MBSR-TT Faculty

Senior Teacher Karen Schwisow, E-RYT 500, has been teaching yoga and meditation to individuals and groups since 2005 and facilitating 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses since 2011. She has been building a foundation of mindfulness in her own life since the early 90s. Her discovery of yoga in 2001 felt like finding a short-cut to a quieter mind and calmer heart. Training as a yoga teacher and co-founding Three Trees Yoga & Healing Arts Center in Federal Way, Karen has continued to learn and deepen her understanding of these ancient wisdom traditions and how they are relevant to our lives today. She has completed Therapeutic Yoga training through Subtle Yoga and is Certified to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. At Three Trees she co-developed Yoga Teacher Training programs with over 150 graduates. Through compassionate listening, authenticity and humor she creates a welcoming container that empowers participants to experience their own innate ability to thrive.

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Senior Teacher Richard Johnson, PhD (Harvard 1968), a retired professor of German & Peace Studies, moved in early 2016 from Indiana to teach in Seattle for Mindfulness Northwest. He was trained to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2010 and took advanced training in 2012. Having taught MBSR now for five years, he has been inspired in every class by the way participants transform their lives through their mindfulness practices. He is a member of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, a group of monastics and lay practitioners dedicated to mindfulness, meditation, and long-term social transformation. He has been practicing meditation since 1975. Teaching is for him a great and abiding joy. He has taught university and community classes for over 50 years, including classes on parenting, rape awareness, batterers’ intervention, mindful relationships, and meditation. He has published widely on German literature/culture and nonviolence.

Adjunct faculty member Mark Dannenfelser directs the Mindfulness Center of Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia and is a psychotherapist in private practice. Mark is a certified mindfulness teacher, licensed counselor, and registered yoga teacher. He is also adjunct lecturer in philosophy and theology at Spring Hill College, and the commissioned lecturer on contemplation and Centering Prayer at Emory University.

Mark holds Masters Degrees in Counseling Psychology and Pastoral Studies and is certified to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts.

Mark is  professionally most interested in working at the point of intersection between mind-body practice and healing.

Mindfulness Northwest was founded by Executive Director Tim Burnett in 2011 as a way to offer the benefits of mindfulness meditation and practices to the greater Pacific Northwest and is now offering courses and staff trainings at sites from Seattle to Bellingham (see our Clients list). Tim has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) since 2010, and practicing meditation since 1986. He is certified to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; certified to teach Mindful Self-Compassion by the Center for Mindful Self Compassion; and certified to teach Compassion Cultivation Training by the Center for the Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University.

Tim brings a background in traditional Dharma practice to his mindfulness work. He ordained as a Soto Zen priest in 2000 and over the course of a 20 year apprenticeship with the well known Zen teacher Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Tim received permission to teach Zen independently in 2011 and is the Guiding Teacher of Red Cedar Zen Community in Bellingham. Tim also has a varied professional background including work as an educator, carpenter, software developer and scientist. Mindfulness takes the essence of a core Buddhist practice and makes it accessible and non-religious: a powerful coming together of modern psychological and medical understanding with ancient wisdom practices. Tim is happy to have a strong background in both sides of this new (and old) way of healing and growth. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and other mindfulness based therapies take their inspiration from the Buddhist Satipatthana Sutta which Tim has studied many times.

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