Global Mindfulness Education Summit 2019
Helen Maffini • https://www.facebook.com/groups/mindBE/
Session Title: Practical Activities for Preschool Teachers using MindBE Curriculum
Helen is the Director of MindBE Education and the creator of the MindBE Curriculum and the Thriving Kids Program, She is the host of the 2018 and 2019 Preschool Mindfulness Summit and Co-Author of Developing Children´s Emotional Intelligence and Sammy´s Next Move.
Books: Developing Children’s Emotional Intelligence (Bloomsbury Education)
|Sammy’s Next Move: Sammy the snail is a travelling snail who lives in different countries
Dr. Christopher Willard • http://drchristopherwillard.com/
Chris Willard is the co-host of the Global Mindfulness in Education Summit 2019
Dr. Christopher Willard, PsyD is a licensed psychotherapist, educational consultant, and author of Growing up Mindful and Raising Resilience. He currently teaches at Harvard Medical School. He also works as a therapist with a focus on mindfulness and anxiety. He is President of the Mindfulness in Education Network.
Growing Up Mindful: Essential Practices to Help Children, Teens, and Families Find Balance, Calm, and Resilience
Raising Resilience: The Wisdom and Science of Happy Families and Thriving Children
Session Title: Planting Peace in Mexico, Transforming an increasingly violent society through Mindfulness and Social-Emotional Education
Amira Valle, scientist, researcher, educator and author of several books on Mindfulness and Social Emotional Education, is the Director and Founder of the Elephant Wise Institute which offers the most prestigious graduate program on Mindfulness in Education in Spanish. She is also the Mexico Associate and Lead Facilitator of Mindfulness Without Borders and Founding Member of the AMMYCC (Mexican Association of Mindfulness and Contemplative Science)
Anna Kaminski • www.livingherenow.org
Session Title: Mindful in Dubai
Anna Kaminski, MA Psych, is a mindfulness educator, an author of children’s books and a life-long student. She enjoys working with young people and supporting their parents, teachers and mental health professionals. She is passionate about combining mindfulness and psychology in her work to promote mental health.
Dr. Bradley Nelson • https://discoverhealing.com/
Session Title: How to Create a Happier, Healthier Lifestyle by Releasing Trapped Emotions
Veteran holistic physician Dr. Bradley Nelson (D.C., ret) is one of the world’s foremost experts on natural methods of achieving wellness. He has trained thousands of certified practitioners worldwide to help people overcome physical and emotional discomfort by releasing their emotional baggage. His best-selling book “The Emotion Code” provides step-by-step instructions for working with the body’s energy healing power. A newly revised and expanded edition of “The Emotion Code” is now available (May 2019, St. Martin’s Press).
Freebie: The Emotion Code
Bruno Solari Martínez • www.consultoramindfulness.com
Session Title: Innovative Methods to Introduce Mindfulness in Organizations & Families.
Psychologist, father of two daughters, meditation student for twenty years, entrepreneur, book author, founder on Mindfulness Consulting, developer of innovative methods to introduce mindfulness in organizations & families. Director of Mindfulness Program for health professionals, Universidad del Desarrollo.
Author of : Antonia ahora vive en dos casas
Bryndís Jóna Jónsdóttir • https://www.nuvitundidagsinsonn.com/
Session Title: Well-being and flourishing in the educational field, with mindfulness and compassion at heart
Bryndís Jóna has worked in educational settings for more than 20 years. She has been working with schools from Pre-schools to College for more than 10 years in developing and implementing health promotion and well-being into their curriculums. She is a co-developer of a holistic approach of implementing mindfulness into schools in Iceland. Bryndís Jóna is adjunct at the University of Iceland and co-founder and manager at The Mindfulness Center Reykjavík. She has developed mindfulness material for teens and in September 2019 her first book, Mindfulness in daily life, will be published in Icelandic. Her main passion is well-being in the educational field, both for staff and students.
Freebie: The holistic approach model
Open guided meditations for both children and adults (Icelandic)
Catarina R. Peterson • www.catpeterson.co.uk
Session Title: Experiencing Mindfulness in Education and in Everyday Living
Catarina Peterson is a poet, an accredited mindfulness coach and an early childhood educator with over a decade of experience. She is the award-winning author of Golden Sparkles: An Introduction to Mindfulness, a book inspired by her students’ experiences of mindfulness. Catarina is presently an Ed.D researcher with Bath University and has trained with the Mindful Schools Curriculum (US), and the Mindfulness in School Project (UK); she is also an alumna of the Greater Good Science Centre at the University of Berkeley, California.
