Preschool Mindfulness Summit 2021 Speaker Info

Speakers Info

Dr. Helen Maffini •



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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 Annual 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 traveling snail who lives in different countries

Stuart Stotts •

Stuart Stotts has been an author, musician, storyteller, and teacher for nearly 35 years, working with teachers, students, families, and communities to integrate the arts and creativity into learning and living. Stuart has worked all over the world, including Qatar, Kuala Lumpur, New Zealand, and many parts of Europe, leading workshops, performing, and singing with groups of all sizes. Stuart’s newest book is “Who Is My Neighbor: The Parable of the Good Samaritan in the windows of Chartres Cathedral.”

What we will learn in this presentation or interview

Music, story and the arts are fundamental ways that we relate as humans. Our ability to be present with each other and ourselves as we engage in creativity brings us together and deepens our experience of learning, communicating, and being in the community.


Sue DeCaro •

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Sue is a heart-centered coach, educator, motivational speaker, and writer, working with individuals, corporations, and families around the globe to navigate life’s daily challenges. 

While integrating education, consciousness, and coaching, Sue helps individuals to feel empowered, grow, and thrive. Her passion is to help people deeply connect to themselves, to their children, and of course, to the world around them, creating a brighter future.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview 

Emotional intelligence is one of the most effective tools for strengthening our relationship with ourselves and with others. Emotional intelligence allows us to have the self-awareness to check in on our own physical and mental wellbeing, and gauge it in others. When we recognize and support our children’s emotions, it offers us, as parents and teachers, an opportunity to connect with and guide them. Ultimately, this helps our children become independent thinkers, feelers, and resilient problem-solvers.

Free Learning Resources: E-Book on Mindfulness

Session Title: Cultivating Emotional Intelligence

Nicola Wakeling •

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Nicola is a British qualified teacher with a background in Special Educational Needs. She moved to Abu Dhabi with her family 5 years ago and has worked in several British schools since. 

After her daughter was identified as autistic with a diagnosis of anxiety back in 2017, Nicola became aware of her own neurodivergence and gained a deeper understanding of the reasons she had battled with anxiety throughout her life. 

Mindfulness not only became a vital tool to support her own well-being but one that she felt passionately about sharing with her family as well as with children in the community.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview 

Nicola will talk about the importance of mindfulness for neurodiversity and how it has supported her on her personal journey with understanding and accepting her neurodivergent brain. Highlighting the benefits of a mindful approach to students and learning in the classroom that goes beyond a quick ‘mindfulness session’ and provides connection, acceptance, and trust.

Freebie: Mindful Magic Parent toolkit

Session Title: Mindfulness & Neurodiversity

Book: Currently working on my first book idea. Dear Teacher, it’s not me, it’s you.


Orla O’Sullivan •

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Orlaith teaches mindfulness and cultivating happiness internationally. She supports parents, teachers, children, and YA to take care of their hearts so that they can better take care of each other. She in the International Co-ordinator of Wake Up Schools, a movement founded by Thich Nhat Hanh to support mindfulness in education.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview
Discover practical creative exercises to explore feelings and how to take good care of them. With guided practices, coloring, and songs.

Session Title: Mindful Play to Care for Our Hearts

Free Learning Resources: Happy Minds, Loving Hearts

Anh-Le Ho-Gia •

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Anh-Le Ho-Gia is currently a Mindfulness Trainer and Consultant for the Yale- NUS College, Singapore. She is also a Co-founder, Curriculum Developer, and Teachers Trainer for Happiness- Based Education Schools in Vietnam. She has been active in building communities of mindful living in Singapore and Vietnam, co-organizing monthly days of mindfulness, biannual mindfulness retreats as well as facilitating weekly practice sessions for people from all walks of life, including children, young adults, teachers, parents, and also the general public. She has been passionate about cultivating happiness and well-being in education.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview
In this interview, Anh-Le Ho-Gia will share about her experiences of sharing Mindfulness and Compassion practices to cultivate calm, develop concentration, strengthen community connection in the contexts of higher education in Singapore, and pre-school & primary school education in rural Vietnam during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Session Title: Cultivating Calm, Concentration, Community Connection and Compassion in the Classrooms during the Coronavirus Crisis and Beyond

Priyanka Handa Ram •

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Priyanka Handa Ram is a social entrepreneur and author on a mission to transform how the world sees, cares for, educates, and protects young children. She does this through consulting work, programme innovation, and community initiatives, which encourage collaboration and responsibility – focusing on the most sustainable and scalable methods of Early Childhood Care and Education.

