The Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness Podcast:

A monthly podcast hosted by David Treleaven featuring a variety of guests speaking about the intersection of mindfulness, meditation, and trauma.

Episode 15 | Mushim Patricia Ikeda

In this episode, David interviews Mushim Patricia Ikeda—a Buddhist teacher and social change activist based out of Oakland, California. In their conversation, David and Mushim talk about her inclusivity work at EBMC, the pandemic, and the relevance of trauma-informed practice within mindfulness and social change work.

Mushim Ikeda

Mushim Patricia Ikeda is a Buddhist teacher, author, social justice activist, and mother based in Oakland, California. She teaches at the East Bay Meditation Center, where she leads the award-winning yearlong mindfulness program for social change agents, Practice in Transformative Action. Mushim is the recipient of the Gil A. Lopez Award for a peacemaker of color from the Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California, and the recipient of an honorary doctor of sacred theology degree from the Starr King School for the Ministry.

Episode 14 | Liz Stanley

This episode’s guest is Elizabeth Stanley, a professor, author, and U.S. Army veteran who came to practice (in part) to help her with PTSD. In their conversation, David and Liz discuss contemporary definitions of trauma and how this relates to the current moment; the neurophysiology of trauma, including the relationship between what Liz terms the “thinking brain” and “survival brain”; and their current assessments of the impacts of COVID-19, it’s impact on social windows of tolerance, and their hopes for the path ahead.


Elizabeth A. Stanley, PhD, is an associate professor of security studies at Georgetown University. She is the award-winning author of Paths to Peace and Widen the Window: Training Your Brain and Body to Thrive during Stress and Recover from Trauma. She is the creator of Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT)®, taught to thousands in civilian and military high-stress environments. MMFT® research has been featured on 60 Minutes, ABC Evening News, NPR, and in Time magazine and many other media outlets. A U.S. Army veteran with service in Asia and Europe, she holds degrees from Yale, Harvard, and MIT. She’s also a certified practitioner of Somatic Experiencing, a body-based trauma therapy.

Episode 13 | Sydney Spears

This episode features Sydney Spears, a trauma-sensitive mindfulness and yoga teacher, clinical social work, and trauma-sensitive care. Sydney teaches Mindful Self-Compassion with a particular focus on diversity, oppression, and trauma. In their conversation, David and Sydney discuss the role of mindfulness and compassion can play in helping heal trauma and oppression; the relationship between trauma and social oppression; and how to skillfully navigate multiracial spaces as a leader in contemplative settings.

Dr. Sydney Spears, LCSW, is a trauma-sensitive yoga (TCTSY) facilitator, mindfulness instructor, and professor who teaches on cultural diversity, clinical social work, and trauma-sensitive care. She teaches Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), trauma-sensitive yoga, and trauma-sensitive mindfulness through the Midwest Alliance in Mindfulness, which focuses on providing mindfulness-based practices and community outreach efforts for organizations and at-risk populations.

Episode 12 | Staci K. Haines

This episode’s guest, Staci K. Haines, has been an important teacher for David. In their conversation, David and Staci talk about embodiment, trauma, and mindfulness practice during COVID-19, what the pandemic is revealing about interdependence, and the role resilience can play at this time. 

Staci K. Haines is the co-founder of generative somatics, a multiracial social justice organization, and the founder of generationFIVE, an organization whose mission is to end the sexual abuse of children within five generations. She is also the author of The Politics of Trauma: Somatics, Healing, and Social Justice (North Atlantic, 2019) and Healing Sex: A Mind Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma (Cleis, 2007).

Episode 11 | Rick Hanson

This episode’s guest, Rick Hanson, has spent much of his career focused on the relationship between contemplative practice and modern neuroscience. He’s particularly focused on the difference between being with and working with difficult experiences, which is an important distinction in Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness. In their conversation, David and Rick discuss practices to help cope with adversity and trauma, such as resourcing; why some people benefit from specific interventions in practice (“vantage sensitivity”); and how to avoid shaming students and clients when offering powerful, contemplative practices.

