Connect with people who are committed to exploring what it means to live a more mindful life.  Experience an environment that fosters authentic connections through organic group discussions, peer-led roundtables, partnering exercises, and social events.

Learn from over 25 talks, panels, and workshops, as well as optional daylong intensives. Presenters include renowned thought leaders on mindfulness and compassion. Plus we'll learn from each other as we share our own stories.

Experience mindfulness meditation and other contemplative practices.  We have created space for you to be silent, still and connected to yourself, and we've included sessions dedicated to somatic mind-body exercises. Experience first-hand some of the techniques people are using to tame their minds and tap into the wisdom of their bodies. 



Thursday, April 20, 2017 (Pre-Conference Optional Intensives) 4.5 CEs available for most intensives. See CEU page for details.

Choose One Intensive:

Time Speaker Session Type
9:30 - 3:30pm Tools for Teaching Mindfulness with Diana Winston 4.75 CEs Pre-conference intensive
9:30 - 3:30pm How to Bring Mindfulness into Your Organization and Build a Mindful Culture with Jacqueline Carter & Dana Pulley Pre-conference intensive
5:00 - 7:00pm Early Registration and Meet & Greet Meet conference Co-founders Eric Forbis and Mo Edjlali and check in early to avoid lines on Friday



Are you currently facilitating mindfulness with others? Or, do you want to bring it into your professional field or share it with colleagues, friends, or as a volunteer?

Join Diana Winston, founding director of the UCLA Training in Mindfulness Facilitation, for a daylong training in fundamental skills and tools needed to teach mindfulness. We will explore a core issue in mindfulness facilitation: “embodiment” of our personal practice, and how to practically do this in our teaching. We will learn some basic guidelines for teaching mindfulness in our particular settings and suggestions for working with institutions. We will be offered tools and resources to implement immediately and for continued facilitation and training.

This day is suitable for clinicians, educators, health professionals, coaches, or anyone interested in or currently sharing mindfulness with others. It is primarily geared to teaching adults, but will be relevant for those who teach with children or adolescents. 

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this intensive workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Apply and demonstrate basic mindfulness teaching tools that they can immediately implement in their individualized teaching;
  • Summarize the scope of teaching mindfulness and interpret the limits and extent of their role based on their personal mindfulness experience;
  • Evaluate and contrast basic competencies needed to teach mindfulness.

Prerequisite for this Intensive: Must have at least two years personal practice with mindfulness and have attended a multi-day silent mindfulness meditation retreat, or with permission of instructor.


Like most work environments today, your organization is fast-paced and employees face never-ending demands.   You know or suspect that introducing mindfulness to your organization could have a significant impact on workplace performance and employee well-being.  But how do you introduce an idea that some may consider “woo-woo” and how can you truly create an impact?  In this highly interactive workshop, Jacqueline Carter and Dana Pulley of Potential Project will share their lessons learned from implementing mindfulness programs at hundreds of elite organizations over the past ten years.  

We will begin by exploring Why mindfulness is important for organizations today including the most recent science on the impact of training the mind and the evidence of how mindfulness can impact an organization’s bottom line. Participants will delve into the challenges of introducing mindfulness including Who might resist and How to most effectively influence the challengers.  The program will also include a variety of practical methods for implementing mindfulness programs and when they are most effective.  We’ll end the day with participants developing their own personalized Action Plan for introducing mindfulness into their organization.

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this intensive workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the case for mindfulness in organizations including recent science, where it is being implemented, organizational impacts, etc.

  • Identify the types of resistance that may exist, where it often emerges and how to most effectively address it

  • Choose from a range of mindfulness program options which will be most relevant and effective in their organization

  • Execute an individualized action plan with practical steps for introducing mindfulness into their organization   

