Online Trainings

Although the MBA Project’s core mission is to provide services to youth directly, we also offer trainings to other providers so that mindfulness-based services can reach youth far beyond our capacity. We currently offer online trainings to support those who are interested.

  1. Using Mindfulness with At-Risk Youth: Description below. Click here for registration>>
  2. Trauma and Mindfulness with At-Risk Youth: Description below


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 Organizational Trainings

The MBA Project has over a decade of experience working closely with organizations, agencies and institutions to train their staff in delivering mindfulness-based interventions for at-risk youth. These trainings are not open to the public and typically occur at the organization’s site. We currently offer 3 organizational trainings:

  1. Using Mindfulness with At-Risk Youth, Mindfulness
  2. Mindfulness, Trauma, and At-Risk Youth
  3. Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Conflict Resolution Workshop

Cost: $2,000 for 30-40 people (sliding scale available)

To learn more about each training, visit our Organizational Trainings page. Please email Program Director Micah Anderson at for training related questions and inquiries.


 Training Feedback

Here’s what Doria Robinson, Executive Director at Urban Tilth, said about our organizational training: “We launched our Urban Agriculture Summer Apprentice Program for 40 at-risk Richmond teens 6 years ago. The first year, we expanded the program from a small pilot project to a cohort of 47 youth. They were at each other a lot and it was really challenging. After realizing that much of the conflict was caused by most of our youth having no outlet or tools to cope with chronic trauma, we brought in MBA Project the next year to do an emotional literacy and mindfulness training first for our staff and then our youth. The results were deeply moving. There was a true sense of empathy developed amongst our staff and youth. The cohort transformed into family with a new mission to be aware of our emotional states and use simple tools to channel emotions positively. In the end, everyone worked together so much better. We brought back the MBA again in 2012 with the same result. The following year we didn’t have our funding in place in time to book MBA and it was tough again. This year, 2014, I made sure we had the MBA back on board. Their mindfulness and self-awareness training continues to help us create strong, positive and healing relationships between our staff and youth and the community.We are deeply grateful for their life-changing work.”

Here’s some feedback we received after a recent public training:

  • “I appreciate the depth of content that was covered in an intro to the topic.”
  • “This simple approach makes my job easier in dealing/interacting with youth.”
  • “I learned a lot and really enjoyed the practical applications and stories from your experiences and the games offered. Thanks!”
  • “Great stuff, useful/helpful for applying to oneself and for working with others. Thank you!”



 Using Mindfulness with At-Risk Youth

Six Video Sessions, approximately 1 hour each.

In this 6-week video 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
• A prerequisite for our Trauma and At-Risk Youth online course

Micah Anderson, Mel Content, and Oscar Medina

Tuition: $200.

Time: Registrants can watch webinar recordings at any time
Length: 60-75 minutes per webinar


Program Director Micah Anderson
Micah Anderson

Born in Connecticut, Micah 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 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 also the Wellness Director at Ta’leef Collective, a Fremont, CA. organization that provides an alternative social and sacred space for Muslim converts and seekers. He is currently a MFT trainee with a humanistic-existential lens, focusing on both trauma-informed approaches and and mindfulness-based interventions. As a founding member of the Dharma Punx, he draws from a wide variety of personal experiences, including over 20 years meditation practice, a deep understanding and passion for youth counter-culture movements, and an experiential understanding of the world’s wisdom traditions, which he loves to translate to incarcerated and at-risk youth.

Micah lives in Oakland, CA. with his wife and two children, and received his Masters 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.

Senior Intern Facilitator Melrose Content
Mel Content

As a San Francisco Bay Area native, Senior Intern Instructor Mel 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 a 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.

Facilitator Oscar Paul Medina
Oscar Medina

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.

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 Trauma and Mindfulness with At-Risk Youth

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 and 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

Week 1 – Mindfulness and Trauma
– Foundations of Mindfulness: Authenticity, Human Connection, Stance on Change
– DSM dx, different types of trauma- Single Incident, Complex, Secondary. Also Generational, Historical, Cultural

– Discuss the foundations and benefits of mindfulness within the MBA framework
– Understand and describe what is trauma, and its different types

Week 2 – Window of Tolerance & Attachment
– Related to curriculum – how do we understand the behaviors we see as related to trauma?

– To explain at three physical, mental and emotional symptoms of trauma
– Learn about how attachment affects the manifestation of trauma

Week 3 – What does the research say?
– Trauma and the Brain, Trauma and the Body
– Aces study, Polyvagal Theory, MBA’s research*

– Gain a preliminary understanding of the latest research on trauma
– Understand trauma as primarily a physical/physiological experience that must be addressed on this level

Week 4 – Benefits of Mindfulness for Trauma
– How does mindfulness help to heal from trauma?
– Outcomes: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Intelligence & Connectedness

– List 3 ways that mindfulness helps mitigate the effects of trauma
– Understand and connect how desired outcomes are beneficial for traumatized populations

Week 5 – Practical & Experiential Interventions
– Resourcing, EXA interventions; soothing the body, soothing the mind
– How can instructors use mindfulness to mitigate the effects of trauma? (Trauma Stewardship)

– Learn, practice and share interventions that help to heal from trauma
– To learn specific ways that staff can incorporate mindful awareness to help themselves and the youth they serve

Week 6 – Wrap up, Questions, Reflections
– Mindful Termination
– Taking it With You- next steps and transitioning into real life scenarios in the work

– Gain an understanding of the importance of termination when working with people who have experienced trauma
– Strategize ways to take the lessons and info gained into the work

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

Micah Anderson, Oscar Medina, and Jennie Powe-Runde

Prerequisite: Using Mindfulness with At-Risk Youth. Completion of Using Mindfulness must be verified prior to registration. Email for details.

The Mind Body Awareness Project | | Oakland, CA
Mindfulness & Life Skills for At-Risk Youth

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