Detention into Meditation: A Dialogue with the Founders of Holistic Life Foundation
Andres Gonzalez, Atman Smith, Ali Smith
What You’ll Learn
See how the Holistic Life Foundation is successfully teaching mindfulness to more than 10,000 students in the Baltimore area
Discover how students who cultivate mindfulness can affect their communities in big ways
Go past the idea of love and learn why its' embodiment is the greatest tool for teaching mindfulness
About Andres Gonzalez
Andres Gonzalez has been the Co-Founder and Marketing Director for the Holistic Life Foundation, Inc. in Baltimore, MD since 2001. For sixteen years, Andres has taught yoga to diverse populations throughout the world, including Baltimore City Public School students, drug treatment centers, mental crisis facilities, homeless shelters, wellness centers, colleges, private schools and other various venues throughout the nation and throughout the world. He is a certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, maintains a B.S. in Marketing from University of Maryland, College Park and an MBA from the University of Maryland, University College.
You can learn more about Andres' work at the website for the Holistic Life Foundation.
About Atman Smith
Atman Smith is a Co-founder of the Holistic Life Foundation, where he served as Director of Youth Programming for ten years, Director of Fundraising for five years, and currently serves as the Director of Development. Since 2001, he has been teaching yoga and mindfulness to a diverse population including underserved and high-risk youth in Baltimore City Public Schools, drug treatment centers, wellness centers, and colleges. A native of Baltimore, Atman attended the University of Maryland, College Park where he was a letter award winner for the University’s men's basketball team. He graduated with a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice.
You can learn more about Atman's work at the website for the Holistic Life Foundation.
About Ali Smith
Ali Smith Co-founded the Holistic Life Foundation in 2001, where he currently serves as Executive Director. He is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and graduate of the Friends School of Baltimore and the University of Maryland, College Park, receiving a BS in Environmental Science and Policy with a Biodiversity specialization. He has over 16 years of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness to diverse populations all over the planet. Ali has authored a series of children's books, and co-authored several yoga and mindfulness based curriculums, as well as developed numerous workshops and trainings. He also helped develop and pilot HLF’s Mindful Moment program, known for turning “detention into meditation”.
You can learn more about Ali's work at the website for the Holistic Life Foundation.
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