Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness

David Treleaven wrote Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness to help teachers and practitioners offer mindfulness practices in a safe, effective, trauma sensitive way. In his monthly podcast, he explores the relationship between mindfulness, meditation, and traumatic stress through conversations with leaders in the mindfulness field, particularly those engaged in training mindfulness teachers.

In this episode, David interviews Jessica Morey and Charisse Minerva, Guiding Teachers from Inward Bound Mindfulness Education. Jessica is Executive Director of iBme and Charisse is a member of the Board, and both teach in teen and adult retreats, as well as the iBme Mindfulness Teacher Training, which includes attention to trauma-sensitive teaching approaches.

Listen in on this important discussion of how mindfulness providers can embody principles of trauma-sensitive practice, the difference between secularization and secularity in mindfulness practice, and the role of nature and resilience in trauma-sensitive practice.

You can also find David’s interviews with Will Kabat-Zinn, who leads retreats regularly at Spirit Rock and is a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher’s Council; Rhonda Magee, a powerful teacher and thought-leader focused on integrating mindfulness into higher education, law, and social justice; Sam Himelstein, a psychologist, educator, and author of the book Trauma-Informed Mindfulness with Teens; and Daniel Rechtshaffen, mindfulness educator and author The Way of Mindful Education.



Charisse Minerva is a Board member at iBme, and has also worked with the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) and is Mindfulness Coordinator at Friends School of Virginia Beach. She has offered mindfulness in schools, festivals, at corporate offices, and in detention & treatment centers.


Jessica Morey is the Executive Director of iBme and a founding board member. She began practicing meditation at age 14 on teen retreats offered by the Insight Meditation Society (IMS), and before joining iBme worked in clean energy and climate policy and finance.


David Treleaven is a writer and educator working at the intersection of mindfulness and trauma. Author of Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness and founder of the Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness (TSM) Community, he speaks widely to support mindfulness providers in meeting the needs of those with trauma.