Free Learning Resources: Rainbow Play Approach

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Book: A Tiger’s Tale

Wendy O’Leary •

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Wendy O’Leary is a Health Educator, teaching mindfulness to children and adults and the co-author of Breathing Makes It Better, a mindfulness book for children. She has been teaching mindfulness and skills for emotional intelligence and regulation to children for 15 years including direct instruction with children in hundreds of classrooms, training teachers and non-profit professionals, and guest lecturing in College Education courses. In addition to her work with children, Wendy teaches classes on mindfulness for adults and works with them in a one on one capacity to support their practice.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview

In this session, you will learn a variety of practical child-friendly mindfulness techniques, ways to explain mindfulness concepts to children, and strategies to easily integrate them into the classroom or other settings.  We will also discuss the 3 A’s of mindfulness, to better understand it, not simply as a group of techniques, but a way of being with our experience.  This perspective supports a deeper capacity for cultivating emotional awareness and regulation in the classroom.  Concrete tips for sharing mindfulness with children will also be discussed.

Freebie: The Breathing Song

Session Title: Mindfulness Framework and Practical Strategies for Emotional Awareness and Regulation

Book: Breathing Makes It Better

William And Monica Nicoll •


Drs. William & Monica Nicoll co-direct the Resilience Counseling & Training Center in North Conway, New Hampshire USA. They provide individual, family, and couples counseling (on site or online/telehealth), consulting services to schools and mental health organizations, and professional development training in resilience promoting strategies for teachers and mental health professionals worldwide. Bill has 50 years of experience in education and mental health as a teacher, counselor, therapist, and university professor with a specialization in the dynamics of the child/family/school triad. Monica brings over 30 years of experience as a counselor/therapist with a special interest in health and wellbeing promotion.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview 

Resilience Based SEL adds the missing fourth ‘R’ to the education of children (Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic and Resilience). This presentation will focus on the essential four building blocks for fostering resilience and social-emotional wellbeing in youth as indicated by the research evidence.  Practical strategies for parents and teachers will then be presented for each of these 4 areas so as to assist parents and teachers in collaboratively developing home and school environments that effectively foster psychosocial wellbeing as well as improved academic achievement in youth

Session Title: Resilience Based Social Emotional Learning: Building Home/School Partnerships

Free Learning Resources: Resilience-Based Social-Emotional Learning Activities for Parents & Teachers

Iben Dissing Sandahl •

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Iben Sandahl comes from Denmark and is an internationally-acknowledged public speaker, psychotherapist, and best-selling author of The Danish Way of Parenting and educator who wants to offer parents an alternative to high-stress modern parenting – equipping them with the tools and knowledge to raise confident, happy children. She has more than 20 years of experienced insight into child psychology and education, which most naturally, anchor the Danish way of practicing parenthood. Her books have been translated into 27 languages and she is a mother of two beautiful daughters, Ida and Julie.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview

In this interview, you will meet Iben Dissing Sandahl, whose job daily to promote children’s well-being in families and schools. She believes that all positive energy and development originates with us (the adult). Instead of making children wrong, too much, or labeling them, we should first work on our inner balance and acceptance of ourselves. That way, we  ‘clean up’ in our old wounds to better meet children openhearted and in peace. This makes us better equipped to see and recognize them for exactly who they are, which is the optimal goal for everyone who deals with children.

Session Title: It Is All About Balance

Free Learning Resources: Do you want to raise happy children? Parent the Danish way HYGGE


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Chrissy Mignogna •

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Chrissy Mignogna, BA, E-RYT-200 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher), Lead Trainer and Director of Education for MoveMindfully. She has trained hundreds of staff, parents, and counselors to use the Yoga Calm® and Move Mindfully® curriculums in daycares, schools, hospitals, and juvenile services. Chrissy currently trains and teaches in preschools/daycares, elementary schools, middle and high schools. She provides trauma-responsive yoga sessions for the child/adolescent mental health unit and dual diagnosis units at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and United Hospital in St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN

What we will learn in this presentation or interview 

Discover the power of mind-body interventions for teaching co-regulation and self-regulation skills in early education. Learn simple BREATHE-MOVE-REST trauma-responsive activities for daycare, preschool, Pre-K, Head Start, and ESCE environments. Walk away from this session with practical tools for both you and the children you care for!

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Free Resources: Butterfly Pause for Children

Book: Early Education Card Deck

This newly created card deck is filled with beautiful, diverse images accompanied by developmentally appropriate language for teaching self-regulation to your youngest students.

Available in both English and Spanish versions.