Rick Hanson, Ph. D., is a psychologist, a Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and a New York Times best-selling author. His books include Buddha’s Brain, Hardwiring Happiness, Resilient, and Neurodharma. He’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Harvard, and has served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

Episode 10 | Zabie Yamasaki

This episode’s guest is Zabie Yamasaki, the Founder of Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga. In their conversation, David and Zabie discuss the difference between observing and absorbing adversity and stress in a leadership role; strategies to support self-regulation to best support others; and how the physiological triggers of trauma can be worked with skillfully in body-based contemplative practices.

Zabie Yamasaki, M.Ed., RYT, is Founder of Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga, an organization with the mission of empowering survivors to heal through the practice of yoga. Zabie is the Program Director of Trauma-Informed Yoga Programs at UCLA, and created a trauma-informed yoga program that’s being used at over 20 college campuses in the US, including Stanford, USC, and Johns Hopkins to name a few. Her work has been featured on CNN, NBC News, the Huffington Post, and is author of the forthcoming book, Teaching Trauma-Informed Yoga to Survivors of Sexual Assault: A Supportive Guide for Practitioners from Norton.

Episode 9 | Shelly Tygielski

This episode’s guest is Shelly Tygielski, a meditation teacher who offers trauma-informed mindfulness programs to communities who have been affected by gun violence and mass shootings. In their conversation, David and Shelly discuss creating trauma-sensitive environments, what it means to be a “mindful first responder,” and the connection between mindfulness and social justice.

Shelly Tygielski is a meditation teacher (MBSR) and activist involved in offering trauma-informed healing practices to communities affected by gun violence and mass shootings in the US. She has led retreats for survivors and victims’ families representing Parkland, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Aurora, Columbine and more. She was featured on the cover of Mindful Magazine in June 2019 covering her work in this space and her Florida-based meditation community of over 15,000 practitioners, and in that issue was named as one of the “Ten Powerful Women of Mindfulness.”

Episode 8 | Rebecca Crane

This episode’s guest is Rebecca Crane, a teacher passionate about mindfulness teacher competencies—particularly “who” we need to become in order to offer mindfulness to others. In the episode, David and Rebecca delve into the questions: What makes a mindfulness program a mindfulness program? Where does trauma fit into all this? And where is the field going?

Rebecca Crane PhD directs the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University and has played a leading role in developing its training and research programme since it was founded in 2001. She teaches and trains internationally in both Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Her research and publications focus on how the evidence on mindfulness-based interventions can be implemented with integrity into practice settings. She has written Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Distinctive Features 2017, co-authored Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy with People at Risk of Suicide, 2017 and is a Principle Fellow with the Higher Education Academy. 

Episode 7 | Year In Review

In this special podcast, as opposed to interviewing a particular leader in the field, David interviews, well… himself! 

After a brief opening practice he discusses: The way our own healing needs to be at the center of TSM; the reason David thinks of trauma as Winter in the seasonal cycle; and how mindfulness (and particular supplemental practices) can help us turn towards suffering with a greater capacity to heal it.

Episode 6 | Paula Ramírez

In this episode, David interviews Paula Ramírez, a mindfulness teacher currently working with humanitarian workers and trauma survivors at the United Nations. Paula and David discuss her adaptations of mindful body scans when working with differently abled people, cultural adaptations Paula has made in offering mindfulness to displaced and traumatized communities, and self-care practices she engages in when offering Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness work.

Paula Ramírez is co-founder of Colombia-based non-profit organization Breathe International, which promotes mindfulness for peacebuilding in conflict-affected areas all over the world. Paula has offered trauma-sensitive mindfulness within the United Nations, working closely with humanitarian workers and trauma survivors in South Sudan, Colombia, Nepal, and most recently with the displaced Rohingya refugee community in Bangladesh. She has developed trauma-sensitive body scans in multiple contexts and brings over a decade of experience to the conversation.

