Who We Are

Adrian BuenoFounder

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.

Adrian and his family are deeply rooted in Harlem and love the diverse and wholesome community they live in. He is honored to have the opportunity to practice, learn and grow every week with the MH family. For him Meditation, Insight and Mindfulness are the means to a path towards liberation of the mind. He sees Practice, Self-Knowledge and Community as the pillars of wisdom and an awakened society; where empathy, compassion and understanding towards us and others are the components for a wholesome life.

Jayne Gumpel LCSWFounder

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

Jayne has 25 years of experience leading groups and working with CEOs and leaders from for and non-profit organizations in addition to a private psychotherapy and coaching practice with individuals and couples. Jayne is a certified Imago Therapist, a therapeutic modality for working with relationships. Her other trainings and certifications include long term training in trauma; MBSR teacher (certification track with CFM); a mindful schools .b teacher (MiST) and Mindfulness Educator. These practices and skills are integrated and integral to her work and personal life.

Jayne is the mother of two sons, Zak and David.

Om LaLaMBSR 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.

As a physician, a former management consultant at McKinsey & Co. and a founder of a venture backed tech startup, he is especially interested in exploring how mindfulness practice can be brought to corporations, startups, and healthcare institutions to enhance wellness and improve decision-making. Dr. Lala currently leads a team to catalyze organizational transformation in NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest public hospital system in the United States. He earned his BA, MD and MBA from Harvard University.