About Mindful Life™
Mindful Life™ trains schools, teachers, parents, businesses, camps, youth sports teams and after-school programs in our brain-based mindfulness programs. Our programs build resiliency to the stressors that our time-pressed, technology-driven, over-scheduled world presents. Mindful Life’s mission is to provide as many children and adults as possible with simple solutions for our complicated lives.
Mindful Life™ Programs are rooted in the science of the brain:
- Integrate cognitive neuroscience and positive psychology with the field of mindfulness
- Show how the brain functions under different conditions (alarm brain vs smart brain)
- Provide insight into how to maximize attention, efficiency and productivity
- Help you become healthier, happier and more resilient to the stress in your life
We strive for excellence in everything we do.
We believe that all people deserve to learn the stress management skills that will help them flourish in today’s world, and we have created mindfulness programs to teach those skills.
- Our solutions are derived from evidence-based brain science research
- Our tools are effective and our strategies are easy to implement into existing activities and schedules
- Our curriculum is developmentally appropriate, creative and fun.
- Our tips for adults and kids are practical and customizable to different environments.
Meet Our Founder:
Dr. Kristen Race, Ph.D
Kristen Race Ph.D. is a parent of two young children, as well as an expert in child, family and school psychology. Dr. Race is the author of Mindful Parenting, and founder of Mindful Life™. All of her programs are rooted in the science of the brain with influences from the fields of mindfulness and positive psychology. Mindful Life programs are designed to improve brain function and brain development in adults and children.
Dr. Race has been featured in The New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, USA TODAY, CNN, and Real Simple Magazine. She is a regular blogger for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. She is a TEDx and keynote speaker and has trained over 10,000 leaders in her methods worldwide.
Dr. Race received her Doctorate and Master’s degrees from the University of Denver, and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado. She currently resides in Steamboat Springs, Colorado where she can be found mountain biking, hiking, playing soccer, and chasing her kids down the ski mountain!
I love Kristen Race, and her talks for parents and teachers are amazing.
I love Kristen Race, and her talks for parents and teachers are amazing. She is interesting, engaging, funny, and uses concrete information about the brain to create user friendly strategies that can be applied immediately at home with your family or in the classroom with children. Many teachers at our school use her techniques and practice mindfulness on a daily basis in their classrooms. Kristen is also incredibly knowledgeable about the research that supports mindfulness practice. We have used her with parents, with our entire faculty, and we have teachers who have attended trainings on mindfulness practice in the classroom with her.
Meet Our Our Training Coordinator:
Sylvie Piquet RYT was hand picked by Mindful Life™ to assist in coordinating trainings for schools, camps and after-school programs across the nation. Sylvie fell in love with the Mindful Life™ method while applying it in schools while teaching kids ages two through eleven.
She graduated from Bowdoin College with a B.A. in Education Studies. In addition to leading Mindful Life™ trainings, she is also a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and is the Camp Director at Camp Beech Cliff, an outdoor education day camp for kids located in Mount Desert, Maine.
Sylvie excels in increasing the social and emotional awareness in kids using the Mindful Life™ methodology. She’s passionate about helping kids increase the accessibility of their higher level thinking (prefrontal cortex functions) and decreasing their reactions to today’s stressors.
Meet Our Top Ambassador:
Nattiel wants to live in a world where the sun shines everyday and people compassionately care for each other. As a Mindful Life Ambassador she is gracefully raising the profile of mindfulness and is the corporate trainer for Kids’ Adventures. When she is not training staff and children on mindfulness you can find her teaching yoga, or on a bike getting her daily sweat on or spending time with her loved ones.
Meet Our Top Ambassador:
Karen is an educator, a mindfulness instructor, a yoga teacher and a lifelong lover of learning. She has lead trainings, hosted workshops and taught yoga to countless people of all ages (and loves teaching kids and teens the most). She is currently a Mindful Life Schools ambassador as well as a full time Instructional Coach in Jefferson County, Colorado.
Karen has taught and worked as an interventionist and instructional coach in elementary and middle schools for the past 16 years. Throughout her teaching she has seen first hand how much mindfulness practices impact students’ learning. These lifelong practices are so important that she finds ways to integrate them into her everyday teaching with students of all ages. In her spare time Karen loves to (mindfully) ride her bike, ski, run and dig in the garden.
Meet our Chief Operating Officer:
Kenny Reisman is an original member of the Mindful Life™ team. Prior to Mindful Life™, he spent 13 years as a classroom teacher, and 18 years as a youth sports coach. He left the teaching profession for the same reason so many others do — he was feeling very burned out. Upon learning about the goals and mission of Mindful Life™, he joined up to help spread this work to people around the world. Kenny’s responsibilities as Chief Operating Officer are limitless, as is his passion for this work.
Kenny is heavily involved in his local community in Steamboat Springs, CO, where he has been a member of their City Council for the past six years, coaches various youth sports teams, and volunteers on local boards of two non-profits. He is most mindful when he is out on a river, enjoying fly fishing in Northwest Colorado.