Mindful Kids Peace Summit Speaker Info

Speakers Info


Gina M. Biegel • https://www.stressedteens.com/


Session Title:  Presentation and Interview -Stressed Teens: Riding the Stress Waves

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Gina M. Biegel, LMFT, is a San Francisco Bay area–based psychotherapist, researcher, speaker, and author specializing in bringing mindfulness-based work with adolescents. She is the founder of Stressed Teens, which has been offering MBSR-T to adolescents, families, schools, professionals, and the community since 2004. She created MBSR-T to help teens in
a large HMO’s outpatient department of child and adolescent psychiatry, who were not receiving relief or amelioration of their physical and psychological symptoms with the use of a multitude of other evidence-based practices.

Buy: Be Mindful & Stress Less: 50 Ways to Deal with Your (Crazy) Life

Buy: Mindfulness for Student Athletes: A Workbook to Help Teens Reduce Stress and Enhance Performance

Buy: The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness Skills to Help You Deal with Stress

Buy: Be Mindful: A Card Deck for Teens

Ross Robinsonhttp://hlfinc.org/


Session Title:  Breathing Love into Communties

Free Learning Resource:  https://youtu.be/kH2C3YBe9Ag


Ross Robinson is the Manager of Training, Program Implementation, and Quality at Holistic Life Foundation. He conducts on going staff training, workshops, and evaluates Holistic Life Foundation programming. Ross is certified in trauma-informed yoga through TCTSY’s program. Traveling nationally/internationaly, Ross leads residencies and conducts speaking engagements on HLF’s mission. He is also a certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

Emily and Jo Brierly

Session Title:  Coping with Trauma: Manchester

Hi, My name is Emily Brierley and I’m 16. To give you some context I’ve been practising meditation and mindfulness for three years now. I discovered it because I suffered with anxiety and also had a severe panic attack on the plane home from Sri Lanka- mindfulness allowed me to let go of the need to control the future.

I think this has given me the sort of insight that many don’t come across until they’re much older than me. For two years I read dozens of spiritual books and I basically fell in love with a more conscious way of living. I built up a lot of knowledge and in my head I believed I could use what I’d learned to help me in any situation, little did I know that would be tested.


Chelsea Briggs, Teacher, and Madison McEvoy and Jordan Tamares, Students  Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Session Title: Coping with the Aftermath of Tragedy & Stopping the Violence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Parkland

In this interview with an MSD teacher and 2 MSD students, we discuss how to cope with stress and emotions after a tragedy, how to stay positive and be able to continue with life, and how we can all be doing a better job at communicating with each other, being aware of ourselves and those around us, and work together to make the world a better place.

Adam Avin • http://www.wufshanti.com/


Session Title: Adam School Board Speech

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Fifteen year old Adam Avin, created the Wuf Shanti Children’s Wellness Foundation, to teach mindfulness, so children can live in health and wellness, peace and positivity. Through videos, books, mobile app, music, fun, and games, children learn yoga, meditation, communication, inclusion, social emotional learning, and positive thinking to help them stay physically fit, mentally less stressed, able to cope with emotions, and interact with kindness. Wuf Shanti has been honored to receive many awards, and Adam is honored to have been published in many national publications, interviewed many pioneers for his “Partners of Peace” series, founded the Kids’ Association for Mindfulness in Education, and to be co-founder and hosting the Mindful Kids Peace Summit. Adam is certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for teens, Kidding Around Yoga, and the Emotion Code.

Check out Adam’s TEDX talk at https://youtu.be/2r6TWTqr8FM about getting mindful SEL programs into all schools K-12, why mental health education is so important to stopping violence, and using our voice to make a positive difference in the world.

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Elayna M. Hasty • http://gabgirls.wixsite.com/gabgirls


Session Title:  Teens Stand Up Speak Out

Elayna is nationally recognized as an anti-bullying advocate and openly shares her experiences through public speaking as part of her Girls Against Bullying Girls Workshops. G.A.B. Girls is a non profit organization that promotes leadership, self-esteem, community involvement and communication skills to children of all ages. Elayna has put in more than 1300 hours of community service since 2010 and has done 75 workshops. She helps in empowering students nationwide to be comfortable and proud of their own true beauty. Elementary workshops cater to younger girls by encouraging self-esteem, leadership, and compassion for others. Advanced workshops are designed for middle school girls to open up about the mean girl syndrome, trying to fit in, and finding the courage to go out into the community to make their own positive mark. Boys and girls of all ages benefit from her “Stand Up Speak Out” workshop where she focuses on teaching on preventing bullying happening in their school.