Nancy Colier •

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Nancy Colier is a psychotherapist, interfaith minister, author, public speaker, and mindfulness teacher.  A longtime student of Eastern spirituality, mindfulness practices form the ground of her work.  She is the author of  the upcoming Can’t Stop Thinking (New Harbinger, 2021), and also, The Power of Off: The Mindful Way to Stay Sane in a Virtual World (Sounds True, 2016), Inviting a Monkey to Tea: Befriending Your Mind and Discovering Lasting Contentment, and Getting Out of Your Own Way: Unlocking Your True Performance Potential (Luminous Press). Nancy is a national speaker on wellbeing, mindfulness and technology, and has been featured on Good Morning America, The New York Times and countless other media.  She is also a regular blogger for Psychology Today and Huffington Post. In addition, Nancy spent 25 years as a top-ranked equestrian on the national horse show circuit and serves as a performance consultant to professional athletes and artists.  She is available for psychotherapy, public speaking, workshops, mindfulness training, and spiritual counseling.

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Maria Gehl •

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Maria is deeply committed to supporting early relationships with a spirit of nurturing and inquiry. In her current role, she does this through directing the Mindfulness in Early Childhood Project at ZERO TO THREE.  Her current work focuses on increasing the understanding and use of mindfulness and compassion strategies in early childhood settings and parenting.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview

Mindfulness and compassion are being used more and more frequently in early childhood programs and spaces.  And, these practices are being integrated into preschool and other early childhood settings in diverse and creative ways.  Maria will share some examples from the field about different approaches for integrating mindfulness, and some helpful things to consider as you do this work.

Session Title: Sharing from the Field: How Early Childhood Organizations are Integrating Mindfulness

Free learning resources: Getting Started with Mindfulness a Toolkit for Early Childhood Organizations

Whitney Stewart • Whitney Stewart

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Whitney Stewart is an award-winning children’s book author and mindfulness instructor for kids—toddlers to teens. She recently adapted her Mindful Kids card activities for kindness, focus, and calm to be accessible to toddlers in a new book series called Mindful Tots. These books tap into a toddler’s awareness of the five senses and of calming breaths. The series can be purchased online at Barefoot Books.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview

We will discuss how to introduce mindfulness activities to preschool children and why these activities could be helpful to you and to the children in your life. We will also dig into the activities themselves and explain how and when to practice them.

Free Resources: Mindful Tots: Loving Kindness, Mindful Tots: Tummy Ride, Fist Squeeze for Little Ones

Session Title:  Mindfulness for Toddlers

Priyanka Handa Ram •

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Priyanka Handa Ram is a social entrepreneur and author on a mission to transform how the world sees, cares for, educates, and protects young children. She does this through consulting work, programme innovation, and community initiatives, which encourage collaboration and responsibility – focusing on the most sustainable and scalable methods of Early Childhood Care and Education.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview

How can you bring mindfulness into your play approach? Mindful play is about using play to be completely present and aware of the process of play, how it makes children feel, and how children are being engaged. It’s also about the educator being more mindful and present. Playing mindfully helps to build connections, trust, important life, and academic skills – but most of all, it is a nurturing and fun way of being. In this session, we will talk about ideas for playing more mindfully in the early childhood classroom.

Free Learning Resources: Rainbow Play Approach

Session Title: Playing Mindfully

Book: A Tiger’s Tale

Abby Wills •

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I’ve had the joy and honor of teaching mindfulness practices, yoga, and SEL in pre-schools since 1998. My training and certifications in Contemplative Arts coupled with academic studies in Human Development (BA + MA), Trauma-Informed Teaching, Education, and Social Change coalesce in an approach based on respect for diversity, cultural humility, and transcendent values.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview

Practice ways of playfully exploring awareness, co-regulation, and compassion through mindful movement, breathing, and visualizations designed to nurture the social-emotional needs of children and adults simultaneously.

Session Title: Move, Play, Be: Embodied Social Emotional Learning for Pre-Schoolers and their Adults

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Debra Burdick •

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Debra Burdick, LCSW, BCN, also known as “The Brain Lady,” is an international expert on Mindfulness and ADHD.  She is an award-winning, best-selling author of Mindfulness Skills for Kids and Teens; Mindfulness Skills for Kids Card Deck and Card Games; Mindfulness for Kids with ADHD; Mindfulness for Teens with ADHD, ADHD: Non-Medication Treatment and Skills for Children and Teens; Mindfulness Skills Workbook for Clinicians and Clients Mindfulness Toolkit for Kids, and more. Visit for more information.  

You will learn:

  1. What is Mindfulness and what are the benefits for kids?
  2. Important things to consider when teaching Mindfulness to kids.
  3. How to do some Mindfulness Skills that are fun and improve self-regulation.

Free Learning Resources: In the Tree and In the Classroom: Two audio meditations of fun and effective mindfulness skills for concentrating and staying on task







Session Title: Mindfulness Skills for Self-Regulation in Kids

Book: Mindfulness Skills for Kids Card Deck

Dr. Stuart Shanker •

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Dr. Stuart Shanker (D.Phil) is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Psychology and the CEO of The MEHRIT Centre, Ltd. His latest books “Reframed: Self-Reg for a Just Society” (University of Toronto Press 2020) and “Self-Reg Schools: A Handbook for Educators” (Pearson 2019) co-authored with Susan Hopkins is a follow-up to “Calm, Alert and Learning: Classroom Strategies for Self-Regulation” (Pearson 2012). His book, “Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage With Life” (2016), still garners enthusiastic reviews and media attention throughout North America and has been published in the UK, the US, Poland, Germany, China, South Korea, The Netherlands, and the Czech Republic.

