Christopher Germer

Christopher Germer, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice and clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School and a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He has been integrating the principles and practices of meditation into psychoanalytic therapy since 1978. He lectures internationally on mindfulness and self-compassion, is a co-editor of the professionally acclaimed book Mindfulness and Psychotherapy (Guilford Press, 2005), and author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions (Guilford Press, 2009).

Tara Brach

Tara Brach, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, lecturer, and popular teacher of mindfulness meditation. She is author of Radical Acceptance (Bantam, 2003) and True Refuge (Bantam, 2013). Tara is founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, and teaches meditation at centers throughout the United States and has built a world-wide following with over a thousand audio talks and videos addressing the value of deep meditation in relieving emotional suffering.

Pavel Somov

Pavel Somov, PhD, is a licensed counseling psychologist and the author of five books across a variety of mindfulness applications including: "Anger Management Jumpstart", "Reinventing the Meal", "Eating the Moment", "Present Perfect", and "The Lotus Effect." He is also the co-author of "Smoke-Free Smoke Break". He is in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA.

Wibo Koole

Wibo Koole, MSc, is management consultant, leadership expert and mindfulness trainer. He is one of the founders of the Center for Mindfulness in Amsterdam in the Netherlands ( He wrote Mindful Leadership, mindfulness based leadership tools to focus yourself, your team and your organization (Business Contact, 2014). As a consultant he focuses on strategy and innovation, change management and leadership development in a wide diversity of organisations, both corporate and social.
He graduated with a first in politics, and took the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA).

Judson Brewer

Judson Brewer, MD/PhD, is currently the Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness and an associate professor in Medicine and Psychiatry at UMass Medical School. He studies the efficacy and the neurological markers of mindfulness. Specializing in addictions, he has used mindfulness techniques to help his patients overcome a wide range of dependencies. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, spoken at international conferences, and his work has been featured in popular media oulets such as TEDx, Time magazine, Forbes, BBC and others. He attended Princeton University (BS), Washington University in St. Louis (MD/PhD), and completed his psychiatry residency at Yale University School of Medicine, where he spent 5 years on faculty as an assistant professor and medical director of the Yale Therapeutic Neuroscience Clinic.