Episode 9:

Gun Violence, Mass Shootings, and Trauma-Informed Mindfulness

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.”