Our Team

Our Team 2017-06-27T02:30:45+00:00
Martin Aylward
Martin AylwardFounding 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 ColemanFounding co-director of the Mindfulness Training Institute
In his role as mindfulness consultant and executive coach, Mark delivers mindfulness trainings in corporations and  healthcare internationally. He has been leading mindfulness meditation retreats worldwide since 1997 and is a senior teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. Mark is a master trainer for Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, developed at Google that delivers mindfulness and emotional intelligence programs to tech companies. He has worked with Google, Kaiser Permanente, United Nations, Ford, Genentech, Facebook, Seagate, Prana, US Bank, Gap, Proctor & Gamble, Trust for Public Land, The Nature Conservancy, Gucci / Dolce Gabbana, UC Berkeley, and Rothman School of Business. Mark is a Key contributor to whil.com an online meditation platform is passionate about the outdoors and leads meditation retreats in nature from Alaska to Peru based on his book Awake in the Wild – Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self DiscoveryHe is also a writer and poet and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. More about his work can be found at mindfulnessconsultants.org, awakeinthewild.com and themindfulnessinstitute.com.
Leslie Butterfield
Leslie ButterfieldCourse Administrator for Mindfulness Teacher Trainings in the U.K. and Post-Graduates
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 PetrasCourse Administrator for Mindfulness Teacher Trainings in the U.S., 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 for five years. 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.

Mindfulness Institute Accredited Teachers

1st European Training, Accredited since 2014

Ann Brand
Wisconsin, USA
Teaching Mindfulness and S.I.T. in workplace settings and to educators and artists through Wisconsin school districts, university and community college, and local community center. Mindfulness program specialist for the Arts Integration Menomonie Program.

Anna Price
London, UK
Teaching group and individual classes/courses in North & Central London in Mindfulness & Embodiment. Courses are particularly tailored towards busy people, parents and creatives; runs workshops for Architecture & Design students.

Anna Strange
Kingston Upon Thames, UK

Ayala Gill
London, UK
Teaching S.I.T. program at London yoga studio, Triyoga. Leading mindfulness and yoga workshops and week-long retreats in the UK.

Bethany Crawley
Jacksonville, FL, USA

Carina Lyall
Copenhagen, Denmark
Teaching courses and sessions for women, circles and groups, locally and online with a touch of nature to support the work and practice.

Cheryl Dunford
Salisbury, Wilts, UK

Ciara Cullen
Co Mayo, Ireland

Danny Ford
Yorkshire, UK
A qualified psychotherapist, Danny is teaching mindfulness via online one-on-one sessions.

Denis Robberechts
Herault, France
Offering Mindfulness seminars for private and groups in the south of France since 2006.

Dominique Retoux
Paris, France
Teaching mindfulness to individuals and all type of organisations (businesses, education, non-profits, health care...) in France and abroad (french or english speaking). Offering S.I.T., MBSR - Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, taster sessions, public lecture as well as week-long/weekend seminars.

Gail Aylward
Cubjac, France

Gary Baxter
Essex, UK
Teaching mindfulness in business to London-based creative business. Teaching mindfulness to individuals at Wellness Centre in Sawbridgeworth.

Inken Dechow
Paris, France
Teaching mindfulness to individuals and all type of organisations (businesses, education, non-profits, health care...) in France and abroad (french or english speaking). Offering S.I.T., MBSR - Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, taster sessions, public lecture as well as week-long/weekend seminars.

Ivor Twydell
Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK
Teaching mindfulness as a leadership coach with individual clients and through his leadership development programmes using the concept of ‘conscious leader.’ Also leading personal retreats which empower individuals to make more conscious transitions while facing major life changes.

Josie Sydell
Hertfordshire, UK

Kristin Vaughn
Connecticut, USA
Teaching mindfulness in New England yoga studios and alternative healing therapy offices. Also teaching with Prison Mindfulness Institute in Rhode Island.

Loïc Deconche
Paris, France
Offering S.I.T., Mindfulness Based Strength Practices, evening sessions and week-long/weekend residential seminars to businesses and individuals in and around Paris.

Marie Anne Van den Berge
Bruxelles, Belgium

Marieke Bult
Amsterdam, Holland
Working for more than 20 years as a business psychologist for government and commercial companies, offering executive coaching and mindfulness to people in a business environment and privately, both on an individual and organizational level.

Mary Elliott
Toronto, Canada

Nicky Roland
London and Brighton, UK
Offers art therapy and mindfulness, group and individual sessions, in London and Brighton.

Sille Lundquist
Copenhagen, Denmark
Offering mindfulness in Nature for sensitive, driven people. Group and individual sessions around Copenhagen and London, and Nature Retreats in Scandinavia.

Stuart Lennon
Hong Kong

1st US Training, Accredited since 2015

Amy March
Colfax, CA

Anne Brener
Los Angeles, CA
Teaching mindfulness as a key component in her Rabbinical and Cantorial students' curriculum at Academy for Jewish Religion in California.

Christine Lustik
Missoula, MT
Teaching S.I.T. classes and Mindfulness to groups within corporations, non-profits, governmental agencies, and teachers and staff within K-12 schools and local colleges in Montana and beyond. Volunteer work includes, teaching mindfulness through the local YWCA program "GUTS.