Friday, April 21, 2017

Time Speaker Session
7:00 - 8:30am Registration Registration
7:15 - 8:00am Flow Yoga Center Yoga for All Levels. Bring your own mat.
7:45 - 8:15am Brenda Salgado Introduction to Mindfulness
7:45 - 8:15am Frank Ostaseski Morning Meditation
8:30 - 9:15am Mo Edjlali & Eric Forbis. Chuck Lief Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:15am Frank Ostaseski Compassion an Appropriate Response
10:15 - 11:00am Mix & Mingle Mix & Mingle
11:00 - 12:00pm Tanya Odom, Brenda Salgado, Peter Weng & Hugh Byrne Mindfulness and the Practice of Inclusion
12:00 - 1:30pm Lunch Lunch
12:45 - 1:15pm Muse Sponsor Session - Uniting Technology and Meditation with Muse: The Brain Sensing Headband
1:05 - 1:20pm Cara Bradley Mindful Movement Refresh
1:30 - 2:30pm Tanya Odom Workshop - Connecting Mindfulness to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
1:30 - 2:30pm Jacqueline Carter Enhancing Performance at Work with Mindfulness: Lessons from the Field
1:30 - 2:30pm Alison Canavan Minding Mum - Why Self-care and Presence is the Key to Real Balance as a Mum
2:30 - 2:45pm Break Break
2:45 - 3:30pm Brenda Salgado Workshop - The Role of Mindful Leadership in Bringing Transformative Social Action
2:45 - 3:30pm Hugh Byrne & Emmett Fitzgerald Building Resilience: What We've Learned from Working with Syrian Refugee Aid Workers
2:45 - 3:30pm Mikey Siegel Wired for Wellness: Technology and the Spiritual Path
3:30 - 3:45pm Break Break
3:45 - 4:30pm Kerri Kelly Reimagining Citizenship From the Inside Out
4:30 - 5:00pm Mo Edjlali & Eric Forbis Reflections on the Day
5:00 - 5:45pm Fleet Maull Engaged Mindfulness - Offering the Benefits of Mindfulness to All
5:45 - 6:30pm Book Signing Book signing with several speakers
5:45 - 7:30pm Reception Reception

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Time Speaker Session
7:00 - 8:30am Registration Registration
7:15 - 8:00am Flow Yoga Yoga for All Levels. Bring your own mat.
7:45 - 8:15am Diana Winston Morning Meditation
8:30 - 9:00am Co-Founders Mo Edjlali & Eric Forbis Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:00 - 9:45am Sharon Salzberg Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection
9:45 - 10:00am Break Break
10:00 - 11:00am James Gimian, Chuck Lief, Diana Winston, Tanya Odom When the Cheerleading is Over: What’s Next for Mindfulness in America
11:00 - 11:15am Break Break
11:15 - 12:00pm Michael Mrazek Innovative Science is Revealing the Full Transformative Power of Mindfulness
11:15 - 12:00pm Hawah Kasat The Future of Education: Transforming Children through Mindful Movement, Art, and Nature
12:00 - 1:30pm Lunch Lunch
1:05 - 1:20pm Cara Bradley Mindful Movement Refresh
1:30 - 2:30pm Sharon Salzberg Workshop - Equanimity for Challenging Times
1:30 - 2:30pm Diana Winston Twelve Myths about Mindfulness
1:30 - 2:30pm Kim Schonert-Reichl & Trish Broderick Mindfulness Goes to School: Benefits and Challenges
2:30 - 2:45pm Break Break
2:45 - 3:30pm Ghylian Bell Workshop - A Dreamer’s Guide to Reality: Building a Mindful Practice in Today's World
2:45 - 3:30pm Erica Ford How I Went From Angry Peace Maker to Heart Leader
2:45 - 3:30pm Anakha Coman Catching Fire – Awakening a Culture of Creative Genius
3:30 - 3:45pm Break Break
3:45 - 4:30pm Wendy Palmer Leadership Embodiment: Cultivating Presence, Confidence and Compassion
4:30 - 5:00pm Mo Edjlali & Eric Forbis Reflections on the Day
5:00 - 5:15pm Closing Closing

Sunday, April 23, 2017 (Post-Conference Optional Intensives) 4.75 CEs available for most intensives. See CEU page for details.

