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.
COMPASSION FATIGUE SPECIALIST AND COACH
Beverly is a Speaker, Educator, Consultant, Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist and Author who has devoted 16 years to training Human Service Providers and Family Caregivers; helping them employ self-care recovery and neuro-physiological regulation strategies. By understanding the risk factors and prioritizing techniques, they can re-bound and remain effective and available to help those impacted by traumatic life experiences and At-Risk populations. Beverly’s training and coaching provides engaging, applicable and practical tools for sustainability and wellness.
Sam Himelstein, Ph.D., a licensed pyschologist, researcher, author, and trainer is the founder and president of the Center for Adolescent Studies. He is passionate about training professionals from multiple disciplines in creating authentic, healing relationships with adolescents that contribute to positive outcomes. His mission is to help young people become aware of the power of self-awareness and transformation, and train professionals with similar interests. Learn more about his philosophy and approach in his books: A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Working with High-Risk Adolescents (Routledge, 2013), and Mindfulness-Based Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents: A 12-Session Curriculum (Routledge, 2015).
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).
Letha Marchetti is a native Californian who delights in understanding and applying neurological concepts. As an occupational therapist since 1980, she loves simplifying scientific ideas for clients. Called “The Baffling Behavior Expert” by the media, her consultation and training has been acclaimed by teachers, parents, clients and other therapists both in the US and abroad. With advanced certification in neurodevelopmental treatment and trauma recovery, she offers broad experience and expertise approaching the complications of development.
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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.
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.