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Book: REFRAMED: Self-Reg for A Just Society

Dzung X. Vo, MD •

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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 also the founding Director for the BC Children’s Hospital Centre for Mindfulness.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview
Mindfulness is a powerful way of life that can help teens cope with stress, and thrive to live their lives to the fullest in the face of adversity. Right now during the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and increasing racism in our society, mindfulness is more important than ever. Mindfulness, self-compassion, and mindful action can help teens cope with the stress of the twin pandemics, and help lead the way to a better world.

Session Title: The Mindful Teen: Coping with the Twin Pandemics of COVID-19 and Racism

Book: The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time Cover: 

Candice Elisabeth Marro • • •

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Candice is a trained psychotherapist, cranial osteopath, mindfulness teacher, company director, author. Committed to better education to help young generations gain self-knowledge and contribute to collective transition, she is the founder and director of the P.E.A.C.E ® mindfulness for schools program in France. President of the not-for-profit A.M.E, also a chair of “Initiative Mindfulness France” a think tank of experts to investigate the benefits, limitations, opportunities, and challenges in accessing or implementing mindfulness training and, based on these findings, educate leaders, service-commissioners and the general public.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview
“ Learn a 5 steps guideline to start attention-based short practices in a school or education-based environment”
“Practice how to help kids and youth to establish a sense of grounding, safe inner space, and centeredness to better deal with stress and emotions
“Share tips to adapt breathing mindfulness techniques in schools or workplace during covid 19”

Session Title: Grounding, Safe Space and Interpersonal Skills

Free Learning Resources: Trousseau de ressources pour l’école (in French only for now), Video of the P.E.A.C.E Program  +PDF included

Book: “La meditation avec les enfants, ça marche” Candice Marro – Courrier du livre “Mon enfant médite en pleine conscience” – Candice Marro & Ilios Kotsou- Jouvences

Angela Chaousis •


Angela is a Mindfulness Meditation, Mindfulness-Based Art Educator, and Holistic Counsellor. Angela combines her passion for people, mindfulness, wellbeing, and the arts to support all sectors of the community especially youth by sharing the skills and tools learned over her lifetime. For 15 years Angela has facilitated workshops and programs for children and adults throughout local schools and the local community complementing her Holistic Counselling private practice.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview 
Making art and mindfulness go hand (heart) in hand. Mindful creative expression eases us into the process of focus and flow as we experience when meditating…… Mindfulness-Based Art is a meditation in motion. Mindfulness-Based Art blends mindfulness with artistic expression allowing us to freely explore the creative process of making art rather than focussing on the outcome or product. Mindful art making allows us to befriend and change the habits of negative self-talk, the inner critic, self-doubt, and perfectionism. We can learn to create an awareness of these patterns rather than from them. Bringing awareness and a kind and gentle curiosity to what we are creating can help us focus and express emotions which may be too confronting, elusive, and complex to verbalize. Through the language of art, we can learn to relate to ourselves and our creative expression helping us make healthy and more authentic choices as we navigate our inner and outer worlds.
Participants will be introduced to creative ways to incorporate art-making into their mindfulness practices. Angela will discuss Mindfulness-Based Art particularly using the Intuitive painting process and mindful art-making of mindfulness tools from the Be You Living Mindfulness Toolbox which was created in response to the challenges children are facing due to Covid.
Mindfulness-based art offers:
Mindfulness and meditation practices
Ways to improve attention
Development of self-acceptance and self-love
Ways to cultivate gratitude
Ways to handle stress and anxiety
Creative Freedom
Creativity as play and adventure
Spontaneous self-expression
Removal of pressure to perform
Connection of mind-body-heart

Free Learning Resources: Be you Living Mindfulness Resources

Session Title:  Mindfulness-Based Art-Exploring Creative approaches to Mindfulness

Book: Be You living Mindfulness Toolbox -Instruction Booklet. Mindfulness & Meditation Art Activities, Tools & Practices for Children.

