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At a moment when the impacts of trauma are widespread, there’s an urgent need for mindfulness providers who can recognize trauma, respond effectively, and support trauma recovery.

Are you prepared to develop the skills to do this?

Trauma is prevalent. Research tells us that 89% of us will live through a traumatic event and some will develop debilitating symptoms in its aftermath.

Mindfulness is also increasingly popular. From meditation programs to grade-school classrooms, people are practicing mindfulness in a variety of ways. 

This means that in any room where people are practicing mindfulness, someone is likely to be struggling with trauma. 

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s not a simple thing, either. 

Trauma involves complex, survival-based responses that require skill and practice to navigate. While mindfulness can help with trauma recovery, the practice can create particular challenges for trauma survivors, as well. Absent an understanding of trauma, people can end up over-focusing on stimuli that requires particular skills and practices to heal.

For those of us offering mindfulness to others, this lays a certain responsibility at our feet. 

It’s essential that we learn how to recognize trauma and offer modifications that can help people safely access the full benefits of practice.

Yet there’s an opportunity here, as well. 

Under our guidance and care, we can provide people with life-changing skills to support their mindfulness practice, self-regulation, and trauma-recovery. 

Our commitment? To train you to be effective at both.

First, Do No Harm

Trauma is a form of stress. Mindfulness has been shown to help reduce stress. Therefore, anyone suffering from trauma would benefit from practicing mindfulness. 

Straightforward, right? 

Not always. Paying close attention to our inner-world in meditation can actually create issues for those who’ve experienced trauma. Despite our best efforts in practice, we can end up stuck, dysregulated, and even retraumatized. 

To guard against these pitfalls, you can acquire the skills to recognize trauma, respond to it skillfully, and prevent retraumatization. You can learn the specific reasons people run into difficulty, and specific tools to help them avoid dysregulation and access the full power of mindfulness practice. 

These are necessary skills for offering mindfulness to others, and a critical step on the path to being competent to offer trauma-sensitive mindfulness. 

But the commitment to “do no harm” only scratches the surface of what mindfulness can offer trauma survivors.

The full potential of mindfulness practices to support trauma recovery can remain untapped if we don’t develop past this first level of training.

With advanced skills, you can offer trauma survivors practices to help them be safely present with a greater range of experiences—ultimately supporting their path of trauma recovery.

Second, Widen the Window of Tolerance

A key introductory concept on the path to becoming trauma-sensitive is the window of tolerance—an optimal zone of arousal in the nervous system we can track to support safe mindfulness practice. 

As trauma-sensitive mindfulness providers, we can identify when someone is outside of their window of tolerance, and respond with specific modifications to mindfulness practice that can help them access an optimal zone of arousal and a sense of balance and agency in their lives. 

But there are limitations to staying exclusively in one’s window of tolerance. 

Over time, trauma survivors can also benefit from widening their window of tolerance and expanding their capacity for presence. In safe, gradual, and strategic ways, basic mindfulness can be paired with other practices that enhance one’s sense of agency, safety, and self-worth. 

While mindfulness practices can’t “cure” trauma, they can play a radically supportive role in supporting self-regulation and trauma recovery.

Because of this, we made the commitment to combine two training courses: one that teaches you to do no harm, and the other to help people widen their window of tolerance.

Now you can equip yourself with the Complete
Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness Training Program for Practitioners

This comprehensive, two-part training includes the fundamental components of recognizing and responding skillfully to trauma, AND advanced tools and distinctions that can help you support trauma survivors on their path to recovery in mindfulness practice.

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The Complete Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness Training Program for Practitioners is a  comprehensive, two-part training designed for anyone who wants to offer mindfulness practices in a way that supports safety, stability, and the skills people ultimately need to recover from trauma. 

The program includes the fundamental components of recognizing and responding skillfully to trauma, AND advanced tools and distinctions that can help you support trauma survivors on their path to recovery in mindfulness practice.

Whether you’re a meditation or yoga teacher, religious or classroom teacher, or a mental-health professional who utilizes mindfulness, this course is designed for you.

Here’s a closer look at exactly what’s included in the The Complete Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness Training:

A Two-Part Comprehensive Program for Mindfulness Providers

Part One

Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: The Beginner’s Guide to Recognizing Trauma, Responding Skillfully, and Preventing Retraumatization provides a path to gaining a foundational competence when it comes to mindfulness and trauma. 

