Laura Bartels helped to create the Mindful Life Program and regularly teaches mindfulness courses, facilitates mindfulness groups and gives public talks on living mindfully. She is one of the instructors for the year-long MLP Teacher Training and Personal Development program. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Mindful Life Program. Laura’s professional path of 20 years brought her to be a leader in the field of sustainable building and community development. This provided a unique and valuable perspective on the need for “inner sustainability.” As Laura’s path has been one of navigating what it means to live consciously and meaningfully, it’s been a natural transition to move from outer sustainability to inner sustainability; when we are not in balance, we cannot be of benefit to ourselves or others.
Laura’s background includes teaching in public schools, universities, medical clinics, sheriff’s departments and non-profits. She facilitates professional groups across the public and private sector and offers presentations to a wide variety of audiences. Laura brings sensitivity to both individuals and groups, and she has been looked to for her calm presence and leadership, her kindness and thoughtfulness.
In 2001, after a serious car accident and many other significant life challenges, Laura began finding the value of meditation and mindfulness as a way to grow through these challenges. Laura says, ”In retrospect, along with a meditation practice, early elements of my mindfulness practice included the balance that comes from knowing there are always silver linings to difficult circumstances, and the expanded perspective that comes from asking how to move through these challenges with grace.”
Laura is grateful to have the opportunity to help cultivate the Mindful Life Program as a leading organization in integrated mindfulness and is honored to work alongside co-founders John Bruna and Mark Molony to bring program offerings to a wide range of audiences. She is inspired by the goal to support people to cultivate skills and wisdom that lead to more peaceful and meaningful lives.