Organization

  • Rob Brandsma

    Rob Brandsma

    Head of Teacher Training MBSR/MBCT

    Rob Brandsma

    Rob Brandsma is founder of the Centrum voor Mindfulness, Head of our Mindfulness Teacher Training MBSR/MBCT program and trainer on the Teacher Training Self-Compassion MSC. His main interest lies in applying mindfulness and compassion to the many domains of daily life and specifically to health care. He has been involved in developing a number of mindfulness-based interventions.

    Rob is Head of the Mindfulness Teacher Training programs of the Centrum voor Mindfulness. He is the author of several popular books on mindfulness in Dutch. He published books on on the pedagogy of teaching mindfulness, such as The Mindfulness Teaching Guide: Essential Skills and Competencies for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Interventions.

    Keen on following the progress of scientific research on mindfulness he tries to base his work as a teacher and developer on the newest insights in the field. Rob, sharing about his passion for mindfulness: ‘Mindfulness enables me to deal better with challenges and obstacles and realize more often that the here and now is (almost) always the best place to dwell in. It enriches my life with insight, wonder and tenderness. It’s a gift to be able to bring this in my work as well.’

    Rob used to work as a prevention officer in addiction treatment, as director of an organization in the health prevention sector, and in his own practice for psychology. He is a trained pedagogue and a registered (but not-practicing) healthcare psychologist.

  • Mila de Koning

    Mila de Koning

    Teacher Trainer, Program Manager Compassion and Compassion Teacher Training

    Mila de Koning

    Mila de Koning is a social therapist, nurse and mindfulness and compassion teacher. She has a long professional experience working in (mental) health care with groups. And she worked as a teacher for healthcare professionals. Since 2011 her focus is mainly on mindfulness and compassion and she started working for the VU University Medical Centre where one of her main roles was to bring mindfulness and self-compassion to healthcare.

    Currently she works as teacher and teacher trainer at the Centrum voor Mindfulness in Amsterdam. She teaches mindfulness and MSC courses and is also a teacher trainer for mindfulness and for mindful self-compassion. One of her great aspirations is to bring mindfulness to healthcare, especially for doctors and other healthcare professionals.

  • Wibo Koole

    Wibo Koole

    Director

    Wibo Koole

    Wibo Koole is director of the Centre for Mindfulness in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and founder of its widely acknowledged leadership program Resilience in management, mindfulness-based leadership in 10 weeks. He is a public speaker on leadership, mindfulness and organizational development and the author of the bestselling Mindful Leadership. Tools to help you focus and succeed that provides the first comprehensive framework for mindfulness-based leadership and teamwork. Other books include Mindful Leiderschap voor effectieve teams en organisaties (in Dutch) and Mindful Werken. In 8 stappen je werkdruk de baas (Dutch).

    The Centre for Mindfulness is a professional, innovative and open training and knowledge centre for mindfulness in the Netherlands and Europe. Its mission is contribute to the enhancement of the quality of life and work, education and health by integrating mindfulness in all parts of society.

    .Besides teaching mindfulness based leadership programs Wibo works as a management consultant and leadership expert for innovation in complex systems. His work focuses on strategy and innovation, change management and leadership development in a wide range of organizations, both corporate and social. His clients range from KLM to local governments like the City of Amsterdam, from the Ministry of Agriculture in Ethiopia to international ngo's like Oxfam and Synergos.

    His work builds on his considerable experience in management himself, as campaign and strategy manager with the Dutch Consumer Association, as head of communications for Oxfam Novib and the mental health organization Emergis, and as general director of the Dutch Nature and Environment Foundation. He has inside knowledge of many economic sectors: telecommunications and internet technology, agro-production, health care, and banking and insurance; he has also worked with the government. He chaired the local Dutch Labor Party, PvdA in Amsterdam and has a broad experience as a non-executive president of several organizations, like the University of Amsterdam's Academic Mental Health Clinic and the forerunner of ProDemos, the Dutch national institute for democracy and the rule of law.

    He graduated with honors in political science at the University of Amsterdam, and took the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA). He is a certified mindfulness teacher and is a member of the Presencing Institute's (MIT, Boston, USA) Core Group. He studies various Buddhist (Vipassana, Zen) and other contemplative traditions and has expert knowledge of modern scientific insights on mindfulness meditation and its applications.

  • Nienke Heijbroek

    Nienke Heijbroek

    Program Manager Mindfulness in Organisations

    Nienke Heijbroek

    Voor mij is Mindfulness een krachtig middel om stop-momenten in de dag in te bouwen en tot mezelf te komen. Hierdoor handel ik meer vanuit rust en verbondenheid met mezelf. Hier profiteer ik van als moeder, partner, collega en vriendin. Van jongs af aan heb ik de behoefte gehad de stilte op te zoeken. Ik merkte dat je zo contact kunt maken met een meer intuïtief weten in plaats van het altijd actieve denken centraal te stellen. Pas toen ik Mindfulness ging beoefenen heb ik de behoefte aan rust en stilte kunnen integreren in mijn dagelijks leven. Ik heb geen vakantie meer nodig om op te laden.

    Na een retraite in 2001 ben ik intensief yoga en meditatie gaan beoefenen. Vipassana-meditatie, mindful yoga, westerse meditatie en de Mindfulness­oefeningen inspireren mij.

    Sinds 2005 werk ik als trainer, coach en organisatieadviseur. De afgelopen jaren heb ik vooral binnen de zorg teams gecoacht en verandertrajecten begeleid. Op dit moment werk ik in meerdere sectoren en geef ik mindfulness binnen organisaties en op open inschrijving.

    Ik ben sociaal psycholoog en heb daarnaast opleidingen gevolgd tot organisatieadviseur, trainer en coach. In 2010 ben ik opgeleid tot mindfulness­trainer. Ik volg regelmatig retraites en cursussen om mijn opmerkzaamheid verder te verdiepen.

    Bewust aanwezig zijn is voor mij een verrijking van mijn leven. Ik vind het geweldig om anderen te faciliteren om meer balans en rust in zichzelf te vinden.

    Meer info op: aandachtsoefening.nl

  • Ernst Koeleveld

    Ernst Koeleveld

    Program manager Mindfulness in school/.b Teacher Training

    Ernst Koeleveld

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    Ernst is teacher at secondary school and embraced the Mindfulness in Schools Project mission to improve the life of young people by making a positive difference in their mental health and well-being by training teacher to teach the .b course. The .b training teaches pupils not only how mindfulness can help them to handle difficulties more smart, but also how mindfulness can help them flourish. Ernst is also responsible for the Dutch translation of the current version of the .b course and brings a lot experience and examples from teaching .b to students of various school types and age groups (VMBO, HAVO, VWO and MBO).

  • Lisa Maduro

    Lisa Maduro

    Operations Manager

    Lisa Maduro

    My name is Lisa Maduro and I am Operations Manager at the Centre for Mindfulness in Amsterdam.

    I am responsible for the daily operations within the Centre.

    The practice of mindfulness plays an important role in my daily life, as a person in this ever-changing fast paced world, as an entrepreneur but certainly also as a single parent. It offers me the unique ability to really get to know myself and to therefore make more conscious choices. I experience more joy, calm and balance.

    With my company I organize small scale gatherings and retreats where I combine mindfulness, slow travel and creativity.

  • Willemijn Maria de Beer

    Willemijn Maria de Beer

    Management Assistant

    Willemijn Maria de Beer

    My name is Willemijn Maria de Beer and I am Managament Assistant at the Centrum voor Mindfulness.

    In my role I'm responsible for the organisation of a diversity of activities, training program, teacher training and course and I support teachers and trainers.

    I am also a certified yoga teacher and coach. Also in this work I can show my empathic qualities and my competence to support others.

    Yoga & Mindfulness do offer me a combination of balanced exercise of physical training with an active attentiveness. In the body we can notice more than the movement and become aware of possibilities and impossibilities. We experience thought, moods, emotions and all kinds of inner reactions. Every time again I become aware of what my body has to tell me at various levels. That can be pleasant and unpleasant experiences, like space, happiness, flexibility in thinking and moving, but also resistance, pain, anger, sadness, shame and inner struggle. How we deal with our body and ourselves becomes visible and feelable. Every time a new world opens itself.

    Being an entrepreneur it's my passion to guide people in finding inner peace and relaxation at any moment of the day. Both at work and on the yoga mat!

  • Kitty Valentin

    Kitty Valentin

    Content Manager

    Kitty Valentin

    In a stressful period in 2012 I was introduced to mindfulness. I attended an 8-week mindfulness training and a whole new world opened up to me. I learned to pause at stressful moments instead of running on auto-pilot, after which I could make better choices and experience relaxation.

    The constant stream of thoughts calmed down and I recognized what caused me stress and happiness so that I could act accordingly.

    These were techniques I would have liked to learn earlier in my busy life. Soon I got the idea that I wanted to teach others to practice mindfulness.