Daniel Goleman • http://www.danielgoleman.info/
Session Title: Adult Education in SEL
What would SEL for adults look like? It’s already happening, under the guise of leadership development and executive coaching. Daniel Goleman will connect the dots between K-12 social/emotional learning and what many organizations are doing in training for their leaders, teams, and individuals.
Daniela Labra Cardero • https://atentamente.com.mx/
Session Title: SEL as a framework for mindfulness-based practice in a nation-wide education program
Daniela Labra Cardero is a founding partner and General Director of AtentaMente, a nonprofit based out of Mexico that teaches mental and social-emotional training techniques for educators and students, and for the workplace, rooted in scientific research. AtentaMente has been part of the development of the Mexican nationwide social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum with a contemplative attention training component. Biologist, she was a coordinator, professor and researcher at the Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México for 10 years and has practiced contemplative-based social and emotional regulation techniques for the past 20 years.
Ebru Engin • http://www.ebruengin.com/
Ebru Engin has completed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher Training in the UCSD Mindfulness Based Professional Training Institute at the University of California, San Diego (www.mbpti.org). She participated in the training delivered by Dr. Deepak Chopra, an internationally renowned neuroendocrinologist, and learned meditation and currently continuing her training in Chinese Medicine.
She completed coaching modules from Adler Coaching School. She completed US Based Mindful Schools Teacher Training with Mindful Schools and Mindfulness and Yoga for Kids Teacher Training with Little Flower Yoga, and participated in 200-hour intense Yoga Trainer Courses delivered by Chris Chavez.
Having an undergraduate degree in the Department of Finance, Indiana University, Ebru completed her MBA at the George Washington University in 1996. She gets to enjoy nature, spending time in her garden in Datça, exploring cultures and lifestyles and doing yoga.
Grant Rix • www.mindfulnesseducation.nz
Session Title: Pausing, Breathing and Smiling in New Zealand Schools
Grant is a leader in mindfulness training, delivery and research in New Zealand. While at the Mental Health Foundation of NZ, Grant created New Zealand’s own evidence-based, curriculum aligned mindfulness in schools programme: Pause, Breathe, Smile, which is now being delivered in over 300 schools nationwide
Hailan Xiaoxia Guo • www.hailanxfj.com
Session Title: Children are the Best Coaches of their Parents
Hailan X.X. Guo, M.D., Ph.D., Founder of Hailan Family Well-being
Standing Member of Advisory Council, China’s Family Education Association
Author of best-selling serial books Imperfection is Perfect (I-III), over 500,000 copies sold
China’s Top 10 Branded Women in 2018
China’s Top 50 Influential Figures in Mental Health Sector in 2017
Hailan began her career as an ophthalmologist and Research Scientist in China and USA for 21 years. She then acquired her degree in Human Development from Peabody College, Vanderbilt and subsequently provided crisis intervention, trauma recovery and stress management training services to immigrants and refugees from 32 countries at Centerstone, Nashville, TN. After the Grand Sichuan Earthquake in 2008, she went to the earthquake zone with her whole family and lived there for three years to provide crisis intervention and trauma treatment for over 100,000 students and teachers. Her program was granted China’s Most Influential Charity Project Award.
In 2012, she was appointed the Chief Supervisor and Trainer of Her Village Well-being Program, which serves China’s largest community of professional women (>200M people). In 2015, she founded Hailan Family Well-being and dedicated to enable lay people to become their own mental well-being coaches via an integrated “865 Self-coaching model ”.
Note: this is one session from Hailan’s best-selling video course – Working with your emotions (over 100K sales in 2 years).
Dr. Daniel J. Siegel • http://www.drdansiegel.com/
Session Title: Cultivating a Yes Brain in Your Preschool Child
Dr. Siegel’s new book, The Yes Brain Child was recently released! He has written many parenting books, including the Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind and No-Drama Discipline. He offers courses and other information at Mindsight.
