Host: Criss Cuervo – Full Bio HERE
Criss has practiced meditation and mindfulness for over 7 years. She is the Founder of AlmayEspiritu, and her mission is to guide people in the transformation process of loving, accepting, and caring for themselves through culturally-attuned and secular meditation and mindfulness practices. She is the author of PERTENÆCER: Eight-Week Mindfulness and Meditation Training and Practices for Latinx Immigrants in the US. Criss has a BA from the University of Illinois, an MA in Mindfulness from Lesley University, and she is currently getting a certification to teach Google’s mindfulness and emotional intelligence leadership training, Search Inside Yourself.
A practitioner of mindfulness and meditation, Paula Ledbetter leads interactive, engaging, and inspiring classes, workshops, and trainings around the United States. Paula serves as a member of the Design Team for the LeadingAge Illinois Leadership Academy and is the Asst. Vice President of Marketing for Mather LifeWays. She is the recipient of more than 20 awards, including the Platinum level and highest honor from the League of American Communications Professionals. Her focus is on authentic self, mindfulness, creativity, and supporting leaders who want to contribute their talents toward a calling that fully inspires them and the world around them. Paula is currently pursuing her Masters in Mindfulness Studies at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.
Charity Collier is a meditation practitioner and teacher. Charity’s mission is to change the stigma around meditation and bring mindfulness meditation to everyone in the least intimidating manner. Charity holds a Master’s degree of Mindfulness Studies from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. In addition, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and a certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling both from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Charity combines a three-fold education by bringing a mind, body and spirit connection to my meditation practice and teachings. Charity’s meditation teaching is for the everyday person who wants a better well-being for him or herself.
A main focus of Charity’s work has been working with people with addiction. Charity believes mindfulness and addiction treatment can be a vital way to recovery. Charity combines her education of the human body and addiction to use a mindfulness approach when working with clients dealing with addiction. Charity currently teaches meditation workshops, meditation groups and one on one mediation with clients of all walks of life, not exclusive to addiction.
Patricia came to the practices of yoga and mindfulness in 2000 and has never looked back. Motivated by a desire to make these ancient practices accessible to all, Patricia draws on years of experience as a school teacher to design and implement developmentally-appropriate curricula for children and teens of all ages and abilities. Her programs, whether for kids or adults, incorporate meditation, yoga, and mindful breathing techniques.
Patricia holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Boston College and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Mindfulness Studies at Lesley University. She serves on the Board of Directors at the United Nations of Boston, where she collaborates in educational initiatives to benefit girls and women. Patricia lives in the Boston area with her husband and 3 children.
Ashley holds an MA in Mindfulness Studies from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she wrote her thesis, Metta Meditation: An Inquiry into perceivable shifts in Interpersonal Perspective. Her knowledge and training in mindfulness focuses on the development of present moment awareness, focused attention, emotional navigation, regulation and cultivation of positive states. Ashley also holds a BA in music education from Temple University and a K-12 ESL instructional certificate, with over 10 years of experience in education. She developed her meditation and yoga practice while working as a music teacher in New York City. Also in New York, She received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher certificate from Yoga to the People. Ashley’s transformative personal experience with yoga and meditation inspires her to share with others. In addition to incorporating mindfulness practice into teaching elementary band in San Diego, Ashley offers meditation facilitation, coaching and consulting through her business Mettakind.