18 Sep 2018 9:36 AM | Michael Kelberer (Administrator)

There has been a lot of growth at Mindfulness Northwest of late. Please join us in welcoming these delightful people to our family.

Teresa Johnson, who, in addition to being a Teacher has been working at MNW as Youth Programs Coordinator and Administrative Specialist since Spring, has been promoted to Programs Coordinator, Youth and Adult Programs and will have responsibility for the planning  of all of MNW's community and organizational offerings. Teresa has dedicated much of her adult life to supporting youth and families, professionally and as a community volunteer. She holds a BA in Secondary Education. and has served youth of all ages in a variety of settings and completed the Mindful Schools and Making Friends with Yourself trainings to teach mindfulness and mindful self-compassion to children and teens. Over the past year, she simultaneously completed the Mindfulness Teacher Training Program and the MBSR Teacher Training Program through Mindfulness Northwest, and she will be co-teaching one of our Seattle MBSR classes (with Beth Glosten) this Fall.  Facilitating and witnessing inner growth in others is her greatest joy, and she’s excited about the many new opportunities to do this in her roles with Mindfulness Northwest.

Outreach and Events Coordinator Catherine Duffy earned her Master of Arts in Policy Studies from the University of Washington and has worked and volunteered in a variety of leadership positions in both the public and private sectors. When a family member was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2012, Catherine began studying and practicing mindfulness and is now a certified mindfulness instructor.  As the mother of four grown children – one of whom lives with developmental disabilities – and a new grandmother, Catherine continues to learn the value of pausing, taking a breath, and inviting quiet moments to reset and refresh the day. She currently is completing the UCSD Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training program and is also beginning work as a Listening Mothers facilitator.  Catherine loves to support and encourage the transformative effects of mindfulness in people’s lives and is delighted to join Mindfulness Northwest in their thoughtful work toward this end.

Teacher Beth Glosten, MD, grew up riding horses on Bainbridge Island in the Pacific Northwest. She attended Occidental College, and then the University of Washington School of Medicine. She had an academic Anesthesiology career until physical issues prompted her to step back from that hectic life. She then studied pilates, and through this system embraced moving mindfully. An avid dressage rider, Beth applied the movement principles of pilates to horseback riding (Rider Pilates). She was drawn to meditation several years ago and found it meshed naturally with her approach to teaching movement: turn focus inward to listen to and befriend one’s self. From this place, growth and healing possibilities emerge. Beth is a certified Mindfulness Teacher through Mindfulness Northwest. She incorporates meditation into her pilates-based movement classes and teaches mindful movement and meditation to prison inmates through Yoga Behind Bars.

Teacher Joe Arellano has devoted his 30 plus year career to the realm of Complementary Alternative Medicine. A graduate of ground-breaking programs through UCLA, the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing, and Mindfulness Northwest, he is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Mindfulness Teacher and is enrolled in our MBSR Teacher Training program. Joe has a private practice in Anacortes.

Teacher Oori Silberstein has been a life long student of what makes us happier and more at ease. He discovered Yoga in high school and Tai Chi in college, and forgot the lessons they taught him for many years. The anxiety he experienced in the business world led him to Buddhist practice and Mindfulness in 1999 which changed his life. He quit the business world ten years ago and committed himself to supporting and teaching others. Oori teaches meditation, mindfulness and self-kindness to adults and teenagers. His style is light and playful, and is informed by the belief that we are all whole and have the innate capacity for deep contentment and happiness, but we sometimes need some support accessing it. He has a background in trauma support and grief support and has worked and taught in schools and hospitals. He is trained as a Chaplain and is an ordained Buddhist minister. Oori is also interested in sharing mindfulness, self-compassion and meditation to populations that do not currently have easy access to such trainings, by supporting those communities and their members in their own move towards self reliance and empowerment. He has been teaching with MNW since April.

Teacher Cheryl Beighle recently retired after 31 years of practice as a Pediatrician. She completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in 2002 which lead to her exploration of other effective modalities of healing that are not traditional to Western Medicine. She has studied hypnosis, becoming an approved consultant with the American Society of Clinic Hypnosis, studied energy medicine, chi gong, yoga and, in 2008, started training to teach MBSR at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She finished her training to be a qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher in 2018. She now teaches for Mindfulness Northwest, is the medical director for Integrative Services at Providence Regional Cancer Partnership and does consultative Integrative Medicine at the Everett Clinic.

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