Founding Teachers


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Marianne Rowe, MS, LMFT

Marianne Rowe has been studying and practicing meditation since 1996. As founder of the Mindful Education Project, she has been teaching mindfulness to children, youth, and adults since 2007. Marianne also teaches courses in mindful relating and facilitates retreats to develop mindful awareness as an essential part of the creative process. Through the Institute of Noetic Sciences, she is a Certified Conscious Aging Facilitator and teaches workshops exploring emotional, psychological and spiritual responses to the challenges and opportunities of aging. As a Certified Forest Therapy Guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, Marianne leads Forest Bathing sessions, a way of sensing deep connection with the natural world through a meditative walk in the forest. In private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 1986, Marianne focuses on healing, transformation and evolution through awareness and connection. Her therapeutic work incorporates developing consciousness of and integrating the physiological, cognitive, emotional, relational and spiritual aspects of being.


Katie Dutcher, MA

Katie Dutcher has been an educator since 2004 and has studied and practiced meditation and mindfulness since 2009. She is a Qualified Teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the Center for Mindfulness, and she has received training from Mindful Schools. She teaches mindfulness in area schools from elementary through graduate level, and she teaches MBSR at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. She has special interests in reflective writing, practicing mindfulness in daily life, and awareness of the natural environment. Katie writes about mindfulness and offers personal mindfulness coaching at


Studio Teacher


Jennifer Farley, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT

Jennifer Farley is a dance/movement therapist, licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC #2700) and shamanic healer currently in private practice. Jennifer believes the development of body awareness is essential to deepening personal insight and growth. Because of this, all of her offerings incorporate mindful body movement and/or body awareness practices. Jennifer has studied with renowned Shaman Jon Rasmussen, teacher and graduate of the Healing the Light Body School through The Four Winds. Currently, Jennifer offers individual and group services, as well as periodic workshops and retreats. Jennifer also lectures nationwide on incorporating movement and shamanic ritual into psychotherapy. Lastly, Jennifer writes a blog called Body Speaks that is focused on educating about the wisdom, power and resiliency of the body.


Invited Teachers


Patricia Wolff, DC, LMFT

Blending her skills as a trained psychotherapist, a classical homeopath, and a Doctor of Chiropractic, Patricia Wolff has been practicing in the field of natural health care for women and children for over 30 years. Her focus is on an integrated exploration into the care of our bodies, minds and spirits. Patricia is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist and is on the teaching council of the Monterey Bay Zen Center. In addition to her love of the outdoors, she brings curiosity, humor and meditation to this exploration of being human.  


Gail Root, MA

Gail Root, M.A. has been supporting parents and families for decades as the founder and former director of Parents’ Place. In her retirement she started Roots and Wings Parent Coaching to provide one-on-one guidance to help parents and grandparents find balance and joy in each stage of family development. With a life devoted to teaching, counseling, and guiding new parents into their most important role as loving caregivers, Gail has the perfect combination of child development knowledge as well as perinatal psychology experience.


Meditation Facilitator


Emily Nicholl, MSW, LCSW

Emily Nicholl has practiced meditation and mindfulness since 2012. She is a Qualified Teacher of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) curriculum. A longtime employee of Monterey County Social Services, Emily has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2001.  She spent over 15 years working in child welfare and, since 2016, has worked with Aging and Adult Services overseeing the In-Home Supportive Services program for low-income older adults and people with disabilities.  She facilitates a weekly meditation group at her Salinas workplace. Emily also volunteers as a bereavement group facilitator for Papillon Center for Loss and Transition in Monterey.  She has incorporated meditation and mindfulness techniques during support groups and has also facilitated half-day workshops and other trainings on Mindful Grieving.