Heather Stang • www.mindfulnessandgrief.com/


Session Title:  Dealing with Grief as a Teen

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Heather Stang, MA, C-IAYT is the author of Mindfulness and Grief and is the host of the Mindfulness and Grief Podcast. She has a Master’s Degree in and is a certified yoga therapist in the Phoenix Rising tradition. Heather is a member of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Board of Advisors, and partners with survivor and grief-professional organizations on self-care and meditation for grief, and is the founder of the Frederick Meditation Center in Maryland. Learn more about Heather at MindfulnessAndGrief.com


Chasmin Moses • www.innerexplorer.org



Session Title:  Exercise: Relaxation Train Meditation

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Activities for the Classroom

Introduction to Inner Explorer


Jennifer Miller • https://confidentparentsconfidentkids.org/


Session Title:  How to Fit In and Stand Out and be Confident Teens

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Respectful Disagreement Tools

Dial Down Drama

 “Our Hearts” -Teaching Kids about Name-Calling 

10 Kids that changed the world

Pitt River Middle School – Random Act of Kindness – AKA “The Breakfast Club”


For twenty-five years, Jennifer Miller has dedicated her work to the well-being of young people of all ages by improving the skills and understanding of the adults – teachers and parents – who love them. She is author and illustrator of the blog, Confident Parents, Confident Kids with more than 22,000 followers in 152 countries world-wide. She serves as a regular expert contributor to the Webby Award-winning site, NBC Universal’s Parent Toolkit. Her book, “Confident Parents, Confident Kids: How to Manage Your Own Big Feelings While Helping Kids Manage Theirs” is coming to bookstores this Fall, 2019.


Jennifer Fraser • https://www.buildbetterbrains.net/


Session Title:  When Adults Talk Trash- How to Handle Negative Self Talk when it Orginates from an Adult in your Life

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Jennifer Fraser has a PhD in Comparative Literature which means she is trained to put different discourses into dialogue like journalism and psychology or literature and neuroscience. An author, researcher and teacher, in recent years, Jennifer has become an advocate for youth who are suffering from abuse whether emotional, physical or sexual. She believes that we need to work together to shift from a bullying / abuse paradigm into an empathy / compassion paradigm. Mindfulness is a cornerstone of this shift.

Buy: Teaching Bullies: Zero Tolerance on the Court or in the Classroom


Dr Lee Anne Gray • https://www.the-connect-group.org/


Session Title:  Your 3 Anti-Bullying Mantras

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Dr Lee Ann Grey is an author, psychologist, educator and speaker. She has trained 1000s in how to work with Self Compassion and Teens.

Buy: Self-Compassion for Teens: 129 Activities & Practices to Cultivate Kindness


John Shearer • http://mindfullymad.org/


Session Title:  We are All One, One with Spirit, One with Life.

Free Learning Resource- The Mindful Way


John Shearer has been on an extraordinary journey that has culminated in him becoming an internationally recognised Australian Mindfulness Master. He is a Psychotherapist, Intuitive Life Coach, Hypnotherapist, ACT Therapist, Modern Day
Shaman and Spiritual Healer. In 2015, John founded mindfullyMAD.org and the Mindfulness Mentoring Institute to train Peer Support Workers and Volunteers.

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Alexandra Penn • http://www.championsagainstbullying.org


Session Title:  How to Handle Bullying & Cyberbullying in School

Since 2004, i have worked to improve the lives of kids, parents and educators by helping them manage and overcome the violence in the lives and remove the obstacles that impede learning – such as, fear.

I founded champions against bullying in 2004, in Toronto Canada, following my work as a special education counsellor with the Toronto board of education.

My breakthrough work with a child on the autism spectrum, resulted in a teaching video at the Toronto psychiatric hospital.

Co – trained teachers on methods to implement a behavior modification program in their classrooms for kids with conduct and attentions difficulties.