    First I practiced mindful compassion (MBCL) and after that I attended the Mindfulness Teacher Foundation Program at CVM, followed by a Vipassana retreat. In addition, I became a Mind-Walk teacher (a combination of walking, mindfulness, yoga and tai chi) and I have my own company where I help entrepreneurs towards more peace, focus and relaxation.

    And now I have started the Mindfulness Teacher Training Advanced Program at CVM and I hope to teach the 8-week mindfulness training soon.

    As a Content Manager at CVM I have the opportunity to combine my expertise on marketing communication with my interest in mindfulness. My work is visible via the newsletters of CVM, articles on the website and on social media. My favorite type of content - besides inspirational articles, posts and video - is to translate the knowledge and experience of our team to practical tips and tools to support you in your mindfulness practice.

  • Annick Luijkx

    Annick Luijkx

    Programme Maker Mindful Living

    Annick Luijkx

    In my role as editor, assistant to the director and producer I assist project from concept to creation to completion both concerning content and creatively. I like to learn, gain new ideas, getting to know people, connect them, tell stories or doing research into subject that I’m not yet familiar with. And that is precisely that I hope to bring to CVM. I will be co-responsible for the programming of CVM Mindul Living, a social platform that inspires and connects and offers extra depth for everyone that is looking for it when practicing mindfulness.

  • Clementine van Wijngaarden

    Clementine van Wijngaarden

    Programme Maker Mindful Living

    Clementine van Wijngaarden

    One of my favorite quotes is from the singer Tony Bennett. It is from the 2015 documentary about Amy Winehouse; “Life teaches you how to live it, if you live long enough”. In other words: when you are old enough you will start to see patterns; you see how you react to the same things over and over again. You start to see all of your flaws. But this awareness will also reveal your good qualities too. Bennett was 89 when he said this so already quite an age.But I am certain that if you practice and integrate mindfulness into your life the benefits of this wisdom can be apparent at a much earlier age.

    As a working journalist I have had many beautiful conversations over the past decade with national and international practitioners of mindfulness. I spoke to Rick Hanson about anger, I interviewed Kristin Neff about how, through compassion, the relation with her autistic son improved, Karin Rekfelt told me how being mindful can help with feelings of anxiety. But the conversation that stayed with me the most was with Tara Brach at an Airbnb in Amsterdam. It is because of her that I started to deepen my own practice and I felt more and more how mindfulness was increasing my awareness.

    As a programme maker for Mindful Living I will be looking for inspirational people to speak on our webinars, podcasts and video's. My aim is to help mindfulness become even more integrated into your life.

Teachers

  • Kiki Vreeling

    Kiki Vreeling

    Management Consultant and Mindfulness Teacher

    Kiki Vreeling

    Kiki Vreeling is een ervaren trainer op het gebied van persoonlijk leiderschap en mindfulness met een Master in Bedrijfskunde en een Postacademische Opleiding in Mindfulness. Ze heeft meerjarige ervaring in consulting en training.

    Verrast door het feit dat focus, mindfulness en het cognitieve model geen fundamenteel onderdeel zijn van leiderschaps- of business education, ontwierp Kiki haar eigen programma voor Persoonlijk Mindful Leiderschap waarin ze haar kennis van bedrijfskunde en mindfulness combineerde.

    Ze wordt gevraagd om haar programma te geven in leiderschapsprogramma’s van organisaties en business schools. Haar klanten zijn onder meer de Erasmus Universiteit, Rotterdam School of Management Executive Education, OVG Real Estate, Denso Automotive en Essent.

    Ze combineert die twee interesses niet alleen in het werk maar ook in onderzoek. Als PhD-student doet ze onderzoek naar de effecten van mindfulness op leiderschap bij de Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen, samen met de EUR.

    De programma’s die Kiki geeft brengen leiderschap naar boven dat buiten de gebaande paden treedt. Haar thema’s worden gesteund door wetenschappelijk bewijs en Kiki is een krachtig voorstander van mindfulness beoefening in bedrijfsomgevingen.

  • Femke Kok

    Femke Kok

    Mindfulness Teacher

    Femke Kok

    Mindfulness betekent voor mij mezelf oefenen in helemaal aanwezig zijn op de plek waar ik ben; alles wat ik mee maak open tegemoet treden en toestaan te voelen wat ik erbij voel. Mindfulness-beoefening zorgt ervoor dat ik de directe ervaring kan beleven in elk moment, in wat ik doe of mee maak en dat ik daarmee meer voldoening en diepgang ervaar in de dingen die ik doe.

    Mijn naam is Femke Kok (1975). In 1998 ben ik afgestudeerd als klinisch psycholoog (UvA) en daarna heb ik de postdoctorale opleidingen gedaan tot GZ-psycholoog en psychotherapeut BIG. Ik werk sinds 1999 in een GGZ-instelling en daarnaast heb ik ook een eigen praktijk in Amsterdam, als psychotherapeut en coach.

    In mijn leven heeft meditatie een centrale plek. Ik heb me verdiept in het (Tibetaans) boeddhisme, en de afgelopen jaren steeds meer in mindfulness/vipassana. Ik ben enthousiast over de mogelijkheden in de Oosterse filosofie om de Westerse psychologie te verrijken en verbeteren. Dat is mijn passie en het onderwerp blijft me uitdagen en inspireren. Het heeft me persoonlijk veel gebracht en het heeft mijn werk in het begeleiden van anderen effectiever, liefdevoller en plezieriger gemaakt. Om mijn mindfulnessbeoefening te verdiepen en inspiratie te verversen doe ik regelmatig (stilte)retraites en cursussen op het gebied van mindfulness en compassie.

  • Rob Brandsma

    Rob Brandsma

    Head of Teacher Training MBSR/MBCT

    Rob Brandsma

    Rob Brandsma is founder of the Centrum voor Mindfulness, Head of our Mindfulness Teacher Training MBSR/MBCT program and trainer on the Teacher Training Self-Compassion MSC. His main interest lies in applying mindfulness and compassion to the many domains of daily life and specifically to health care. He has been involved in developing a number of mindfulness-based interventions.

    Rob is Head of the Mindfulness Teacher Training programs of the Centrum voor Mindfulness. He is the author of several popular books on mindfulness in Dutch. He published books on on the pedagogy of teaching mindfulness, such as The Mindfulness Teaching Guide: Essential Skills and Competencies for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Interventions.

    Keen on following the progress of scientific research on mindfulness he tries to base his work as a teacher and developer on the newest insights in the field. Rob, sharing about his passion for mindfulness: ‘Mindfulness enables me to deal better with challenges and obstacles and realize more often that the here and now is (almost) always the best place to dwell in. It enriches my life with insight, wonder and tenderness. It’s a gift to be able to bring this in my work as well.’

    Rob used to work as a prevention officer in addiction treatment, as director of an organization in the health prevention sector, and in his own practice for psychology. He is a trained pedagogue and a registered (but not-practicing) healthcare psychologist.

  • Mila de Koning

    Mila de Koning

    Teacher Trainer, Program Manager Compassion and Compassion Teacher Training

    Mila de Koning

    Mila de Koning is a social therapist, nurse and mindfulness and compassion teacher. She has a long professional experience working in (mental) health care with groups. And she worked as a teacher for healthcare professionals. Since 2011 her focus is mainly on mindfulness and compassion and she started working for the VU University Medical Centre where one of her main roles was to bring mindfulness and self-compassion to healthcare.

    Currently she works as teacher and teacher trainer at the Centrum voor Mindfulness in Amsterdam. She teaches mindfulness and MSC courses and is also a teacher trainer for mindfulness and for mindful self-compassion. One of her great aspirations is to bring mindfulness to healthcare, especially for doctors and other healthcare professionals.

  • Wibo Koole

    Wibo Koole

    Director

    Wibo Koole

    Wibo Koole is director of the Centre for Mindfulness in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and founder of its widely acknowledged leadership program Resilience in management, mindfulness-based leadership in 10 weeks. He is a public speaker on leadership, mindfulness and organizational development and the author of the bestselling Mindful Leadership. Tools to help you focus and succeed that provides the first comprehensive framework for mindfulness-based leadership and teamwork. Other books include Mindful Leiderschap voor effectieve teams en organisaties (in Dutch) and Mindful Werken. In 8 stappen je werkdruk de baas (Dutch).

    The Centre for Mindfulness is a professional, innovative and open training and knowledge centre for mindfulness in the Netherlands and Europe. Its mission is contribute to the enhancement of the quality of life and work, education and health by integrating mindfulness in all parts of society.

    .Besides teaching mindfulness based leadership programs Wibo works as a management consultant and leadership expert for innovation in complex systems. His work focuses on strategy and innovation, change management and leadership development in a wide range of organizations, both corporate and social. His clients range from KLM to local governments like the City of Amsterdam, from the Ministry of Agriculture in Ethiopia to international ngo's like Oxfam and Synergos.

