Our Team

Our Team 2017-11-06T19:57:45+00:00
Martin Aylward

Martin Aylward

Founding co-director of the Mindfulness Training Institute

Martin has practiced meditation intensively since the age of 19, spending 4 years in Asian monasteries and with Himalayan hermits. He has been teaching worldwide since 1999, leading retreats and courses in mindfulness, meditation, and inner freedom. Martin is the founding and guiding teacher of Moulin de Chaves, a residential meditation centre in South West France where he lives. He is on the teaching faculty at UC Dublin, Ireland for their MSc in Mindfulness Based Interventions, and is also founding teacher of the online meditation platform, WorldwideInsight.org. Find out more about Martin’s teaching at MartinAylward.com.

Mark Coleman

Mark Coleman

Founding co-director of the Mindfulness Training Institute

Mark has devotedly studied mindfulness meditation practices for three decades. Mark holds a MA in Clinical Psychology and is a senior meditation teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Mark founded The Mindfulness Institute, where he has brought mindfulness trainings to Fortune 500 companies and the nonprofit sector. Through the Mindfulness Training Institute Mark leads Professional Mindfulness Teacher Trainings in the US and UK annually.  Mark is a trainer for Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, developed at Google and leads their mindfulness and emotional intelligence leadership programs worldwide. Mark is the author of Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Help Free You from the Inner Critic and Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery. Through his organization Awake in the Wild, Mark likes nothing more than sharing his passion for integrating meditation and nature. More about his work can be found at MarkColeman.orgmindfulnessconsultants.org, awakeinthewild.com and themindfulnessinstitute.com.

Leslie Butterfield

Leslie Butterfield

Course Administrator for Mindfulness Teacher Trainings and Alumni

Leslie Butterfield has been meditating since 2005 when she sat her first silent retreat as part of a school project. Since then she has committed her life to practice in one form or another, working first as an advocate in the human rights world and more recently as a meditation teacher, accredited through the Mindfulness Training Institute. Her work in human rights and Master's Degree in Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs reminded her of the necessity for individual inner peace as a prerequisite for any sort of lasting world peace. She finds great joy in helping young people (and adults!) to discover that the tools to meet this lasting peace are already present within each of them. When she's not managing the Post-Graduate Administration for the Mindfulness Training Institute, she's teaching mindfulness to students of all ages at www.mindfulnessonline.us.

Jen Petras

Jen Petras

Webmaster for the Mindfulness Training Institute

Jen is a freelance business administrator and website designer based in northeastern Ohio. Her work originates from the publishing world where she served as a marketing manager for a small independent press. Since then she has assisted meditation guides, writers, and poets with their workshops and online presence. When not in front of a computer, she is usually in front of a pottery wheel or nurturing her personal meditation practice.

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