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.

Jon Aaron, SEP

Certified MBSR instructor and MBSR teacher trainer
Insight Meditation Teacher
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Jon first came across meditation in the 1970s, and then became involved with the Insight Meditation community in the late 1990s, studying mindfulness meditation and Buddhism, which have since become central to my life. Along the way, I was asked to become a Practice Leader. I started formally training to teach, both in Buddhist contexts and in secular mindfulness programs such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Breathworks. I had no plan, things just unfolded as I increasingly turned towards what was life-giving and meaningful.


I have now taught over 100 cycles of the seminal MBSR curriculum, and am supporting MBSR teachers-in-training in the US, and more recently in Hungary and Japan. To deepen my understanding of this work as it relates to trauma, I have also trained at the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, and completed their 3 year professional training.

I continue to be nourished by the Dharma and teach at the New York Insight Meditation Center, and at the Makom Meditation Havurah program at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan.

My primary Dharma teacher has been Matthew Flickstein with whom I studied Buddhist meditation in the Theravada and non-dual traditions. I has the chance to undertake the wonderful the Integrated Study and Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, as well as the Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care program with the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. Recently, I completed a two-year Dharmapala training program with Thanissara and Kittisaro of the Sacred Mountain Sangha.

Before turning to teaching full-time I was an agent and producer in the performing arts for over 30 years.

Éowyn Ahlstrom, M.Ed.

Certified MBSR instructor
Co-author of MBSR2 curriculum
Insight Meditation Society retreat instructor

Eowyn 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. 


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.

Kasim Al-Mashat, PhD

Certified MBSR instructor
MBSR teacher-trainer
Founder of the Center for Mindfulness Canada
Registered Psychologist

Dr. Kasim Al-Mashat is a Registered Psychologist, public speaker, a Certified MBSR Teacher and Trainer, and Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher/Trainer. He is the founder of the Centre for Mindfulness Canada, in Vancouver.  His Centre is recognized by Global Mindfulness Collaborate (GMC), which was formed in partnership with the Mindfulness Center at Brown University. Kasim has also completed a six-month silent meditation retreat in Myanmar, and presented a TEDx talk entitled, “How mindfulness meditation redefines pain, happiness & satisfaction”.  

Jorge Armesto, PhD, C-IAYT 

Certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) instructor
PhD in Clinical Psychology
Former Educational Director of Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy (SCIP) Certificate Program

Jorge is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, where he works with diverse communities. He is passionate about the intersection of psychology, mindfulness, spirituality, and body-focused practices. As a gay Cuban-American man, Jorge’s work seeks to understand how multiple sources of oppression and resiliency intersect and inform the lived experiences of individuals, groups, and communities. He is a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and Certified Yoga Therapist. Jorge is section faculty at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy Certificate Program. He is the former Educational Director for the Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy (SCIP) Certificate Program through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. Jorge practices in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition and is a member of the Order of Interbeing.

Kathleen Beck-Coon, MD

Interpersonal Mindfulness Teacher
Mindfulness Researcher
Certified MBSR Teacher Trainer

“Mindfulness practice saved my life.” When I first heard Jon Kabat-Zinn say this, I will admit to thinking this might be a touch of hyperbole. But I get it now. As a physician practicing women’s health for 28 years with a sudden injury requiring seven months in bed, there was plenty of time to consider where energy might be directed for integrative health and well-being. As mindfulness meditation practice was the underpinning of my healing, Jon’s words rang true. The journey of practice that is teaching MBSR and mentoring MBSR teachers continues to undergird healing and direct how to meet individual and institutional suffering.


Always a beginner, I have practiced meditation in some form since 1979; insight/mindfulness practice since 1992; interpersonal mindfulness practice since 2006; and participated in regular silent teacher-lead retreats of 5-28 days since 2004. Learning as practice is continually on-going and includes MBSR teacher and MBSR teacher trainer certification through the Center for Mindfulness in Healthcare, Medicine and Society at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine (CFM) and the Mindfulness Center at Brown University, Interpersonal Mindfulness teacher, certified mindfulness-based birthing and parenting teacher, and mindfulness-based research intervention developer and teacher. I am deeply grateful for my many teachers, past and present, who skillfully embody and open-heartedly teach this practice including, over the years, my partner, mindfully-gifted children and grandchildren, and numerous students who teach me in-kind.

