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.

Andrei PitutExecutive Director

Andrei is a mindfulness meditation teacher who has lead corporate meditation classes throughout New York City. He holds the position of executive director at Mindful Harlem.

His first interaction with meditation 15 years ago was not how it's described in books and articles: relaxing with thoughts passing by like clouds or streams of consciousness. It was a frustrated effort with a lot of mind-wandering. He found that most people who start on this path have a similar experience and that leaves them exasperated and disenchanted.
His classes offer a step-by-step, pragmatic approach that helped many people start their own meditation practice. He draws teachings from the Dharma, secular books on neuroscience, and popular mindfulness programs (like MBSR and Google's Search Inside Yourself, both pending certification).

Archimedes BibianoMindfulness Meditation & Adaptive Yoga Teacher

Archimedes is an inspirational teacher, fluent in three languages, and has served as a keynote address and guest speaker for a number of organizations both in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

Archimedes Bibiano has been studying and practicing meditation for thirty years, fifteen of which have been dedicated to teaching classes, workshops and seminars at schools, hospitals, and meditation centers in the United States and in Latin America. His work teaching meditation as Mindfulness Based Intervention (MBI) has established thriving programs in New York City; notably, for two outpatient clinics at former St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Centers, currently Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West, and since 2004, working with pediatric patients in the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital, teaching meditation and yoga to children and their families, to hospital staff, medical students and interns, physicians, and clinical researchers.

Archimedes has acted as a senior advisor for Sesame Street’s When Families Grieve™ Kit – a guide for parents and caregivers dealing with the death of a family member, providing a cultural-centered understanding of children’s inherent coping mechanisms while undergoing palliative care and grieving. His work with communities of educators and health care providers has allowed multi-cultural groups to efficiently build a shared ground of experiential knowledge, introducing a fresh approach to the development of interpersonal communication skills for self-regulation of affect, stress reduction, and conflict resolution.

Archimedes can be reached at archimedes@mindfulharlem.org.