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

Mission & Vision

"It's never about blind belief, but about the wisdom of our own inquiry." - Buddha

Mindful Harlem is a non-profit meditation center created by and for the people of Harlem. We invite you to join us towards an awakened life.

We are committed to bringing the practice of meditation to the Harlem community. We believe that mindfulness has the potential to lead us toward true authenticity and effective engagement with the world around and within us.

By coming together, a safe space is created for those seeking to cultivate an awakened life, a hub for a diverse group of practitioners where everyone is welcome. We offer a safe and supportive environment where people can learn and deepen their practice of mindfulness in community.

  • 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 not a destination or an end by itself, It aligns with the truth of every moment without arguing about what is present.

    Christina Feldman

Who Are We

Meet Our Team

Adrian Bueno

Co-Founder, Guidance Teacher of Mindful Harlem and MBSR

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.


Andrei Pitut

Executive Director, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher.
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.

Andrew Miles

Board Member, Sales & Marketing Director

Andrew has been a Harlem resident since 2008 and it was the only neighborhood he considered living in when moving from Los Angeles to New York City. He's been involved with Mindful Harlem since its inception three years ago and looks forward to its continued growth in the community. 


Archimedes Bibiano

Mindfulness 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.


Bhante Suddhaso

Teacher, Buddhist Monk, Ordained in both the Theravāda and Soto Zen. Co-founder of Buddhist Insights.

Bhante Suddhāso is a Buddhist monk living in New York City, ordained in both the Theravāda and Soto Zen traditions of Buddhism. The co-founder of Buddhist Insights, an organization designed to connect people with Buddhist monks and nuns, his work aims to convey Buddhist concepts and their practical applicability to everyday life.


Rev. Daiken Nelson

Teacher, Buddhist Zen Monk, Founder of The Mandala Café and Guiding Teacher for The Pamsula Zen Center.

Rev. Daiken Nelson, Sensei began Zen Practice 30 years ago. Since that time, he has practiced at the Zen Center of Los Angeles, where he ordained with Nyogen Yeo in 1996; The Zen Peacemaker Order, where he studied with Roshi Bernie Glassman & Sensei Jishu Holmes; The Village Zendo, where he was Shuso (Head Trainee) under Roshi Enkyo O’Hara in 2001 and Upaya Zen Center, where he studied with Roshi Joan Halifax. In October, 2013, Daiken received Shiho/Dharma Transmission from Sensei Genkoji. 

Daiken is the Guiding Teacher for The Pamsula Zen Center which meets on Mondays at 6:00 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 521 W. 126th Street (betw. B’way & Amsterdam). pamsulazen.org.


Fay Leeper

Board Member. Treasurer of Mindful Harlem.

Fay Leeper, the treasurer of Mindful Harlem, can be found at meditation most Saturday mornings at 9 am. She has taken the MBSR class many times. Each time, for her, it is simply a magical revelation. she declares that through Mindful Harlem's teachings and meditation, the breath and breathing mindfully for her is the most powerful discovery toward relaxation.

Fay has encouraged many people to come and check out the Mindful Harlem family. Not only will one learn and share, but as importantly, it's a lot of fun.


Elbert Ma

Yoga Teacher
Elbert has been studying yoga since 2008 and is an RYT500 yoga instructor, fitness trainer and Thai yoga practitioner. A native New Yorker and resident of Harlem (since 2015), he is excited to teach at Mindful Harlem, enthusiastic to share his knowledge and expertise with the community in hopes of establishing a deeper body and mind connection leading to healthier and more conscious living.

Elizabeth Gary

Program Director

Elizabeth is currently a Master's student studying Social Work at Columbia. She moved to the Harlem neighborhood to be close to school, and is grateful to have discovered Mindful Harlem.

If you have ideas about potential program offerings, send her an email at elizabeth@mindfulharlem.org


Jayne Gumpel LCSW


Jayne Gumpel LCSW - Co-founder of MindfulHarlem and a qualified MBSR teacher.


