I am a mindfulness instructor trained in both secular and Buddhist meditation and mindfulness practice. Formally, I have received training in mindfulness from Authentic Yoga Scottsdale (RYT-200), Mindfulness First (Teaching Mindfulness I), and am a Certified Mindfulness Instructor through MNDFL‘s Certification and Training with Rev. angel Kyodo williams. Professionally, I have taught mindfulness to K-5 students, and trained K-12 teachers, counselors, and administrators from across the country in practicing and sharing trauma-informed mindfulness. With Mindfulness First, I also designed a six-part trauma-informed mindfulness curriculum for corporations and have taught to clients like the Bureau of Land Management and General Motors.

I believe empirically-informed and secularized mindfulness practice can play an essential role in improving personal and collective well-being, at least when combined with critical reflection and taught from a lens that centers social justice. I work hard to make sure my secular mindfulness pedagogy would not be classified as “McMindfulness.”

I am also a practitioner in the Plum Village tradition of Buddhism, founded by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. In June 2021, I was ordained as a lay member of the Order of Interbeing with the dharma name True Continuation of Compassion (Chân Tiếp Bi). I also serve as a co-founder and facilitator of Joyful Mountain Sangha, an online sangha that has met weekly since 2020 (you’re welcome to join 😉).

Me with Sr. Dang Nghiem, one of my favorite nuns