Mindful Kids Peace Summit Speaker Info 

Speakers Info


Bob Roth • https://www.davidlynchfoundation.org


Session Title:  How Meditation can Help Teens Reduce Stress, Do Better in School, and Be Happier.

Free Learning Resource:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lwmel4F5OEg

Newsletter:  https://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/subscribe

Bob Roth is one of the most experienced meditation teachers in America. Bob is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation,” the CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, which has provided scholarships for over 1 million at-risk youth to learn to meditate, and president of the Center for Health and Wellness which brings TM to companies, government organizations, and nonprofit charities.

Buy: Strength In Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation

Jessica Moreyhttps://ibme.info


Session Title:  Retreats for Teens

Free Learning Resource:  https://ibme.info/resources/retreat-recordings/

Newsletter:  https://ibme.info/support/get-involved

Jessica Morey, MA is the Executive Director of iBme. She began practicing meditation at age 14 on teen retreats offered by the Insight Meditation Society (IMS). Jessica has attended longer retreats (1-3 months) in Asia and the U.S., and is a founding board member and lead teacher for iBme teen retreats. In February 2014, she wrote an article for Mindful Magazine, ‘Finding My Way,’ about her experience learning and benefiting from mindfulness throughout her young adult
years and appear on the cover.


Christopher Willard • http://drchristopherwillard.com


Session Title:  Mindfulness in Education

Free Learning Resources


Newsletter:  http://drchristopherwillard.com

Dr. Christopher Willard (PsyD) is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston specializing in mindfulness.  He has been practicing meditation for 20 years, and has led hundreds of workshops around the world, with invitations to more than two dozen countries. He has presented at TEDx conferences and his thoughts have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, mindful.org, and elsewhere. He is the author of Alphabreaths, Growing Up Mindful (2016) Raising Resilience (2017) and eight other books for parents, professionals and children, available in more than ten languages. He teaches at Harvard Medical School.

Buy: Raising Resilience



Growing Up Mindful


Elisha Goldstein • https://elishagoldstein.com/


Session Title: Uncovering Happiness

Elisha Goldstein, PhD is co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living in West Los Angeles and creator of the 6-month coaching and mentorship program, A Course in Mindful Living. A psychologist, and international speaker and mindfulness educator, his books include Uncovering Happiness and The Now Effect. He’s also co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook and MBSR Everyday. Elisha synthesizes the pearls of traditional psychotherapy with a progressive integration of mindfulness theory and practice to help his clients and students thrive. In an increasingly fragmented society, he is working to bring people together so they may motivate and inspire one another in far-reaching ways.






Buy: MBSR Every Day: Daily Practices from the Heart of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction


Buy: Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Congressman Tim Ryan . https://timryan.house.gov

Session Title: Healthier America; A Mindful Nation

Tim Ryan is a relentless advocate for working families in Ohio's 13th District. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 and was sworn in on January 3, 2003. Successfully reelected seven times, he is now serving in his eighth term. Congressman Ryan currently serves as a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee which controls the expenditure of money by the federal government.


Lorraine Murray . https://www.teachchildrenmeditation.com/


Session Title: Lorraine Murray Brain Break


My name is Lorraine Murray and I have been meditating for over 30 years. My parents introduced me to this empowering tool when I was a teenager and I have practised this amazing life skill ever since.In 2003, I began the journey of teaching meditation to kids/teens.

Buy: Calm Kids: Help Children Relax with Mindful Activities


Matt Dewar . www.journey30k.com


Session Title: Mindfulness and Young Adult Well-Being

Dr. Matthew Dewar is the founder of JOURNEY 30K, a personal development platform
that utilizes wellness and mindfulness strategies to transform individuals and
organizations. Matthew is also a high school teacher, well-being coordinator, and
learning facilitator who has designed and implemented teacher professional development
and school wellness curricula, including mindfulness-based wellness for faculty and
students. Most recently, Matthew has created and implemented mindfulness
programming for professional and collegiate athletes. His work has been featured on
TEDx, NPR, and the National Wellness Institute's podcast. He is the author of Education
and Well-Being: An Ontological Inquiry.


Amy Burke & Kevin Hawkins • https://www.mindwell-education.com


Session Title:  Body Breaks: Exercises for Calming and Energizing

Free Learning Resources 


 TedX Video – Mindfulness in Education: Learning from the Inside Out (for teachers)

Classroom Calming and Energizing Exercises Page 1

Classroom Calming and Energizing Exercises Page 2

Classroom Calming and Energizing Exercises Page 3



Amy Burke is an educational consultant who spent 15 years as a high school teacher and guidance counselor in Canada and The Netherlands. She holds a Masters Degree in Contemplative Education from Naropa University and in 2012 she co-founded MindWell which supports educational communities in fostering wellbeing through
mindfulness and social-emotional learning (SEL)

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.  Until recently, and for the past 10 years, he was Middle School Principal at the International School of Prague in the Czech Republic. Kevin has taught mindfulness to children, teenagers, teachers and parents since 2008. He is a regular speaker and presenter on wellbeing in education and wrote a book called, Mindful Teacher, Mindful School: Improving Wellbeing in Teaching and Learning.