In a relatively short amount of time, you’ll learn the theory and practices to recognize trauma, respond to it skillfully, and help people avoid retraumatization.   

Through lecture, case studies, experiential practices, and Q&A sessions, you will leave the Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness course:

  • Understanding why meditation can create dysregulation for people who’ve experienced trauma and specific ways you can prevent this;

  • Prepared to identify symptoms of traumatic stress while offering mindfulness interventions, and to tailor practices in a trauma-sensitive way;

  • Informed about current empirical research regarding mindfulness and trauma, including evidence-based interventions you can apply immediately to your work;

  • Equipped with the tools and modifications to help you work skillfully with dysregulated arousal, traumatic flashbacks, and trauma-related dissociation;

  • Understanding the relationship between individual and systemic forms of trauma, including responsibilities to educate oneself about power, oppression, and social context.

Upon registration, you’ll have immediate access to Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: The Beginner’s Guide to Recognizing Trauma, Responding Skillfully, and Preventing Retraumatization and be able to dive into the recordings of the five, 60 minute Course Modules and five, 60 minute Course Engagement Sessions (one relating to each Module). 

Each module builds upon the last and are designed to be self-paced, so you can complete them as you’re able. They include:


Facing The Trauma that
Surrounds Us

In Module One, we anchor into a foundational understanding of trauma, discuss its prevalence, and define the principles and practices of Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness.


Exploring the Window of Tolerance
and Why It Matters

Here we explore the Window of Tolerance—a fundamental tool for assessing whether we are helping or hindering trauma survivors, and a principle upon which all other trauma-sensitive practices are built.


Understanding the
Sword of Mindful Attention

In this module, we focus on the double-edged sword of mindful attention and unpack skillful ways to shift and reorient attention during mindfulness practice.     


Keeping the Body in Mind

Here we turn our attention towards the body, focusing on how it can often become a minefield for people struggling with trauma. You’ll also learn specific tools and adaptations you can offer trauma survivors to support them
in practice. 


Leveraging the Power of Relationship

This module explores the connection between mindfulness meditation and the neurology of belonging – including tools to help establish interpersonal safety and support mindfulness practice.

Social Context Session

Working with
Social Context

In this additional session, we examine the importance of understanding the social conditions that shape people’s experience of trauma.

After you complete Part One, you’ll be:

  • Confident in identifying non-verbal signs of traumatic stress;
  • Equipped with a diverse set of modifications to offer people you’re working with, including different internal and external anchors of attention;
  • More aware of the ways trauma can manifest in communities you work and practice with;
  • Clear about the relationship between interoceptive and exteroceptive sensations, and how this relates to trauma-sensitive mindfulness practice;
  • More secure in knowing you’re doing everything you can to prevent retraumatization in your work.

And…most importantly, ready to participate in:

Part Two: Advanced Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness:
Widening the Window of Tolerance and Supporting Trauma Recovery

that begins on Monday, March 30th.

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Part Two

Advanced Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Widening the Window of Tolerance and Supporting Trauma Recovery is a first-of-its kind course designed to build on the foundational skills you developed in Part One and expand your training by equipping you with the ability to offer mindfulness in a way that supports trauma recovery. 

In the container of a powerful, engaged learning community, you will be given the tools to help people to take meaningful steps toward their trauma recovery. Through lecture, case study, and opportunities to interact with an advanced learning community, this course builds on the core trauma-sensitive competencies by going deeper, focusing on practices that help widen one’s window of tolerance.    

As an Advanced Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness course participant, you will:

  • Develop advanced skills in trauma-sensitive mindfulness through deepened theory, practice, and community support;

  • Discover practices that enhance people’s resilience, self-compassion, and sense of agency and choice;

  • Explore the power of mindful gauges—one of the most effective, empowering mindfulness tools we can offer people on their path of trauma recovery;

  • Learn mindful embodiment practices that enable people to self-generate safety and widen their window of tolerance;

  • Adopt and integrate mindfulness practices that focus on resilience and healing;

  • Be informed about cultural adaptations of mindfulness practice through a trauma-sensitive lens;

  • Learn from world-renowned experts in the field of mindfulness, trauma, and compassion.

