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Arunas Antanaitis As a retired teacher with 30 years experience in the classroom, I have an understanding of the issues and challenges that educators and students have. I am committed to bringing mindfulness-based programs to school communities providing a foundation for school success initiatives.

Associate Teacher/Facilitator

Arunas Antanaitis is the co-founder of Mindful Solutions for Change, introducing mindfulness-based skills and tools for optimal living for educators, organizations and individuals. Arunas is also an Associate Teacher/Facilitator with Mindfulness Everyday, a registered charitable organization experienced in implementing mindfulness programs for both students and educators. He is a Mindfulness Meditation Specialist trained at the University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash School Of Social Work. Arunas is a trained facilitator of the Mindful Ambassador Council program with Mindfulness Without Borders, which delivers social emotional learning to high school students. He trained with Dekyi Lee Oldershaw at the Centre for Compassion and Wisdom, and received certification as a facilitator in the 16 Guidelines, Transformative Mindfulness Methods and the 5 Tibetan Yogas.

Elaine SmooklerMindfulness Teacher and Keynote Speaker

Elaine Smookler has, for the past 20 years, used the exploration of her own mindfulness practice to help individuals, schools, organizations and businesses develop mindfulness in everyday life.  Elaine is on faculty at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies where she teaches the introductory workshops and teen programs. Her work in mindfulness includes Facilitator of The Mindfulness Project at Sick Kids hospital, teaching on the web to corporate America through e-Mindful and key-note addresses on mental health for public schools. As a professional performer, writer and teacher she uses mindfulness as the subject of her work and is the singing host of Mindful Martinis, an innovative mindfulness class set at the Gladstone Hotel. She has contributed to a variety of publications and projects on the subject of mindfulness and continues to practice to help individuals, schools, organizations and businesses develop mindfulness in everyday life. 

Mindfulness Teacher

Jeremy Finkelstein is the founder of Mindful Living, a psychotherapeutic mindfulness-based meditation group for beginners and MBCT/MBSR graduates and a mindfulness-based facilitator for Mindfulness Everyday and The Centre for Mindfulness Studies. He has done facilitator training through the University of Massachusetts medical school and The Centre for Mindfulness Studies. Part of faculty at the CMS, Jeremy runs workshops for teens and leads silent retreats. With Mindfulness Everyday, Jeremy facilitates The Mindful Edge: Stress Reduction and Life Strategies for Teens.


Karen DavisSMART Teacher/Facilitator  

Karen Davis is a dedicated educator with 30 years of experience working with children, teachers and parents. Karen recently retired to country living in her home in Muskoka. She is an instructor of smartEducation™ (Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques). Karen has been working to bring mindfulness into education by leading mindfulness workshops and retreats with educators, parents and community members. Karen believes that teacher wellness and self care need to be consciously nurtured in the education system in order to equip teachers with the awareness, inner strength and resilience to provide high quality social, emotional and instructional supports to their students. As a mindfulness educator, she is dedicated to building a compassionate and caring school system for educators, students and their families

MBSR Facilitator

Laurie Arron has been practicing mindfulness and meditation since 2001. In 2002 he spent three days at Plum Village, the home of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. He returned there many times, spending well over a year in total, learning how to touch life deeply simply by opening to present moment experience and to the wonders of life. He is a member of Plum Village's Order of Interbeing. In addition to teachers at Plum Village, Laurie has trained with several of North America's best meditation teachers, including Joseph Goldstein, Ken McLeod, and Shinzen Young, as well as training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Susan Woods.
Laurie is the Director of Finance and Development at The Centre for Mindfulness Studies, which brings mindfulness-based mental health therapy and training to people, with a particular focus on making it available to marginalized and disadvantaged people.
Laurie has had many careers, from real estate developer to lawyer to gay rights advocate to Executive Director of the Green Party of Canada. There he saw that underlying our collective inability to stop climate change are our minds that are driven by fear, craving and misperception, and that an evolution in consciousness is the answer.

Lois LorimerSMART Facilitator & Mindfulness Facilitator

Lois Lorimer Nunn is a teacher-librarian who taught for over 25 years with the Toronto District School Board at R. H. King Academy where she promoted and supported the Mindful Minute and Mindfulness curriculum for students. She received a SmartEducation certificate from the U.B.C. program developed to introduce stress management and resilience for teachers.  As part of her Master of Education degree at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Lois studied with John P. Miller, learning the importance of mindfulness and meditation practice in the classroom and for teacher self-care.  Her MBSR training was with Dianna Last. In 2015, she was awarded a TDSB Award of Excellence for her work in mental health literacy, and mindful library initiatives. Lois is an experienced educator who has delivered workshops to teachers, parents and students and has observed the benefits of mindfulness for the school community. 