Freebie: Viewers of this summit are entitled to 25% discount off Dr. Siegel´s course by following this link
The Yes Brain Child: Help Your Child be More Resilient, Independent and Creative
Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation
Dr Nick Penney • http://drnickpenney.com/
Session Title: Flourishing in high expectation schools
I adopted Mindfulness as a way to look after myself during my doctoral degree, which examined obstacles to recovery from pain, such as depression. Training to teach Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) then led to integrating mindfulness into my clinical work, and the realization that teaching young people to be resilient and flourish through mindfulness would impact positively on their wellbeing. Training to teach the UK’s Mindfulness In Schools Project’s
course for students aged 11-18 followed, and then the course for 7-10-year olds. I am now a teacher trainer for the UK program, combining mindfulness with my clinical work as a Pain Specialist, and teaching almost 1000 students to date.
Freebie: Dr Nick Penney’s Guided Meditations
Dr. Rick Hanson • http://www.rickhanson.net/
Session Title: Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 26 languages and include Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with 140,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity that anyone with financial need can do for free.
Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness
Dzung X. Vo, MD • http://mindfulnessforteens.com/
Session Title: The Mindful Teen: Mindfulness for Adolescent Resilience and Positive Development
Dzung X. Vo, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at British Columbia Children’s Hospital, and clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver, Canada. He co-developed (with Dr. Jake Locke at BC Children’s Hospital) a mindfulness training program called MARS-A, or Mindful Awareness and Resilience Skills for Adolescents. Dr. Vo is the author of The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time (New Harbinger, 2015). Dr. Vo also serves on the Board of Directors of the Mindfulness in Education Network (MiEN), and is the founding Director for the BC Children’s Hospital Centre for Mindfulness.
Freebie: Free guided meditations
Janet Etty-Leal • www.meditationcapsules.com
Session Title: Bringing Mindfulness to Life for Children: A Palette of Possibilities for Mindful Learning
Janet is an author, speaker and Mindfulness Educator. Her consultancy, ‘Meditation Capsules’ has provided Mindful life-skill programs for organizations throughout Australia and overseas. She has worked across a diverse range of sectors; including education, health, the corporate sector, sport and community wellbeing.
Janet’s key focus is to bring Mindfulness to life in Education, with heart, mind and hands-on practices! Her creative Mindful Meditation programs have enhanced curriculum for thousands of students from ELC to Year 12.
Kaira Jewel Lingo • http://www.kairajewel.com/
Session Title: Discovering our Growing our Appreciation: Practices that strengthen gratitude and nourish loving
communication for Parents, Students and Educators
Kaira Jewel Lingo teaches meditation and mindfulness internationally, with a focus on activists, people of color, artists, educators, families, and youth. She currently teaches with Mindful Schools, as lead teacher in their year-long mindfulness certification program for educators. She began practicing mindfulness in 1997. An ordained nun of 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, she is now based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, leading retreats internationally, offering mindfulness programs for educators and youth in schools, as well as individual spiritual mentoring. She has taught mindfulness to parents and students with Minds, Inc, to teens and young adults on iBme retreats, and she edited Thich Nhat Hanh’s, Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children. She explores the interweaving of art, play, ecology and embodied mindfulness practice and is a certified yoga teacher and InterPlay leader.
Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children
(By Thich Nhat Hanh, edited by Sr. Jewel, that’s me), Happy Teachers Change the World, by Thich Nhat Hanh
Session Title: CZ Mindfulness – Introducing mindfulness in a new country
As a developmental psychologist and prevention researcher, Kami is interested in the promotion of young people’s well-being using evidence-based mindfulness and socio-emotional learning (SEL) practices. In her home country, the Czech Republic, she has been bringing mindfulness and SEL into a new middle school mental health curriculum, professional development courses for teachers and medical university programs.
Karen Young • https://www.heysigmund.com/
Session Title: Parent with Greater Awareness, Compassion and Presence
In her work as a psychologist, Karen has worked in private practice and educational settings. She is the founder of ‘Hey Sigmund’, an online resource that provides contemporary, research-driven information on anxiety. The website attracts millions of visitors each year. She is the author of the bestselling ‘Hey Warrior’ and ‘Hey Awesome, which creatively empower children to understand and manage anxiety. Both books have been translated into a number of languages. She is a soughtafter speaker and consultant, both at home in Australia and overseas.
