About the Instructors
About the Instructors
|Frank Baird holds a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is a solution-oriented mindfulness-based Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. He has taught graduate level therapists in training at Phillips Graduate Institute and California State University, Northridge and supervised therapists-in-training at Valley Trauma Center (a sexual assault recovery center) and Phillips Graduate Institute (in their Postmodern Therapies Program). He was founder and Clinical Director at NOW House Therapy Center. He is founder of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®, The Men's March to End Men's Violence Against Women, an organization that facilitates 400+ international Walk events each year. Frank is dedicated to helping people cultivate inner peace, live more fulfilling lives and be active contributors to their communities and the world. Frank is a UCLA MARC Certified Mindfulness Facilitator who teaches mindfulness in a variety of settings, including Kaiser Permanente, Sherman Terrace, Reseda, CA, his private practice in Westlake Village, CA and various other community and private settings when requested.|
|Mitra Manesh, Instructor|
|Mitra Manesh is a mindfulness educator & a senior corporate consultant with more than 25 years experience in teaching, coaching, and advising. Her corporate clients include Hugo Boss, The Capital Group, KPMG, and The Senate of Canada. For 3 decades Mitra has been studying and practicing a range of meditation techniques. She started her mindfulness journey in Australia, studied in Asia, and North America with renowned Buddhist Monk, the Venerable Dr. Vivekananda, and graduated from the Sacred Path program at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles. Currently, Mitra teaches Mindful Awareness Practices at UCLA's Semel Institute, where she also coaches CMF participants. Mitra has served as a Commissioner for the Human Rights Commission in Ontario, Canada, a journalist with her own show & weekly program on OMNI TV and CBC, and a senior executive at numerous profit and non-profit entities. Today, Mitra takes her in-house Corporate Mindfulness Practices training to workplaces where she helps reduce stress & increase productivity. Also, she has a private mindfulness-based personal/couples/family coaching practice, leads mindfulness living and meditation groups, and runs retreats. Since 2011 Mitra has created and led ongoing contemplative art viewing/creation experiences at the Hammer Museum & other art institutions in Southern California.|
|Robert McClure, LCSW, Instructor|
|Robert McClure, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, CEAP, is the manager for the Sharp Healthcare Employee Assistance Program, and his expertise includes employee assistance, brief counseling, critical incident management, consultation and training. His experience as a mental health professional has included positions with Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, United Airlines, Pacific Bell (AT&T), United Behavioral Health, and Blue Cross of California/Anthem-WellPoint. Robert is a Certified Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) teacher for Stanford University Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research and Education (CCARE), and a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator (2014) for UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center. He teaches compassion training and mindfulness meditation to healthcare professionals.|
|Manijeh Motaghy, PsyD, Instructor|
|Manijeh holds a Doctorate degree in Psychology of Organizational Management Consulting. She is the Founder of Mindful Business Institute and Co-Founder of Mindful Valley with over 20 years practice in yoga and meditation and over 10 years intensive experience in Mindfulness meditation and related teachings. As the Co-Founder of Mindful Valley, Manijeh has coordinated and lead over 50 day-long retreats including Work-Life Balance and continues to lead weekly Mindfulness study groups in Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Calabasas and West Hills. She has trained and taught Mindfulness to hundreds of individuals, executives and staff at corporations, non-profits, health-care and academic settings. Manijeh is a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator by the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Board of Behavioral Sciences and an Authorized MAPs Teacher. As a dedicated practitioner, she infuses mindfulness into her life, training, consulting and speaking engagements to optimize success and well-being for all involved.|
|Lucinda Phillips, Instructor|
Lucinda Phillips is a Mindfulness Facilitator based in Los Feliz, Los Angeles. She has a degree in Mindfulness Facilitation from UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center, part of the Semel Institute of Neuroscience & Human Behavior at the School of Medicine. In 2002 she began studying Tibetan buddhism and practicing mindfulness meditation in both England and the United States. She volunteers as a teacher of Mindfulness and Meditation at the Los Angeles Central Library. She has worked in the film business for 20 years as a Writer, Producer and Director and has incorporated mindfulness and meditation into her daily working life. She is also a founding board member of the non-profit parks advocacy organization "Friends of Griffith Park" which is dedicated to preserving Griffith Park as L.A.'s signature green and open space.As a dedicated practitioner she has found that mindfulness has transformed both her creative process and personal wellbeing. Since 2002 has been attending silent retreats regularly each year.