While practice is the pathway, it is important to understand the who, how, and why mindfulness serves mind-body healing when looking at how mindfulness might be supported in a wider context. Since 2005 I have been privileged to work with a wonderful team at Indiana University (IU) as a research intervention developer and teacher looking at mindfulness-based group work to ameliorate suffering in cancer survivors with cancer-related fatigue, fear of recurrence, and end of life communication between patients and their families. At IU, through the Healthy IU Workplace Wellness Program, I developed The Mindful Way to Stress Reduction and Personal Resiliency for faculty and staff. As an educator, I co-authored a chapter in Reflective Practice on mindful learners and educators in nursing education. And in the recent complexity of stressors in healthcare related to COVID-19, supporting healthcare providers through the Indiana State Medical Association with short mindfulness practices has been meaningful and humbling.

Teaching and teacher training is a practice of mutual learning through compassion, humor, care, and inclusivity. Exploring and deepening how mindfulness opens the door to reducing suffering and increasing joy in walking the entire path of life one moment at a time is where I continue to learn with gratitude.

Janet Curry, MA, MST, LPC

Certified MBSR instructor
Certified MBCT instructor
MBSR teacher-trainer
Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling

Janet 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.’


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.

Abraham Dejene, MPH, MBA

Certified MBSR instructor
MBSR for underserved/marginalized communities
Yoga instructor
MPH with a concentration in “Mindfulness”

Ever since I can remember, a part of me was highly drawn towards a spiritual existence, but I lived unconsciously for most of my life due to my deep conditioning. 

My turning point wasn’t some significant loss or tragedy; it was the opposite. After navigating life in America as an Ethiopian immigrant and overcoming the challenges of being a young black man in the inner city (Roxbury), I obtained my MBA and started a promising career. What I thought would be the pinnacle of my life had left me feeling wholly depleted, empty, and without a sense of purpose. 


In 2016 I decided to give it all up, quit my job, sold my belongings, and started backpacking through Southeast Asia. Over the next three years, I was exposed to Buddhist and Yogic Philosophy. Through my meditation and Yoga practice, I have attained a sense of stillness and contentment that would never be possible through any external stimulations or achievements. The minimalist way of living abroad has also followed me back home to the US and has allowed me to live a life where I spend most of my time “being” rather than “having” or “doing.” 

My experiences and spiritual practices abroad were something I wanted to share with my community. Upon reestablishing back in the United States, I decided that becoming a Yoga Teacher would be a great avenue to engage with my community. After receiving a scholarship from the Yoga Diversity Initiative (YDI), I attended a 200-Hour teacher training at JP Center Yoga in 2019. Since graduating in June of 2019, I have had several opportunities to be of service in low-income/underserved communities in Boston. I have taught in Boston public schools, Juvenile Detention Centers, and cancer survivors at Boston Medical center. 

I am currently enrolled in an MPH program at Brown University with a concentration in “Mindfulness” and received my MBSR teacher training at the Mindfulness Center at Brown. 

In collaboration with the Mindfulness Center at Brown, I am also working on initiatives to bring more diversity to the Yoga and Mindfulness space, address social justice issues, and cultivate a welcoming and safe space for people of color.

Jacqueline Dover, RN, BScN, MHSc

Certified MBSR instructor
MBSR teacher-trainer
Master of Health Science in Health Promotion
Graduate certificate in Evaluation for Social Change and Transformative Learning

Jacquie (she/her) is a nurse, mindfulness teacher, mindfulness teacher trainer, and yoga teacher. She was initially drawn to mindfulness practice to support her own healing journey, and she is honoured to share these practices with others.


Jacquie is a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher. In addition to MBSR she is also trained to teach Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Life (MBCT-L), Finding Peace in a Frantic World, and Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP). Jacquie also completed the True North Insight 2-year Community Meditation Teacher Mentorship Program.