Laurie Grossman • www.innerexplorer.org



Session Title:  Exercise: Exploring Me Meditation – In Spanish

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Activities for the Classroom

Introduction to Inner Explorer

Laurie spent 32 years seeking social justice for low-income communities when she wondered if teaching mindfulness to kids would be a good idea. As Community Outreach Coordinator of Park Day School, she could not believe her ears when on the first day of piloting a program to bring mindfulness into public schools, a third grader said, “I think if we do this every day we aren’t going to fight anymore.” At that moment, Laurie knew how she would be spending the rest of her career. Within two months, Laurie and her colleagues, started a new organization called, The Community Partnership for Mindfulness in Education, now called Mindful Schools. Within the first year of the program, thousands of low-income children benefitted from the program. Laurie is delighted and feels fortunate to be working with Inner Explorer because the program teaches mindful awareness to students and teachers simultaneously, in a remarkably effective, sustainable and scalable way. Born in NJ, Laurie now resides in California. The loves of her life are her husband, David, her two kids, Ariel and Perrin, her sisters, family, friends, autumn leaves, whales and, of course, mindful awareness. Laurie’s mom used to call her Lucky Laurie and she is sincerely grateful for her good fortune every day.


Patti Criswell • www.patticriswell.com

Session Title:  Stand Up for Yourself and your Friends

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Patti is a Clinical Social Worker, speaker and author living near Kalamazoo, MI. She has been working with girls and their families for over 30 years to help girls gain the skills they need to grow into strong and powerful women. Areas of specialty include relational aggression and developing a healthy body image. Patti is a recognized expert in the area of tween girls. Her work includes individual, family and group therapy with girls and their parents as well as working with young women in transition. Additionally, she is on the faculty of Western Michigan University where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in College of Health and Human Services in the School of Social Work.

Buy: Stand Up for Yourself & Your Friends: Dealing with Bullies & Bossiness and Finding a Better Way


Dr. Laura Martocci • http://www.relationalaggression.com/

Session Title:  Understanding the Relationship between Shame and Bullying

Free Learning Resource – Psychology Today Blogs

Laura Martocci, a former Associate Dean and faculty member in the Department of Sociology at Wagner College, began working on issues of bullying as a National Trainer with the Ophelia Project in 2001. She has worked intensively in schools and with professional organizations in the New York area since that time. Most recently, she partnered with
the Social BlackBelt, an NFL players alumni association sponsored social-emotional learning initiative (SEL), and worked to digitize programming that promised to help young people understand their feelings, and to develop the skill sets necessary to manage emotions and make responsible choices.

Buy: Bullying: The Social Destruction of Self

Buy: My Bullied Past: Why Does it Still HURT?

Affiliate partners

MINDFUL SCHOOLS •  www.mindfulschools.org/

Mindful Schools is one of the key players in the movement to integrate mindfulness into the everyday learning environment of K-12 classrooms. The organization has trained over 25,000 educators, parents, and mental health professionals who work with youth. These graduates, spanning 100+ countries, have reached over 2 million children worldwide.

CHILD MIND •  www.childmind.org

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The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most.


Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully is an educator-led nonprofit that supports school communities by connecting them with mentors, trainings, curriculums and other resources for mindfulness-based social, emotional, and academic learning. Our goal is to empower every educator to explore, personally practice, and then embed mindfulness in their classrooms. By joining forces and assisting each other as we implement holistic approaches to education, we equip the world’s youth with skills to thrive.

CENTERLINK •  www.lgbtcenters.org

CenterLink was founded in 1994 as a member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers. The organization plays an important role in supporting the growth of LGBT centers and addressing the challenges they face, by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity and increase access to public resources. CenterLink works with other national organizations to advance the rights of LGBT individuals and to provide LGBT community centers with information and analysis of key issues. Serving over 200 LGBT community centers across the country in 45 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, as well as centers in Canada, China, and Australia, CenterLink assists newly forming community centers and helps strengthen existing LGBT centers, through networking opportunities for center leaders, peer-based technical assistance and training, and a variety of capacity building services.

CASEL •  www.casel.org/about-2

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL). CASEL supports educators and policy leaders and enhances the experiences and outcomes for all PreK-12 students.


The Holistic Life Foundation is a Baltimore-based 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization committed to nurturing the wellness of children and adults in underserved communities. Through a comprehensive approach which helps children develop their inner lives through yoga, mindfulness, and self-care HLF demonstrates deep commitment to learning, community, and stewardship of the environment. HLF is also committed to developing high-quality evidence based programs and curriculum to improve community well-being.