Here’s what you’ll receive during this Seven-Module, 14-week online course:

  • Seven, 60-minute Classroom Sessions where David will present on a principle of Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness
  • Seven, 60-minute Guest Faculty Sessions where David will interview a special guests on that module’s content
  • Seven, 90-minute LIVE Course Engagement Sessions designed to focus on the previous week’s modules and answer any specific questions you have.  Recordings available.
  • Fourteen, 60-minute LIVE Community Practice Sessions led by TSM Community Leaders trained by David. These leaders will be available to serve as mentors and guides throughout the course, offering you their wisdom and support. Recordings Available.
  • A live, 75-minute Course Orientation where David will provide an overview of the curriculum and guest faculty, establish shared agreements, and answer any questions you may have.
  • Exclusive access to an engaged, Online Learning Community where you will have ample resources to support your learning. All course materials, reading lists, and discussion threads will be housed on the online learning community.

A Module-by-Module Course Overview


Meeting the Moment: Activating a Community of Advanced TSM Practitioners

In the Orientation Module, we’ll join together as a community of mindfulness providers to orient to the Advanced Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness course. We’ll cover the core promises of the course, establish community agreements, and embark on a powerful fourteen weeks together.

In the Orientation Session, you’ll also: 

  • Become familiar with the online learning community platform and receive direction about how to get the most out of your time in the course;

  • Receive an overview of what you can expect from the course, and ways the course will build on distinctions you’ve already made;

  • Discover personal trauma-sensitive mindfulness practices that you can adopt throughout the course as a way to deepen your learning.

Module One

Mindful Gauges: Empowering Trauma Survivors on their Path to Recovery

In this module, we’ll discuss a foundational trauma-sensitive practice that is key to safely expanding one’s window of tolerance: mindful gauges. Mindful gauges are a way to evaluate one’s response to different stimuli in the present moment. As we’ll discuss in the module, mindful gauges are an invaluable tool for all trauma survivors that support choice, agency, and, ultimately, trauma recovery.

In Module One, you’ll also:

  • Receive a refresher on the Window of Tolerance and how it relates to trauma-sensitive mindfulness;

  • Discover case studies of students and clients that have successfully used mindful gauges in their practice and work;

  • Learn practices that you can try during the course to improve your mindful gauges, and support how you offer this tool to others.

Classroom Session
Released April 6th 

Guest Faculty Session
Released April 9rd

Course Engagement Session
Live, April 13th – 11am PT
(90 minutes)

Community Practice Session Live, April 16th 5pm-6pm PT and/or April 18th 9am-10am PT

Module One Guest Faculty Session Features:

Babette Rothschild

Babette Rothschild, MSW, LCSW, is the author of five books on trauma, including the bestselling The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment (Norton, 2000, 2017). Babette also coined the term “mindful gauges” which we’ll be talking about in this session and how it applies to trauma-sensitive mindfulness.

Module Two

Generating Safety: Offering Embodied Practices that Support Choice and Agency

In Module Two, we’ll take a deep dive into the relevance of safety in trauma-sensitive mindfulness. Specifically, you will learn embodied mindfulness practices you can offer clients and students to help generate safety in their lives. We’ll do this by adopting principles and techniques from somatic psychology and trauma theory. Rather than “talk” about safety conceptually, we can offer practices that establish a visceral sense of safety that supports trauma recovery.

In Module Two, you’ll also:

  • Discover how basic, embodied practices around consent can generate an embodied sense of safety within those you’re working with;

  • Learn how phase-oriented trauma treatment holds relevance for interventions in trauma-sensitive mindfulness, and how these insights can support you as a mindfulness provider;

  • Integrate a rigorous understanding of social context into practices around safety and help build trust with those you serve.

Classroom Session
Released April 20th 

Guest Faculty Session
Released April 23rd

Course Engagement Session
Live, April 27th – 11am PT
(90 minutes)

Community Practice Session
Live, April 30th 5pm-6pm PT and/or May 2nd 9am-10am PT

Module Two Guest Faculty Session Features:

Staci K. Haines

Staci K. Haines is author of the books 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). She is also a co-founder of generative somatics—a multiracial organization bringing somatics and trauma healing to social and environmental justice organizations. Staci is an expert at helping people self-generate safety through somatic practice, and brings decades of experience to this conversation. 

Module Three

Trauma and Resilience: Helping Survivors Widen their Window of Tolerance

In Module Three, we’ll explore the relationship between trauma, mindfulness, and resilience. Defined as our ability to bounce back from difficult and overwhelming situations, resilience is an essential part of trauma-sensitive mindfulness.