Along with teaching mindfulness Jacquie is a community health promoter with a local public health unit in Canada where she supports programs, services and policies aimed at ensuring all members of the community belong and thrive. She is a passionate advocate for the needs of historically excluded and under-resourced communities.


Victoria Fontana, MSc, MA, PCC 

Certified MBSR instructor
Certified MBCT instructor
Certified Compassion-Based Resilience Training (CBRT) instructor
Adjunct professor with the IE University Center for Health, Wellbeing & Happiness

Victoria is a Mindfulness & Compassion teacher and trainer, certified in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Compassion-Based Resilience Training (CBRT). She is passionate about teaching these and other mindfulness-based courses and workshops to a variety of people in organizations and privately in English and Spanish.


Victoria is an adjunct professor with the IE University Center for Health, Wellbeing & Happiness and the Master in Management, where she has created and implemented courses on mindfulness, compassion and well-being, as well as Authentic Leadership. She has served as a founding member, coordinator and co-presenter of the Spanish-speaking, International Mindfulness Day since its start in 2020.

Victoria is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation, specializing in Mindfulness and Leadership Coaching with hundreds of executives and professionals in over 40 leading multinational corporations. Victoria inspires leaders to thrive as they stretch and develop their leadership skills, communication, emotional intelligence, self-awareness, stress management, resilience, empathy and compassion.

Victoria has been trained internationally in mindfulness, compassion and embodied practices. She holds an MSc in Mindfulness-Based Approaches from Bangor University in Wales, an MA in Education from the University of Washington and a Certificate in Contemplative Psychotherapy from the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science in New York. She is currently publishing a study on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Programs.

Brenda Fingold, J. D.

Certified MBSR instructor
Assistant Director for Workplace and Leadership Education at the Mindfulness Center at Brown University School of Public Health
Author on mindfulness and workplace wellness

Brenda 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.


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.

Carol M. Greco, PhD.

Professor and mindfulness researcher
Certified MBSR instructor and MBSR teacher trainer
Clinical Psychologist

Early in my career as a clinical psychologist and mind-body medicine researcher, I met Jon Kabat-Zinn at a scientific conference. I was intrigued at the idea that meditation could help my patients and research participants with chronic pain and chronic illness. Lucky for me, I had to become the ‘scientist of my own experience’ before even considering introducing my patients to meditation. This means, finding teachers and learning to meditate, maintaining a regular practice, and going on retreats. Not easy, time-wise, since I had young children and a full-time academic job! Well worth the effort, however, because I was able to discover, for myself, the personal benefits of meditation, which have been life-changing.


Meditation has felt like coming home, almost from the very beginning. After about 10 years of Zen and Vipassana practice, I began the MBSR teacher training pathway. Since 2005, I’ve been teaching MBSR at the UPMC Center for Integrative Medicine and have mentored several other teachers there. As a clinical scientist and educator, I have also mentored numerous students over the years in a variety of disciplines such as dental medicine, bioengineering, rehabilitation science, nursing, education, palliative care, and psychology.

As a researcher and mindfulness teacher, I’ve been able to help advance the science of meditation. One set of research projects I was involved with found an adapted MBSR program to be helpful for older adults with chronic pain. Another project I worked on found links between participants’ changes in the brain and reduction in their levels of inflammatory biomarkers after a meditation program.

I am also very curious about measuring mindfulness in research. How can something that is so personal and nuanced be measured? I have a research project underway with a colleague in Chicago to create precise self-report questionnaires to measure this elusive concept, mindfulness. Wish us luck!

Cara Geary, MD, PhD

Professor, Director of the Physician Healer Scholarly Concentration
Zen Teacher and Certified MBSR Teacher Trainer

Zen meditation is where Cara developed the capacity to be with suffering she was seeing in the world of Neonatology and learning that this was not separate from the suffering within herself.  She completed teacher training in MBSR in 2008 and published a study on the impact of MBSR training in stressed healthcare providers.  She went on to a wide array of other trainings. 


