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 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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