    His work builds on his considerable experience in management himself, as campaign and strategy manager with the Dutch Consumer Association, as head of communications for Oxfam Novib and the mental health organization Emergis, and as general director of the Dutch Nature and Environment Foundation. He has inside knowledge of many economic sectors: telecommunications and internet technology, agro-production, health care, and banking and insurance; he has also worked with the government. He chaired the local Dutch Labor Party, PvdA in Amsterdam and has a broad experience as a non-executive president of several organizations, like the University of Amsterdam's Academic Mental Health Clinic and the forerunner of ProDemos, the Dutch national institute for democracy and the rule of law.

    He graduated with honors in political science at the University of Amsterdam, and took the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA). He is a certified mindfulness teacher and is a member of the Presencing Institute's (MIT, Boston, USA) Core Group. He studies various Buddhist (Vipassana, Zen) and other contemplative traditions and has expert knowledge of modern scientific insights on mindfulness meditation and its applications.

  • Marjorie Lumet

    Marjorie Lumet

    Mindfulness Teacher

    Marjorie Lumet

    I am a mindfulness trainer, coach and birth doula and have been supporting individuals, groups and families in the making, through the practice of mindfulness and (self-) compassion since 2015.

    With a background of 15+ years in the corporate world (in global communications), I am aware of the challenges of working in a demanding environment and the threats this can pose to one’s well-being.

    French of origin, I’ve had the privilege of living in many different countries, working with various cultures, and continue to enjoy teaching international and diverse groups.

    My style is warm and nurturing - holding a safe space comes naturally to me.

    I offer the MBSR program in English language. I also teach the MBCP program to support expecting couples. My own experience of becoming a mother brought me to train as a mindful birthing teacher and doula as I feel mindfulness has a very positive influence on birth and the hugely important role of parenting the next generation.

    A few times a year, I co-host a retreat combining mindfulness, coaching and conscious movement (including yoga, pilates, dance) to support individuals to live more mindfully, purposefully and encourage compassionate action.

    I strongly believe in the power of sharing authentically as a community and host regular mindfulness circles and nature walks for continuous connection with ourselves, others and the natural world. Finally, I support individuals on a private basis in my own practice, Experience Mindfulness, both as a somatic coach and as a birth doula.

  • Martine Huisman

    Martine Huisman

    Psychologist and Mindfulness Teacher

    Martine Huisman

    Mijn naam is Martine Huisman. Ik ben werkzaam als psycholoog en mindfulness­trainer in Amsterdam en ben sinds een paar jaar verbonden aan het Centrum voor Mindfulness. Na mijn studie psychologie ben ik in 2013 in aanraking gekomen met mindfulness. De training heeft me veel gebracht en de beoefening van mindfulness doet dat nog steeds. Het helpt me om rust te vinden, me minder te laten meeslepen door negatieve gedachten en dichter bij mezelf te staan.

    Tijdens de trainersopleiding wist ik meteen dat hier mijn kracht en mijn passie liggen. Ik merk, zowel in mijn werk als in mijn persoonlijke leven, dat veel mensen gebukt gaan onder chronische stress en gepieker. We zijn druk, moeten veel ballen in de lucht houden en zorgen niet altijd goed voor onszelf. In de training leer je vaardigheden aan om bewuster in het leven te staan en zo meer aandacht te hebben voor de dingen die jij belangrijk vindt. Ik geef mijn trainingen met passie, humor en nuchterheid om mindfulness te kunnen beoefenen in het middelpunt van onze drukke levens.

    Het voelt als een voorrecht om anderen kennis te laten maken met mindfulness en deelnemers te kunnen faciliteren in het proces van met meer aandacht in het leven staan. Het is iedere keer weer bijzonder om te zien hoe iedereen na de training een rijker mens is..

  • Christianne Moussault

    Christianne Moussault

    Mindfulness Teacher

    Christianne Moussault

    Als trainer wil ik graag doorgeven wat mij geholpen heeft om om te gaan met de onvermijdelijke stress die iedereen in zijn of haar leven ervaart. Dat er een moment is dat je moet stoppen met "doen" en dat het dan belangrijk is om te ervaren wat er op dat moment "is".

    In 1984 ben ik in Amsterdam in aanraking gekomen met Vipassanameditatie. In golfbewegingen heb ik mij daarna meer of minder met meditatie bezig gehouden. Intussen was wat ik geleerd had wel steeds bij mij en op moeilijke momenten viel ik er vaak op terug.

    In 2007 deed zich een gelegenheid voor om een mindfulness­training te doen. Voor mij is het de aanzet geweest om mindfulness en meditatie een vaste plek in mijn leven te geven.

    Om mij hier verder in te bekwamen en om te kijken of ik dit ook aan anderen zou kunnen overbrengen ben ik in 2012 de opleiding tot mindfulness­trainer gaan volgen bij het Centrum voor Mindfulness in Amsterdam. Nadat ik de opleiding had afgerond bleek er een andere uitdaging zich voor te doen. Inmiddels ben ik directeur van een (GGZ) cliëntenorganisatie. Dit brengt met zich me dat ik op dit moment geen mindfulness training geef maar wel graag meditatieavonden.

  • Kristiaan bij de Vaate

    Kristiaan bij de Vaate

    Mindfulness Teacher

    Kristiaan bij de Vaate

    Ik ben Psycholoog NIP en heb naast mijn werk als mindfulness- en zelfcompassietrainer een praktijk voor integratieve counseling in Amsterdam Zuid.

    Als psycholoog kijk ik naar wat we als mensen nodig hebben om een gelukkig, gezond en waardevol leven te leiden en hoe we daarbij het beste kunnen omgaan met moeilijkheden die we tegenkomen.

    In mindfulness vond ik een manier om dit voor mijzelf heel direct te onderzoeken. Mijn eerste ervaring met mindfulness meditatie deed ik ruim 20 jaar geleden op in India. Hier kwam ik tot het inzicht dat je je eigen geest kan trainen om bewuster en prettiger in het leven te staan. Dit had een grote impact op mij en sindsdien ben ik meditatie blijven beoefenen.

    In 2012 heb ik de opleiding tot mindfulness­trainer bij het Centrum voor Mindfulness voltooid.

    Bij het CvM verzorg ik de mindfulness en zelfcompassie trainingen en begeleid ook de verdiepende mindfulness en compassie jaargroep. De praktische aanpak van de mindfulness training sluit goed aan bij de manier waarop ik de beoefening beleef en hoe ik deze door wil geven aan anderen.

    Mijn begeleiding karakteriseert zich door rust en betrokkenheid waarin voor iedereen ruimte is om op eigen tempo en manier mindfulness eigen te maken en te onderzoeken hoe je dit in je eigen leven kunt toepassen.

  • Henrice Vonck

    Henrice Vonck

    Mindfulness Teacher

    Henrice Vonck

    For Henrice Vonck mindfulness sets the course in the current phase of her life. The combination of (self)awareness, being in the moment and focused on the task, all proven outcomes of mindfulness practice, help her to be receptive to new moments and possibilities. She finished her mindfulness training at the Centrum voor Mindfulness, Amsterdam, and continues to deepen her expertise through self-study, conferences and retreats, combined with the physical practice of yoga and chi kung. At Nalandabodhi, Rotterdam, she followed the Buddhist Path of Study.

    Her wish to share her experience and insight with others she realizes in her work as trainer at the Centrum voor Mindfulness, Amsterdam, and at Codarts University for the Arts, Rotterdam. She is currently developing a Mindfulness training for Optimal Performance, to transform stressful performances into a dynamic and creative process. Henrice was trained as pianist at the Amsterdam Conservatory. She obtained a PhD from the University of Amsterdam, with her research on North-Balinese gamelan music. She regularly returns to Bali, as researcher and organizer of (inter)national events.

  • Suzan van der Goes

    Suzan van der Goes

    Mindfulness Teacher

    Suzan van der Goes

    I work as a coach and mindfulness and compassion trainer, with a background in business. My focus is to help people develop themselves. Becoming aware, trusting their own strength, and being in balance.

    In 2009 I discovered mindfulness myself and did I follow a teacher training program to become a mindfulness teacher. That choice also gave me calm and balance again and I refound pleasure in work and myself.

    Other than mindfulness training I deepened my knowledge and experience with mindful parenting and mindful self-compassion. By these additional teacher training programs I experience more compassion, wisdom and kindness for myself and other people around me. And more pleasure and love in my life.

    Mindfulness and self-compassion have brought me a lot. Mindfulness teached me to recognize automatic stress reactions. By this awareness I can make choices and respond to stress in stead of only reacting. It gives me more freedom and calm!

  • Nienke Heijbroek

    Nienke Heijbroek

    Program Manager Mindfulness in Organisations

    Nienke Heijbroek

    Voor mij is Mindfulness een krachtig middel om stop-momenten in de dag in te bouwen en tot mezelf te komen. Hierdoor handel ik meer vanuit rust en verbondenheid met mezelf. Hier profiteer ik van als moeder, partner, collega en vriendin. Van jongs af aan heb ik de behoefte gehad de stilte op te zoeken. Ik merkte dat je zo contact kunt maken met een meer intuïtief weten in plaats van het altijd actieve denken centraal te stellen. Pas toen ik Mindfulness ging beoefenen heb ik de behoefte aan rust en stilte kunnen integreren in mijn dagelijks leven. Ik heb geen vakantie meer nodig om op te laden.