These included Non-Violent Communication, Naikan, Family Constellation, Internal Family Systems, Reiki, Being-With-Suffering and Motivational Interviewing.  The underlying passion for all these trainings was finding to bring the concept and practice of Healing Presence to healthcare providers.  In 2013, she started a 6-month training for UTMB medical students called the Physician Healer Scholarly Concentration.  MBSR is a cornerstone the two-month immersion experience for the over 350 students that have enrolled in this training.  This program has been adapted for faculty, residents and for Physical Therapy students at UTMB.

Since 2008, she has participated annually in month-long silent retreats in the Zen tradition at Furnace Mountain Zen Center and in 2016 was recognized as a Zen teacher and given the name Jun Je Son Sa.  For the past 6 years she has led or co-led weekend retreats either in the Zen tradition or in mindfulness practice.

Dianne E. Horgan

Co-founder Mindfulness and Health Institute
Former Chief of Operations, UMASS Center for Mindfulness
Former Executive Director at the Insight Meditation Society

Dianne 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. 


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.

Maria Paula Jimenez Palacio

Trained Mindful Self-Compassion teacher
Self-Compassion for Shame teacher
Senior Teacher, Teacher Trainer and Content Lead of the Compassion Cultivation Program developed at the Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University

Maria Paula is a contemplative trainer and compassion coach. She is a trained teacher of the Mindful Self-Compassion program developed by Chris Germer and Kristin Neff and a teacher of the Self-Compassion for Shame program developed by Chris Germer


She is a Senior Teacher, Teacher Trainer and Content Lead of the Compassion Cultivation Program developed at the Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. She works as Head of Training at the Global Compassion Coalition. 

She is also a certified teacher and teacher trainer of the Mindfulness Based Emotional Balance Program developed by Margaret Cullen and Gonzalo Brito. She is trained as a therapist, and she is also a lecturer, organizational consultant and advisor to groups and individuals on topics related to well-being/ whole-being, change, contemplative practices, mindfulness, compassion, self-compassion and purpose.

Lisa Kim, MA

Trained Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) instructor
Certified yoga instructor
Certificate in health and nutrition

Lisa is a trained Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher currently pursuing certification. She teaches 8-week MSC courses, 6-week Self-Compassion for Healthcare Communities (SCHC) courses, as well as the 8-week Mindfulness Training for Living Well (MTLW) course developed at CMC. Lisa is committed to personal development and well-being and is on a path of personal inquiry about what it means to be well.  She has lived and traveled abroad and brings heart and commitment to connection to her work. 


Lisa is also a certified yoga instructor and earned a certificate on health and nutrition from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). She directed programs and community engagement for the CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion (CMC) from 2018 to 2023. Prior to joining CMC, Lisa was the Director of Programs and Engagement for the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL), Director of Eastern Region for the National Teen Leadership Program(NTLP), and an English Instructor at Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea. She also worked in community relations at WGBH and conference coordination and circulation management at Pegasus Communications, Inc.

Lisa earned her Master’s in English with a concentration in creative writing and spends much of her free time out in nature – swimming, running, hiking.

Sarah Kinsley, BA, BEd, MEd, E-RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP

Certified MBCT instructor
Registered Clinical Counsellor 
MEd in Counselling
Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Sarah (she/her) is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) and holds a MEd in Counselling from the University of Victoria, a BEd in Education from Queen’s University and a BA (Hons) in Indigenous Studies from Trent University. Sarah is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SETM) certified through the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute.


Currently, Sarah teaches in certificates in Mindfulness-based programs The University of Toronto. She accompanies people in individual counselling through First Nations Health Authority and in private practice focusing on Somatic Experiencing. Sarah co-designs and co-facilitates a 100-hour Yoga Teacher Training: Trauma Informed Practice: on and off the mat. In addition, she is honoured to be part of a research study at SickKids® Foundation offering MARS-A (Mindful Awareness and Resilience Skills for Adolescents) to youth. 

Recently, she was the key instructor and co-coordinator for the graduate certificate in Mindfulness-Based Teaching and Learning (MBTL) at The University of the Fraser Valley.  She has extensive training in Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs) including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).  Sarah completed a year-long training in MBCT facilitation and the Advance Teacher Training at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies. She recently graduated from a two year Community Meditation Teacher training through Truth North Insight and is starting the Buddhist Chaplaincy program at Upaya Institute and Zen Center in the spring of 2023. 