|Heather Prete, Instructor|
|Heather Prete is a UCLA Certified Mindfulness Facilitator, self-compassion teacher, and mindfulness in recovery coach. She began her formal training with Tibetan compassion practices in 1998 and has received teachings both in the US and in Asia. Her work includes training PHDs at Tarzana Treatment Center, as a guiding teacher for Mindful School's online adult courses, and working with those in recovery at Alternatives Treatment Center. She is creator of Alternatives' Mindfulness Workbook for Abstinence and Moderation. Heather also spent 20 years in the theater, is published in the book Remembering Arthur Miller and has appeared in such publications as Time Magazine and The Times of India. She found mindfulness transformative to her own creative process and works with actors through the Khan Institute teaching her program Mindfulness for the Actor. Since 2000 Heather has remained committed to yearly retreats ranging from 7 to 30 days in length and has completed three teacher trainings.|
|Brian Shiers, Instructor|
|Brian Shiers, UCLA Certified Mindfulness Facilitator, has studied integrated meditation practice and embodied mindfulness methods at the Gurdjieff Foundation Los Angeles since 1993, and Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist practices for over eleven years. He has a degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science, is currently pursuing his Master's degree in Mindfulness & Psychotherapy at the Phillips Graduate Institute, and is a Certified MAPs Instructor, leading classes for UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center off-campus in the Toluca Lake neighborhood of Burbank. Brian also works exclusively with the UCLA women's varsity volleyball teams, providing mind training to access flow states more reliably as well as provide for a more whole-person development of the student athlete. In addition, Brian consults with corporate clients such as Salesforce.com and Mattel to tailor mindfulness programs around workplace wellness and executive performance. Brian is passionate about sharing mindfulness practices with people searching for inner balance, bridging the gap between science and experience, spiritual practice and everyday life.|
|Samantha Snowden, MA, Instructor|
|Samantha Snowden has her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from UCLA and her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University. While at Columbia, Samantha taught graduate-level courses on Mindfulness-Based Interventions with Children and conducted research related to mindfulness in schools. She has mentored, counseled and taught mindfulness both within local community centers and schools as well as abroad, most recently in Peru.|
|Daisy Swan, MA, Instructor|
|Daisy Swan, is a UCLA Certified Mindfulness Facilitator who teaches MAPS I and II Classes. She began studying Tibetan buddhism and practicing mindfulness meditation about 30 years ago. Incorporating mindfulness into programs she offers through her business as a career coach and strategist, Daisy helps stressed out clients from corporate, legal, entertainment, tech and other career paths, and workshop participants, find their way to more clarity and satisfaction as they make life, work and organizational transitions. Daisy has also earned her Certification as a Professional Co-Active Coach from the Coaches Training Institute, and her Certification as a Somatic Coach from the Strozzi Institute in Petaluma, CA. She regularly attends silent retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA.|
|Deborah Eden Tull, Teaching Assistant for the CMF Program|
|Eden, founder of Mindful Living Revolution, is a meditation and mindfulness teacher, author, and sustainability consultant who teaches the integration of compassionate awareness into every aspect of our lives. She spent 7 years as a monastic at a silent Zen Monastery and she has been traveling to, living in, or teaching about sustainable communities for the last 23 years. She teaches engaged awareness practice which emphasizes the interconnection between mindfulness practice and global sustainability. Eden is a UCLA-Certified Mindfulness Facilitator and is both a facilitator for MARC's Intensive Practice Program and a teaching assistant for UCLA's Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation program. She also facilitates The Work That Reconnects, which was created by Buddhist scholar and eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, helping people to bring mindfulness to healing our relationship with the state of the world. Eden currently resides in Ojai, California and offers retreats, workshops, and consultations nationally.|
|Jill Satterfield is the founder of Vajra Yoga + Meditation, a synthesis of meditation and yoga, contemplative and compassion in action practices. She was named "one of the 4 leading yoga and Buddhist teachers in the country" by the Shambhala Sun Magazine, and is also the founder and Director of the School for Compassionate Action: Meditation, Yoga and Educational Support for Communities in Need.
As a pioneer in the field of mind body awareness, Jill has been teaching internationally, consulting and instigating mindful and creative educational programs for over 29 years.
Jill is part of the founding faculty of Spirit Rock Meditation Center's Mindfulness Meditation for Yoga Training and leads professional teacher trainings internationally. She was the scholar and teacher in residence at the Kripalu Center consulted with many leading mindfulness organizations and has been featured in the New York Times, More, Crains, Yoga Journal, Tricycle, Yoga Magazine UK and NL and Happinez Magazine NL amongst others.
She teaches and has created Integrative Mind Body programs in hospitals, addiction centers, alternative to incarceration facilities, on silent meditation retreats and in many yoga centers world - wide.
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