About Us

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.

Our Team

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.

Theo Koffler
Founder & Executive Director
Gary Diggins
Executive Program Advisor
Leah Gardiner
Director Operations & Development
Jasmin Zeger
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING
Amber McAuley
ONLINE LEARNING COORDINATOR
Daniel Rechtscaffen
Curriculum Advisor
Soren Gordhamer
Founding Curriculum Advisor
Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba
Educational Program Coordinator, Nigeria
Ronit Jinich
Senior Facilitator
Moustafa Abdelrahman
Program Facilitator
Kathy Kleinhans
Office Manager
Mee Wong
Accountant
Lucille Blainey
Editorial Consultant
Tarin Diehl
Creative Consultant
Emily Ray Baraf
Editorial Consultant
Charles Hargobind
Chairman, Mindful Minds Advisory & Program Facilitator

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.

Dale Baumann
Certified Public Accountant

Dr. Lorna Jean Edmonds
Vice Provost for Global Affairs and International Studies, Professor of Health Sciences and Professions, Ohio University

Adam Engle
Co-Founder, past Chairman & CEO, Mind and Life Institute

CydJenefsky
Independent Consultant, Educational Innovations,and Special Advisor to the Provost, University of the Pacific

Theo Koffler
Founder and Executive Director, Mindfulness Without Borders

Mee Wong
President, MFW Accounting Solutions

John Garrow
Independent Financial Consultant

Lisa Rogers
CEO, Lisa Rogers Lifestyles & Design Enterprises

 

Advisory Council

Gina Biegel
Psychotherapist, Founder, Stressed Teens. Author: The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens (2009)

Peter Block
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)

Daniel Goleman
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)

Charles Holmes
Founder, Connecting for Change, Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education

Raphael Ogar Oko
International Coordinator, Global Educators for All Initiative (GEFAI)

Risa Ryger
Clinical Psychologist, Consultant

Zindel Segal
Chair of Psychotherapy, Morgan Firestone; Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Toronto; Author: The Mindful Way Through Depression (2007)

Ralph Wolff
Former President and Executive Director of Accrediting, Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, Western Association of School and Colleges.

Betsy Zeger
Certified Coach, Mediator and Consultant