We are a team of mindfulness teachers and enthusiasts brought together by a passion for increasing access to the practices that have helped each of us live with greater joy and ease. All of us have experienced the power of the collective to sustain practice and magnify its power, both in the mindfulness world and in other communities. Mindful Meetups is a Washington State registered nonprofit and a collaborative project of the federally recognized nonprofits Mindfulness Northwest in the US and Studio Glasio Bluo in Japan. MM was launched in September 2018, and has been funded by members and friends of its Directors.
Executive Director - Nico Akiba
Nico is a certified mindfulness teacher trained by Mindfulness Northwest, and dreams of making contemplative practice and community accessible to all through Mindful Meetups. He has led mindfulness trainings at Microsoft, University of Pennsylvania, and Blend Labs, as well as in Tokyo, Nagoya, Ise, New York, and Vashon Island. He lives in Tokyo with his wife Yorie, and leads trainings with her for their new project Komorebi: Peace, Ease, Release. They host a weekly Mindful Meetup in their home.
Mindful Meetups Board
President & Marketing Director
Chandreyi is a mindfulness teacher trained by Mindfulness Northwest and marketing director at Amazon. She is passionate about creating community, and dreams of opening a meditation studio in the city. Chandreyi lives in Seattle with her husband Ryan.
Vice President & Partnerships Director
Charles is the inaugural director of Microsoft's Mindful Growth program and trained as a teacher at the Kadampa Buddhist Center in Seattle. He also holds a Master's degree in Mindfulness from Bangor University.
Secretary & Tech Director
Eric is a mindfulness teacher trained by Mindfulness Northwest, and is a virtual and augmented reality programmer. Eric loves adventures in the mountains and furry friends, and lives with his wife Meadow in Seattle, Washington.
Nomon Tim Burnett
Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest & Guiding Teacher of Red Cedar Zen
Mindfulness Teacher & former NPO Director and Treasurer