Time Speaker Session Type
9:30 - 3:30pm Cultivating Presence, Confidence and Compassion with Wendy Palmer Sunday Intensive
9:30 - 3:30pm Radical Possibility - Making the Impossible Possible with Fleet Maull 4.75 CEs Sunday Intensive
9:30 - 3:30pm Mindfulness for Adolescents: An Introduction to Learning to Breathe with Trish Broderick 4.75 CEs Sunday Intensive



Each of us has patterns that arise when we are confronted with a challenging situation. Often our mind understands what is needed to create more skillful interactions and yet we are not able to do what we so clearly understand. Under duress the body always wins. Our body (limbic) learns in a different way and at a different pace than our mind (neocortex). In order to be congruent our body needs to learn in clear, simple, patterns that allow a shift from reactive survival actions to skillful creative actions.

“Most of what we do is neither conscious nor volitional. Until we become aware of what drives us, be it thoughts, emotions or body dispositions, we are powerless to change. The body takes a shape before the mind consciously identifies a thought or feeling. Our physical being is the most direct point of intervention...and in the West, the most ignored aspect of our emotional, intellectual and spiritual being.”- Janet Crawford Leadership Embodiment (LE) engages the mind (neocortex) in the context and understanding of the process. Then it gives the body (limbic) the practices to match the mind’s understanding. We train the body to act in accordance with what the mind understands.

LE works with three leadership competencies:

  • Inclusiveness, the ability to create an understanding and the felt-sense that everyone is in this together;
  • Centered Listening, the capacity of being able to hear what is being said without taking it personally;
  • Speaking Up, the skill of speaking one's truth with clarity and precision while taking a stand.


In this mindfulness-based daylong, intensive seminar you will have the opportunity to deepen your experience and understanding of mindfulness while learning to access the "state of possibility," an actual physical, mental, emotional and spiritual state beyond fear and hesitation where anything is possible.  You'll learn simple but powerful tools and practices for unleashing your innate capacity for creativity, innovation and taking action.  Whether you're an artist, writer, performer, entrepreneur, community activist, healer, teacher, manager, leader or just someone who would like to actualize your life with more passion and joy, this seminar will help you blast through whatever has held you back and kept you from making your dreams a reality. 

Learning Objectives

As a result of this interactive mindfulness-based emotional intelligence (MBEI) intensive training, you will: 

  • Learn to practice mindfulness meditation with increasing embodiment, confidence and depth. 

  • Learn to practice self-compassion at greater depth with increasing kindness, self-understanding and resilience.

  • Learn easy practical state shifting and emotion regulation practices for skillfully and compassionately managing your own physiology and emotions in order to meet personal and professional situations and challenges with your best resources and deep resilience. 

  • Identify the core inner obstacles that have kept you from fully actualizing your dreams and possibilities.

  • Clarify and express a powerful and inspired vision for your life and what you want to manifest and create for yourself personally and professionally.

  • Define the framework for a mindfulness-based daily life plan and support system that will provide you the focus and energy you need to accomplish your goals and dreams.


Adolescence is a critically important time for the development of social and emotional skills. Increasingly, schools and other institutions are searching for ways to build resilience, reduce risk, and improve stress management through mindfulness. This workshop will introduce teachers, clinicians, and other participants to Learning to BREATHE (L2B), a research-based mindfulness program for adolescents. The basic goal of L2B is to provide an introduction and foundation in mindfulness for students that can be adapted for groups in many settings. In L2B, students progress, step by step, through activities and practices that cultivate openhearted awareness of body, thoughts and feelings.

A complementary dimension of mindfulness practice - self/other compassion –is woven into the program through explicit practices, guidance, and activities to encourage kindness toward self and others. Teachers facilitate this process using guided discovery rather than didactic pedagogy. Thus, interactive activities and mindfulness practice provide ‘real-time’ opportunities to cultivate mindfulness rather than simply opportunity to ‘talk about’ mindfulness.

The workshop will offer a general overview of L2B, and its activities and mindfulness practices. Research supporting each of the 6 themes of L2B lessons will be presented. Since those who teach mindfulness must experience mindfulness themselves, the workshop includes periods of mindfulness practice for participants.

Some prior experience with mindfulness is helpful but is not a prerequisite for participation. For more information go to learning2breathe.org.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this interactive workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Compare similarities and differences between Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and mindfulness programs; 

  • Identify the basic themes and structure of Learning to BREATHE, a research-based mindfulness program for adolescents;

  • Evaluate the use and application of mindfulness for school and other settings;

  • Practice mindfulness in daily life.