A few Collaborators we are delighted to be working with
As a professional and community volunteer, Teresa Johnson
has dedicated much of her adult life to supporting and fostering inner growth and life skills building in youth and families. Utilizing her B.A. in education and graduate coursework, she has accrued over 25 years experience serving youth K-12 as a tutor, teacher, camp counselor, life skills trainer, and mentor. Before moving to Seattle, Teresa lived in Indiana, where she began meditating in 1986 and saw her life transformed by it. In the ensuing years, she attended over 500 hours of training in mindful living and spent 16 years as a facilitator for an ethics-based relationship program for adults, where she learned first hand the joy of witnessing another person’s transformation. In this work, she discovered her life purpose. More recently, Teresa attended MBSR and has completed course work with Mindful Schools.org. She is excited about the the opportunity to meld her love of children and families with her passion to facilitate and witness their growth through mindfulness education.
As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, guest teacher Mark Lazich
, MS, LMHC, integrates mindfulness based skills and contemplative therapeutic orientations in facilitating healing with clients. He was intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in 2008 and is currently a clinical team member and instructor of mindfulness skills for DBT clients. Mark is a certified Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) facilitator and was trained by the founders, Sarah Bowen and Neha Chawla. Mark earned his Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Southern Oregon University in 1999 and is currently in private practice. In addition, he is a Wilderness Vision Quest Guide and enjoys leading vision quest trips for youth and adults.Mark first began formal contemplative practice in 1994 under the guidance of Ashtanga yoga teacher, Norman Anderson. His current practice includes Vipassana meditation and continued professional trainings in mindfulness based therapeutic practices.
MEd is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a private practice in Bellingham Wa. Colleen has 25 years of experience counseling children, adolescents, individuals and families in community health centers, schools and currently in her private practice. Colleen received her Masters in Education and Counseling at the University of Montana in 2001 and has focused her clinical work on strengthening the mind body connection with an emphasis on mindfulness based stress reduction. Colleen has been meditating since the early 1990's and this practice has deeply informed her personal and professional life. Colleen believes in the importance of attuning to ourselves with kindness and curiosity in order to find that which makes us stronger, wiser and more compassionate to ourselves and others. Colleen loves spending time in the mountains, gardening, sharing time with family and friends and connecting with others on the path to greater ease within.
, Ph.D., psychologist and student of meditation and yoga, has been teaching mindfulness meditation and yoga for more then 10 years. She attended the Mindfulness in Medicine Training with Jon Kabat-Zinn and is certified by the Center for Mindfulness as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction instructor. She has also trained with Diane Reibel and is a senior teacher at the Mindfulness Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. In addition, Robin completed three yoga teacher training programs including Integral Yoga, Yoga Therapy at the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda and Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga at Spirit Rock. A student of Theravada Buddhism, she is currently enrolled in the Community Dharma Leadership program at Spirit Rock.Robin has offered programs in healthcare, higher education, nature and workplace settings. She has also presented at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and at Tibet House in NYC. She currently teaches in the Princeton area and has a psychotherapy practice offering mindfulness-based therapy in Princeton, NJ.
Bonnie Shultz MSW
has worked as a licensed clinical social worker for over 30 years and for 14 years as clinical faculty at the University ofWashington, School of Social. Bonnie has provided instruction on palliative care, end-of-life care and mindfulness practice as an essential tool of social work practice both locally and nationally. She presently works for Kaiser Permanente Behavioral Health. She is a graduate of the End of Life Care certification program at Smith College in Northampton, MA and a 2005 graduate of the Metta Institute, End-of-Life Practitioner program, developed from the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco. She has attended MBSR through the UW School of Medicine and is working toward completion of Mindfulness Northwest Teacher Certification.