Long-Awaited Online Trainings are Now Open!

Announcing TWO Online Trainings!

Using Mindfulness with At-Risk Youth

Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11 and 18, 2018 (No Class July 4)

In this 6-week online training, participants will receive a general overview of mindfulness facilitation with at-risk youth. Topics include: an intro to the basics of mindfulness (including benefits and potential risks with this particular population), how to establish a safe container in order to best facilitate openness and engagement, and how to work with resistance if it arises in the group. Through a combination of both didactic and experiential exercises, participants will come away with concrete tools to help facilitate mindfulness based interventions when working one-to-one or in a group.

—Learn foundational principles important for establishing a mindfulness program with youth
—Learn concrete tools and techniques to introduce mindful self-awareness and emotional literacy to youth
—Understand specific ways to structure a group to help increase authenticity and reduce resistance
—Gain confidence when introducing embodied self-awareness to at-risk youth

Who would benefit:
—Teachers, school administrators, and youth workers
—Therapists, counselors, and clinicians
—Juvenile justice workers

Course Features
• Access from any PC, Mac or mobile
• Lifetime access to training materials; study at your own pace
• 1-hour course per week, with additional readings and practices
• NOTE: This course is the prerequisite for our Trauma and Mindfulness with At-Risk Youth online course

Tuition: $200 until May 30, 2018. $250 after.

Time: 6 PM Pacific Time (attendees can watch a recording of the webinar at any time)
Length: 60-75 minutes per week

Register Now! Using Mindfulness with At-Risk Youth


Trauma and Mindfulness with At-Risk Youth

Thursdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and September 6, 2018

In this training, participants will learn about the physical, mental, and emotional symptoms of trauma – its origins and symptoms in the context of Attachment Theory, the Window of Tolerance, and the newest findings on trauma based on the work of experts including Dan Siegel and Bessel Van der Kolk. Participants will learn to recognize the symptoms of stress, anger, or burnout in themselves (also known as Secondary Trauma or Compassion Fatigue), as well as recognize and respond to the symptoms of trauma in the youth they serve in a mindful way. Facilitators will lead participants through both experiential and didactic exercises how to use mindfulness based, trauma informed interventions.

• To understand the physical, mental and emotional aspects of trauma
• To understand the benefits of mindfulness in addressing and mitigating effects of stress and trauma
• To learn specific ways that staff can incorporate mindful awareness to help themselves and the youth they serve

PREREQUISITE: Using Mindfulness with At-Risk Youth training. All potential registrants will be vetted to confirm completion of Using Mindfulness with At-Risk Youth training.

Course Features
• Access from any PC, Mac or mobile
• Lifetime access to training materials; study at your own pace
• 1-hour course per week, with additional readings and practices

Tuition: $250 until July 26, 2018. $300 after.

Time: 6 PM Pacific Time (attendees can watch a recording of the webinar at any time)
Length: 60-75 minutes per week


Yes! I would like to register for the Trauma and Mindfulness with At-Risk Youth online training.



Why MBA Project?
Since the year 2000, the Mind Body Awareness Project (MBA) has delivered mindfulness-based rehabilitation programming to over 7,000 unique at-risk, incarcerated youth in the California Bay Area. MBA’s curriculum provides the most at-risk youth in the most difficult environments – probation detention facilities and youth detention camps – with concrete tools to reduce stress, impulsivity and violent behavior, and increase self-esteem, self-regulation and overall well-being.

Drawing on the practices of a variety of contemplative traditions, as well as the Mindfulness- Based Stress Reduction protocol developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn (an MBA Project advisor) and the Emotional Intelligence work of Dr. Daniel Goleman (an MBA Project advisor), MBA’s curriculum is a proprietary synthesis of best practices in meditation, group-process modalities, peer counseling, and social and emotional learning models. They impart the tools and competencies necessary to overcome trauma, transform negative behaviors, and make positive life changes.


Our instructor team brings decades of experience in meditative and contemplative practices, youth and social justice work, and cutting-edge research and modalities.

