the Montachusett Girl Scouts. Additional community involvement includes serving on the Boards of the Insight Foundation and the Dharma Vihara Foundation.

Lynn Koerbel, MPH, is Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher and previously was Director of MBSR Teacher Education and Curriculum Development at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness. In that role, Lynn had the privilege of nurturing hundreds of MBSR teachers and teachers in training, supporting the integrity of the MBSR curriculum and best practices in teaching. 

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Prior to her MBSR teaching and training, Lynn spent over 25 years as an integrative bodywork therapist with a focus on supporting individuals who had experienced early trauma and assisting in the integration of the body in healing. This work influenced Lynn’s deep trust in the body’s wisdom, the nature of resilience, the power of presence, and the inspiring human capacity to meet injury, trauma and stress with resources reflecting the inherent wholeness in each person. 

She began meditation in 1986, studying in the non-dual tradition of Kashmir Shaivism. In 2004, interested in reaching those who might best be served by an evidence-based approach, she began teacher training in MBSR. 

Lynn Koerbel currently serves on the working committee of the International Mindfulness Integrity Network, a global initiative establishing international standards for MBP teacher training. Her publications include “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety,” (2013) Meleo-Meyer, F., Stahl, B., and Koerbel, L., New Harbinger press and “The suitability of mindfulness-based stress reduction for chronic hepatitis C.” J Holist Nurs 25(4): 265-274; pgs 275-277. Koerbel, L. S. and D. M. Zucker (2007).

Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA, LMFT is a retreat teacher with extensive experience in teaching and mindfulness. Until her recent retirement Florence served as a Global Ambassador to the Global Mindfulness Collaborative, a network of MBSR teacher training institutes, world wide. She worked to develop and promote the access and potential for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based programs (MBPs) to foster public health and well-being globally. Florence trains MBSR teachers at all levels of development as well as training MBSR teacher trainers.

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With equal focus on the refinement of teaching skills, attitudes and knowledge, she develops cultivation of the deepest understanding of MBSR as a path of love, healing and transformation. She is a leading contributor to the development of the MBSR curriculum, teacher training programs, materials and best practices for teacher training in the growing field of MBSR and MBPs.

Previous to her work at Brown, she was, for seventeen years, the Director of Oasis Institute for Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts’ Medical School where she supported the development of thousands of MBSR teachers globally with rigor, depth and cultural sensitivity. 

Florence trained directly with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD and Saki Santorelli, MA, EdD. and for more than four decades has taught mindfulness and meditation to adults, youth, clinical populations, and professionals in the fields of education, medicine, psychology, and business. A student of wisdom traditions for more than 40 years she is a student in the Siddha Yoga tradition, a practitioner of Insight meditation for 25 years, and a senior Insight Dialogue teacher. She offers mindfulness meditation retreats, Insight Dialogue retreats and Interpersonal Mindfulness Program teacher trainings. She is a licensed family therapist, and holds degrees in education and psychology. 

Publications include “MBSR Workbook for Anxiety” with Stahl, B., and Koerbel, L., New Harbinger press. Chapters include “Mindfulness and the Therapeutic Relationship,” with Gregory Kramer, PhD, Hick, S. & Bien, T. eds. Guilford Press; and, “Resources for Teaching Mindfulness,” McCown, D. & Reibel, D. eds. Springer. She co-authored a preventive medicine report “Integrating Mindfulness Training in School Health Education to Promote Healthy Behaviors in Adolescents:  Feasibility and Preliminary Report” with Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, MD, PhD. Media include a Professional Formation module, Drexel College of Medicine; dvd, “Living Awake, Mindfulness for Young Adults”; and the self-study program, MBSR On-line through Sounds True.

