Mindfulness Without Borders (MWB) is a leading provider of best practices and evidenced-based programs on secular mindfulness and social-emotional intelligence to youth, educators, health and corporate professionals in communities around the world. At its core, our programs build community and connection by nurturing safe learning environments and cross-cultural conversations where people of all backgrounds can reach across things that seem to divide them¬ in order to see possibilities for what they might create together as world citizens. Since 2007, our seasoned facilitators have reached participants in Canada, Chile, China, France, Israel, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Botswana, Singapore, Turkey, Uganda, and the United States.
Why teach secular Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a practice that involves focusing your awareness on the present moment, while acknowledging and accepting without judgment your feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. It allows you to see your experience just as it is and deal with difficult emotions and body sensations. With this awareness,you can gaina more compassionate understanding of the world. Over the past decade, mounting scientific research has demonstrated its benefits – fromfortifying the immune system to reducing stress and anxiety, and improving overall wellbeing.
Why teach Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)?
Social and emotional intelligence refers to core competencies that inspire people to lead with more awareness, understanding and compassion.Putting this knowledge into practice helps you better understand and manage emotions, set and achieve goals, feel and show empathy for others, form and maintain healthy relationships, and make solid decisions– all skills that are key for effective leadership. Together with a mindfulness practice, these andsocial-emotional competencies, this repertoire of skillshelp develop a way of being that strengthens personal and professional success.
Mindfulness Without Borders is led by an eclectic team of educators, practitioners and professionals from around the world dedicated to advancing knowledge and the practice of mindfulness and social and emotional learning in all walks of life.
Board of Directors
From the onset, Mindfulness Without Borders engaged twelve trusted advisors that are passionate about mental health and well-being to lend their expertise and perspective on the direction of our work.
Certified Public Accountant
Dr. Lorna Jean Edmonds
Vice Provost for Global Affairs and International Studies, Professor of Health Sciences and Professions, Ohio University
Co-Founder, past Chairman & CEO, Mind and Life Institute
Independent Consultant, Educational Innovations,and Special Advisor to the Provost, University of the Pacific
Founder and Executive Director, Mindfulness Without Borders
President, MFW Accounting Solutions
Independent Financial Consultant
CEO, Lisa Rogers Lifestyles & Design Enterprises
Psychotherapist, Founder, Stressed Teens. Author: The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens (2009)
Consultant and Author: Community: The Structure of Belonging (2008)
Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Endocrinologist, Co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, and Author: Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine (1989)
Psychologist, Lecturer, Journalist and Author: Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships (2006)
Susan Kaiser Greenland
Founder, The InnerKids Program and Mindfulness Together. Author: The Mindful Child (2010)
Founder, Connecting for Change, Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education
Raphael Ogar Oko
International Coordinator, Global Educators for All Initiative (GEFAI)
Clinical Psychologist, Consultant
Chair of Psychotherapy, Morgan Firestone; Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Toronto; Author: The Mindful Way Through Depression (2007)
Former President and Executive Director of Accrediting, Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, Western Association of School and Colleges.
Certified Coach, Mediator and Consultant