Buy: Mindful Teacher, Mindful School: Improving well being in teaching and learning


Whitney Stewart • http://whitneystewart.com/


Session Title:  Whitney Stewart Brain Break
Session Title:  Finding Your Wisdom Mind Inside

Free Learning Resources

Finding the Gap

Teaching Kindness

Connecting the Dots


Whitney Stewart is an award-winning children’s book author and mindfulness instructor. She has taught mindfulness at Tulane University, Loyola University, and in schools. Stewart is the author of the mindfulness card desk called Mindful Kids: 50 Mindfulness Activities for Kindness, Focus, and Calm, and of the middle-grade books Mindful Me: Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids and Mindful Me Activity Book. Her forthcoming young adult book is entitled: Mindfulness and Meditation: Handling Life with a Calm and Focused Mind.

Buy: Mindful Me: Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids


Amy Saltzman • http://www.stillquietplace.com


Session Title:  Association for Mindfulness in Education

Free Resource  Audio

Still Quiet Place Chapter 6 PDF


Amy Saltzman M.D. is a holistic physician, mindfulness coach, devoted student of transformation, long-time athlete, and occasional poet. Her passion is supporting people of all ages in enhancing their well-being and discovering the Still Quiet Place within. She is recognized by her peers as a visionary and pioneer in the fields of mindfulness for youth. She provides holistic medical care and individual mindfulness instruction to children, teens, and adults. She also offers presentations and courses for young children, teens, parents, educators, and health care professionals both in person and online. To support others in discovering the joy and peace of the Still Quiet Place Dr. Saltzman has written three books and created 2 CDs.

Buy: A Still Quiet Place for Teens. A Mindfulness Workbook to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions.


Debra Burdick Brain Break • www.thebrainlady.com


Debra Burdick, LCSW, BCN, also known as ‘The Brain Lady’, is an international expert on Mindfulness and ADHD, an award-winning #1 best-selling author, licensed clinical social worker, board certified Neurofeedback practitioner, and online expert at SelfGrowth.com. Deb recently retired from private practice to slow down and focus on writing and speaking. Her personal mission is to experience contentment and joy and hopes that her books, meditations, and training will help others do the same. She is a frequent speaker for PESI and other organizations, teaching workshops on ADHD as well as Mindfulness Skills to psychotherapists, teachers and other helping professionals, nationally. She also provides Mindfulness training to business leaders and executives to improve their leadership and business success.

Buy: Mindfulness Skills Workbook for Clinicians and Clients: 111 Tools, Techniques, Activities & Worksheets


Daniel Rechtschaffen . http://danielrechtschaffen.com

Session Title:  Mindfulness for Teens

Daniel Rechtschaffen, Marriage and Family Therapist, is the author of The Way of Mindful Education and The Mindful Education Workbook. He is the founding director of Mindful Education

Buy: The Mindful Education Workbook: Lessons for Teaching Mindfulness to Students


Knellee Bisram • https://www.ahameducation.org



Session Title: Lying Down Yoga – in both English and Spanish


Knellee Bisram is a Certified Mindfulness Trainer, Social and Emotional Learning Coach, Social Sciences professor, and consultant to NGOs and International Organizations. She is the founder and CEO of AHAM Education, a transnational social investment initiative empowering youth and underserved individuals with evidence-based presence, positive psychology and peace tools that cultivate social-emotional intelligence and well-being. She is also currently the SEL Specialist for Prime Time Palm Beach County, serving under the national Partnerships for Social and Emotional Initiative funded by the Wallace Foundation to integrate SEL practice for adults and children from 7am to 7pm. Knellee has been a student of meditation and Present Moment Awareness for over 30 years, serves on various community mind body committees and boards, and has designed curricula and taught Mindfulness, SEL and Emotional Intelligence to youth and disabled individuals, teachers, counsellors, youth workers, health practitioners, veterans, business and community leaders in English and Spanish throughout the Americas. Knellee holds a MA in International Relations/Latin American Studies, a BA in Languages, and BSc in International Business. She is fluent in Spanish, French and Portuguese and continues to explore new languages.

Adam Avin • http://www.wufshanti.com/


Session Title: TedxYouth@KC

Free Learning Resources:

Join the Kids Association for Mindfulness Education

Meditation for teen

Yoga for teen

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.

Buy Wuf Shanti books, shirts, stuffed animals for younger kids

See Wuf Shanti videos for younger kids

Visit me at www.wufshanti.com or like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wufshanti



Dan Harris • https://www.tenpercent.com



Session Title: Interview with Dan Harris

Dan Harris is the co-anchor of the weekend edition of “Good Morning America,” and a correspondent for ABC News’ “Nightline” and other ABC News outlets. He has reported from all over the planet, covering wars, and interviewing spiritual leaders. He’s also the author of the bestselling book 10% Happier, and the book Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, which is a great title by the way.

After having a nationally televised panic attack, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had propelled him through the ranks of a hyper competitive business, but had also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out.
Eventually Harris stumbled upon an effective way to rein in that voice, something he always assumed to be either impossible or useless: meditation, a tool that research suggests can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain.

In 2014, 10% Happier was published – part memoir, part how-to – and turned into a surprise #1 New York Times bestseller. That book led to a 10% Happier podcast (now in the top 5 in the Health category), and a meditation app that teaches fidgety skeptics learn to meditate.

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

Free Resource

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.

As Seen On



Pin It on Pinterest

Share This