Freebie: All of my articles and videos are freely available at no charge on my website. https://www.heysigmund.com/
Katie McLean • http://bit.do/ishcmcmindfulness
Session Title: Developmental Mindfulness and Teacher Agency
Katie McLean started her personal journey with mindfulness eight years ago and was inspired by how it shaped her life. While teaching in New York, she pursued a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology, with her culminating research investigating “Teacher-Led Mindfulness Programs in Elementary Schools”. Currently the Primary Mindfulness Coordinator at an international school in Vietnam, she is working to create a sustainable program that can bring the wonders of mindfulness to staff, students, and families. Katie is especially interested in understanding and programming ‘Developmental Mindfulness’ for children of varying ages and working with the wider international school community.
Kevin Hawkins • https://www.mindwell-education.com
Session Title: What Works in Schools? – An International Perspective on Mindfulness in Education
Kevin Hawkins has worked with adolescents and young people in various contexts for over 30 years – as teacher, school head, and social worker in the UK, Africa, and Europe. He has taught mindfulness to children, teenagers, teachers and parents since 2008 and is a Senior Trainer for the Mindfulness in Schools Project (UK), a facilitator for the evidence-based CARE program (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Educators) and a member of the Mind & Life Community of Contemplative Education. In 2012 he co-founded MindWell, which supports educational communities in developing wellbeing through mindfulness and social-emotional learning. Kevin is a regular speaker, writer and presenter on these topics and through his consultancy work around the world he has developed some understanding of global developments in these areas.
Laura D’Abbondanza • https://siyli.org/teachers/laura-dabbondanza
Session Title: #Practice Kindness
Being an SIY certified teacher, Laura is part of a global community dedicated to making mindfulness and emotional intelligence practical and accessible. Search Inside Yourself is a program that was born at Google, inspired by the vision of a future where everyone feels connected to other beings and intimately connected to their own experiences.
Freebies: Guided meditations
Lucy Draper-Clarke PhD • www.lucydraperclarke.com
Session Title: The Contemplative Activist: using mindfulness and compassion for skillful engagement
I am an educator, writer and researcher-practitioner, currently lecturing at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. After graduating from Oxford, I obtained a PGCE and went to Botswana to work in education. In 2010, I moved to South Africa and was awarded a doctorate in Mindfulness and Teacher Education. My current focus is on Contemplative Activism, supporting those working as change agents. I lead courses and retreats around Southern Africa.
Manu Mariño • www.quietud.org
Session Title: Camino de Santiago in silence, Conscious Listening, BMIT MINDFULNESS PROGRAM
I´m meditation practice for over 25 years with teachers like Dhiravamsa and also practice in Insight Meditation way in Gaia House. I´m Mindfulness Master in Zaragoza University. And walk many times Camino de Santiago all of them since 1992 and also in Silence. I´m and live in Santiago de Compostela where the Camino ends.
I facilitate people and groups to increase awareness, presence and mindfulness, through tools such as mindfulness, mindfulness, meditative practice through retreats and also with the Camino de Santiago.
Freebies: Mindfulness Practice audios in Spanish
Lic. Marina Lisenberg • www.attentia.com.ar
Session Title: Living a roller coaster reality: how practice can help us to lead with everyday life
I work as psychologist, family therapist and teach MBSR in Bs As, Argentina and around. Mindfulness trained at Center for Mindfulness in Mass. I focus stress management with families (for parents), at schools (with teachers) also for health care proffesionals and individual in grupal settings and private consultation.
I am academic head of mindfulness based university program at Universidad de Belgrano and also teach mindfulness in other post graduate courses and corporate programs in spanish. I have written a pair of books and love to colaborate in translation and adaptations like growing mindful cards or respiracedario!
Maryam Mehboob • http://charterforcompassion.org.pk/
Session Title: Compassion in Education: preparing kids for the 21 st century challenges
Maryam Mehboob has been associated with Charter for Compassion Pakistan since the last two years. Charter for Compassion, Pakistan (CfC) was launched in February 2011 as a local initiative inspired by Charter for Compassion International. Our aim is to create a vibrant, peaceful and compassionate society in Pakistan. It is thus our cooperative effort to restore not only compassionate thinking but more importantly, compassionate action in our daily lives.
