Jaime Howell

As a meditation and movement teacher he has studied with Bonni Ross and Tarchin Hearn, Tarchin has given him encouragement to teach. Jaime has spent the last three years as a resident practitioner at the Wangapeka Study and Retreat centre. Prior to this he is a graduate of a three year school of Living Dharma and a trained MBSR teacher. He weaves meditation (stillness) and dance (movement) with a vision to create awake communities.

Jaime is a co- director at the Rites of Passage Foundation. This has involved a decade volunteering to help fathers helps their sons to transition through and with community into functioning adulthood. A poet and musician he has a Masters Degree in Education and has over a fifteen years teaching experience.

Jaime is also the founder and director of Opening Minds and developer of Calm Clear Creative a programme that teaches mindfulness to children, teachers, parents and organisations. Jaime helped Grant Rix develop the Mindful Aotearoa, a nationwide mindfulness in schools project offered by the Mental Health Foundation.

Jaime is currently training to teach the Open Floor curruiculum. Open Floor is a lively meditation practice that builds muscular and emotional intelligence. It is a dance floor discovery zone where we move and include: good days and tough ones, passion, hesitance, joy, sorrow, birth, deaths and everything in between. There are no steps to learn and no way to do it wrong. Research shows that people who dance grow more flexible, confident, capable of intimacy, and nimble in the face of change. When we move together, we grow communities that care to each other on and off the dance floor.