Sarah is a former primary school teacher and registered Yoga teacher for adults and children (E-RYT 500, RCYT).  She has completed four Yoga Teacher Training courses and has studied with various schools in North America and Asia; such as, Yoga Vidya Gurukul: Institute for Research and Education in Yoga, The Sanada Devi School of Yoga, Yoga in Your School, and Yin Yoga training with Carly Forest. She has studied Trauma Center-Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) with David Emerson and Nicola Mosley.  She is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider® (YACAP®). Sarah is the author of Yoga Therapy: Ancient Therapy for Today’s Body, Mind and Spirit, a textbook chapter used in counselling education programs throughout North America.

Andy Lee, MA

Certified MBSR instructor
Certified breath work teacher
Former Chief Mindfulness Officer at Aetna Insurance
MA in Social-Organizational Psychology

Andy has been practicing mindfulness for over 20 years, and has been teaching mindfulness and other mind-body wellness programs both in the community and in organizations for over a decade. He is a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, and also a certified breathwork teacher. He is also co-leader of the Certified Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator Program at Mindful Leader. Previously, Andy was Chief Mindfulness Officer at Aetna Insurance, where he developed a range of programs and resources to bring the benefits of mindfulness to all parts of the organization. However, teaching MBSR remains his deepest passion.


Before discovering mindfulness, Andy had a career in corporate human resources. He earned an MA in social-organizational psychology from Columbia, and held senior HR positions with several corporations and consulting firms.

Andy came to mindfulness when he was experiencing a confluence of challenges in both his personal and professional life. He took meditation instruction at the Chan Meditation Center in Queens, NY, and quickly realized that this path of awareness and compassion was what he needed to pull his life back together, and keep it on track. 

He discovered MBSR in 2010, when he and his wife took it together to help her manage symptoms of chronic pain and fatigue. He then resolved to become an MBSR teacher, and to bring the benefits of mindfulness to people in his community as well as in workplace settings. He has been teaching and consulting full-time since 2016, both independently and with a variety of organizations.

Ruth Lerman, MD

Medical Director Beaumont Center for Mindfulness
Internist Specializing in Breast Health and Disease
Certified MBSR Teacher Trainer

I grew up in Detroit neighborhoods selected by my parents for their mix of Jewish, Black and other cultural identities.  I am the second of a rollicking sibship of five that was and is, challenging, stimulating, educational, aggravating, appreciative and caring.  I knew by age six that I wanted to be, “a lady-doctor and a ballerina on my day off.” Moving my body was a need and a joy expressed through swimming, dancing, hiking, cycling, canoeing, horseback riding, and skiing.  A love of teaching manifested as I tried to pass along my passions in my roles as big sister, camp counselor and would-be pet trainer.


I’m a proud graduate of Cass Technical High School, a premier Detroit public school.  During my first year at University of Michigan, I worked Saturday nights on the assembly line at the Ford Rouge Complex building Mustang IIs.  The summer after my Junior year I fell in love while working at Detroit Memorial Hospital.  He was an older man (by two and a half years) and ready to get married.  While I didn’t think anyone got married anymore, I was smitten and agreed.  Forty-three years later, I can say that it was the best decision of my life.

Between marriage, medicine, and soon thereafter, motherhood, I found myself living “the Full Catastrophe” in all its intensity.  In 1994, my first breast cancer slowed me down for a bit but it took a worse breast cancer in 1999 to really make me pause.  And it wasn’t just the cancer, in the subsequent year: the oldest of my three children fell seriously ill; my dad (my mentor in medicine) died; my job was eliminated; and we had to move out of our house due to renovations gone awry.

It was hard to live what happened next and impossible to summarize it other than to say, I gave up, I got help and I began again.  

That early joy of moving my body and maybe the ballerina dream manifested in learning yoga and cycling lots of miles with friends.  The love of teaching pulled me into yoga teacher training and teaching yoga to breast cancer survivors.  I discovered MBSR and learned to practice this too. The surgeons who had treated me hired me to practice alongside them, as an internist specializing in breast health and disease. 