Matthew Green • www.5th.place
Session Title: A mindfulness approach for the African context
Matthew loves to connect with people and inspire them to become more engaged with their feelings. He’s been meditating since he was 10 years old, is a qualified aromatherapist, EFT practitioner and coach. He’s studied Waldorf education, NLP and has been researching and working with human development potential for the last 29 years. His favourite maxim is: “If you don’t know where you are how can you move to somewhere else?”. Matthew facilitates and coaches people to accept where they are and what they feel so they can live happier, more fulfilled and purpose driven lives. Matthew’s the co-founder of 5th Place and co-creator of Shape of Emotion.
5th Place developed a mindfulness based tool directly in response to working in under resourced schools and witnessing the trauma prevalent in the learners, educators and community. This trauma inhibits the capacity to learn.
Over a period of two and a half years 5th Place researched, trialed and developed a process called Shape of Emotion that works with children as well as adults, works in groups, and is an African solution to an African problem. Shape of Emotion is a model, process and tool of how we structure, store, represent and regulate inner feeling states. With it stuck emotions can be gently and easily released allowing for a return to a centred resourceful state.
The talk explores the journey to Shape of Emotion as well as the constraints and challenges of introducing it into schools and the ideas and solutions used to overcome some of these.
Freebies: Online Emotional Fitness Class
Michael Bready • www.youthmindfulness.org
Session Title: What’s Next for Mindfulness in Education?
Michael Bready is the founder of Youth Mindfulness, a charity based in Scotland dedicated to developing transformative mindfulness-based wellbeing programmes for young people. He holds a Masters from the University of Pennsylvania, and has trained in meditation with various traditions and teachers. His passion is in how mindfulness practice can support the cultivation of wisdom and compassion to bring, not only benefit to individual wellbeing, but as a spark to wider systemic change.
Freebie: Youth Mindfulness Kids Programme
Nandini Chatterjee Singh • http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/research/centres/southasiacentre/
Nandini Chatterjee Singh is a cognitive neuroscientist and currently Senior Project Office at UNESCO MGIEP (Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, in New Delhi, India. Nandini works on learning, in the context of literacy, emotion and music. She received her PhD in physics from the University of Pune in India. Her post doctoral research focused on auditory learning mechanisms in songbirds at University of California Berkeley.
She established the first cognitive and neuroimaging laboratory in India at the National Brain Research Centre (NBRC) in India. Her research is focused on language, literacy, and music. Using behavioral and functional neuroimaging experiments, her research aims to understand neurodiversity especially children with autism and dyslexia. Her work in biliteracy led to the development of DALI (Dyslexia Assessment for Languages of India), the first tool standardized tool to screen and assess dyslexia in multiple Indian languages. Her research laboratory at NBRC conducts research on how Indian ragas elicit distinct emotions. Since 2017, she has been leading the development of a new framework for social and emotional learning at MGIEP. Entitled, EMC2, this framework builds competencies in Empathy, Mindfulness, Compassion and Critical Inquiry, through a new digital interactive curriculum using global issues and is designed for adolescent children.
Nimrod Sheinman • mindbody.co.il
Dr. Nimrod Sheinman, B.Sc., N.D., is one of Israel’s leading mind-body experts, and an international spokesperson advocating mindfulness-based initiatives for children and youth. He is the founder and director of Israel’s Centre for Mindfulness in Education (2013), co-founder of Israel’s Centre for Mind-Body Medicine (1998), and leads the International Soul of Education Initiative, now gaining momentum around the globe.
Article: Mindfulness as a Whole Schools Model
Book Chapter: Click here
Dr. Orlaith O’Sullivan • orlaithosullivan.com
Orla has been practicing mindfulness for over 20 years in the tradition of Plum Village / Thich Nhat Hanh. She works directly with schools, teachers and families to help them take care of themselves and build happier communities.
She is founder of three mindfulness community groups, for children, youth and adults.
She co-organised Ireland’s first mindfulness retreat for educators.
Orla is international co-ordinator for Plum Village’s Wake Up Schools. She is a founder member of Mind & Life Europe’s Community of Contemplative Education and is an Advisor & Host for the World Happiness Festival.