HEAL THE PLANET •  www.healtheplanet.com

We create innovative education, partnerships, and community programming aimed at inspiring a generation of leaders empowered to Heal the Planet. We teach about nutrition, the environment, sustainability, and the power of choice.

INNER EXPLORER •  www.innerexplorer.org

Inner ExplorerTM is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide mindfulness in schools for PreK-12 classrooms, helping children develop self-awareness, self-control, resilience and compassion. Each series contains 90 audio-guided practices that can be used every day by simply logging in and pressing play. Students and their teachers participate together in the brief (5-10 minute) daily practices. No prep, planning or curriculum changes required.

DAVID LYNCH FOUNDATION •  www.davidlynchfoundation.org

The David Lynch Foundation helps to prevent and eradicate the all-pervasive epidemic of trauma and toxic stress among at-risk populations through promoting widespread implementation of the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation (TM) program in order to improve their health, cognitive capabilities and performance in life.

INTERNATIONAL TWEENS •  www.tweens.media

International Tweens is a publication designed to connect tweens (ages 9-13ish) and bridge cultural gaps through personal real-life stories and shared experiences. And it covers topics that are not often talked about in schools or at homes. More than a magazine, it gives a voice to tweens around the world, makes them feel not alone, and inspires them to find true passions. We want to encourage every tween to stay positive and rise above!

LOVE BUTTON •  www.lovebutton.org/love-button-movement

Founded by two doctors, Dr. Habib Sadeghi and Dr. Sherry Sami, the Love Button Global Movement fosters loving acts of kindness, collaborating with organizations and individuals who transform and uplift the lives of our human family. The funds we raise are used to support initiatives ranging from intimate local efforts to global programs that promote physical and mental health, nurture education and cultivate loving action through our “Love Is” Dandelion Initiative.


IPG is the original independent book sales and distribution company in the United States. Our comprehensive sales and marketing approach, extensive account reach, and innovative digital services ensure access into every imaginable channel, including gift, specialty, wholesale, and digital accounts worldwide.

MINDBE EDUCATION •  www.mindbe-education.com

MindBE is an educational company providing curriculum, training and consulting to schools globally. We also are the hosts of the Preschool Mindfulness Summit, Mindfulness in Education Summit and cohost on the Mindful Kids Peace Summit. MindBE offers online courses such as the Thriving Kids course and Preschool Mindfulness Curriculum Training.


Created by a kid for other kids, Wuf Shanti provides mindfulness education and social emotional learning programs to K-12. The younger curriculum is centered around a dog mascot character, fun, games, music, books, videos, and a mobile app. The mascot travels to schools and hospitals to visit the kids. Wuf Shanti can be seen on the Children’s TV Network in hospitals all around the world, BatteryPop, KidoodleTV, local PBS Stations, Adventure to Learning, and made Common Sense Media’s “Best Health App for Kids” and “Best Meditation App for Kids” lists.

The older curriculum is minus the dog character, and for teens, such as the Kids Association of Mindfulness in Education, where kids come together to get these programs into schools and make a positive difference in the world, and the Mindful Kids Peace Summit, a 5 day online international program for tweens and teens, shown in middle schools and high schools, across the globe. Topics include diversity, inclusion, communication, kindness, antibullying, mindfulness techniques, social emotional learning (self-awareness, self-regulation, self-compassion, resilience), compassion, empathy, interacting with others, collaboration, positive psychology, and more.

Check out Adam’s TEDX talk at https://youtu.be/2r6TWTqr8FM about getting mindful SEL programs into all schools K-12, why mental health education is so important to stopping violence, and using our voice to make a positive difference in the world.

THE PEACE ALLIANCE •  https://peacealliance.org

We are an alliance of organizers and advocates taking the work of peacebuilding from the margins of society into the center of national discourse and policy priorities.We champion a comprehensive, collaborative approach to peace and peacebuilding.

UMass Med • https://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/


Our mission is to advance the health and well-being of the people of the commonwealth and the world through pioneering education, research and health care delivery with clinical partner UMass Memorial Health Care, the largest health care provider in Central Massachusetts.

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