About Us

Mindfulness Without Borders 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 certified 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 gain a more compassionate understanding of the world. With over two decades of mounting scientific research, demonstrating benefits – from fortifying the immune system to reducing stress and anxiety, and improving overall wellbeing – it’s just exciting to think of the transformation that the integration of these practices can bring positive individual and societal change.

Why teach social and emotional intelligence.

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 repertoire of skills can help 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. In 2005, The Huffington Post recognized Mindfulness Without Borders as one of the next ten generational organizations that are changing the world.

Board of Directors

From the onset, Mindfulness Without Borders engaged a trusted Board of Directors and Advisors that are passionate about education, mental health and well-being to lend their expertise and perspective on the direction of our work, including:

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

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

Theo Koffler
Founder and Executive Director, Mindfulness Without Borders
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