Friday Morning Refresh Series
Join us in a collective pause for mental hygiene – a brief period for meditation, gentle mindful movement, and quiet reflection in community. Beginners welcome!
Current conditions place enormous demands on us. Maintaining good physical and mental-emotional health is essential. This online weekly gathering provides space to check in with ourselves, settling our bodies and hearts and centering our minds so we can do the work that needs doing with love, clarity, and fortitude. Routine engagement in contemplative practices has been shown to foster self-awareness, self-regulation, improved focus, perspective taking, and greater capacity to respond skillfully in our relationships. Additionally, meditation has been shown to reduce the harmful health effects of chronic stress and support settling of the nervous system and engagement of the neocortex, promoting greater calm, clarity, creativity and compassion. Take 30 minutes out of your day or week for a potent mental-emotional refresh.
Salina Mae (she/her/hers), is a Bay Area born and raised community leader with over 15 years experience serving California schools both as a K-12 classroom teacher and as a mindfulness coach and consultant. With a focus on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, she received her Masters in Education and California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at the Claremont Graduate University in 2006. She specializes in building creative, inspired, and socially awake trainings and curricula that lead to action in the areas of mindfulness, social justice, and systems change. Salina is a certified yoga teacher, a dedicated mentor, and advocate for LGBTQI+ youth.
Caitlin Brune is a philanthropic and nonprofit consultant with 25 years of nonprofit experience, including more than a decade of grantmaking experience, in roles spanning finance, development, program planning and oversight, and executive management. Most recently, Ms. Brune served as CEO of the Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust, a 20 year-old nonprofit health foundation serving Pajaro Valley residents. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University and a Master of Public Health degree from University of California-Berkeley. An experiential learner with lifelong curiosity about the drivers of well-being for individuals and communities, Ms. Brune has previously trained and certified as an Emergency Medical Technician, yoga teacher, massage therapist, meditation instructor and beginning organic farmer. She volunteers as a meditation instructor at Soledad Correctional Training Facility and serves on the boards of the Santa Cruz County Integrated Health Center Commission, Santa Cruz Community Ventures, and Farm Discovery.