Meet Kelly Barron, creator of the Project Presence program

A former staff writer for Forbes magazine, Kelly Barron brings her journalistic sensibilities into her practice as a mindfulness teacher. She reads incessantly, gleaning information from a wide range of fields to inform her work. Her background in journalism also means she is familiar with stress, and all of the havoc it can wreak on the body. She started meditating in order to deal with that stress, and its benefits were so powerful and wide-reaching that she decided to devote her life to bringing the work to others.Interviewed by Ellie Duke

Meet Angelike Dexter: a mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion teacher of kids and adults in Los Angeles

A former labor and employment attorney in the entertainment industry, Angelike Dexter was first introduced to mindfulness strategies for children in one of Tandy Park's baby groups in Santa Monica. Angelike's daughter found the world to be a challenging place and learning tools to help her find emotional balance was a gift. As Angelike's practice deepened, she was inspired to teach mindfulness to kids other than her own. Interviewed by Ellie Duke

Meet Ellis Enlow, an educator who has specialized in early childhood for 19 years

Based out of Culver City’s independent Echo Horizon School, Ellis Enlow has embarked on a noteworthy journey, having served as a Pre-K classroom teacher, a visiting classroom mindfulness teacher, an educator of parents, a preschool director, and (albeit briefly) a lawyer. She co-teaches in a holistic program for Pre-K students that she designed years ago that continues to evolve. Given the many professional hats Ellis has worn over the years, it's no surprise that she has plenty of stories to tell and wisdom to share. Interviewed by AJ Urquidi

Meet Juanita Cabrales, a preschool teacher for over 14 years

Juanita Cabrales, a native of Texas, has been a Pre-K teacher at Momentous Institute for more than 14 years. At Momentous Institute, Juanita has specialized in the development of three-year-olds, guiding and strengthening their social-emotional health in order to equip them for the challenges of their advancing education. Interviewed by AJ Urquidi.

Meet Kelly Petrie, an independent contemplative educator

Amidst those cold Wisconsin winters, Kelly Petrie brings warmth and energy to her practice of mindful education, bringing out the inner exuberance in all of her students. Before getting her Master of Arts in Contemplative Education from Naropa University, Petrie worked in education as a support person for children on the autism spectrum. She brings the awareness of and attention to inclusivity fostered in her previous career to her work as a mindfulness educator. Petrie strives to create a welcoming community in her workshop spaces, with a particular interest in creating an inclusive environment for students on the autism spectrum, and for transgender and gender nonconforming students. Interviewed by Eleanor Duke.

From A Plea For The Animals by Matthieu Ricard

"Some people are born with a natural tendency to be compassionate. From an early age, they show spontaneous kindness toward those around them, including animals," writes Matthieu Ricard. He continues, "That was not the case for me."

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