Mickie Brown RN, HN-BC

MBSR Instructor

Mickie Brown, RN, HN-BC, is the Clinical Manager for Education, Mindfulness and Patient Well - Being at the Mount Sinai Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health and the World Trade Center Responder Health Clinic.

Mickie is certified in Mind Body Medicine and is a qualified MBSR instructor. Mickie currently teaches Mindfulness to employees at Mount Sinai Health System as well as residents, fellows and attending physicians for the Mount Sinai Graduate Medical Education Program. Mickie's personal experience of mindfulness informs her passion for sharing it with others.


Joan Walsh

Board Advisor, CNN Political Contributor

Joan Walsh is The Nation’s National Affairs Correspondent and a CNN political contributor. She is the author of What’s the Matter With White People? Finding Our Way in the Next America, which the Philadelphia Daily News called “one of the best books of 2012 – and even more relevant now.” Author Anne Lamott described it as “a brilliant and illuminating book about America since the upheavals of 60's and 70's." Walsh lives in New York.


Krishna Dholakia MS, RD, CDE, CDN, RYT

Nutritionist & Wellness Teacher

Krishna is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, health coach, and 500-hr certified yoga instructor.  She has extensive training in preventive health and holds a master’s degree in clinical nutrition. Krishna has worked in the health and wellness field for over 13 years. She has helped many individuals improve their health, and the quality of their lives by focusing on changing lifestyle behaviors in the areas of nutrition, stress management, mindfulness, yoga and movement.


Laura Brinker

Yoga Instructor

Laura Brinker is a certified yoga instructor who completed both her 200-hr Teacher Training and Mentorship at Yoga Vida, a school certified by the Yoga Alliance. She has been practicing yoga for 12 years as a means to spiritual, emotional, mental and psychical well-being, and loves sharing the gifts it offers her with her students. Laura's Vinyasa Flow classes are challenging and dynamic, yet accessible to all levels, with a focus on alignment and set to fun, upbeat music. You can find her on the schedule at all four Yoga Vida locations, or on Instagram as @laurabrinker26.


Nevah Assang

Board Advisor, Senior Vice President of Cultural and Community Affairs at NYC & Company

Nevah Assang is a long-time member of Mindful Harlem and supporter of the arts and humanities in New York City. She currently holds the position of senior vice president of Cultural and Community Affairs at NYC & Company, serving as a key liaison between New York City’s official tourism organization and the many cultural institutions and community organizations throughout the five boroughs.


Pamela Newkirk PhD

Board Advisor, Journalist, Author, & NYU Professor

Pamela Newkirk, PhD, is a native New Yorker and award-winning journalist who spent ten years working as a reporter and writer before joining the journalism faculty at New York University. Pamela began her meditation practice at Mindful Harlem about three years ago and cherishes the brilliant minds she meets in the community.


Rafael Yuste PhD, MD

Board Member, Professor of Biological Sciences and Neuroscience at Columbia University

Rafael Yuste is a professor of biological sciences and neuroscience at Columbia University, where he has served as director of the Neurotechnology Center since 2014. He is a long time member of Mindful Harlem and is passionate about the intersection of meditation and philosophy of mind.

  • Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction

  • Drop In & Sit

  • Dharma Talks

  • Qi Gong

  • Mindful Yoga

  • Sound Bath & Mediation

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Become a member of Mindful Harlem. Membership is a powerful way to express your personal appreciation for what we offer and your wish to make it accessible to others. Membership is an expression of mutual support, whereby we are given the chance to nurture this community as it nurtures each of us.

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. Membership donations are tax deductible. Giving can always be tailored to one’s individual financial situation. We are dedicated to ensuring that anyone who wants to be a member can afford to do so.

Additional Benefits:
-Gift of Mindful Harlem gear
-Invitations to member-only retreats & pilot programs
-20% discount on some programs
-Easy electronic record of donations for tax purposes

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We look forward to hearing from you.

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

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