Pateka Mtintsilana • http://www.lafn.co.za/
Session Title: Awakening the heart of Ubuntu through Mindfulness practices.
I am Pateka Mtintsilana, a wife, mother, sister, granny and manager of Loaves and Fishes Network, a Non-Profit Organisation supporting Early Childhood Development in marginalised rural and peri-urban areas based in East London, South Africa. I have worked in the non-profit field for ±35 years and with the organisation for 13 years.
I graduated in Mindfulness Based Intervention (MBI) from Stellenbosch University recently. I knew from when I enrolled in the programme that I would give back to the organisation that I work for and live a legacy of mindfulness community in the Early Childhood Development, especially in rural communities.
I have translated Mindfulness programme to IsiXhosa, the language dominant in this
area my area, of course, mother tongue. The programme is introduced to pre-school
teachers and at a later stage will be introduced to parents and community at large.
Richard Burnett • www.mindfulnessinschools.org
Session Title: The Changing World of Mindfulness in Schools
Richard Burnett is a founder of Mindfulness in Schools Project. He co-wrote the highly-acclaimed 10 week mindfulness course, .b (pronounced dot-b) designed to engage adolescents in the classroom. Richard is a teacher at Tonbridge School, the first school in the UK to put mindfulness on the curriculum, an event covered by press, TV and radio in early 2010. Richard’s TEDx talk helped define the landscape of mindfulness in education and in he was an expert witness at the All Party Parliamentary Group that led to Mindful Nation UK.
Rikke Braren Lauritzen • www.mindfulness-i-skolen.com
Session Title: Find Out Why Danish School Kids Are Some of the Happiest in the World
I’m the founder of Mindfulness i Skolen (Mindfulness in Schools) which was sponsored by the Danish Ministery of Education in 2015-17 and resulted in an larger e-learning program with 16 interactive sessions and a mindfulness app for Danish youth (age 15-18). My new book for school kids age 8-12 contains 24 exercises in mindfulness, compassion and yoga adressed in a funny and lively way. Originally, I’m a Master of Arts, educator, psycho- and family therapist and certified MBSR teacher from CFM, UMASS.
Robert Bridgeman • www.bridgeman.nl
Session Title: The Essence of Mindfulness Emotional Intelligence
Robert Bridgeman is connected as a trainer to the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute founded within Google and Stanford University. Robert teaches mindfulness based emotional intelligence to large corporates around the globe. He is a multiple TEDX speaker and author of 6 books on Self development and maker of two documentaries. Robert lives in the South of France with his family and (part of his) team at their Terra Nova Center for wellbeing.
Session Title: Mindfulness in everyday life and Transformative journeys
Shantum Seth is a teacher, cultural interpreter, social activist and a man of peace. He is an ordained teacher (Dharmacharya) in the Zen lineage (of the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh) and the foremost guide to the sites associated with the Buddha. He has been leading pilgrimages ‘In the Footsteps of the Buddha’ and other transformative journeys throughout India and parts of South Asia since 1988.
He is actively involved in environmental, cultural and peace programmes as well as training teachers through Mindfulness in Education, pioneered by the non-profit trust, Ahimsa www.ahimsatrust.org
Vitor Friary • http://www.brasilmindfulness.com
Session Title: Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Wellbeing in School Settings
I’m Vitor Friary and Founder Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Brazil. I am a Clinical Psychologist and a CBT Therapist by training and Author of “Mindfulness for Children – MBCT Strategies” published in Brazil in 2018. I’m also registered with the Access MBCT international listing for MBCT therapists as a Trainer and as a MBCT Therapist.
Freebies: Guided MBCT Meditations Audio Files
Valerie Brown •
Session Title: Mindful Educational Travel
Valerie transformed her high-pressure, high-stakes twenty-year career as a lawyer-lobbyist, representing
She is an accredited leadership coach at the Professional Certified Coach level (PCC), international retreat leader, writer, and Chief Mindfulness Officer and Professional Pilgrim of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in the application and integration of mindfulness and leadership, and she is a Co-Director of Georgetown’s Institute for Transformational Leadership in Washington, D.C.
She holds a Juris Doctorate (J.D.), Master of Arts (M.A.), and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees, and is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She is court-trained mediator.