My name is Gabriel. I founded Applied Mindfulness to help people and communities develop profound connection to themselves, each other, and the living world through the intentional creation of safe multi-cultural spaces where through the cultivation of mindful awareness we can heal ourselves, each other, and recreate reciprocity with nature. My own background has made this a necessity for me, as I grew up essentially in a tribe, very close to nature, from which I was forcibly removed when I was seven years old. When, many years later, I came to understand what had happened, I made it my life’s focus to discover how to repair and re-build the connection that I had known and been removed from. I have practiced mindful awareness for 25 years, and studied neuroscience for 20. I previously directed the Mind Body Awareness Project, an organization dedicated to bring mindfulness and social and emotional learning tools to incarcerated youth. I then founded Applied Mindfulness to expand this work to medical, mental health, and educational contexts, as well as to more directly serve helping professionals. Applied Mindfulness has offered over 600 trainings to medical and mental health professionals, social workers, therapists, teachers, and government agencies. We synthesize mindfulness, somatic and emotional awareness and trauma recovery work, applied neurophysiology, group process modalities, and nature connection techniques. I am working on a new book called Restorative Practices, and we are creating a multi-part educational film series. In the first part of the series, we articulate the conceptual frameworks of this cross-disciplinary work. In the second part of the series, we will be conducting in-depth interviews with experts in mindfulness and a specific relevant discipline either related to internally-applied mindfulness, relational mindfulness, or nature connection. I am the author of Transformation through Feeling: Awakening the Felt Sensibility, and Inner Life Skills for Youth. I love to make art, and I’d rather be speaking Portuguese.
Earl Simms, a Certified Life Coach, found his freedom through mindful meditation, literally, after being paroled in 2013 after serving 22 years of a life sentence.
Earl is a leading voice in the implementation of mindfulness and violence reduction practices to bring awareness, insight, and change to system impacted populations. Speaking from a perspective of lived experience as a formerly incarcerated African American man, and as a beneficiary of this transformative practice, he is purposeful and intent on demystifying the practice of mindfulness to the population he serves.
Earl is a member of the Anti-recidivism Coalition, The San Francisco District Attorney’s Formerly Incarcerated Advisory Board and the Timeslist Group. Earl currently works as a project coordinator at Roots Community Health Center in East Oakland where he provides intensive case management through Oakland Unite and leads a variety of reentry programs. This work gives Earl the opportunity to connect with individuals who have and could benefit from mindfulness practices. Being a provider and on the frontline it is important to remain calm, and to be able to deescalate a situation is imperative to self care and to insure the interaction is beneficial and productive.
Sarah Carr is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has a deep passion for building community around mindfulness. In 2014, Sarah received a Master’s Degree from Pepperdine University, during which time she also provided therapy to homeless adults with chronic mental illness. After graduate school Sarah relocated to the Bay Area where she began working as a school and home-based clinician for foster families and youth at Seneca Family of Agencies. Sarah has since founded mindfulSF, a company that offers evidence-based therapy and mindfulness trainings that are targeted at supporting people with living freely in the face of stress and suffering. Sarah has advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Sarah received her Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Qualification from the University of Massachusetts, where she trained directly with Saki Santorelli, Florence Meleo-Myer, and Bob Stahl.
In addition to offering therapy and mindfulness trainings, Sarah is also a lead therapist at choicetherapy, where she provides intensive outpatient services to teens and adults struggling with anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Sarah facilitates various trainings throughout the Bay Area and is an Adjunct Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of San Francisco. Compassion, humor, and curiosity are foundational components of Sarah’s approach to working with others. She is passionate about traveling, connecting with people from diverse backgrounds, and absorbing the beauty of nature that the Bay Area has to offer.
I am KATRIN WELCH. Mindfulness is not only the basis of my professional offerings; it is the air I breathe. Besides being MINDFRESH and yoga certified, I am also a Meditation Instructor in the Shambhala tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. In my seven years in the nonprofit mental health field, I’ve offered meditation and mindfulness techniques to nearly every client, group, and staff team I’ve been a part of. I’ve taught meditation and yoga on three continents; to professionals, refugees, mental health clients, and peers. I’ve led practice on mountaintops, among wild horses, in the basements of correctional facilities, and in corporate offices. What all my experience has taught me is that these practices are flexible and adaptable enough to be of benefit to anyone, in any context.
It has also taught me that I will always have more to learn. I’m eager to learn with you!