Gayle Brickman
Santa Monica, CA

James Keolker
Napa, CA
Working with elderly populations in drop-in classes, day-longs, ten week seminars, and retreat settings. Teaching mindfulness at Silverado Health Center and Spirit Rock Mediation Center. Taught meditation portion of "Renewal is the New Retirement" retreat at Ratna Ling Retreat Center. Offering "Special Meditation for Seniors" at Rianda House Senior Center.

Jim Grabb
Sagaponack, NY
Teaching S.I.T course and drop-in mindfulness classes on the east end of Long Island, providing bespoke mindfulness-based performance coaching to athletes and corporations, and offering and a unique mindfulness-based program for tennis players called, “The Focused Tennis Player.”

Kym Daley
Covelo, CA

Leslie Butterfield
Long Beach, CA
Teaching children, young-adults, and adults in groups and one-on-one online sessions. Teaching teens with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education and Spirit Rock Meditation Center's Family Program.

Liz Korabek-Emerson
Eliot, ME
Teaching S.I.T., introductory workshops, and weekly mindfulness groups to professional and family caregivers, hospice staff, cancer patients and their families, and the Maine/New Hampshire seacoast community. Co-leading Shambhala curriculum course at the Portland, ME Shambhala Center.

Marina Bystrisky
San Francisco, CA

Mark Prior
Los Angeles, CA

Marlea Taylor
Woodacre, CA

Meredith Krugel
Roseburg, OR

Miriam Eisenberger, LCSW
New York City, NY
Miriam offers mindfulness and stress reduction trainings to individuals, local groups, and organizations, with a focus on serving social service agencies to aide staff and clients in using mindfulness practice to better manage with psychosocial stressors.

Patricia Dowling
Saskatoon, Canada

Rik Isensee
San Francisco, CA
Rik is the author of Shift Your Mood, which uses mindfulness to calm emotional reactivity. Rik co-leads a seminar at Esalen for Gay Men Thriving in Mindfulness, and also provides a mindfulness coaching package for people who would like in-depth support for their mindfulness practice.

Rochelle Calvert
San Diego, CA
Teaching numerous courses at New Mindful Life in San Diego, CA: offering S.I.T. and S.I.T. 2.0- (Intermediate); Mindfulness Meditation Studio- daily guided classes, community events and drop in's; Mindfulness for Youth and Parents; and Mindfulness in work settings, wellness centers and inner-city organizations and programs.

Shara Griffiths
Felton, CA
Offering small group guided meditation in-home. Volunteering with Swords to Plowshares in San Francisco, teaching mindfulness to homeless veterans recently discharged from psychiatric intensive care unit.

Thomas Fenner
Los Altos, CA
Has been teaching S.I.T. courses to law students: "Stanford Law School: Mindfulness Meditation for Law Students,” and co-teaching 5-week introduction to mindfulness courses at Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California.

2nd European Training, Accredited since 2016

Aaron Deemer
London, UK
Aaron teaches mindfulness for small groups and private sessions in central London, alongside his practice as a Five Element acupuncturist and Qi Gong instructor.

Aspasia Leledaki
Exeter, UK

Araxi Utidjian
Kent, UK

Beryl Marjolin
Paris, France

Cecile Payne
Villeneuve-Loubet, France

Daniel Schweiger
Groningen, Netherlands

Diana Denke
Fontainebleau, France
Teaching mindfulness and the SIT course in business settings, currently running courses at INSEAD for MBA faculty, administrative staff and students in France.

Diethild Simon
Berlin, Germany
Diethild teaches the SIT course to educational organizations in Potsdam, Germany, and does one-on-one mindfulness-based coaching, especially in natural settings. In Portugal she offers daylong classes at the Instituto Europeu de Estudos Tradicionais Chinesas. Diethild has more than 30 years of teaching experience in Germany, Portugal and Brazil, and she offers classes and coaching in German, English, French and Portuguese.

Dina Cohen
London, UK

Geneviève Hamelet
Paris, France

Henning Rose
Holte, Denmark
Teaching mindfulness to groups of leaders and employees in workplace settings and privately to individuals. As a trained Psychologist from University of Copenhagen, Henning draws from 25 years of experience as a teacher and coach.

Inês Águas
Lisbon, Portugal

Jeanne-Marie Slinger
Stansted Mountfichet, UK

Mariavi Martinez
London, UK

Marina Leonelli
Milano, Italy
Teaching courses and sessions in English and Italian to groups and individuals. Also offering courses to hospice workers as a volunteer.

Mia Forbes Pirie
London, UK

Mimi Kuo-Deemer
London, UK

Nadia Lefebvre
Sherbrooke, Canada

Pedro Lôbo
Brasilia DF, Brazil

Sophie Amoni
London, UK
As a trained psychotherapist, Sophie teaches SIT course to individuals and groups, including those seeking a mindfulness teacher aware of LGBT and other sexual identity concerns.

Sophie Carr
United Kingdom

Susan Nove
Hertfordshire, UK

Svetlana Khamaganova
Moscow, Russia