Little by little I grew as a student, teacher and researcher of mindfulness, including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.  I developed and lead the Beaumont Center for Mindfulness (BCFM) which offers evidence-based mindfulness training for all adults including mixed populations of patients, health care workers and families.  The BCFM is represented by a lion, symbolizing the characteristics of Courage, Compassion, Clarity and Community and in memory of Aryeh, my eldest child.  His name means lion. He died in 2010.  His memory is a blessing.  My practice is dedicated to him and to all who suffer.  May we all give up, get help and begin again.

Bob Linscott, MTS

Certified MBSR instructor
Assistant Director of The LGBT Aging Project at The Fenway Institute
Behavioral Health Manager for the City of Boston’s Age Strong Commission

Bob 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. 


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.   

Linscott is the Behavioral Health Manager for the City of Boston’s Age Strong Commission. His work involves using mindfulness as a mental health intervention for older adults in the City of Boston. 

Eric López Maya, Ph.D

MBSR instructor
MBSR teacher-trainer
Director of the Mexican Institute for Mindfulness
Member of Global Mindfulness Collaborative

Eric 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. 


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

Director of the Mindfulness Center at Brown University
Mindfulness researcher
Lead developer of Mindfulness-Based College (MBC)
Author of The Mindful College Student 

Eric 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.


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.

Lucia McBee, LCSW, MPH, CYI

Certified MBSR instructor
Mindfulness retreat instructor
Freelance mindfulness author, speaker and consultant
Senior Lecturer at Columbia University School of Social Work

Lucia has taught MBSR and adapted mindfulness and yoga practices since 1994 to a wide variety of populations including frail elders and caregivers, college students, persons with HIV, those recently released from incarceration, and health care professionals, as well as courses for the general population. Currently, Lucia is a Senior Lecturer at Columbia University School of Social Work as well as a freelance author, speaker and consultant. Mindfulness-Based Elder Care: A CAM Model for Frail Elders and Their Caregivers, her book describing her work with elders and caregivers, was published in 2008. Lucia has co-led silent retreats with Kate Mitcheom since 2019.

Makeda McKenzie

Qualified MBSR Instructor
Founder and principal consultant of the Caribbean Mindfulness Institute
Teacher-Trainer for Mindfulness for Life, Mindfulness Teaching in the Workplace, and Introducing Mindfulness

Based in Trinidad & Tobago, I am a former human resource professional and the present-day founder and principal consultant of the Caribbean Mindfulness Institute (CMI). After my own experience with workplace burnout and chronic stress, and having benefited tremendously from the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) programme and my ongoing personal practice, I decided to use my many years of corporate experience in training and development to create meaningful and practical workplace mindfulness programmes that help people stress less, focus more, and feel their best with mindfulness and meditation. 


I have also been collaborating with the Oxford Mindfulness Foundation since October 2020 and am currently a Teacher and Teacher-Trainer on several programmes including the 12-month Teacher-Training, Mindfulness Teaching in the Workplace, Mindfulness for Life, and Introducing Mindfulness programmes. Additionally, I am pleased to serve as a Trustee on the Board.

Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA, LMFT

Certified MBSR instructor and mindfulness retreat instructor
MBSR teacher-trainer
Former Director of Oasis Institute for Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical School
Former Global Ambassador to the Global Mindfulness Collaborative

Florence 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.


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.

Kate Mitcheom, MSN,CNM, RYT

Certified MBSR instructor
Certified MBCT instructor
MBSR teacher-trainer
Founded MBSR at the Fair Haven Community Health Center

Kate 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.


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.

Katie Morales, MS 

MS in neuroscience, Mayo Clinic
Completed Train to Teach: Introducing Mindfulness
In progress: MBSR certification
Project Manager, Mindfulness and Health Institute

Katie takes great pride in her role as the inaugural full-time staff member of the Mindfulness and Health Institute (MHI). Her multifaceted role within MHI is marked by its adaptability, as she consistently aligns her efforts to cater to the ever-evolving demands of both the organization and its participants. Her enthusiasm stems from the opportunity to advance mindfulness initiatives and enhance MHI’s positive impact on public health. She accomplishes this by working toward the MBSR teacher training certification, continuously deepening her understanding of mindfulness through coursework and retreats, driving project development and execution, enhancing the organization’s online presence, and providing customer support. You may see Katie at Information Sessions, leading a free Community Session, or teaching the 3-week Introducing Mindfulness course.