The only way to gain power in a world that is moving too fast is to learn to slow down.  And the only way to spread one's influence wide is to learn to go deep.  The world we want for ourselves and our children will not emerge from electronic speed but rather from a spiritual stillness that takes root in our souls.  Then, and only then, will we create a world that reflects the heart instead of shattering it.
-Marianne Williamson

Marni Levitt B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed., OCT, RYT
Founder Move-N-Music
Wellness Educator, Animator, Speaker

Marni’s programs are filled with the gifts she has gained from her 10+ years leading teams, designing ground-breaking curriculum, teaching adults, and teaching some of the most vulnerable children in the public school system; 20+ years performing as a singer-songwriter; 10 years practice in traditional African drum-dance (including 2x study trips to Guinea, West Africa), and 10 years study in Yoga and Mindfulness (including specialized certifications to teach children and seniors). 
Marni’s experience, along with degrees in Education and Broadcasting, uniquely positions her as a modern-day wellness guru, guide and cultural animator.  Born out of transformative personal and work experiences, Marni’s highly innovative programs aims to light a spark to inspire people to reorient the relationship between their mind and body. 
Marni has worked with hundreds of children, families and organizations across the GTA.  She offers workshops, training, presentations & coaching in English and French, for adults and children.

Dr. Lee M FreedmanMindfulness Teacher

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ― Mary Oliver

"I am deeply committed and passionate about sharing the beautiful and beneficial practices of mindfulness meditation and mindful movement with others.  My intention is to raise awareness and cultivate compassion, transformation, and peace, as well as to empower the youth, and adults I connect with in my work and in everyday life. Teaching and facilitating allow me to spread the benefits I have experienced through my practice in a tangible way in order to make a difference people's lives.'"

Rose Mina Munjee is an Applied Mindfulness Meditation Specialist, Hatha/Restorative/Therapeutic Yoga Instructor, Craniosacral Therapist, BMATH, MBA. Rose has had a mindfulness practice for over 12 years, having first been introduced to meditation and yoga during an MBSR (Mindfulness Based Meditation for Stress Reduction) program.  She has taught yoga and mind-body awareness to people of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of mobility, with a focus on breath awareness, cultivating presence, and stress reduction. Rose has earned her certification in the Applied Mindfulness Meditation Specialist program at The University of Toronto Faculty of Social Work.  Rose also participated in the Mindful Society Conference at the University of Toronto in 2015.  Rose practices and teaches applied mindfulness meditation and contemplative practices to enhance daily living and support transformation. She integrates therapeutic and restorative yoga as well as craniosacral therapy in her work. Her teaching style is influenced by insight-based Mindfulness Meditation and Zen Buddhism, as well as Hatha and Restorative Yoga with Therapeutics, Philosophy, and Chinese Medicine.  She has taught in retreat, studio, educational (junior high and high school), and corporate settings including Spiritfest Costa Rica, various Mindfulness retreats, Hard Candy, Octopus Garden, Yoga Lounge, Cavaluzzo Law, Bombardier, IBM, Fairview Community Services, Flemingdon Neighbourhood Services, 519 Community Centre, YMCA, University of Toronto, Aga Khan Microfinance Agency, Daniels Spectrum, and Woodbridge High School.  Finally, she has a consulting practice in Information Systems Design, Data Analysis, and Process Change Management.

Sara Escott Sara Escott MEd, BFA, MBSR, SMART
Associate Mindfulness Teacher

Sara has been facilitator and educator for over 15 years. She is the co-director of In Forma Theatre, a community-based arts and education company in Toronto. Her work is grounded in the theory and practice of community-based transformation and peace-building. She facilitates mindfulness programs to adults, youth and children. Sara has a Masters in Adult Education and Community Development (OISE/UT), and an Honours BFA in Theatre Directing (York University). Sara is a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Instructor (Centre for Mindfulness Studies & Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto) and SMART Education Instructor.

The beautiful thing about mindfulness meditation is that there are so many layers to the practice – that blend into all the parts of our selves. It’s such a privilege and gift to share it with others. I love having conversations with everyone I work with; adults, youth, professionals- all of us on the journey - of how mindfulness helps change the way we live our lives, with a spirit of acceptance and compassion for ourselves exactly as we are.

Social Worker and Mindful ParentTeacher

Sue Hutton has been practicing formal Mindfulness meditation since 1985. She has studied meditation with teachers in India, Canada, and the US. Sue has over 20 years experience as a social worker, and has infused her social work practice with mindfulness since the 1990’s, and then focused her post-graduate MSW research on mindfulness. Sue received her professional training in the US in delivery of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Jon Kabat-Zinn in 2007. Sue leads mindfulness groups with Wellspring, social workers, the disability community, and is currently an investigator with a Ministry of Community Social Services-funded research team exploring Mindfulness as a tool for parents with youth with intellectual disabilities/autism. Sue deeply enjoys the experience of helping to bring mindfulness to the everyday applications of real life in our homes, relationships, and community.