Bonnie Levine, mindfulness consultant, Huffington Post blogger and ceramic artist, has been an educator for almost 20 years. She is a longtime practitioner of mindfulness meditation and yoga and she integrated these contemplative practices in a secular manner into the daily life of the classroom. Bonnie is inspired by the increased focus, awareness and kindness she observes in children who learn to use mindfulness techniques in their daily lives.
As a dedicated student of mindfulness, Bonnie teaches from the "inside out." She continues to study and practice mindfulness with some of the leading mediation teachers in the field, including Tara Brach and Jon Kabat-Zinn. Currently Bonnie is studying MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) at the Oasis Institute at the Center for Mindfulness.
As the founder of Mindful Classroom, Bonnie offers consultancy, workshops and retreats for educators and school personnel and supports these populations to integrate mindfulness into their work and personal life. At Bank Street College of Education, Bonnie teaches a daylong Mindfulness and Education workshop. She is a permanent Guest Lecturer in Roberta Altman’s Music and Movement course at Bank Street College. She also makes weekly visits to classrooms to share mindfulness with kids, and creates customized one- on-one academic support sessions that integrate mindfulness and yoga tools.
Outside of schools, Bonnie shares mindfulness tools with adults, and is fascinated by how meaningful, intentional practices can shape people’s responses to daily events, new experiences and challenges. Bonnie works with adults one-on-one or in small groups, to develop and sustain mindfulness practice to support well-being.
Bonnie earned her M.S.Ed in Early Childhood and Childhood General Education from Bank Street College of Education.