In Module Three, you’ll also discover:

  • How resilience helps people avoid the pitfalls of over-attending to traumatic stimuli;

  • The ways that mindful awareness and resilience serve as “two-wings” within trauma-sensitive mindfulness;

  • How resilience can help establish areas of safety in the body that can help people safely widen their window of tolerance.

Classroom Session
Released May 4th

Guest Faculty Session
Released May 7th

Course Engagement Session
Live, May 11th – 11am PT
(90 minutes)

Community Practice Session
Live, May 14th 5pm-6pm PT and/or May 16th 9am-10am PT

Module Three Guest Faculty Session Features:

Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson, PhD, is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Resilient (Random House, 2018), Hardwiring Happiness (Random House, 2013), and Buddha’s Brain (New Harbinger, 2009), and he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, Harvard and has taught in meditation centers worldwide. Hanson is also a longtime mindfulness practitioner and an expert on the neuroscience of resilience, making him the perfect guest faculty for this conversation.

Module Four

Trauma-Sensitive Body Scans: Developing Best Practices

In this module, we’ll take an in-depth look at offering body scans in a trauma-sensitive way. From cultural adaptations of a body scan to best practices before, during, and after practice, this comprehensive module will provide advanced training in offering body scans of any duration.

In Module Four, you’ll also:

  • Be introduced to research about the benefits of body scans for trauma survivors;
  • Discover why body scans can be dysregulating for trauma survivors and specific ways to support them;
  • Learn specific, trauma-sensitive adaptations for working with people who are differently-abled (e.g., those who are parapalegic).

Classroom Session
Released May 18th

Guest Faculty Session
Released May 21st

Course Engagement Session
Live, May 26th – 11am PT
(90 minutes)

Community Practice Session
Live, May 28th 5pm-6pm PT and/or May 30th 9am-10am PT

Module Four Guest Faculty Session Features:

Paula Ramírez Diazgranados

Paula Ramírez Diazgranados 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.

Module Five

Mindful Self-Compassion: Exploring Trauma, Mindfulness, and Shame

In Module Five, we’ll explore the power of mindful self-compassion in trauma-sensitive practice. Mindful self-compassion combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, offering a powerful tool that supports resilience and helps people widen their window of tolerance.

In Module Five, you’ll also:

  • Discover practices that support working with shame, a common consequence of surviving traumatic experiences;

  • Integrate research on mindful self-compassion and how this connects to trauma;

  • Learn guided, experiential practices you can offer to students and clients to support their process of recovery.

Classroom Session
Released June 1st

Guest Faculty Session
Released June 4th

Course Engagement Session
Live, June 8th – 11am PT
(90 minutes)

Community Practice Session
Live, June 11th 5pm-6pm PT and/or June 13th 9am-10am PT

Module Five Guest Faculty Session Features:

Christopher Germer

Christopher Germer, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and co-developer of the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program. He is the author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and is a founding faculty member of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at Harvard Medical School. Germer has a keen interest in the relationship between mindfulness, shame, trauma, and compassion.

Sydney Spears

Sydney Spears, PhD, LCSW, LSCSW, TCTSY-F, is a licensed clinical social worker, adaptive yoga facilitator, mindfulness instructor and professor in the Kansas City area. She is passionately committed to advancing social justice efforts through providing and maintaining a non-oppressive, trauma-sensitive, and culturally responsive practice.

Module Six

Truth, Reality, and Social Context: Creating Belonging in a Time of Division

In Module Six, we’ll discuss how to create belonging in the settings you work within—without disappearing dynamics of power and social context. Using a trauma-sensitive lens, we will explore practices that integrate a systemic understanding and work to build safety and trust.

In Module Six, you’ll also:

  • Hear strategies to help navigate the tension between the “truth” that we are all equal and the “reality” of being treated differently because of our identity.

  • Discover embodied mindfulness practices that support dignity at individual and collective levels and staying with discomfort;

  • Learn about the ways that social context connects to systems theory and the window of tolerance and how this can support you as a trauma-sensitive mindfulness provider.

Classroom Session
Released June 15th

Guest Faculty Session
Released June 18th

Course Engagement Session
Live, June 22nd – 11am PT
(90 minutes)

Community Practice Session
Live, June 25th 5pm-6pm PT and/or June 27th 9am-10am PT

Module Six Guest Faculty Session Features:

Rhonda Magee

Rhonda Magee, JD, is a professor of law at the University of San Francisco and author of the book The Inner Work Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness (Random House, 2019). Also trained in sociology and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), Rhonda is a highly practiced facilitator of trauma-sensitive, restorative MBSR interventions and for minimizing the effects of social-identity-based bias.

