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Mindfulness, Anti-Racism & Inclusion: Moving Toward Transformative Practice

member events Oct 08, 2020
valerie brown

Valerie Brown, JD, MA, PCC, offered a webinar weaving audience participation and mindfulness practice. Valerie discusses the charnal ground, neuroscience of cognitive bias, how mindfulness supports the alleviation of suffering and transformative mindfulness practices. 

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Valerie Brown JD, MA, PCC, is an international retreat leader, writer, speaker, accredited leadership coach, and Principal of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in application and integration of mindfulness and leadership. She transformed her high-pressure, twenty-year career as a lawyer-lobbyist, representing educational institutions and nonprofits, to human-scale work with leaders and teams to foster trustworthy and authentic connections. Through her writing, she seeks to foster a more compassionate and peaceful world. Her books include The Road that Teaches: Lessons in Transformation through Travel (QuakerBridge Media, 2012) and The Mindful School Leader: Practices to Transform Your Leadership and School (Corwin, 2014), named one of the ‘best books on courage’ in 2014 by the Center for Courage & Renewal. She has written numerous articles and essays on the topic of spirituality and mindfulness and has studied and practiced mindfulness in the Plum Village tradition since 1995 and was ordained in the Order of Interbeing by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2003. Valerie’s extensive training includes, the Center for Courage & Renewal and Parker J. Palmer, the Institute for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University, the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, the Center for Compassion Focused Therapy, the Ojai Foundation, the C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology (NYC), Chestnut Hill College (PA) Certificate in Holistic Spirituality, and The Leadership Circle ProfileTM. Valerie is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and as certified Kundalini yoga teacher, she helps leaders discover the wisdom of the body. She leads an annual transformational pilgrimage to El Camino de Santiago, Spain, to celebrate the power of sacred places.

Host: Mabinti Dennis, Guest Curator 

Mabinti Dennis has been studying and practicing mindfulness meditation through the Shambhala Meditation tradition for over 20 years. Her teacher is Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the spiritual leader of the Shambhala Community. After many years of practicing meditation, Mabinti decided to be trained as a Meditation Instructor. This gave her an opportunity to teach meditation and support others on their meditation path. Over the years she has co-facilitated meditation workshops and weekend retreats at the Juniper Hill Retreat Centre, the Shambhala Meditation Centre Toronto as well as at community organizations.

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