The First Annual
Access Mindfulness Award Ceremony & Fundraiser
Wednesday April 24th, 2019
Please RSVP in the form below
109 East 50th street
New York, NY 10017
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Award Recipient :
Charisse Minerva Spencer
Charisse Minerva Spencer brings to the Mindfulness arena a background in Arts, Science, and Youth Development. She earned a B.S. Degree in Medical Technology from the Medical College of Virginia/VCU. However, her love of the Arts led her to divert her path in order to live her passion for dance and choreography. Later Charisse returned to school to get a Masters in Performance Studies with a concentration in Dance Anthropology from Tisch School of the Arts/New York University. Her eclectic professional experience coupled with more than 30 years of practice in the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist organization led to her interest in Mindfulness. Charisse brings a scientific and artistic approach to the field investigating the existence of contemplative practices, its individual and cultural significance, as well as how these practices can be introduced in ways that are broad-based. She has worked with Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP), Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme), is Mindfulness Coordinator at Friends School of Virginia Beach, and has done workshops in schools, festivals, corporate offices, detention & treatment centers.
Charisse Minerva has accepted our award for excellence as a Mindfulness Teacher. She is passionate about mindfulness and young people, art and activism. Her passion is all inclusive, and contagious. Charisse connects to teens and all ages because she is a caring, authentic, curious, supportive, and accepting person. She creates opportunity for deep reflection and connection on a personal and interpersonal level. Her teaching/musician skills include masterfully bringing people together in a drum/dance circle that celebrates our interconnectedness. Charisse believes in the capacity of others to grow, unite, create, love, forgive, and play! I am so grateful to know her as teacher and friend. We are excited that she has accepted our award and you all can meet her.
A thank you for our special event volunteers below:
Casey took Jayne and David's wonderful MBSR class this past fall and is a new but very eager practitioner of mindfulness and meditation. She works as the director of content for a digital media startup; a role that encompasses everything from editorial management to strategy and marketing. She also has a passion for activism and has organized a number of social media campaigns and politically engaged events. Check out her Instagram account @TheDailyAction for more information!
Victoria has a passion for creating and executing events. She currently manages roundtable and networking events for a financial consulting group in Lower Manhattan. Previously, she has worked as an event coordinator for several popular restaurants in the New York area. She began her professional journey in event planning after graduating from Rutgers University in 2015.
Aside from her professional career, Victoria is a member of a recreational dance company, and is an avid practitioner of yoga and meditation. Victoria currently resides on the Upper East Side.
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