    Na een retraite in 2001 ben ik intensief yoga en meditatie gaan beoefenen. Vipassana-meditatie, mindful yoga, westerse meditatie en de Mindfulness­oefeningen inspireren mij.

    Sinds 2005 werk ik als trainer, coach en organisatieadviseur. De afgelopen jaren heb ik vooral binnen de zorg teams gecoacht en verandertrajecten begeleid. Op dit moment werk ik in meerdere sectoren en geef ik mindfulness binnen organisaties en op open inschrijving.

    Ik ben sociaal psycholoog en heb daarnaast opleidingen gevolgd tot organisatieadviseur, trainer en coach. In 2010 ben ik opgeleid tot mindfulness­trainer. Ik volg regelmatig retraites en cursussen om mijn opmerkzaamheid verder te verdiepen.

    Bewust aanwezig zijn is voor mij een verrijking van mijn leven. Ik vind het geweldig om anderen te faciliteren om meer balans en rust in zichzelf te vinden.

    Meer info op: aandachtsoefening.nl

  • Margôt van Stee

    Margôt van Stee

    Mindfulness teacher

    Margôt van Stee

    Mijn naam is Margôt van Stee (1964) en ik ben als trainer en opleider verbonden aan het Centrum voor Mindfulness. Ik geef de mindfulness­training, de compassietraining (MSC) en de training Leven vanuit je kernwaarden (gebaseerd op Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) en ik begeleid de mindfulness en compassie jaargroepen. Daarnaast geef ik les en supervisie aan de basis- en vervolgopleiding tot mindfulness­trainer.

    Na mijn studie klinische psychologie werkte ik als hulpverlener, docent, trainer/coach en projectmanager. In 2000 ging ik werken als arbeidspsycholoog en sinds 2010 heb ik een eigen psychologische praktijk. Het hanteren van stress is sinds jaar en dag één van de voornaamste uitdagingen voor mijn cliënten.

    Toen ik in 2005 een mindfulness­training volgde bij Joke Hellemans vond ik hierop een mild en tegelijkertijd krachtig antwoord. Niet alleen voor mijn cliënten, maar ook voor mijzelf. Door in het hier en nu contact te maken met het lichaam en de ademhaling, zo ontdekte ik, herstel je het contact met jezelf en de wereld om je heen. Je doorbreekt de hectiek en creëert ruimte en rust om bewust en met aandacht je koers te bepalen, telkens weer opnieuw.

    De resultaten van wetenschappelijk onderzoek bleken mijn eigen ervaringen en die van anderen te ondersteunen. Daarom besloot ik in mijn leven volop ruimte te maken voor mindfulness, zowel privé als professioneel. Ik volgde scholing en retraites bij onder andere Rob Brandsma, Pema Chödrön, Christopher Germer, Frits Koster, Florence Meleo-Meyer, Kristin Neff en Mark Williams. Verder vind ik inspiratie in workshops, boeken en podcasts en schrijf ik graag over psychologie en mindfulness in de vorm van blogs. Meer informatie is te vinden op margotvanstee.nl

  • Joke Fleer

    Joke Fleer

    Associate Professor Health Psychology, teacher iMBCT

    Joke Fleer

    Joke Fleer is psychologist and works as senior researcher at the section Health Psychology of the Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen (UMCG).

    Since 2009 she teacher individual mindfulness.

  • Simone Lips

    Simone Lips

    Arbeids- en organisatie psychologe en mindfulness­trainer

    Simone Lips

    Ik ben arbeids- en organisatie psychologe (1964) en heb een jarenlange ervaring in het geven van trainingen op het gebied van communicatie, leiding geven en persoonlijke ontwikkeling. In de meest organisaties waar ik heb gewerkt heb ik veel stress, onvrede en conflicten gezien, met alle gevolgen van dien. Vaardigheidstrainingen zijn behulpzaam, maar bleken toch regelmatig een korte termijn oplossing te bieden. Er is veelal meer zelfbewustzijn en zelfmanagement nodig voor meer bestendige veranderingen.

    Toen ik in aanraking kwam met mindfulness bleek dat dit de ontbrekende schakel was in mijn leven en werk. Door mindfulness heb ik sneller in de gaten dat ik stress ervaar en schiet daardoor minder makkelijk in ineffectieve patronen. Dit zie ik ook bij veel cursisten.

    Ik hoor van hen ook dat ze hierdoor vaker weten te kiezen voor gezonde coping strategieën en regelmatiger tijd in bouwen voor rust en herstel. Ook helpt mindfulness om meer te genieten van de mooie dingen in het leven en wijzer en gezonder om te gaan met de lastige aspecten van het leven, waar we ook allemaal mee te maken krijgen. Ik ben er een milder mens door geworden, voor anderen en zeker ook voor mezelf.

    In mijn werk als mindfulness­trainer sta ik voor helderheid, rust, doortastendheid en een ‘met beide benen op de grond’ benadering. Het is mijn missie om mindfulness in organisaties te brengen en op die manier een bijdrage te leveren aan meer vitaliteit en veerkracht voor iedereen die daar werkt. werkt. Meer info op: mindfulmoving.nl

  • Irena Veringa

    Irena Veringa

    Mindfulness trainer, researcher, teacher

    Irena Veringa

    I am mindfulness trainer, researcher, teacher and midwife. During my 25 years of working as a midwife I have supported many mothers and babies through the processes of child birth. That was a beautiful and intense part of my life. Since 2012 I am a trainer in Mindfulness Based Childbirth & Parenting (MBCP), specialized in fear in pregnant women. I am also teach the course Mindfulness with your Baby. I study both of these courses at the University of Amsterdam. I work in close collaboration with Nancy Bardacke, the founder of MBCP and Eva Potharst, the founder of Mindful with your baby.

    Mindfulness plays an important role in my life. As a fearful mother and overworking midwife I could utilise mindfulness to see why I did the things I did and how I could enjoy my life better. I always wanted to share my experiences and discoveries in the field of mindfulness in my personal and professional life with pregnant women and mothers. I wish for every young family a beautiful start of new life with mindfulness. My next step is to introduce mindfulness into the obstetric care.

    At the Centrum voor Mindfulness I teach Mindfulness based Childbirth and Parenting with Fear for expectant women and their partners and for professionals in childbirth-healthcare and Mindful with Your baby for mothers with stress.

    For more information:www.mindingeboorte.nl

  • Esther de Bruin

    Esther de Bruin

    Gezondheidszorgpsycholoog, mindfulness trainer en associate professor aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam

    Esther de Bruin

    Dr. Esther de Bruin is gezondheidszorgpsycholoog, mindfulness trainer en is verbonden als associate professor aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam, afdeling Pedagogische en Onderwijswetenschappen. Esthers onderzoeksgebied heeft veelal betrekking op het ontwikkelen en evalueren van de (kosten)effectiviteit van mindfulness-based programma’s voor verschillende populaties, zoals kinderen met autisme en Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), en hun ouders (het MYmind programma waarvan bij het CvM ook de trainersopleiding verzorgd wordt), zwangere vrouwen met stress- en angstklachten en hun partners (het MBCP programma waarvan bij het CvM ook de trainersopleiding verzorgd wordt) en Esther is ontwikkelaar en onderzoeker van het Mindful2Work programma wat inmiddels ook in het Duits vertaald is.

    Ze is associate editor van het internationale wetenschappelijke tijdschrift Mindfulness, en ontwikkelaar en docent van een internationale module Mindfulness voor studenten van over de hele wereld aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam.

  • Jennifer Hordijk-Faure

    Jennifer Hordijk-Faure

    Mindfulness teacher

    Jennifer Hordijk-Faure

    I am South African, married to a Dutchman and have been living in Holland for more than 25 years.

    Since I started exploring mindfulness several years ago, the effect on my life has been profound. I have been amazed at improvements I have been able to make to my own emotional well-being. Instead of missing my life by worrying too much about the future or being caught up in the past, I am spending a lot more time in the present.

    Through the skills of mindfulness, I have learned to remain calm and centered, even when faced with the challenges that life sometimes has the tendency to throw in our path.

    I became so enthusiastic about the benefits of mindfulness in my own life, that I completed the teacher training program at the Centrum for Mindfulness in Amsterdam in order to be able to share what I have learned with others. I also regularly follow courses and retreats in the field of mindfulness.

    My teaching approach is practical and down to earth. I find it deeply rewarding to help others make their journey toward a more aware, happier and balanced life.

  • Mark Cole

    Mark Cole

    Mindfulness teacher

    Mark Cole

    Mark Cole has practiced various forms of mind & body based awareness techniques since 1993. He adopted the mindfulness based approach in 2010, and has since followed post graduate studies in mindfulness based therapies at the Radboud UMC (Nijmegen) and Oxford University (UK) leading to professional trainer endorsement.

