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Yishin Khoo, is a Chinese educator and researcher with a Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education. Her passion lies in integrating Eastern wisdom traditions into modern education for personal and planetary healing. Her research focuses on West-East reciprocal learning and collaboration in global citizenship and sustainability education. She conducts inquiries with preservice teachers in a permaculture garden to explore the role of mindfulness in K-12 environmental sustainability education.
Barnaby Spring has been a student, practitioner, teacher & advocate of mindfulness in public/social & private spaces for over 40 years. His personal/professional mindfulness journey has included mindfulness re: childhood trauma, institutionalized youthcare, public & private education K-16, related public service agencies & as a professional actor & writer. His exit thesis from Cornell University’s undergraduate College Scholar Program was on the relationship of technique in the creative arts & the experimental sciences.
Susan Bodnar Susan teaches and supervises in the clinical and counseling psychology department of Teacher’s College at Columbia University. She shares her ideas with academic and non-academic audiences through writing and presentations, and currently serves as an associate editor for Psychoanalytic Dialogues and on the editorial board of Contemporary Psychoanalysis.
Kirsti Norris blends her experience facilitating transformative group work with her 22 years as a sustainability practitioner in the corporate and the UK further and higher education sectors to offer workshops so needed at this time of climatic and ecological emergency. How do we, as sustainability practitioners, remain inspired and effective whilst truly acknowledging what we know about the state of the world? Kirsti is currently Carbon & Energy Manager at the University of the West of England.
Saiarchana Darira is a graduate student at Columbia University studying a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy. As a passionate climate activist and mental health advocate, she believes that it is essential to develop tools that help people hold on to hope when addressing the scope of the world's problems. She has conducted mental health research with various different labs, researching the impact of mindfulness on alleviating ecological grief and climate anxiety.