Christine Carter, Ph.D., is a sociologist and the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less (2017) and Raising Happiness (2011). Drawing on the latest scientific research on positivity, productivity, and elite performance, Carter demonstrates a sweet paradox: by doing less we can actually accomplish more. A sought-after speaker and coach, Dr. Carter also teaches online classes and writes an award-winning blog, which is frequently syndicated on Huffington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Psychology Today, and Greater Good. She is a sociologist and senior fellow at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center.
Cassandra Vieten, PhD, is the President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, a scientist at the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, and a licensed clinical psychologist.
Cassandra wrote the book Mindful Motherhood: Practical Tools for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child’s First Year back in 2006. The online course to support this book can be found at www.mindfulmotherhood.org
Conscious Bedtime Stories, Savoring the last 20 minutes of the day: A Conversation with Andrew Newman
Join Michelle Gale and Andrew Newman as they explore why and how the last twenty minutes of the day between parent and child can be such a special time.
Andrew loves all things creative and spiritual. He has been training and working in healing and community building for many years.
You can find Andrew and the Conscious Bedtime Story Club here. He would love to hear from you!
Join Michelle Gale and George Taylor as they explore the parent child relationship through the lens of mindfulness and authentic communication.
George Taylor has taught the Ten Practices to thousands of couples in his twenty-five year career as a Marriage and Family Therapist. He has had a long interest in create more love and awareness in relationships, including his own.
You can learn more about George and his book A Path for Couples here.
Sibling Struggles, Stressors, and Solutions: A Conversation with Cecilia & Jason Hilkey from Happily Family
Join Michelle as she explores the ups and downs of sibling relationships with Cecilia and Jason Hilkey.
Cecilia Hilkey, MA and Jason Hilkey have worked professionally with children and families for 20 years. They’ve taught parents and educators to use compassionate methods to talk to kids, worked with children with special needs, and even taught together in the same preschool classroom.
They founded Happily Family to respond to the needs of parents and teachers who wanted access to current research about the brain, and more communication tools to use with the kids in their lives. Their popular blog, classes and conferences touch the lives of tens of thousands of people each week.
Ali Smith co-founded the Holistic Life Foundation in 2001, where he currently serves as Executive Director. He has over 15 years of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness to diverse populations. Through his work at the Holistic Life Foundation he has helped develop and pilot yoga and mindfulness programs at public and private schools, drug treatment centers, juvenile detention centers, mental crisis facilities, and retreat centers, nationally and internationally. Ali has authored a series of children’s books, and co-authored several yoga and mindfulness based curriculum’s, as well as developed numerous workshops and training’s. His work with the Holistic Life Foundation has been featured on Making a Difference on the NBC Nightly News as well as Mindful Magazine, Yoga Journal, and many other publications.
You can learn more about Ali and the Holistic Life Foundation here.
Ashanti Branch is the Founder and Executive Director of the Ever Forward Club, a nonprofit committed to supporting young men of color in middle and high school by providing them with save, brave communities that build character and transform lives.
The Ever Forward Club’s work was featured in the documentary titled ‘The Masks We Live In” which follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.
Ashanti is a sought after speaker and leads workshops for all youth of all ages and from a broad range of communities. He is on a mission to change the way that students interact with their education and the way schools interact with students.
You can learn more about Ashanti’s work here.
We all know that mindfulness in parenting is important, but in this interview Michelle shares strategies that even the busiest, most distracted parent can use to put mindfulness into place in their family. She talks about how to be mindful even when your child is having a tantrum or a melt down, or when we are triggered. She also shares candidly about the importance of having compassion and gentleness for ourselves, and that kids don’t need “perfect parents”.
Join Michelle as she explores the practice of Loving Kindness through the principles of Sharon’s new book Real Love, The Art of Mindful Connection. Sharon is the founder of the Insight Meditation Society, the author of ten books and a sought after speaker who travels the world teaching mindfulness, loving-kindness, and compassion.
Eric is a dad who has developed a passion for advocating that children be treated with respect and dignity. He manages a Facebook page with almost 30k followers and offers a wonderful online Facebook community where parents can come together, get support, and share their journey’s with peaceful parenting.