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Jack Kornfield, PhD,trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, India, and Burma. One of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West, he is author of many books, which have sold more than 1 million copies. They include The Wise Heart, A Path With Heart, and After the Ecstasy, the Laundry.

Amishi Jha, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology and the director of Contemplative Neuroscience, Mindfulness Research & Practice Initiative at the University of Miami. Her research focuses on the brain bases of attention, working memory, and mindfulness-based training.

Linda Lantieri, PhD, author of Building Emotional Intelligence, has 40 years of experience in education as a former teacher, administrator, and faculty member at Hunter College in New York City.

Daniel Rechtschaffen, MA, LMFT, is the founding director of the Mindful Education Institute, a year-long mindfulness in education teacher training program. He has helped create curriculum for organizations such as Mindfulness Without Borders, Mindful Schools, and The Mindful Mothering Project. Rechtschaffen is a licensed marriage and family therapist and maintains a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Holistic Life Foundation was founded in 2001 by brothers Ali Smith and Atman Smith and Andres Gonzalez. The three met at college then moved back to the West Baltimore neighborhood where the Smith brothers grew up, and where they have since offered yoga and mindfulness programs to nearly 5,000 young people and 1,000 adults.

Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, is a leading voice in the children’s yoga community, dedicated to making yoga and mindfulness practices accessible to all children. She is a certified yoga instructor, a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and a founding member of the Yoga Service Council.

Chris Cullen, MA, cofounder and creative director of the Mindfulness in Schools Project, was head of pastoral care at Hampton School in London. Cullen also teaches mindfulness at Kid’s Company and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London.