Katie’s early career focused on researching the neurobiology of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases at Harvard Medical School, Mayo Clinic, Indiana University, and the University of Kansas (KU). Katie’s dedication and enthusiasm for the brain also earned her multiple grants and awards, including the recognition as a McNair Research Scholar at KU as well as an Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Research Scholar at both KU and Mayo Clinic. 

Katie’s transition out of neuroscience and into mindfulness began in graduate school. While pursuing a PhD in neuroscience, she encountered the challenges of burnout. Though she had experimented with mindfulness in the previous decade through yoga, outdoor activities, and formal sitting practices, she had never consistently practiced it. Nevertheless, Katie turned to mindfulness to navigate the difficult decision of pivoting away from a research-focused career. Gratefully, this transition opened doors to meaningful roles within startup companies focused on promoting mindfulness and mental well-being.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Katie finds joy in her 8-year-old corgi, Chloe, and her true sense of vitality emerges in nature, where she engages in activities that keep her fully present, such as hiking, backpacking, skiing, kayaking, and swimming.

Colin Murphy, RN, MBA

Qualified MBSR instructor
Co-founder of the Mindfulness and Health Institute
President and Managing Director of the Mindfulness and Health Institute
Former Executive Director of Shape Up RI

Colin is a Qualified MBSR Teacher with a long-time personal practice and is co-founder, President and Managing Director of the Mindfulness and Health Institute. 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.


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.

Andy Phee

Teaching partner and teacher trainer at Oxford Mindfulness Foundation (OMF)
MBSR instructor
MBCT instructor

I am a mindfulness teacher and trainer with a community mental health nursing background. I am a teaching partner and teacher trainer at Oxford Mindfulness Foundation (OMF), and I also teach MBSR and MBCT to staff groups in the UK National Health Service.


In conjunction with colleagues, I developed and implemented a mindfulness in criminal justice project over several years, teaching mindfulness to men in prison and training a group of staff working in criminal justice to be mindfulness teachers.

I am interested in widening the provision of mindfulness-based approaches to people who may experience barriers in accessing mindfulness groups, and I have a particular interest in mindfulness for people who experience distressing psychosis.

I find vitality in connecting, teaching, reflecting and learning in mindfulness practice, teaching and

Elaine Retholtz MS, L.Ac.

Certified MBSR instructor
MBSR teacher-trainer
Co-founder of the MBSR Teachers Collaborative of Greater NY
Insight Meditation teacher

Elaine is a licensed acupuncturist and meditation teacher living in New York City. She was certified as an MBSR teacher by the UMass Center for Mindfulness in 2012, and authorized as an MBSR teacher trainer by both the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical School and the Mindfulness Center at Brown University in 2018. She has been teaching the Interpersonal Mindfulness Program since 2014.


Elaine became interested in MBSR in 2004 after over a decade of practicing acupuncture and more than 15 years of dedicated meditation retreat and daily practice.  The path to teaching became a powerful way to share the benefits of practice she had personally experienced with her clients and others.  

Elaine is also member of the Teachers Council at New York Insight Meditation Center. Over the years she has been involved in NYIMC’s diversity efforts, serving on the Diversity Committee, as well as helping to develop, adapt and co-teach courses on awakening awareness of our racial conditioning – especially for those conditioned as white.

Over the decades she has learned that the power of mindfulness is that happiness and insight arise from turning towards rather than away from life experiences. It shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that she has a deep interest in and commitment to helping students integrate mindfulness practice into daily life and to mentoring aspiring MBSR teachers.

Elana Rosenbaum, MS, MSW, LICSW

One of the original teachers of MBSR
Mindfulness author
International mindfulness coach, consultant, speaker, and workshop leader

Elana is one of the original teachers of the renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, and 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.


