• "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.

    JKZ

who are we

Meet Our Team

Adrian Bueno

Founder

Originally from Argentina, Adrian lives with his wife and two sons in West Harlem. He holds a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires. For the past 20 years Adrian has been working on Wall Street and currently is Managing Director at GFI Emerging Markets.

By night Adrian is a restaurateur in a successful New American restaurant ,Vinateria that he and his wife Yvette opened in 2013. Adrian has a strong and disciplined meditation practice. Mindfulness is an integral part of every facet of his work and family life. Read more...

Jayne Gumpel LCSW

Founder

Jayne Gumpel, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for 30 years with a private practice in Midtown Manhattan. She is co-founder of Mindful Harlem and a teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and other mindfulness based groups including Noblemen, Pause and Practice, and H.A.C. programs.

Jayne is an expert in somatic healing modalities and an advanced clinician, workshop presenter and supervisor with The Institute for Imago Relationship Therapy. She works privately with groups, couples and individuals in her midtown office. Read More...

Elizabeth Nielson Ph.D., CASAC

Teacher

I came to practice mindfulness meditation while completing my pre-doctoral clinical training at the Center for Motivation and Change in NYC. Intrigued by the use of mindfulness in the clinical setting and curious to incorporate it into my own life I sought further training at the New York Insight Meditation Center and the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and attended intensive professional trainings in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction over the next several years. Throughout this time I have experienced the transformative effect of mindfulness practice myself and witnessed the healing it offers others. Read More...

Emily and Justin

Balanced Body, Teachers

Emily Gunsberger and Justin Waiser are the team behind Body of Knowledge, a nutritional therapy and lifestyle practice that counsels private clients and lectures groups on how to enhance their lives through a natural approach to diet and lifestyle.

Body of Knowledge workshops empower working professionals and busy parents to make healthier diet and lifestyle choices through eating a nutrient dense, whole foods diet and identifying life’s physical, social and environmental stressors. Both Emily and Justin are studying to be Nutritional Therapy Practitioners specializing in stress reduction, digestive health, gluten free and paleo diets.

Gabrielle R. Chiaramonte Ph.D

Whole Heart, Teacher

Gabrielle R. Chiaramonte, Ph.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specialized in health psychology. She has a private practice in New York City and serves as Instructor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Well Cornell Medical College – New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Chiaramonte has a longstanding interest in understanding and reducing factors that contribute to health disparities in medical care. Read More...

  • intro to mindful image

    Intro to Mindfulness

  • Noblemen

  • Drop & Sit

  • Mindful Yoga

  • Pause & Practice

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  • 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 in application for 501c3 status and an 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

Contact:
Jayne Gumpel or Adrian Bueno
talk2us@mindfulharlem.com

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