    Having worked across a large number of multinationals in a variety of roles within HR, IT and Business Development; Mark is close to the ground and well informed of the stresses of modern living in the workplace and at home. He is passionate about training people to respond rather than react to the triggers of stress in a creative and engaging, yet light hearted way.

    Mark has a particular interest in the area of Mindfulness in the relationship to oneself, others and the world around us. With a passion for the great outdoors, he can often be found spending time on the water, where actively being present with the elements provides a rewarding sense of connection with nature.

  • Mary Kelly

    Mary Kelly

    Mindfulness teacher

    Mary Kelly

    Originally from Ireland, I have lived overseas for many years in a number of interesting places.

    Whilst living in Myanmar, I became intrigued by the mindful approach to living and being that was embodied by the local people. Teaching in an international school setting, at the time, I began to notice the subtle differences in composure between the local children and those who came from elsewhere. The Myanmar children, who were experienced in meditation, seemed to have a distinct form of presence.

    At that point in my life, I did not yet have words to define what I was perceiving, but I recognized in the Myanmar children their notable capacity to be aware, attentive, kind, non-judgemental, and curious. At a later stage, I learned that this way of being is characterised by the term mindfulness, and that it is a disposition that can be cultivated, in any cultural context, over time.

    On returning to Europe to work at a busy international school environment, I realized that I missed the calm and steady nature of the environment that I had left, and I sought out my first MBSR training in an effort to manage work related stress. This initial training proved inspirational and it opened a doorway that led to an exploration of different forms of meditation including vipassana, metta, and Zen. The highlight of this initial journey was a delightful retreat on Applied Ethics with Thich Nhat Hahn.

    Over time, a deepening awareness of the benefits of mindfulness-based practices for my own personal well-being and development encouraged me to introduce mindfulness to my students, to my colleagues, and to others. Following professional trainings with the Mindfulness in Schools Project and the Centre for Mindfulness, I now offer regular courses in Dot B, Dot B Foundations, and MBSR. My approach to teaching is inspired by the many thoughtful and heartfelt experiences that have remained with me following my time in Myanmar.

  • Kim Brice

    Kim Brice

    Mindfulness teacher

    Kim Brice

    Mindfulness has helped me understand and appreciate myself better. I have lived with high levels of anxiety all my life as well as trauma-related stress due to my work in war zones and several major life events. The MBSR training has offered me a backpack of tools which have empowered me to navigate life with greater awareness and equanimity. There is more compassion and spaciousness in me and as a result my life feels even more joyful and fulfilling.

    My professional background began in the field of political and social justice as a human rights activist. I also worked in several high management positions for private foundations in the United States and sub-Saharan Africa. Once I moved to The Netherlands in 2002, I immersed myself in personal growth and development, meditation and dance, a childhood passion of mine. As a result, I became increasingly fascinated by the body-mind connection and the importance of tapping into our whole-body intelligence. Before I knew it, I began coaching women around life transitions after earning certification as an integral leadership coach from Venwoude, a center for personal and spiritual development based in The Netherlands. Later, I received my certification as a mindfulness trainer from the Amsterdam-based Centrum voor Mindfulness. And, last but not least, I became a dance teacher. I am also an avid practitioner of yoga and the martial art of Aikido.

    Today, I offer MBSR courses to the general public as well as to change makers, individuals whose work contributes to positive social and political change in the world. I teach mindfulness because when we are able to move through life with greater stability and awareness, it positively affects everything we do and everyone we interact with. It is my way of contributing to a healthier and more balanced world, one person at a time. If you attend one of my sessions, I guarantee down to earthiness, warmth and humor. You can also expect an eclectic mix of qualities I bring to all I do having been raised in New York City by a French father and a Danish mother and having lived and worked in many different cultural and political contexts around the world.

  • Jem Shackleford

    Jem Shackleford

    Jem Shackleford

    Jem has been practising meditation for many years and teaching mindfulness for over six. He has personal experience of the effectiveness of mindfulness practice in helping to alleviate stress and improve general wellbeing.

    He runs mindfulness courses for adults, young people and those that care for them. With a background in secondary schools and the use of mindfulness to improve well-being in education, Jem is Schools’ Liaison Consultant for Oxford University’s MYRIAD project.

    He is also a director of iBme UK, an organisation providing transformational residential retreats for young people.

    Jem has an MSc in Mindfulness-Based Approaches from the University of Bangor and is registered with the UK Mindfulness-Based Teachers' Network.

  • Joke Hellemans

    Joke Hellemans

    Klinisch psycholoog/psychotherapeut

    Joke Hellemans

    Joke Hellemans is klinisch psycholoog/psychotherapeut. Ze heeft 32 jaar gewerkt in de GGZ , waarzij vanaf 2001 MBCT en MBSR trainingen heeft gegeven. Sinds 2008 is zij werkzaam bij UvAminds, een Academisch behandelcentrum voor ouder en kind. Samen met Susan Bögels heeft ze de Mindful Parenting training ontwikkeld en hier veel trainingen in gegeven, naast MBSR, MBCT en Compassie­training ( Neff/ Germer) Zij deed haar opleiding tot mindfulness­trainer (MBSR) in de VS, aan het Center for Mindfulness( CfM) in 2003 tot 2005. Daarnaast is zij opgeleid tot MBCTtrainer door Zindel Segal, Ferris Urbanowski en Susan Woods. Zij heeft een achtergrond in Advaita Vedanta, en sinds 2000 in de vipassanameditatie. Ze is verbonden aan het Instituut voor Mindfulness (IvM) als docent en supervisor.

  • Renée Piket

    Renée Piket

    Mindfulness Teacher

    Renée Piket

Guest Teachers

  • Helle Laursen

    Helle Laursen

    Assistant / MSC trainer

    Helle Laursen

    Helle Laursen has been a Certified MSC Teacher since 2015, a Heartfulness meditation Trainer, and has a private practice in Silkeborg, Denmark, with 15 + years of experience supporting people on sick leave due to mental health issues. For more than 20 years, she has been a dedicated student of Heartfulness Meditation and enjoys regular visits to Ashrams to deepen her practice. She has taught the LOMSC program for CMSC for the last 4 years and has had 1000+ participants through the program. She is also part of the Live Online Teacher Training and mentoring those teaching their first MSC program. After completing her M.A., she had a position of Leading Mentor Coach in the largest Coach Training Institute in Denmark for 10 + years, as well as holding a position of Head of Project for a regional based 12-week program for those on sick leave from jobs due to mental health issues like stress, depression and or anxiety. In her private practice, she uses mindfulness and compassion-based approaches. Helle works with varied groups, but primarily with social workers, teachers, psychologists, therapists, nurses, and other industries who work in and with relations to clients, citizens, students. She offers individual and corporate compassion programs, classes, workshops, retreats, and hourly consultations. Helle is committed to bringing compassionate awareness into everyday life in a lighthearted way so that that life can be even more enjoyable and rich, and meaningful.
  • Michelle Becker

    Michelle Becker

    Marriage and Family Therapist, Mindful Selfcompassion Teacher

    Michelle Becker

    Michelle Becker, M.A., LMFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Mindful Selfcompassion Teacher in private practice in San Diego, CA utilizing mindfulness and compassion based psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families and groups. She is Director of Compassion Programs at the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness where she also teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion.

    She is a teacher trainer for Mindful Self-Compassion and co-founder, along with Dr.’s Germer, Neff and Hickman, of the Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training. She is also co-founder of the San Diego Center For Well Being and co-developer of the Mindful Living for Couples program. Michelle enjoys helping individuals, couples, families and groups to find a meaningful and satisfying way of life. For more information on Michelle’s work and schedule please visit her website: MichelleBeckerLMFT.com.

  • Christine Brähler

    Christine Brähler

    Clinical psychologist, Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Trainer

    Christine Brähler

    Dr. Christine Brähler is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, supervisor and lecturer. As a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Teacher Trainer, she leads MSC intensives, MSC teacher trainings and supervision around the world in several languages.

    She offers innovative workshops on MSC Advanced Teaching Skills, Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy and Fierce Self-Compassion. Her academic and popular publications include the first clinical trial of Compassion Focused Therapy.

  • Rebecca Crane

    Rebecca Crane

    Professor in Psychology, researcher, mindfulness teacher

    Rebecca Crane

    p>Rebecca Crane is with Mark Williams the founder of the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice of the University of Bangor, England. She is currently the head of this centre, researcher and international lecturer at educational programs for mindfulness teachers.

    She was there from the start of the development of MBCT. She is the writer of ‘Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy’ (Routledge, 2009).

  • Marie-Claire Dassen

    Marie-Claire Dassen

    Management Consultant, Executive Coach and PhD-candidate

    Marie-Claire Dassen

    Marie-Claire Dassen has 25 years of experience as an executive (team) coach, management consultant and leadership trainer. She is the founder of Scafander, an Amsterdam based consultancy firm. In her work, she combines a psychodynamic view with a practical approach, always helping clients to find and develop sustainable solutions that fit their possibilities, challenges and needs.