Amira Valle •

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An experienced educator, scientist, researcher, and author, Amira is the founder and director of Elephant Wise Institute and Lead Associate for Mindfulness Without Borders (MWB) in Mexico. Amira oversees program strategy, stakeholder relationships, and leads MWB’s professional development programs in healthcare, education, and corporate settings in Mexico. Trained in chemistry, psychobiology, and contemplative neuroscience, she holds a degree in Chemistry from the Faculty of Chemistry, UNAM, a degree in Education from the Montessori Teacher Training Institute, and several certifications in Mindfulness in Education. Fluent in Spanish and English, she is a talented speaker, a passionate advocate for mindfulness in society, and a mother of two.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview
Online Education, to which all students have been forced during the Pandemic, has constituted an extraordinary challenge in Mexico due to the fact that most homes do not have access to the internet or devices to connect to any platform. Amira will tell us about the program developed to bring education to all children in her country and her participation in this program bringing Social-Emotional education to children. She will also talk to us about her active work in different forums and events in order to bring socio-emotional tools to all sectors of society during the pandemic and also about the modifications to her Mindfulness and Socio-Emotional Education programs to adapt them to this new reality.

Session Title: Social Emotional Education during the Pandemics

Free Learning Resources: Mindfulness activities “The Gift of the Elephant”

Book: El Regalo del Elefante, Mindfulness para Niños The Gift of the Elephant; Mindfulness for Children  Cuaderno de Trabajo “El regalo del elefante”

Karina Alejandra María Bustamante Wendorff •

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Karina Bustamante holds a Clinical Psychology degree with a specialization in children and youth, trained as a Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral psychotherapist. She is certified as a level 1 Trauma Clinical Practitioner by Starr Commonwealth and a trainer by the Positive Discipline Association, for which she currently works. Karina is a mother of one-year old twins and a four-year old son.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview
In this interview, parents will learn Positive Discipline principles and helpful tools that will teach children life skills at the same time that will offer them a sense of belonging and significance, especially during these uncertain times in which families have encountered themselves with new stressors along with parenting challenges.

Session Title: Parenting with Positive Discipline

Abigail Somma •

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Abigail Somma (Abbie) offers coaching and training in mindfulness and emotional intelligence. She works with individuals on increasing well-being and inner calm while meeting personal goals. In companies and organizations, she optimizes results by creating more connected, engaged, and creative workplaces. Ms. Somma has facilitated groups in Vienna, New York, London, and Bratislava, and has teacher-training certificates from the Nalanda Institute of Contemplative Science (NYC) and Search Inside Yourself (San Francisco), the renown Google-born course taught in companies around the world. She has also worked with parents on “mindful parenting.”

She is also a writer with experience in speechwriting, playwriting, and journalism. Past employers/clients have included the UN, the World Bank, UNICEF, think tanks, NGOs, and others. Her plays have been performed in NYC, LA, and abroad; and she has been published in the Globe and Mail, Thrive Global, Foreign Policy, Ethics in International Affairs, and others. Please find more information at

What we will learn in this presentation or interview

Being at home with children can be very challenging, and Covid has made it all the more so. In this session, we will discuss some tools and techniques for cultivating mindfulness and resilience for personal well-being, as well as maintaining a (mostly) peaceful home environment while staying home with children. We will also discuss the climate for mindfulness here in Austria as opposed to my home country, the US.

Free Learning Resources: How To Be More Present During Quarantine

Session Title: Bringing Mindfulness Home During Covid

Nara Andrade •

I’m Dr. Nara Andrade, Professor, Clinical Neuropsychologist, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Human Neurodevelopment. As a professor, I have been publishing books, coordinating professional training, and projects with international cooperation to foster resilience and promote mental health through mindfulness and social and emotional learning. I am especially interested in building bridges between science and public policies to reduce the impact of poverty on children and young people.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview
In our talk, we will address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and toxic stress related to poverty on mental health and learning. We will discuss how mindfulness can be a fundamental tool for cognitive stimulation and for the promotion, prevention, and rehabilitation of mental health in children and young people. We will present intervention programs carried out in collaboration with international organizations, such as UNICEF.

Session Title: Mindfulness and Youth: The Art of Raising Resilience

Eline Snel •

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Eline Snel is a therapist and certified MBSR / Compassion trainer and runs the International Academy for Mindful Teaching. She has been developing and teaching mindfulness-based courses for over thirty years. With her international team, she teaches teachers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and child professionals to deliver the Mindfulness “Frog method” ( Method Eline Snel) to children from 5-19 in schools and private practice all over the world for the last 12 years. She also developed a specialized eight-week Mindfulness train trainer program ( in English) to become a full Certified Mindfulness Trainer for teachers, psychologists, caregivers and parents. For more info :  

What we will learn in this presentation or interview
Mindful education in schools and at home is not a luxury anymore. It has become a need in this complex world to be able to learn how to pay attention, how to focus and concentrate, and how to be in a warm relationship with ourselves and others. It starts with curiosity and with a genuine and deep interest in the effect of our thoughts and feelings on our (often automatic) behavior.