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

Founder of 8 MBSR programs in medical centers
Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the School of Public Health at Brown University
Visiting teacher: Spirit Rock, Insight Meditation Society, and Insight Retreat Center
Coauthor of 5 mindfulness books

Bob 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.


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.

Mary Beth Stern 

Certified MBSR instructor
Certified addictions counselor
Mindfulness-based relapse prevention training
Qualified behavior change community facilitator

Mary Beth is a Certified Mindfulness -Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher.  As a Certified Addictions Counselor, she is also trained in Mindfulness -Based Relapse prevention.  She is a Qualified Behavior Change Community facilitator and leads small groups and coaches individuals in mindfulness -based habit change programs.

For the last decade, she has offered mindfulness training in a wide variety of community settings, ranging from hospitals, clinical practices, substance abuse treatment centers, commercial corporations and in the field of education to teachers K-12.  She has extensive experience teaching MBSR both in person and online. 


Since 2014, she has taught throughout Palm Beach County, and was the senior MBSR teacher at Jupiter Medical Center, in collaboration with UMASS Center for Mindfulness.  She has offered mindfulness training in a variety of settings including treatment centers, hospitals, concierge medical practices, and continues to offer individual mindfulness coaching.  From 2020 through 2022,  was an online MBSR teacher for Mindful Leader in Washington, DC. 

Prior to moving to Florida in 2003, she was a Senior Vice-President of Institutional Sales- Trading at Merrill Lynch and served as an elected member of the Rye City School Board of Education.  She was the creator and host of the public access tv production “School News and Views.”

Priscilla Szneke BSN, MS

Certified MBSR instructor
Certified Mindfulness-Based Blood Pressure Reduction instructor
Qualified Behavior Change Facilitator
Approved to teach Finding Peace in a Frantic World

Priscilla 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.


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.

Sian Warriner, MSc, DClinP

MBCT, Mindfulness for Life, and Finding Peace in a Frantic World Instructor
Teacher-trainer for Introducing Mindfulness, Mindfulness for Life, and Finding Peace in a Frantic World Instructor
Faculty member of the Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting Foundation

I am a mindfulness practitioner, teacher, trainer, and author. I have had a long career in the NHS with a special interest in perinatal mental health and the provision of mindfulness to support NHS staff. I have an MSc and Clinical Doctorate and trained in MBCT, MBCT-L, Finding Peace and MBCP through the University of Oxford Mindfulness Foundation where I am a Teaching and Training Partner. I am also a Faculty member of the Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting Foundation.


What do I do? 
I teach and train the Mindfulness for Life curriculum for the OMC; I also teach the Finding Peace course to NHS staff and Long Covid sufferers. In addition to this work, I continue to teach and train Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting for the NHS and the Mindful Birth Foundation.

Alison Yiangou

Development Director, Training and Curricula at the Oxford Mindfulness Foundation
Former Director of Training for the Oxford Mindfulness Foundation
MBCT teacher, trainer and supervisor

I am and MBCT teacher, trainer and supervisor. In 2022 I retired as Director of Training for the Oxford Mindfulness Foundation and now hold the role of Development Director, Training and Curricula.  This is involves researching, advising and developing training and curricula.  I work closely with various field leading organizations and colleagues including Willem Kuyken, Ritblat Professor of Mindfulness and Psychological Science at the University of Oxford, with whom I jointly developed the ‘Taking it Further’ course (for those who have already completed an 8-week course and want to go further) and the 3-session ‘Introducing Mindfulness’ course. 


I represent the OMF on the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC) Curriculum Development Group. Our recent work included developing the training program for Training to Introduce Mindfulness.  

Additionally, I lead the OMF’s work in identifying excellence in trainee teachers and providing apprenticeship guidance for future teachers and trainers who will lead MBCT implementation worldwide.

In support of the OMF’s aim to increase accessibility and improve lives through mindfulness and the practice of being mindful, I work closely with the Chief Executive Officer to identify and develop international collaborations.

I have an academic background in Psychology (MA Oxon). Most of my working life was spent in a business context, where I specialised in human potential and flourishing. Alongside work life, I have been practicing meditation since the 1970s, and attended many long retreats both as a retreatant and retreat supervisor.

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