Module Seven

Radical Compassion: Transforming Ourselves and the World with Mindfulness

In this final module of the course, we’ll explore all that mindfulness makes possible in terms of trauma recovery. From safety and resilience to self-compassion, we’ll tie together the modules of the course to support your path forward as a mindfulness provider. This module will focus on the way mindfulness can help us turn and face suffering with compassion, and how we can be the most effective trauma-sensitive mindfulness practitioners going forward.

In Module Seven, you’ll also:

  • Discover how a historical understanding of trauma supports our effectiveness as a trauma-sensitive mindfulness provider;

  • Learn practices that support compassion for self and others in the midst of trauma recovery;

  • Tailor all theory and practice to the particular context you offer mindfulness within, and leave motivated, empowered, and prepared for your path ahead.

Classroom Session
Released June 29th

Guest Faculty Session
Released July 2nd

Course Engagement Session
Live, July 6th – 11am PT
(90 minutes)

Community Practice Session
Live, July 9th 5pm-6pm PT and/or July 11th 9am-10am PT

Module Seven Guest Faculty Session Features:

Tara Brach

Tara Brach, Ph.D., is a meditation teacher and author of Radical Acceptance (Bantam, 2003) and True Refuge: Finding Peace & Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart (Bantam, 2013). One of the most distinctive voices in Western Buddhism, Tara’s teachings often focus on the possibility of healing and spiritual awakening through mindful, loving awareness. She is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC—one of the largest and most dynamic non-residential meditation centers in the United States—and co-founded the Awareness Training Institute with Jack Kornfield.

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We’re so confident in the value The Complete Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness Training delivers that we offer a full, no-questions-asked, money-back guarantee if you decide you want to cancel your registration within 14 days of the start of the course. You can even keep any early-registration bonuses you receive – at no cost.

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When you register for the Complete Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness Training on Wednesday, February 12th at Midnight PT, you’ll also receive an autographed copy of David Treleaven’s book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing (Norton, 2018).

In Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness, David draws on a decade of research and clinical experience to demonstrate that mindfulness meditation―practiced without an awareness of trauma―can exacerbate symptoms of traumatic stress.

An important reference tool for mindfulness practitioners, this book will serve as a complementary resource on your journey.

Simply register for the course by Midnight PT on Wednesday, February 12th and your personally autographed copy of  Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness will be sent directly to you. (Value $27 + free shipping)

*Hard copy books are only available for shipping to valid U.S. mailing addresses. Those living outside the U.S. will receive a $30 credit on their course tuition so they may purchase the book via an international reseller of their choice.

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We’re so confident in the value The Complete Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness Training delivers that we offer a full, no-questions-asked, money-back guarantee if you decide you want to cancel your registration within 14 days of the start of the course. You can even keep any early-registration bonuses you receive – at no cost.


Both. Each module has four components:

(1) a 60-minute Classroom Session taught by David (pre-recorded);

(2) a 45-60 minute Guest Faculty Session where David is joined by an expert in the field (pre-recorded);

(3) a 90-minute Course Engagement Session led by David to engage in Q&A and practice (held live online).

(4) a 60-minute Community Practice Session led by a senior TSM teacher trained by David (held live online).

Yes, absolutely. All Course Engagement Sessions will be recorded and available for download. 

This course is offered as a professional training for mindfulness providers. While some benefits may result from learning or practices, it is not intended to be an individual trauma healing course.

If you’re taking the course explicitly to heal your own trauma, this course will likely not be a good fit for you. Given the ubiquity of trauma exposure, however, it’s common that a mindfulness provider taking the course will have experienced trauma, and we encourage you to pace yourself and be self-responsive as you move through the material. There’s also a 14-day money back guarantee with the course, so if you take the course and find that it’s not a good fit, you can always ask for a refund.

You will have guaranteed access for 12 months to all sessions following the completion of the course.

Yes, for groups of 5 or larger. Please email us at support@davidtreleaven.com to inquire. 