Free Learning Resource: Sitting Still Like a Frog Documentary, Willibrord Mindful SchoolA Safe Place

Session Title: The Magic of Mindfulness in Education

Book: Sitting Still Like a Frog, Sitting Still Like a Frog Activity Book, Breath Through This, Awaking of the Little Frog ( is published soon by Shambhala publications )


Florencia Brandino •


Hello! My name is Florencia from América Latina, Uruguay. I am part of a team called Proyecto Mindfulness, we offer different international programs, and other workshops and courses focused on Mindfulness and Compassion. I currently work in the kids, family, and education department, directed by Fátima Pérez; and also in the Mindfulness and Arts area. I wrote and illustrated a Mindfulness book for kids, that is very playful and is actually being used in education.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview
I will share with you a glimpse of what is going on in Uruguay around Mindfulness and education in Covid times, including how and why to include compassion practices, CFT emotional regulation model, sensory-motor therapy, and art mediums.

Free Learning Resources: Bringing awareness and releasing emotions with art.

Session Title: Uruguay Around Mindfulness and Education in Covid Times

Book: La Linterna Mágica – Mindfulness Para Niños

Kevin Hawkins •


Kevin Hawkins has worked with adolescents and young people in various contexts for over 30 years – as a 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 an independent educational consultant. In 2012 he co-founded  MindWell,  which supports educational communities in developing wellbeing through mindfulness and social-emotional learning (SEL).  Kevin is a regular speaker, writer, and presenter on the topics of mindfulness, wellbeing, and social-emotional learning in education.

Session Title: Mindful Teacher Mindful School

Book: Mindful Teacher Mindful School

Mindful Teacher Mindful School

Matthew Green •

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Matthew is one half of 5th Place, an organization whose mission is to make the world a better place by enabling the how. Matthew is a coach and therapist specializing in emotion regulation, in particular stress and anxiety. He 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, 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 30 years. Matthew speaks, writes, facilitates, and coaches on all things emotion-related.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview
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 directly inhibits the capacity to learn. This tool is called the Shape of Emotion and is also a model and process 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 centered, resourceful state.
The talk explores how Shape of Emotion was used during COVID-19 lockdown to educate and support parents, teachers, and in particular, students to deal with the mental and emotional challenges brought on by the onset of COVID-19.

Free Learning Resources: Online Emotional Fitness Class An Emotional Fitness Class is a one-hour space for you to look after and nourish your emotions and feeling state as much as you look after your body and physical state. We clear at least one difficult emotion and expand one positive or supportive emotion.

Session Title: Shape of Emotion

Ayaka Mawary •

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Japan-based advanced EQ facilitator, founder at DAIJOUBU (means “you’re safe; we’re alright in Japanese”), a mother of two children, and singer-songwriter. Ayaka gives some courses for children and adults who would like to become a professional of themselves and to feel more comfortable and motivated to enjoy their life stories. Ayaka loves to collaborate beyond the countries to create something to make this world a better place.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview 
What’s happening in Japan?
What class do Japanese public schools have instead of SEL or mindfulness classes?
Disciplines to imaginations.
What does DAIJOUBU do in Japanese education?

Free Learning Resources: 8 Emotions and Messages(*in Japanese) 8つの感情と感情のメッセージ

Session Title: The Sense of DAIJOUBU to Heal This World

Safina Hirji •

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Safina Hirji (B.A, B.Ed, M.Ed.) is the founder of Stillness Hub ( which offers Mindfulness Support to different segments of the population with a particular focus on teachers and schools. She is also the author of Mindful Meatball, a book of 8 stories that incorporate social-emotional learning. She incorporates Mindfulness into her classroom and has found enormous benefits for students and parents alike. Safina has been practicing Meditation and Mindfulness for the last 7 years and is also a seasoned veteran in the realm of adult education and she has coached, supported, mentored and trained hundreds of teachers and school administrators.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview
Imagine seamlessly integrating Mindfulness and Curriculum into the classes you teach. It’s social-emotional learning but with a twist. This presentation will focus on how you can seamlessly embed mindfulness into your literacy or language classrooms.

Free Learning Resources: Mindful Meatball (free giveaway to 3 lucky people)

Session Title: Seamless Integration of Social Emotional Learning Using Literacy

Book: Mindful Meatball

Louisa Jewell •

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Louisa Jewell holds a master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania and is the founder and president of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association. She is the host of The Awesome Project, a new Audible Originals Podcast series that will be released in early 2021. Mainly known for her work educating people and practitioners around the world about the neuroscience of resilience, Jewell appears regularly on CBC radio as a well-being expert and has been featured extensively in other media including Forbes, Fast Company, and Oprah Magazine. Jewell is a featured expert in several documentaries including The Science of Happiness and Mental Health in the City and her best-selling book Wire Your Brain For Confidence: The Science of Conquering Self-Doubt was named in the top 100 Best Psychology Books of All Time by Book Authority.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview 
As we face greater challenges with the pandemic, we need strategies that will allow us to maintain a positive and optimistic mindset and respond effectively to stress. Louisa helps people transform the way they work and play to achieve sustained productivity, health, and happiness. Positive Psychology is grounded in scientific evidence that optimism, resilience, mindfulness, and meaning are crucial to everyday performance and improved well-being. Louisa will discuss her favorite strategies for dealing with the chronic stress brought on by the pandemic.