Bob Linscott, MTS, has been teaching meditation and mindfulness for over 20 years. Since completing his training in MBSR Linscott has been teaching for a variety of populations including older adults in Assisted Living settings, Family Caregivers, LGBTQ adults and students, and clients dealing with anxiety and depression. In addition to Brown, his teaching positions include The UMass Medical School, UMass Memorial Health Care, Massachusetts General Hospital, SEIU 775 Benefits Group in Washington State and The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health. 

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Linscott has dedicated most of his career to issues of diversity and inclusion working with underserved and at-risk populations. He spent several years living with the Dine’ (Navajo) on the reservation in Arizona and travels regularly to Nepal to assist with The Nepal Orphans Home, the orphanage his brother founded in 2005. Linscott is the Assistant Director of The LGBT Aging Project at The Fenway Institute, a Program of Fenway Health. His work there is profiled in the award winning documentary Gen Silent. 

Linscott was first drawn to MBSR as an intervention for LGBT elders who endured a life time of stigma and discrimination which takes its toll on the body. He also uses MBSR with LGBTQ young adults as a tool to enhance resiliency in response to social anxiety and depression.   

Eric López Maya, Ph.D. is the Director of the Mexican Institute for Mindfulness, and has been teaching mindfulness for 20 years.

He is also a Teacher-Trainer in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction trained at the Center for Mindfulness in the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Brown University Mindfulness Center. Additionally, he holds a certificate in Mindfulness Facilitation from UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. 

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Eric has led and collaborated in mindfulness research projects in Mexico, United States and Germany and is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher through the programs offered by the University of Massachusetts Medical School and received training in Mind-Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School. 

He was appointed as a Postdoctoral scholar at UCLA’s Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, conducting research on the effects of mindfulness practice on immune system functioning, in a multicultural setting with Spanish and non-Spanish speakers. 

Eric has extensive experience teaching mindfulness in companies and organizations, is passionate about bringing mindfulness to multicultural settings and developed mindfulness programs at a Fortune 500 company.

He’s served as member of the Steering and Programming Committees at the Global Mindfulness Collaborative, is a member of the advisory board at the International Mindfulness Teachers Association and member of the practice committee at the American Mindfulness Research Association. 

Eric B. Loucks, PhD, is a professor, researcher, and pioneer in the study of mindfulness and health. As director of the Mindfulness Center at Brown University, Loucks teaches mindfulness-based programs and leads high-quality, methodologically rigorous research to investigate the science behind mindfulness and its impact on health and well-being. An expert in aging-related research, he optimizes mindfulness programs to specific age groups.

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He is the lead developer of Mindfulness-Based College (MBC) and Mindfulness-Based Blood Pressure Reduction (MB-BP), and has received numerous research grants from the National Institutes of Health to evaluate the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions, including MBC, MB-BP, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Dr. Loucks’ book entitled The Mindful College Student (New Harbinger Publications) was released in April 2022. Over the course of his career, he has held teaching positions at Harvard, McGill, and Brown Universities. Loucks has practiced mindfulness for about 25 years.

Kate Mitcheom MSN,CNM, RYT graduated from the Yale School of Nursing as a Nurse-midwife in 1981. She practiced women’s health care for thirty-six years at the Fair Haven Community Health Center which motivated Kate to pursue areas of integrative medicine including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.

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Kate has been practicing meditation since 1991 and teaching meditation since 1995 after training at Omega with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. and Saki Santorelli.In 1996 she founded the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) at the Fair Haven Community Health Center in New Haven, CT, where she taught meditation to pregnant women and their partners in the inner-city and offered MBSR for teen, families and patients with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.  Currently Kate leads silent retreats and mindfulness retreats with yoga to exciting destinations.  She also does teacher trainings and supervision.

Colin Murphy, RN, MBA, is a Qualified MBSR Teacher with a long-time personal practice. He has a background in communications and is also a registered nurse. He has been responsible for communications, marketing and business development and assist in operations, and other business processes at the Mindfulness Center at Brown. He is a designer, design thinker, and consultant. Since 1996, Mr. Murphy has been a principal in communications and business consulting organizations working with hundreds of large and small clients, particularly focused on medical, start ups, and high growth organizations.

