has been a practitioner of insight meditation (vipassanā) since the early 1990s. He is a co-Founder of the Dharma Punx and co-Guiding Teacher of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He is also a nationally recognized leader in designing and implementing interventions for at-risk adolescents and is currently Senior Trainer for Mindful Schools. In 1987, he began leading youth groups in drug rehabilitation centers, juvenile halls, and half-way houses. In 2001, he began teaching for Challenge Day, a nationally recognized, social & emotional learning program, eventually becoming their Director of Training and leading workshops for over 110,000 youth on four continents. Vinny is also a board member and former Training Director of the Mind Body Awareness Project and is the principle author of MBA’s mindfulness-based curriculum for incarcerated youth. Vinny has received national media coverage for his work with adults and youth; he is the subject of the MTV series “If You Really Knew Me…”
Why We're Hardwired to Armor Our Hearts | Mindful Magazine | Oct. 2016
In The Heat of The Moment | Mindful Magazine | Oct. 2015
Please note that I get a lot of email and generally cannot respond to general requests for information or advice. For speaking inquires, it is really helpful to have as many details up front as possible (i.e., who the audience is, how many of them there are, your budget range, etc.). I'll go speak in prisons for free for the rest of my life, but please do not ask me to do conferences, corporate retreats or other similar events for little or no money.
Individual Mentorship Sessions
I mentor people committed to the practices of mindfulness, kindness and compassion. Sessions are 30 minutes each and usually done twice per month. New students commit to an introductory session to determine if we are a good fit for each other. Cost is $75/session.