Episode 5 | Daniel Rechtshaffen

In this episode, David interviews Daniel Rechtshaffen, mindfulness educator and author of the book The Way of Mindful Education. They discuss the connection between mindfulness and ecology, being in right relationship with our natural environment, and the ethics of bringing mindfulness into different community settings.

Daniel Rechtshaffen, MA, LMFT, is the author of The Way of Mindful Education and The Mindful Education Workbook. He organizes the annual Mindfulness in Education Conference and Teacher Training at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, and co-founded Transformative Educational Leadership, a community of educational leaders focused on equity, social-emotional learning, and mindfulness.  

Episode 4 | Jessica Morey and Charisse Minerva (iBme)

In this episode of the TSM podcast, David interviews Jessica Morey and Charisse Minerva, Guiding Teachers at Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme), a nonprofit organization that offers trauma-informed mindfulness programs to youth and their families. They discuss how mindfulness providers can embody principles of trauma-sensitive practice, the difference between secularization and secularity in mindfulness practice, and the role of nature and resilience in trauma-sensitive practice. 

Charisse Minerva is a Board member at iBme, and has also worked with the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) and is Mindfulness Coordinator at Friends School of Virginia Beach. She has offered mindfulness in schools, festivals, at corporate offices, and in detention & treatment centers.

Jessica Morey is the Executive Director of iBme and a founding board member. She began practicing meditation at age 14 on teen retreats offered by the Insight Meditation Society (IMS), and before joining iBme worked in clean energy and climate policy and finance.

Episode 3 | Sam Himelstein

In this episode of the TSM podcast, David interviews Sam Himelstein — a psychologist, educator, and author of the book Trauma-Informed Mindfulness with Teens (Norton, 2019). Sam details how he builds trust with youth when teaching mindfulness, and the most effective trauma-informed principles and practices he’s learned over the years.

Dr. Sam Himelstein is a licensed Psychologist who worked in the Alameda County Juvenile Hall. He founded the Center for Adolescent Studies and has written extensively on clinical work using mindfulness with young people. He’s author of A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Working with High-Risk Adolescents (Routledge, 2013) and Mindfulness-Based Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents: A 12-Session Curriculum (Routledge, 2015). His forthcoming book, Trauma-Informed Mindfulness with Teens (Norton, 2019) will be available this fall.

Episode 2 | Rhonda Magee

This month’s guest is Rhonda Magee, a powerful teacher and thought-leader focused on integrating mindfulness into higher education, law, and social justice. Rhonda and David discuss racial justice as an aspect of living mindfully, and how to bring, in her words, “compassion together with truth telling.” Rhonda is also author of the forthcoming book, The Inner Work of Racial Justice (Norton, 2019).

Rhonda V. Magee (M.A. Sociology, J.D.) is Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, and is an internationally-recognized thought and practice leader focused on integrating Mindfulness into Higher Education, Law and Social Justice. A student of a wide variety of Buddhist and other wisdom teachers, including Norman Fischer and Jon Kabat-Zinn, she trained as a mindfulness teacher through the Oasis Teacher Training Institute of the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Interventions, awareness and compassion practices from a range of traditions. She is a member of the Board of Advisors of the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness and the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute.

Episode 1 | Will Kabat-Zinn

David sits down with meditation teacher Will Kabat-Zinn to discuss his thoughts and insights about trauma-sensitive mindfulness. ​

Will Kabat-Zinn has practiced Insight Meditation for over 15 years. He has taught mindfulness and meditation to diverse populations–neuroscientists at the Mind and Life Institute, incarcerated youth in NYC and Oakland, and business and technology leaders in Silicon Valley. He leads retreats regularly at Spirit Rock and at meditation centers around the country and is a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher’s Council. 

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