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His more will known clients have included, in healthcare, Lifespan, CVS, and Health Care Services Corporation; museums including Harvard Art Museums and RISD Museum; and financial services organizations including State Street Bank and Wells Fargo. Additionally, Mr. Murphy was the Executive Director of Shape Up RI, a statewide, online, wellness non-profit.

Elana Rosenbaum, MS, MSW, LICSW, One of the original teachers of the renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, Elana Rosenbaum has been a leader in the mindfulness field for over forty years integrating it into the practice of psychotherapy and healthcare. She has authored three books and is sought after internationally as a mindfulness coach and consultant, speaker, and workshop leader. An expert in adapting the MBSR program to a variety of diverse environments and populations, Elana creates inspirational lectures and programs that she enjoys sharing all over the world.

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Her authority and wisdom, forged through her surviving cancer and a stem cell transplant, and her many years teaching and helping others be well, brings an authenticity and depth to her work. She is associated with the Mindfulness Center at Brown University, the University of Massachusetts Healthcare Center for Mindfulness and Harvard’s Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. Her motto is, “Yes, to life and all that’s in it.”

Bob Stahl, PhD, Bob Stahl, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the School of Public Health at Brown University.  He founded eight Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs in medical centers in the SF Bay Area and currently offers programs at El Camino Hospital in Mt. View, Ca.  Bob was formally a senior teacher at the Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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Bob teaches Insight Mindfulness Meditation retreats worldwide and is the former guiding teacher of Insight Santa Cruz and visiting teacher at Spirit Rock, Insight Meditation Society, and Insight Retreat center. He is coauthor of 5 books:  A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook (1st & 2nd editions), Living With Your Heart Wide Open, Calming the Rush of Panic, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety, and MBSR Everyday.

Priscilla Szneke BSN, MS, is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and a Certified Mindfulness-Based Blood Pressure Reduction (MB-BP) teacher.  She is a Qualified Behavior Change Facilitator and approved to teach Finding Peace in a Frantic World.  She has taught these and other mindfulness-based programs for well-being and resilience to non-profits, corporations, the community and individuals for over a decade.

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Priscilla has a 15-year meditation practice in the Insight tradition, which she is authorized to teach, as well as a 35-year career in healthcare. Her varied roles in healthcare included working as an oncology nurse, ICU nurse, nurse anesthetist, medical editor and epidemiologist. This confluence of experiences results in a unique perspective and depth of knowledge that informs her teaching.

Her greatest joy is sharing these practices and witnessing how individuals integrate mindfulness and meditation into their lives.

Erin Woo, MEd., interests include programs for K-12 educators to help them bringing mindfulness to their students. She works collaboratively with schools and school districts to design and offer programs that meet their specific needs. She works with teachers and schools to use mindfulness to transform the teaching experience in a way that teachers feel increased connection with their students, more clarity and vitality in their lessons, increased well-being, and a sense of presence. This embodied way of teaching spreads beyond the teaching of mindfulness into all areas of teaching. 

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Erin’s training includes the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Mindfulness in Schools Project and Mindful Schools. She also draws upon her experience as a classroom teacher and director of White Pine Montessori School, the school she founded in 2005, as well as her experience in teaching mindfulness to students in elementary, middle and high schools throughout the region. Her own mindfulness practice has been foundational in both her work and in all aspects of her life.

Erin is a Guiding Teacher in the Mindful Teacher Certification Program at Mindful Schools where she leads week-long retreats and works closely with several cohorts of teachers in cultivating their own mindfulness practice and learning how to skillfully bring it into their classroom settings. At NHTI Community College she is an adjunct professor of English and teaches a mindfulness-based communications course where students make exciting discoveries when they bring mindfulness to their communication habits. Erin leads weekly meditation groups in her community and online.

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