Yes, we have scholarships available for this course. Given that trauma disproportinantely impacts marginalized communities, these scholarships will prioritize people of color, poor and working class folks, and others who are marginalized by systems of oppression and subsequently have less access to resources. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please reach out to us at: support@davidtreleaven.com

We are currently moving through the steps required to obtain CE’s for the Advanced Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness course. Although we’re committed to having them available by the start of the training on March 30th, because we’re still in the middle of the application process, we can’t guarantee them. Keep in mind that we offer a full money back guarantee through the first 14 days of Advanced Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness. So, if you register for the training and for some unexpected reason the CE’s do not become available, you can obtain a refund on your course tuition during the first two weeks of the course.

Here’s What Some of the World’s Top Leaders in Mindfulness Are
Saying About David and Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness:


“An essential ‘upgrade’ for anyone who thinks of her or himself as a mindfulness teacher, or is in training to become one. Respect for the ubiquity of trauma in our world and its multiplicity of harmful and enduring aftermaths is essential in teaching any mindfulness-based intervention to others, particularly in large and diverse classes, whether in person or online. David Treleaven has done us all a great service to articulate this landscape so clearly and compassionately, and suggest how to navigate it in skillful and emotionally intelligent ways—while recognizing and honoring in every moment the sovereignty, profound strengths, and potential for resilience of even the most wounded of us—the wholeness and beauty that holds the scars and invites great healing.”

Founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and author of Full Catastrophe Living and The Healing Power of Mindfulness

“David’s work on trauma-sensitive mindfulness is providing much needed clarity on this vital issue. The trauma adaptations are practical and very doable for mindfulness teachers once we understand the principles underpinning trauma issues. It is heartening for us that his approach is sensitively integrated with awareness of social justice, and so trauma awareness becomes part of a wider direction towards deeper literacy about the realities of inequality, exclusion and lack of diversity in the mindfulness space. His book is now on the essential reading list for our students!”

Director, Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University, UK, author ofMindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (CBT Distinctive Features)


“What a timely gift David Treleaven has offered us with this book! David walks us along the path with curiosity, solid research, stories of individuals woven with stories of historical and modern movements, and clear tangible practices for anyone who is teaching and guiding mindfulness meditation. An accessible and loving guide through the complex territory of trauma and healing.”

Author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good

“Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness is a much-needed addition to our field. With mindfulness going mainstream in corporate, mental health, education, and other settings, it’s critical that those charged with teaching have sufficient knowledge of how trauma might impact practice. . .This is a must read for mindfulness teachers in all settings!”

Author of Trauma-Informed Mindfulness with Teens


“David Treleaven’s expertise is beyond valuable for students in our meditation instructor training programs—it is essential. We can no longer imagine training meditation teachers without including his wisdom. He has helped ensure that we send teachers out into the world who can recognize and skillfully respond to those who experience trauma. He is a trusted resource for making sure that mindfulness is presented, not as a panacea for everything, but as gateway to true healing. We could not appreciate him more. “

Founder, The Open Heart Project, author of The Four Noble Truths of Love

“Integrating Dr. Treleaven’s wisdom, the mindfulness movement can gain an inclusive and trauma-informed vision which the practices truly need for integrity and effectiveness. If you are a mindfulness teacher or practitioner, Treleaven’s book should be required reading to receive the profound benefits of mindfulness while practicing in a safe and nourishing way.”

Founder of the Mindful Education Institute and the Omega Mindfulness in Education conference, and author of The Way of Mindful Education: Cultivating Well-Being in Teachers and Students


About David Treleaven

David Treleaven, PhD, is a writer and educator working at the intersection of mindfulness and trauma. He is the author of the acclaimed book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness, and founder of the Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness (TSM) Community — a group committed to setting a standard of care within mindfulness-based practices, interventions, and programs.

Through workshops, keynotes, podcasts, and online education, David focuses on offering mindfulness providers with the knowledge and tools they require to meet the needs of those struggling with trauma. He is passionate about connecting his audience with on-the-ground experts, and is closely engaged with current empirical research to inform best practices.

His work has been adopted into multiple mindfulness teacher training programs around the world, including UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, and Bangor University’s MA in Mindfulness program in the UK. 

He’s currently a visiting scholar at Brown University (partnering with the Brown Mindfulness Center), and has worked with a number of organizations to bring trauma-sensitive mindfulness to their staff and programs. Some include:

  • Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, developed at Google
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
  • Institute for Mindfulness South Africa
  • UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness
  • The Mindfulness Training Institute of Australia and New Zealand


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