    Next to her consultancy and coaching work, she conducts PhD research at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam into group dynamics in top management teams. She has a Master degree from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, where she studied the psychodynamics of organizations and leaders.

    Clients she worked with include both Dutch and international organizations such as Booking.com, UPC, KLM, Leiden University, mission hospitals in the Eastern Province of Zambia, DHV, NUON, Amerpoort, Vodafone, Karakter, Haeghe Groep, Warchild, Nyenrode Business University, City of Amsterdam, TNO, Unesco, health care organizations in Rumania and Servia-Montenegro, TSM Business School.

  • Christopher Germer

    Christopher Germer

    Psychologist, Harvard Teacher and Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher

    Christopher Germer

    Chris Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School. He co-developed the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program with Kristin Neff in 2010 and MSC has since been taught to over 100,000 people worldwide. They co-authored two books on MSC, The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program.

    Chris spends most of his time lecturing and leading workshops around the world on mindfulness and self-compassion. He is also the author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion; he co-edited two influential volumes on therapy, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy; and he maintains a small private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts, USA.
    www.mindfulselfcompassion.org
    www.centerformsc.org

  • Steven Hickman

    Steven Hickman

    Clinical Psychologist, Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher

    Steven Hickman

    Dr. Steven Hickman is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and is an Associate Clinical Professor in the UC San Diego Departments of Psychiatry and Family & Preventive Medicine. Dr. Hickman is the Founder and Director of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, a program of community building, clinical care, professional training and research. Having taught over 50 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses, and been a trainer in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Steve gladly pursued training as a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher as well.

    Having witnessed the transformation that is possible out of the practice of self-compassion, including what he has witnessed in his own MBSR "graduates", he has become an advocate for self-compassion as an essential aspect of a mindful life. Steve is a co-founder, along with Michelle Becker, Chris Germer and Kristin Neff, of the MSC Teacher Training program. Dr. Hickman is also a member of the Executive Committee of the UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine. He is married and has three teenage children, affording him ample opportunities to practice what he teaches.

  • Kristin Neff

    Kristin Neff

    Professor Human Development, Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher

    Kristin Neff

    Kristin Neff, professor Human Development at the University of Texas, discovered that self-compassion has a very beneficial effect in programs of psychological development. She is researching this effect and has developed a great number of practical exercises, which one can use to enhance self-compassion on a daily basis, such as the ‘self-compassion mantra’. She has developed a compassion training with Germer.

    Neff has depicted her work in the popular psychological book “Self Compassion, stop beating yourself up and leave insecurity behind”. She is also known as the mother of The Horse Boy from the documentary of the same name.

  • Andrew Olendzki

    Andrew Olendzki

    Senior University Lecturer, MBCT Trainer, Mindfulness Supervision Teacher Trainer

    Andrew Olendzki

    Andrew Olendzki, PhD, was trained in Buddhist Studies at Lancaster University in England, as well as at Harvard and the University of Sri Lanka. The former executive director of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) and senior scholar at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS) in Barre, Massachusetts, he is the author of Unlimiting Mind (Wisdom 2010) and Untangling Self (Wisdom 2016).

    He is currently teaching at Amherst College and is the senior scholar at the Integrated Dharma Institute Integrated Dharma Institute.

  • Stephen Batchelor

    Stephen Batchelor

    Scolar, writer and Buddist teacher

    Stephen Batchelor

    Stephen Batchelor is a contemporary Buddhist teacher and writer, best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. Stephen considers Buddhism to be a constantly evolving culture of awakening rather than a religious system based on immutable dogmas and beliefs. In particular, he regards the doctrines of karma and rebirth to be features of ancient Indian civilization and not intrinsic to what the Buddha taught. Buddhism has survived for the past 2,500 years because of its capacity to reinvent itself in accord with the needs of the different Asian societies with which it has creatively interacted throughout its history. As Buddhism encounters modernity, it enters a vital new phase of its development. Through his writings, translations and teaching, Stephen engages in a critical exploration of Buddhism's role in the modern world, which has earned him both condemnation as a heretic and praise as a reformer.

    Currently he is also involved with the Bodhi College, a European educational centre for meditative learning, critical examination and practical cultivation of the Dharma as found in the early strata of Buddhist texts. Bodhi College aspires to recover core insights of early Buddhist teachings in order to develop fresh ways of understanding the Dharma today. It seeks to provide a contemplative education that inspires students to realize the values of the Dharma in the context of this secular age and culture. In the spirit of Buddha’s teaching Bodhi College is committed to a middle way of human awakening that integrates theory with practice, while encouraging both personal fulfillment and social engagement.

  • Michael West

    Michael West

    Senior Fellow The King’s Fund, Professor of Organizational Psychology

    Michael West

    Michael West is Senior Fellow in The King’s Fund, Professor of Organizational Psychology at Lancaster University Management School, and Emeritus Professor at Aston University. He was formerly Executive Dean of Aston Business School. He graduated from the University of Wales in 1973 and received his PhD in 1977 for work on The Psychology of Meditation. He has authored, edited or co-edited 20 books including The Psychology of Meditation (1987); The Psychology of Work and Organizations (2010); The Psychology of Meditation: Research and Practice (2016); and Effective Teamwork (2012) the first edition of which has been translated into 12 languages. He has also published over 200 articles for scientific and practitioner publications, as well as chapters in scholarly books.

    He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the American Psychological Association (APA), the International Association of Applied Psychologists, the British Academy of Management and the Academy of Social Sciences. His areas of research are team and organizational innovation and effectiveness, particularly in relation to the organization of health services. He lectures widely both nationally and internationally about the results of his research, on reflexivity, meditation, mindfulness and leadership and his solutions for developing effective and innovative organizations in health care.

  • Arnold Bakker

    Arnold Bakker

    professor of Labour- and Organizational Psychology

    Arnold Bakker

    Arnold Bakker is professor of Labour- and Organizational Psychology and Director of the Center of Excellence for Positive Organizational Psychology at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Next to that he is Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, and Adjunct Professor at the Lingnan Universiteit in Hong Kong. Bakker is interested in where people find pleasure at work. His research is focusing on issues like engagement, burnot, motivation and happiness at work and on ways to influence this through job crafting, using strengths, leadership and free time.

    He belongs to the select group of often cited scientist in the Thomson Reuters (2014, 2015 en 2016) list of: “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds”. More information: www.arnoldbakker.com of www.profarnoldbakker.com.

  • Karen Bluth

    Karen Bluth

    Faculty, Program on Integrative Medicine

    Karen Bluth

    Karen Bluth, Ph.D Faculty, Program on Integrative Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, received her PhD in Child and Family Studies from the University of Tennessee in 2012, and holds a faculty position in the Program on Integrative Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine where she is a self-compassion and mindfulness researcher and teacher. Dr. Bluth’s research focuses on the roles that self-compassion and mindfulness play in promoting well-being in youth. She is co-creator of Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens, which is an adaptation of the Neff and Germer Mindful Self-Compassion Program.

    As a mindfulness practitioner for almost 40 years and an educator with 18 years of classroom experience, Dr. Bluth frequently gives talks and conducts workshops in self-compassion and mindfulness in educational settings and in the community. Dr. Bluth is an Associate Editor of the academic journal Mindfulness and Associate Director of the UNC Mindfulness Program on Stress and Pain Management.

  • Lorraine Hobbs

    Lorraine Hobbs

    Director of the Youth and Family Programs

    Lorraine Hobbs

    Lorraine M. Hobbs, M.A., Chom is the Director of the Youth and Family Programs at the University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness. During her tenure at the Center, she has developed and implemented curricula in mindfulness for multiple age groups and a course in Mindful & Compassionate Parenting. As a family therapist and former clinical director of adolescent treatment programs, her concern for the adverse effects of stress on the social and emotional development of teens led to pioneering work in the area of self-compassion for teens.

    She is co-author of Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens & Young Adults, adapted from the adult Mindful Self-Compassion Program and endorsed by Kristen Neff, Ph.D. & Chris Germer, Ph.D. She is certified to teach MBSR (Mindfulness Based-Stress Reduction), MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion), and CCARE (Compassion Cultivation, Altruism, Research & Education), a year-long training program created by clinical psychologists and contemplative scholars at Stanford University. Lorraine is co-director of the Mindfulness for Adolescents Certification Program. She also consults with educators on integrating mindfulness and compassion-based programs in schools and offers workshops & public talks in the community.

  • Erik van den Brink

    Erik van den Brink

    Psychiatrist and Compassion Teacher

    Erik van den Brink

    Ik studeerde geneeskunde in Amsterdam en werd opgeleid tot psychiater en psychotherapeut in Engeland. Ik heb ruim 30 jaar werkervaring in de ambulante ggz, onder andere bij het Centrum Integrale Psychiatrie in Groningen en bij Het Behouden Huys, een psycho-oncologisch centrum in Haren. Ik ontwikkelde mij tot mindfulness­trainer op basis van jarenlange meditatie-beoefening in Vipassana en Zen en volgde scholing bij internationaal vooraanstaande docenten in MBSR, MBCT, Breathworks, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Mindful Self-Compassion, het Interpersonal Mindfulness Program, en Mindfulness-Based Supervision.

