• "It's not what you
    look at that matters...
  • it's what you see."
    – Henry David Thoreau

Mission & Vision

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." - Henry David Thoreau

Mindful Harlem is a community center that serves as a hub for all residents and guests interested in mindfulness and the support to practice an awakened life. Through mindfulness and meditation practices and evening talks individuals will be guided towards a recognition and compassion for their own inner and collective wisdom and resources including the unique art, music and history of this beautiful, diverse and colorful community.

Mindful Harlem is a safe and supportive environment where the people of Harlem can learn, and deepen their practice of mindfulness. We strongly believe that mindfulness leads all of us towards true authenticity, joy and effective engagement in the world.

  • Mindfulness is a love affair – with life, with reality and with imagination, with the beauty of your own being, with your heart and body and mind, and with the world.

    Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Mindfulness is awareness, cultivated by paying attention, on purpose, moment to moment, non-judgmentally, in a sustained and particular way.

    Jon Kabat-Zinn

Who Are We

Meet Our Team

Adrian Bueno


Adrian is the co- founder and guidance teacher of Mindful Harlem and MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction). He has been practicing Mindfulness and Insight Meditation for many years; a practice which has been a deep transformative experience for him and for the people around him.


Jayne Gumpel LCSW


Jayne Gumpel LCSW is Co-founder, President/Chairman of The Board of Directors and Program Director of Mindful Harlem.


Om LaLa

MBSR Teacher

Dr. Om Lala is a preventive medicine expert, entrepreneur and lecturer in organizational behavior. He has had a meditation practice for more than 15 years and has completed all core teacher training programs at the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School.

  • MBSR - with an emphasis on Mindfulness in Education

  • Noblemen

  • Drop In & Sit

  • Mindful Leaders

Let's Connect

Become a member. It's Free.

Becoming a supporter of Mindful Harlem is a powerful way to express your personal appreciation for what we offer and your wish to make it accessible to others. Mindful Harlem is a 501c3 charitable organization that relies on your generosity to sustain its day-to-day operations, outreach into The Harlem Community and build new programs. In 2015 our vision is to have full time space that allows for more classes, and retreats. We need your support! Whether for a class, a workshop or retreat or just to be a part of this emerging and vital center we invite you to join. Join today and be a founding supporter of Mindful Harlem for one year at no cost. We will keep you updated on our latest developments, fundraising initiatives and programs!

Contact Us

We look forward to hearing from you.

Jayne Gumpel or Adrian Bueno

2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd, [ entrance on 119th St ] New York, NY 10026