is the Founder of Applied Mindfulness, Inc., and a convener of the emerging field of Applied Mindfulness. He has led over 600 trainings in Applied Mindfulness. He is Executive Producer and Director of the film series Restorative Practices, a multi-part educational film series about the art and science of mindfully awakening connection and wellbeing. He is the author of Restorative Practices (forthcoming), Keywords (forthcoming), Inner Life Skills for Youth (2011), and Transformation through Feeling: Awakening the Felt Sensibility, and the novel Beginning at the End of the World. He has had the good fortune to be mentored by a number of remarkable people.
was born to a single teenage mother in Oakland, CA. She has experienced extreme racism and has done deep healing and awareness work to actively engage mindfulness to build her capacity to reflectively engage her experiences, own the fullness of her emotional experience, and speak truth. She graduated Cum Laude from the EDvance PATH program at SF State where she received her BA in Child Adolescent Development and was the Keynote speaker at the School of CAD 2017 Graduation. Prior to coming to Applied Mindfulness, she worked as the Inclusion Facilitator at CocoKids: a non-profit organization providing support for families, children with special needs and exceptionally challenging behavior. In addition to working with individual students and families she also facilitated workshops for providers and parents to further their understanding of child development and to empower their growth. Tiara is passionate about building healthy systems that transcend the derogatory narratives placed on people of color and thwart widely held stigmas. She is invigorated by experiencing diverse people, places, and cultures.
is a Certified Life Coach, is a leading voice in the implementation of mindfulness and violence reduction practices to bring awareness, insight, and change to system impacted populations. Earl is a member of the Anti-recidivism Coalition, The San Francisco District Attorney’s Formerly Incarcerated Advisory Board and the Timeslist Group. Speaking from a perspective of lived experience as a formerly incarcerated African American man, and as a beneficiary of this transformative practice who literally found his freedom through mindfulness, he is purposeful and intent on demystifying the practice of mindfulness to the population he serves.
says, “Mindfulness is not only the basis of my professional offerings; it is the air I breathe. Besides being MINDFRESH and yoga certified, I am also a Meditation Instructor in the Shambhala tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. In my seven years in the nonprofit mental health field, I’ve offered meditation and mindfulness techniques to nearly every client, group, and staff team I’ve been a part of. I’ve taught meditation and yoga on three continents; to professionals, refugees, mental health clients, and peers. I’ve led practice on mountaintops, among wild horses, in the basements of correctional facilities, and in corporate offices. These practices are flexible and adaptable enough to be of benefit to anyone, in any context.”
Salina Mae (she/her/hers) is a Bay Area native with over 15 years experience serving California schools both as a K-12 classroom teacher and as a mindfulness coach and consultant. She specializes in building creative, inspired, and socially awake trainings and curricula that lead to action in the areas of mindfulness, social justice, and systems change. Salina is a certified yoga teacher, a dedicated mentor and advocate for LGBTQI+ youth and a carrier of Joanna Macy’s The Work That Reconnects.
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist with over 8 years of experience working with low income and high risk populations. My diverse and varied personal experiences have enabled me to keep an open, curious and mindful approach when engaging with my clients. I have experienced life growing up as a mixed child in segragated South Virginia. While being raised by a struggling single mother, I got involved in high-level sports which taught me the importance of perseverance, overcoming and discipline. After college, I joined the navy to serve my country before, during and after the traumatic events of 9/11.
For most of my life, I have suffered from panic attacks, ADHD and PTSD and have lived in silence with it because of the burden that society places around the definition of manhood. The year of 2018 became a turning point for me when I realized that I wanted to live a life of hope and happiness and to instill those values into my young son. I decided to take control of my thoughts and actions through mindfulness practices so I can create a different outcome for my life. In the process, I embarked on an intense journey of self- discovery and expanded my awareness by limiting technology use and reconnecting with my mind and body through meditation, nature, therapy and reflection.
HEAD OF VISUAL DESIGN
is presently Senior Product Designer at a consumer-centric digital health company with $ 1 billion in annual sales, where he is responsible for the look and feel of the entire product ecology across all sales channels. He has been an Art Director for 20 years, with an extensive background in visual design across web, print, and video. His sweetspot is the intersection between design and usability, aesthetics and function.
Leonardo’s visual idiom is drawn from nature. He loves to harness raw intuitive forces, galvanized in logical composition. He works with traditional media– watercolor, graphite, then arranges layers and composition using cutting-edge graphic design tools. He is a certified medical illustrator, and a life-long student of animals (of which category, he reminds us, humans are a part.). He is based in Los Angeles, California.
was the Founding CEO of Heartmath, which he grew into a 12M healthcare and consumer-oriented wellness company renowned in the field of integrative health for their pioneering validation of the role of the heart in wellbeing. Heartmath was one of the first companies to scientifically-validate the role of the heart in physical and emotional health, having now authored 300+ peer-review studies of the efficacy of their techniques (through Heart-Rate Variability monitoring) in demonstrating clinical impacts in reducing heart disease, decreasing anxiety and depression, and improving general mood and wellbeing. Heartmath is a trusted partner of numerous medical systems, clinics, and medical schools, where Bruce was the public face of the organization for over a decade. Renowned as a dynamic lecturer, he has taught at Stanford University for 23 years, where he has had appointments in the Business and Medical School and offers courses on wellbeing and creativity. He is supporting Applied Mindfulness in strategic business development, relationship building, and advisory capacities.