    Ik werd altijd aangetrokken door methoden die het zelfhelend vermogen in mensen aanspreken en ben dankbaar dat ik jarenlang kon pionieren met mindfulness-based en compassie-gericht werken in de ggz. Zowel hulpvragers als hulpverleners, inclusief ikzelf, bleken erbij gebaat. Geleidelijk aan verschoof het zwaartepunt van mijn werk steeds meer van het doen van therapie naar het geven van training in zelftherapie. Samen met Frits Koster ontwikkelde ik Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living, een verdiepingstraining als vervolg op een basistraining in mindfulness (MBSR, MBCT of gelijkwaardig). Onze boeken Compassievol leven (voor professionals, herziene editie 2016) en Compassie in je leven (voor breed publiek, herziene editie 2019) verschenen bij Boom Uitgevers Amsterdam. Vertaalde bewerkingen verschenen in Engels, Duits en Spaans, en binnenkort in Frans, Turks en Koreaans. Ik werk momenteel vanuit mijn eigen praktijk MBCL Trainingen en geef onderwijs en supervisie bij mindfulness instituten in binnen- en buitenland. Website: www.mbcl.nl

  • Frits Koster

    Frits Koster

    Vipassana Teacher, Mindfulness and Compassion Teacher

    Frits Koster

    Vipassanaleraar, mindfulness- en compassietrainer
    Verbleef 6 jaar als monnik in kloosters in Z.O. Azië waar hij o.a. boeddhistische psychologie studeerde. Hij schreef diverse boeken (uitg. Asoka) en heeft jarenlange ervaring als meditatieleraar. Hij voltooide de opleiding tot mindfulness­trainer bij het Instituut voor Mindfulness (IvM) en is als docent verbonden aan opleidingsinstituten tot mindfulness­trainer in Nederland, België, Ierland en Noorwegen.

    Hij heeft samen met zijn vrouw een eigen praktijk onder de naam Trainingsbureau Mildheid & Mindfulness, van waaruit hij mindfulnessactiviteiten begeleidt in binnen- en buitenland.

  • Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein, MD, FAAHPM Professor of Family Medicine

    Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein MD is professor of family medicine, psychiatry, oncology and medicine (palliative care), Co-director, Mindful Practice® Programs, at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry (Rochester, New York, USA). Dr. Epstein is a family physician, palliative care physician, teacher, researcher, and writer who has devoted his career to understanding and improving patient-physician communication, quality of care, and clinician mindfulness. He has received major funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and several foundations to do groundbreaking research to improve communication, the patient-physician relationship, and decision-making in the context of serious illness; to promote patient involvement in care; and to cultivate clinician mindfulness and resilience. >/p>

    Through innovative programs in mindful practice and communication skills, Dr. Epstein has helped a generation of physicians practice more attentively and effectively; develop stronger relationships with patients; approach difficult decisions more mindfully; develop inner strength and resilience to combat burnout; and be more present when their patients need them the most. He directs the Center for Communication and Disparities Research and co-directs Mindful Practice® programs and the Deans Teaching Fellowship program.

    Dr. Epstein is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Harvard Medical School and is the recipient of numerous lifetime achievement awards related to communication and humanism; a Fulbright scholarship at the Institute for Health Studies in Barcelona, Spain; and visiting fellowships at the University of Sydney in Australia and the Brocher Foundation in Switzerland. He is a frequent keynote speaker at major national and international conferences on medical education, communication, and mindfulness in health care. He has published over 250 articles and book chapters. His first book, Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity, was released in January 2017.

    He enjoys cooking, biking, cross-country skiing and playing the harpsichord. His wife, Deborah Fox, is a freelance lutenist and founding artistic director of Pegasus Early Music. They have two children, Eli and Malka.

  • David Loy

    David Loy

    Professor, writer, and Zen teacher

    David Loy

    David Robert Loy is a professor, writer, and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Zen tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. He is a prolific author, whose essays and books have been translated into many languages. He also lectures nationally and internationally on various topics, focusing primarily on the encounter between Buddhism and modernity: what each can learn from the other. He is especially concerned about social and ecological issues.

    In June 2014 David received an honorary degree from Carleton College, his alma mater, for his contributions to the study and practice of Buddhism in the modern world. In April 2016 he returned that honorary degree to the College, to protest the decision of the Board of Trustees not to divest from fossil fuel investments. For more: www.davidloy.org

  • Susan Gillis Chapman

    Susan Gillis Chapman

    Author and Family Therapist, Meditation Teacher

    Susan Gillis Chapman

    Susan Gillis Chapman is een Author and Family Therapist, Meditation Teacher, die sinds 1960 mindfulness meditatie beoefent in het ‘Convent of the Sacred Heart’ in Vancouver. Ze werd een student van de Tibetaanse meester Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974 en in 2012 werd ze door zijn dharma erfgenaam, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche benoemd tot Acharya (senior student). Ze behaalde een MA in boeddhistische en Western psychologie.

    Haar eerste boek, The Five Keys To Mindful Communication, werd gepubliceerd in april 2012. Ze doceert programma's in contemplatieve psychologie en mindful communiceren op de faculteit van Karuna Instituut, in Keulen, Duitsland. Zie www.susangillischapman.com en www.greenzonetalk.comvoor meer informatie over Susan en haar werk.

  • Annetje Brunner

    Annetje Brunner

    Psychologist, Mindfulness and Compassion Teacher

    Annetje Brunner

    Is sinds 2001 de eigenaar van en drijvende kracht achter De Werkschuur, trainingsbureau met senior mindfulness trainers in het noorden van het land. Hier verzorgt zij mindfulness en compassietrainingen en workshops over compassie in de zorg en over aandacht in de laatste levensfase. Zij initieerde en organiseert voor gemeenten het project ‘mindfulness voor mantelzorgers’.

    Zij studeerde sociale psychologie aan de UvA en is gecertificeerd Mindfulness en Compassie Trainer (MBSR/ MBCT/ MBCL) bij het Instituut voor Mindfulness, o.l.v. Johan Tinge. Zij volgde opleidingen bij Joan Halifax en Irene Kaigetsu Bakker op het gebied van begeleiding in de laatste levensfase (‘Being with Dying’) en G.R.A.C.E., een interventiemodel voor compassie in interacties. Ze werkte als vrijwilligerscoördinator bij hospice Gasthuis Groningen. Annetje beoefent zenmeditatie sinds 1994. Zie www.dewerkschuur.nl.

  • Rosamund Oliver

    Rosamund Oliver

    Psychotherapist, Meditation Teacher

    Rosamund Oliver

    Rosamund Oliver, BA, Dip Psych, ECP, is an international trainer who founded and developed the Deep Listening Training method in the Netherlands, UK, Ireland, Germany and Spain. After qualifying as a UKCP psychotherapist and supervisor, she worked with private clients and with the elderly in psychiatric care for over 10 years. She taught stress reduction to hospice nurses, created a prison meditation project and introduced holistic care to a wide variety of people.

    She has worked with GPs, offering Deep Listening Training at VU in Amsterdam. For over 40 years, she studied Buddhist meditation and compassion methods with many different teachers and she is still learning. She is particularly interested in applying this contemplative methodology to ordinary life activities, such as listening.

  • Thorsten Barnhofer

    Thorsten Barnhofer

    Associate Professor in Psychology, researcher, mindfulness teacher

    Thorsten Barnhofer

    Thorsten is een van de wetenschappers die de variant op de mindfulness­training Mindfulness- Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) tot zijn huidige standaard heeft ontwikkeld, waarbij in de UK in sommige gevallen de behandeling van voorkeur is.

    Vele jaren heeft hij aan de zijde van professor Mark Williams aan de universiteit van Oxford de oefeningen en technieken van MBCT verder verfijnd en onderzocht. Daarnaast heeft hij als ervaren clinicus vele groepen met uitdagende kwetsbaarheden (depressie, suïcidaliteit) in mindfulness begeleid.

    Tegenwoordig is hij Associate Professor aan het Department of Psychology van de universiteit van Exeter. Tevens doet hij aan de Freie Universität Berlin onderzoek naar de neurobiologische factoren die voor verandering zorgen als gevolg van MBCT. Geeft samen met Mark Williams MBCT retraites voor professionals. Naast cognitief-psycholoog en wetenschapper is Thorsten ook yogaleraar.

  • Gregory Heffron

    Gregory Heffron

    Director and Mindfulness Teacher

    Gregory Heffron

    Gregory Heffron is co-author of The Mindful Heart and is Director of Green Zone Institute. He was the first certified teacher of Mindful Communication authorized by Susan Gillis Chapman. He has been teaching Mindful Communication workshops since 2009, and has been a mindfulness meditation teacher since 2005. In 2005, he apprenticed with senior Mudra Space Awareness teacher Craig Smith, and became authorized to teach this unique mind-body meditation technique — included in nearly every workshop. In 2007, Greg co-taught with Smith to fourth year students in the Dance Division at the Julliard School in New York. Greg teaches Mindful Communication and Mudra Space Awareness primarily in North America and Europe. He coaches individuals, teaches workshops, and consults with businesses and organizations like Shambhala Mountain Center, Dechen Choling Buddhist Retreat Center and others.