Jennie-Powe Runde is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and has been working with youth at risk for incarceration and their families for over 15 years. During her college years, Jennie worked with several organizations devoted to empowering and supporting at-risk youth. She made weekly visits to juvenile hall, and facilitated workshops with an organization developed to address the disproportionate number of minority youth in the juvenile justice system.

Jennie later joined AmeriCorps to work as a mentor for teens on probation. She found that she loved working with juvenile justice impacted youth, and especially helping young people discover their inherent creativity to encourage reflection and deeper self-understanding. She has continued working with youth, their families, and the people that serve them as a clinician, administrator, workshop leader, trainer, supervisor, mentor and friend. Her passion for expressive arts, values-based work, and the importance of including all voices in a team-based approach to treatment strongly influences her work.


Micah Anderson spent several of his teen years in and out of placements due to struggles with drugs, crime, and anger. Around this time, he was introduced to 12-step fellowship, and after extensive travel overseas, began a personal meditation practice in the early 1990s.

He began working with MBA in 2011. Since then, he has taught retreats and led trainings on mindfulness, emotional literacy, and mental wellness in five countries, and leads a weekly meditation group in the Bay Area.

He is currently a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) trainee with a humanistic-existential lens, focusing on both trauma-informed approaches and mindfulness-based interventions.
Micah lives in Oakland, CA. with his wife and two children, and received his Master’s in Psychology from Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA. He is currently undergoing supervision for his MFT license. He loves to spend time with his family, drink matcha tea, and catch up on his collection of books.


Oscar Paul Medina is a meditation teacher, purpose guide, and somatic practitioner born in East Los Angeles and raised in the Mojave Desert. As a Dalai Lama Fellow and co-founder of Mindful Garden Collective, he created a community wellness garden and environmental restoration project centered around meditation, yoga, ecology, and growing organic food for Oakland community families in need.

He is a mindfulness teacher and facilitator at Mindful Life and Mind Body Awareness Project, where he leads mindfulness and healing circles with inner-city youth in the schools and prisons of the Bay Area. He also holds a private practice as a purpose guide and meditation teacher that helps entrepreneurs, artists, and activists awaken to their deepest impact and purpose in the world.


Vinny Ferraro was running the streets at a young age. With an incarcerated father and not much supervision he soon found himself headed there too. Vinny was introduced to the path of service in 1987 and began a journey that continues today.

In 2001, he began teaching for Challenge Day, where he taught emotional intelligence and other social skills to youth. Vinny eventually become their Training Director, leading workshops for over 100,000 youth. He went on to become the Training Director for the MBA Project and is currently the Senior Trainer for Mindful Schools in Oakland.

Vinny underwent 10 years of teacher training under the guidance of Noah Levine & Jack Kornfield. He’s a nationally recognized leader in designing and implementing interventions for at-risk youth. He is also one of the founding members of Dharma Punx and the Guiding Teacher of Against The Stream Meditation Society, and doesn’t like talking about himself in the 3rd person.


As a San Francisco Bay Area native, Senior Intern Instructor Melrose Content has seen his peers fall to domestic abuse, drug addiction, crime and apathy for his whole life. As he got older he too experienced his share of trauma, picked up some bad habits, but despite these hurdles managed to graduate from San Francisco State University in 2011 with both a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a serious drinking problem. Entering rehab several years later, he found the only reliable refuge from flashbacks and withdrawals was in the least likely of places, in himself.

Armed with awareness of breath and the work ethic of the drug fiend, Mel then pursued any and all avenues to creating both a refuge within and a refuge for others. With a few months clean he began facilitating Refuge Recovery meetings, a Buddhist-based recovery system. A few years after that, he was asked to step in and facilitate the Oakland chapter of Dharma Punx. In early 2017, he found himself volunteering in a maximum-security detention facility for juveniles with the Mind Body Awareness Project. Sitting in that room, he saw the reflection of every face from his old neighborhood that he never sees anymore. In those stoic faces of those incarcerated youth, hardened to protect their tender child within, he sees himself.

While he can never truly pay back those to whom he owes the freedom of his heart, he is motivated to serve in any way he can, fueled by both the aftertaste of suffering and the verified truth of his own freedom.


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