Free Learning Resources: Free first chapter of Wire Your Brain for Confidence; The Science of Conquering Self Doubt

Session Title: Reducing Stress and Anxiety During Challenging Times

Book: Wire Your Brain for Confidence; The Science of Conquering Self-Doubt

Katharine Roff •

Katharine is the Network Director for Europe with Six Seconds, the global non-profit dedicated to growing emotional intelligence. Her work involves supporting individuals, teams, and organizations across Europe to develop and practice emotional intelligence to increase personal and organizational effectiveness.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview
This session will help you to understand how to implement emotional intelligence in a practical and useful way.

Free Learning Resources: free emotional intelligence profile

Session Title: MAD Ideas to Be More Emotionally Intelligent

Joshua Freedman •

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Joshua Freedman is a specialist on emotional intelligence, an author, and the Chief Executive Officer of Six Seconds, a non-profit dedicated to emotional intelligence (EQ). He has helped co-develop EQ assessments and published a number of books and articles on the topic, creating an international network of consultants and coaches. – Bio from Wikipedia

Free Learning Resources: Popup Festival

Session Title: Being Hopeful in the Time of COVID

Caverly Morgan • 

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A Kids Book About Mindfulness

“A Kids’ Book About Mindfulness invites child and adult alike to connect in a deep and life-changing conversation about the nature of who we are.  Caverly Morgan is a wise, caring, insightful guide in this magnificent journey that explores the nature of our minds, how we become aware of the outer and inner world, and ways we can create a more clear, stable attention. The calm and concentration that emerge with this deceptively simple but profound practice of distinguishing the foundational awareness from that which we are aware of can transform the life of a child, adolescent, and adult toward more well-being in life. What a gift that keeps on giving!”

Caverly Morgan is a meditation teacher, nonprofit leader, and visionary. She is the Founder of
Presence Collective, dedicated to igniting personal transformation and collective awakening.
She is also the Founder and Head of Practice of Peace in Schools — a nonprofit which created
the nation's first for-credit mindfulness class in public high schools. Caverly is the author of the
newly released book, A Kids Book About Mindfulness.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview 
Please join Caverly Morgan, the founder of Peace in Schools – the first accredited mindfulness
the education program in the US – and Dr. Sará King, the Executive Director of Peace in Schools
and the creator of the “Science of Social Justice” evidence-based contemplative framework for
research and facilitation as they discuss how they each came to their mindfulness practice, how
they found each other as collaborators and “loving-disruptors” in their mission to bridge the
world of social justice and mindfulness education, and how they are envisioning the future of
mindfulness education in its capacity to inspire collective liberation from intergenerational

Session Title: Mindfulness in USA

Book: A Kid’s Book About Mindfulness

Deborah Salazar Shapiro •

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Deborah Salazar Shapiro, MSW, is a psychotherapist, accredited mindfulness meditation and compassion teacher, certified Forest Therapy® guide, and award-winning author, with over 15 years’ clinical experience. She has studied with Buddhist teachers in the U.S., Myanmar, India, and Japan. Deborah, who teaches in both English and Spanish, specializes in trauma-sensitive mindfulness, nature, intuition, and somatic practices. Currently a doctoral student in clinical psychology, she is passionate about sharing mindfulness and compassion practices internationally.
What we will learn in this presentation or interview
Deborah will provide unique insights into the connection between mindfulness, nature, and resilience. She will share how to connect with the natural world on a deeper level for a greater sense of joy and meaning in your daily life.
You can look forward to learning:
• How every moment can be an opportunity to practice mindfulness.
• How committing to a formal meditation practice increases your resilience through life’s challenges.
• How the concept of “time famine” prevents us from living our lives to the fullest and how to overcome this to bring more meaning and fulfillment to each day.
• How to practice mindfulness in nature using a simple Forest Therapy invitation to release stress, connect with the earth, and deepen your presence.
• How sharing mindfulness around the world through Deborah’s children’s book has increased her cultural awareness and sensitivity to diversity.
• How growing up in El Salvador during the time of the civil war helped Deborah to connect to her purpose.

