Learn from the wise who have themselves been where you are going – R G

The below indivduals are our mentors and honorary board of advisors. They help guide our work and support us with their wealth of knowledge and experience. We are deeply grateful for their honorary and voluntary contribution to our journey.


Dr. Christopher Germer, Ph.D.

Christopher is a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School. He is a co-developer of the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy. Dr. Germer is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy as well as the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School. He teaches and leads workshops internationally on mindfulness and compassion, and has a private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts, USA specializing in mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy. www.chrisgermer.com


Susan Woods, MSW, LICSW

Susan is a psychotherapist and was in psychotherapy practice for many years where in addition to her clinical practice she offered the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programs. Susan is co-author of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy – Embodied Presence and Inquiry in Practice and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Protocol, Practice, and Teaching Skills. She is a leading consultant and professional trainer in MBSR and MBCT and teaches worldwide. She developed the MBSR and MBCT professional certification programs at the Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, University of California at San Diego, USA; is a senior MBSR/MBCT mentor and supervisor, and a professional advisor on mindfulness-based clinical trials. Susan is also a senior faculty member at the Center for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto, Canada.


Dr. Steven Hickman, Psy.D.

Steven is the Executive Director of the non-profit Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and author of Self-compassion for Dummies. He is a Clinical Psychologist and Retired Associate Clinical Professor in the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine, as well as the Founding Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Steve co-developed the Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training program and has participated in the training of over 1800 MSC teachers around the world. Steve has co-taught the 8-week and intensive MSC program many times around the globe and is also a Certified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and trains teachers of that program. He is married and has three young adult children, affording him ample opportunity to practice what he teaches! www.drstevenhickman.com


Dr. James Robert Doty, M.D.

James is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and the Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education as Stanford University School of Medicine. James is also an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist having given support to a number of charitable organizations including Children as the Peacemakers, Global Healing and Family & Children Services. He is on the Board of Directors of a number of non-profit foundations including the University of Southern California Brain and Creativity Institute, the Friends of New Orleans (FONO) and the Dalai Lama Foundation of which he is Chairman. James is also the author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart


Dr. David Brazier, Ph.D.

David is a psychotherapist, president of Instituto Terapia Zen International and patron of the Tathagata Trust, a socially engaged charity in India. He is an authority on Buddhist psychology and lectures regularly in more than ten countries. David is also an international author and has written books like: Zen Therapy, The Feeling Buddha, Love and Its Disappointment and Beyond Carl Rogers. He has studied Buddhism for forty five years including periods with Thich Nhat Hanh (Vietnamese), Kennett Roshi (Soto Zen), Saiko Sensei (Shinshu), Chogyam Trungpa (Kargyu) and other leading teachers. David enjoys travelling world wide sharing his experiences with others.


Dr. Fabrizio Didonna, Psy.D.

Fabrizio is an internationally known Clinical Psychologist and Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapist. He is the founder and President of the Italian Institute for Mindfulness (IS.I.MIND) and works as a coordinator of the Unit for Mood and Anxiety Disorders and the Unit for OCD in the Department of Psychiatry of the Villa Margherita Private Hospital in Vicenza, Italy. Besides this Fabrizio is also Editor of the Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness and author of Mindfulness and Compassion-Based Cognitive-Behavioural Treatment for OCD. Fabrizio was one of the first therapists who planned and used mindfulness training with patients with severe disorders in inpatient treatment programs. He has been practicing and teaching meditation for many years and gives training retreats in MBCT and Mindfulness-Based Interventions in Italy and worldwide.


Dr. David Treleaven, Ph.D.

David is a writer, educator, and trauma professional whose work focuses on the intersection of trauma and mindfulness. He received his doctorate in psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and is currently a visiting scholar at Brown University. David is the author of the acclaimed book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing (W. W. Norton, 2018). Utilizing contemporary research to inform best practices, David has offered workshops on trauma-sensitive mindfulness at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and his work has been adopted into multiple teacher training programs in the U.S. and abroad. You can learn more about David at www.davidtreleaven.com


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