  • Mick Krasner

    Mick Krasner

    Michael Krasner, MD, FACP Professor of Clinical Medicine

    Mick Krasner

    Dr. Mick Krasner, Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Co-director, Mindful Practice® Programs practices primary care internal medicine in Rochester, New York. Dr. Krasner has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to patients, medical students, and health professionals for more than 18 years, involving over 2000 participants, including more than 600 health professionals. Dr. Krasner is engaged in a variety of research projects including the investigations of the effects of mindfulness practices on the immune system in the elderly, on chronic psoriasis, with caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients and on medical student stress and well-being. He was the project director of Mindful Communication: Bringing Intention, Attention, and Reflection to Clinical Practice, sponsored by the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians, funded by the Physicians Foundation for Health Systems Excellence, and reported in JAMA in September 2009. His current efforts focuses on working with practicing physicians and medical educators on the cultivation of Mindful Practice, with a focus on the connection between health professional well-being and the effectiveness of the healing relationship.

    Dr. Krasner graduated from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in 1987 and completed his residency in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry where he is currently a full-time faculty member engaged in direct patient care, medical student and residency education, post-graduate medical education, and research in the University’s Center for Mind-Body Research. He has shared his work in peer-reviewed publications including research and reviews, book chapters, scientific assemblies, workshops, visiting professorships, and intensives in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa, focusing primarily on the roots of Hippocratic medicine through the cultivation of attention, awareness, and reflection of the health professional- healing relationship. He describes his personal mission as centered on compassion in medicine- for the self and others, and envisions a personalized health professional-patient relationship where healing is truly bidirectional, care goals are mutually derived, and the uniqueness of the clinical encounter reflects this central act of mutual high regard.

  • John Peacock

    John Peacock

    Academic and Buddhist teacher

    John Peacock

    John Peacock is both an academic and a Buddhist practitioner of nearly forty years. Trained initially in the Tibetan Gelugpa tradition in India, he subsequently spent time in Sri Lanka studying Theravada. He lectured in Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol, is Associate Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and teaches on the Master of Studies programme in MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) at Oxford University. John has been teaching meditation for more than twenty five years and is a Gaia House guiding teacher.

  • Saki Santorelli

    Saki Santorelli

    Saki Santorelli is associate professor of medicine, former director CfM

    Saki Santorelli

    Saki Santorelli, EdD, MA. is an educator, meditation teacher and writer. In 2018 he retired as executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, director of the internationally acclaimed Stress Reduction Clinic, the place of origin of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His entire career in medicine and healthcare has been oriented around the integration of mindfulness into public health. Through his vision and leadership the Center for Mindfulness transmitted the ethos, practice, teaching, and science of MBSR to individuals and organizations around the world. Saki teaches and presents internationally and is the author of Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine translated into eleven languages.

  • Nirbhay Singh

    Nirbhay Singh

    Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. Editor-in-chief of Mindfulness

    Nirbhay Singh

    Nirbhay N. Singh is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University, US and a behavior analyst at the BCBA-D level. He follows a scientist-practitioner model to develop and meticulously evaluate mindfulness-based practices customized for specific needs and populations. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Mindfulness.

  • Akincano Weber

    Akincano Weber

    Buddhist Teacher

    Akincano Weber

    Akincano Marc Weber was born in Berne (Switzerland) and is a Buddhist teacher and contemplative psychotherapist. He learned to sit still in the early eighties as a Zen practitioner and later became a monk in Ajahn Chah’s tradition where he studied and practiced for 20 years in the Forest monasteries of Thailand and Europe.

    He studies Pali and early Buddhist scriptures, holds a degree in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy and runs Atammaya Cologne, a small Buddhist centre in the Rhineland. He teaches Buddhist Psychology and meditation internationally in Dharma contexts and applied mindfulness in secular and healthcare settings and runs a therapeutic practice in Cologne. Together with fellow teachers his latest project is Bodhi College. Akincano lives with his wife in Cologne.

    “Teaching is essentially translation. This means ferrying an authentic contemplative tradition across choppy waters into our psychological and cultural realities—without loosing the Teaching's vision nor the validity of our own immediate and embodied experience.”

  • Martine Batchelor

    Martine Batchelor

    Boeddhistisch meditatieleraar

    Martine Batchelor

    Martine Batchelor was born in France. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in Korea in 1975. She studied Seon Buddhism under the guidance of the late Master Kusan in Korea until 1985. Her Seon training also took her to nunneries in Taiwan and Japan. From 1981 she served as Kusan Sunim's interpreter and accompanied him on lecture tours throughout the United States and Europe.

    She returned to Europe with her husband, Stephen, in 1985. She was a member of the Sharpham North Community in Devon, England for six years. She worked as a lecturer and spiritual counsellor both at Gaia House and elsewhere in Britain. She has also been involved in interfaith dialogue.

    In 1992 she published, as co-editor, 'Buddhism and Ecology'. In 1996 she published, as editor, 'Walking on Lotus Flowers' which in 2001 will be reissued under the title 'A Women's Guide to Buddhism'. She is the author of 'Principles of Zen' and her most recent publication is 'Meditation for Life', an illustrated book on meditation.

    With her husband she co-leads meditation retreats worldwide. They now live in France.

  • Marta Alonso

    Marta Alonso

    Clinical Psychologist and MSC Teacher Trainer

    Marta Alonso

    Marta Alonso is Clinical Psychologist specialized in mindfulness and compassion treatments. 3 year-long Specialization in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy by the Sociedad Española de Psicopatología y Psicoterapia del Niño y el Adolescente. Member of the International Advisory Council and the Executive Board of the Center For MSC. MFY Teacher Trainer and MSC Teacher Trainer and Mentor, completed the MSC teacher training itinerary in Massachusetts in its first edition, and being the first certified teacher in Spanish language. She has taught nearly 50 editions of the MSC program which she introduced together with Dr. Vicente Simón in Spain, being pioneers in taking compassion programs in the Hispanic world and Iberoamerica.

    She has directed numerous silent retreats on practice of mindfulness, compassion and the 4 Immeasurables in the last 10 years and is a teacher of mindfulness and compassion in clinical practice in the main Spanish universities. She is a founding member of the Spanish Association of Mindfulness and Compassion and has been its president until 2017. She is one of the co-authors of “Mindfulness en la Práctica Clínica” and produced with Dr. Simón the bestsellers CD-books: “Mindfulness y Autocompasión”.

    In her words: “I have seen how the MSC has helped thousands of people from different cultures and contexts, because it teaches us to remember that all human beings have a compassionate heart full of seeds of love to be watered. Self-compassion is our universal legacy and it is a privilege to teach this program”.

  • David Treleaven

    David Treleaven

    Writer, educator, and trauma professional

    David Treleaven

    David Treleaven, PhD, is a writer, educator, and trauma professional whose work focuses on the intersection of trauma and mindfulness. He is author of the book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing (W. W. Norton, 2018), which was acclaimed by Rick Hanson as “a rare combination of solid scholarship, clinically useful methods, and passionate advocacy for those who have suffered from trauma.”

    He’s lectured on trauma-sensitive mindfulness at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and the Omega Institute in New York. Trained in counseling psychology at the University of British Columbia, he received his doctorate in psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and is currently a visiting scholar at Brown University.

  • Christina Feldman

    Christina Feldman

    Boeddhistisch leraar

    Christina Feldman

    Christina Feldman is a co-founder of Gaia House and a guiding teacher at Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachussetts. The author of a number of books, she has been teaching insight meditation retreats internationally since 1976.

    At Bodhi College she is one of the teaching faculty of the CPP programme, dedicated to the study and application of the early teachings of the Buddha and is engaged in teaching the Buddhist psychological foundations of mindfulness to those training to teach mindfulness-based applications in England, Belgium and the Netherlands.

    Her most recent book Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology, written with Willem Kuyken, was published in the summer of 2019.

  • Chris Tamdjidi

    Chris Tamdjidi

    Founder and Director of Awaris

    Chris Tamdjidi

    Chris is the co-founder and Director of Awaris. Chris has spent the last 10 years focusing on Leadership development especially in the fields of mindfulness, authentic leadership and personal transformation. He works with many large organisations on transforming leadership habits. He is also active in politics – working both with members of the German Parliament and the European Parliament, as well as the European commission on cultivating a shift in political climate.

    Additional: Prior to this he worked for 7 years with the The Boston Consulting Group in the Munich, Kuala Lumpur and London offices. Chris has a Degree in Physics from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine and an MBA from UT in Austin.. He grew up mainly in Asia and the Middle-East, living in Dubai for 6 years