Session Title: Increasing Resilience and Happiness Through Mindfulness and Nature

Samreen Shah • 

Samreen Shah is an educator and author. She started her career working in inner city London schools  before moving abroad to work in an international school. Samreen believes in the transformative power of education and has over the last few years been teaching young people struggling with mental health difficulties in a London Hospital School. Her philosophy being that there should be no barriers  to receiving a good holistic education.

Session Title: Mindfulness in the UK

Elmarie •

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Elmarié is the founder of the RITE Education Group and is a 100 Meaningful Business 2019 awardee. She has led various international projects in Education  Transformation, Curriculum Development, as well as Leadership, and Pedagogical Coaching for over two decades. She is a regular international keynote speaker on thinking skills development, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence and the ideator of the “Inspired: Are you future-ready?” global conference. 

Session Title: Mindfulness in the UK

Book: ThinkWise: Little People Big Ideas


María Noel Anchorena • 

Managing Director and MBSR Teacher Trainer

  • Founder and CEO.
  • Lic. In Psychology.
  • MBSR Certified Teacher by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts.
  • MBSR Teacher Trainer – Supervisor
  • Director of the MBSR Instructor Training for Latin America in collaboration with the Mindfulness Center of the School of Public Health at Brown University.
  • Director of the International Certification Program in Mindfulness and Compassion in Psychotherapy.

She is a visiting professor in different training courses at institutions such as the Aiglé Foundation, the University of Buenos Aires, the University of Salvador, the Foro Foundation, the Ricardo Gutierrez Children’s Hospital, among many others.

It regularly dictates training courses and training in the business and corporate environment for the reduction and management of work stress and in the training of health professionals.
It offers training and presentations in the academic and scientific fields at national and international congresses and conferences.

María Noel was a member of the Psychiatry Service of the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires in the evaluation and psychological assistance teams for 5 years.

The María Noel Society seeks to deepen and expand the expansion of Mindfulness, making it accessible to various areas. The development of this initiative is firmly rooted in the science and in the practice and teaching of Mindfulness, to create bridges between the scientific and contemplative disciplines.

Since the age of 21, María Noel has been committed to the personal practice of Mindfulness, participating regularly in meditation retreats in the Buddhist tradition and integrating the practice into her personal life with her partner and two children.

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Dr. Sara King •

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Dr. Sará King is the Executive Director of Peace in Schools. She is a UCLA- trained neuroscientist, educator, political and learning scientist, social- entrepreneur, public speaker, and certified yoga and mindfulness meditation instructor. She is also a post-doctoral fellow at Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) in their department of Neurology and has over 20 years of experience as an applied research scientist, specializing in the study of the relationship between mindfulness, community healing, complementary alternative healthcare, and social justice.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview 
Please join Caverly Morgan, the founder of Peace in Schools – the first accredited mindfulness education program in the US – and Dr. Sará King, the Executive Director of Peace in Schools and the creator of the “Science of Social Justice” evidence-based contemplative framework for research and facilitation as they discuss how they each came to their mindfulness practice, how they found each other as collaborators and “loving-disruptors” in their mission to bridge the world of social justice and mindfulness education, and how they are envisioning the future of mindfulness education in its capacity to inspire collective liberation from intergenerational trauma.

Session Title: The Science of Social Justice meets Peace in Schools

Free Learning Resources:

Book: A Kids Book About Mindfulness


Kami Dvorakova • 

Kami Dvorakova is a Czech education researcher, specializing in cultivating social-emotional competencies in educational settings, and applying evidence-based practices to enhance young people’s well-being. Currently, with a team at the Prague National Institute for Mental Health, she is developing prevention-based mental health interventions for middle school children, teachers, and helping professionals. She has a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University (under the guidance of Prof. Mark Greenberg).

Session Title: Mindfulness in Czech Republic


Lienhard Valentin •

When I founded Arbor Verlag more than 30 years ago, I hadn’t the faintest idea where this decision would lead. Neither did I have a clue about the publishing industry or the customs of the book trade – and I didn’t have any financial resources either. I was in my mid-twenties, had completed my training as a teacher of the Alexander Technique and in person-centered conversation, and had come across two books that I found important, but which no publisher wanted.

Session Title: Mindfulness in Germany, Austria, Switzerland

Prof. Thakur S Powdyel • 

Thakur S. Powdyel is an educator by choice, conviction and passion. As the country’s first democratically elected Minister of Education, he moved Bhutan towards fulfilling the MDGs and the country’s constitutional mandate for education. His major interests include institutional integrity, national self-respect, moral literacy and gross national happiness. Powdyel’s vision of holistic education as expressed in My Green School has been translated into several languages. He is a recipient of the Gusi Peace Prize, the Global Education Award, and the Distinguished Service Award for his pioneering work in Education as well as the Coronation Gold Medal 2008 and the Institutional Award: The Honour of Druk Thuksey 2012.

Session Title: Mindfulness in Bhutan

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