EQUITY AND CAPITAL RAISING
is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Sutter Post Advisors, which advises and raises capital for select private equity funds, private companies, and real estate. He has successfully raised capital for alternative investment strategies and private companies for over 20 years. He most recently led business development for Harvest Capital Strategies, a $2 billion alternative investment firm and wholly owned subsidiary of JMP Group (NYSE:JMP) based in San Francisco.
guides change-makers, healers, and creatives to connect to their true nature and vision, and dive into a transformative journey that helps them emerge with their essential gifts shining more brightly than ever before. He is a leadership and life coach, facilitator, consultant, workshop leader, and is co-founding co-director of Ecology of Leadership Programs at the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, California (since 2006).
is based in New York City where her firm provides counsel to entertainers and entrepreneurs. She directs Applied Mindfulnes’ legal team, overseeing trademarks, copywrite, entertainment law (films, books), and contract agreements. As a former creative (dancer), she is also a dance and social media law commentator. She has discussed intellectual property law as it relates to choreography and influencers on CBS, Bloomberg, The Verge and Marketplace Tech. Merlyne received her J.D. from Duke Law School. She is admitted to practice in New York, and is an active member of the Black Entertainment Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA) and NYSBA. She is also multilingual (French and Haitian Creole).
advises start-ups in business formation, corporate governance, corporate financing, buy–sell agreements, stock option agreements, commercial contracts, intellectual property agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and general business counseling. He is a partner in Structure Law Group, based in San Jose, California, a full-service boutique frim comprised of a dedicated team of legal professionals with high levels of experience in the areas of corporations, intellectual property, debtor and creditor rights, and business litigation. Their clients include companies of all sizes as well as business owners and entrepreneurs. Their goal is to be the life cycle firm for emerging and established businesses, providing innovative, full–service legal solutions from business startup through Initial Public Offering. Their clients are located throughout Silicon Valley, the State of California, the United States and the world.
is "Distinguished University Scientist" at the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University and Professor in the department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina. He directed the Brain-Body Center in the department of psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a former president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and has been president of the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory, providing insight into the structure and function of the Autonomic Nervous System. The Polvyagal Theory has been cited more than 30,000 times on Google Scholar. Dr. Porges is a Senior Science Advisor and Business Partner of Applied Mindfulness, Inc. In December of 2019, Applied Mindfulness will publish the first official illustrations of the Polyvagal Theory.
EVOLVED DEVELOPMENTAL NICHE
is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame specializing in ethical development and moral education. Her ground-breaking inter-disciplinary research has focused on the relationship between indigenous child-rearing practices and the development of morality. Her most recent book, “Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality”, is part of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology.
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HEALING CHILDHOOD ADVERSITY
is an award-winning scientist, entrepreneur and advocate, dedicated to changing the way society responds to one of the most serious, expensive and widespread public health crises of our time: childhood trauma. She is the CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco. Her book “The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity” was called “indispensable” by The New York Times.
is an internationally-acclaimed American film-maker and master relational mindfulness and diversity trainer, whose ground-breaking documentary films about race and gender have been viewed by millions, and whose revolutionary connection-oriented culturally-sensitive mindfulness-based approach to facilitation is sought out by individuals, organizations, universities, and governments around the world. His films include The Color of Fear, If These Halls Could Talk, and Last Chance for Eden. He offers transformational relational mindfulness and diversity training through his organization Stirfry Seminars.
THE SCIENCE OF HAPPINESS
is the Science Director of the Greater Good Science Center, where she co-teaches the Science of Happiness course with GGSC founder Dacher Keltner. Since its introduction in 2014 as a massive open enrollment online course (MOOC), 450,000 students have registered for the class. Emiliana is a leading expert on the neuroscience and psychology of compassion, kindness, gratitude, and other “pro-social” skills.
is the founder of the Organic Intelligence™ therapeutic model, a positive psychology and mindfulness based method of cultivating empowerment, resiliency, and compassion to resolve the effects of stress and trauma and PTSD. He was for many years a Senior International Instructor for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, where he was personally mentored for years by Dr. Peter Levine, founder of Somatic Experiencing™: a short-term naturalistic approach to the healing of trauma.
MINDFULNESS AND PSYCHOLOGY
is empowered as a Senior Teacher and Preceptor in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, and is the is the Founder of Karuna Training, a contemplative psychology professional development training program that she co-founded in Europe and which is now established in North America as well.
Adam Johnson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for Fiction is Phil and Penny Knight Professor of Creative Writing at Stanford University. He is the author of the novel The Orphan-Master’s Son, and the short story collections Fortune Smiles and Emporium.
our Documentary Film Advisor, worked with Ken Burns for over a decade as a producer and production manager of The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), and Body & Soul (1998). She directed and produced Stone Rising (2005), Holding our Own (2007), and Mother Nature’s Child (2010), and, all of which appeared on PBS.