10 Powerful Women of the Mindfulness Movement: 2021

What remains, amid loss and suffering, uncertainty and fear, is the breath. Ten mindful women offer the wisdom of their practice, from their hearts to yours.

Adobe Stock/ Mary Long

There are many ways to meet the moment. If you practice mindfulness, it’s safe to say you aim to meet any given moment with wisdom and skill. That can feel like a tall order these days. And while turbulent times certainly offer endless opportunities to practice, sometimes you need a little help. A little borrowed wisdom. A mentor or role model, even. What we realized as we built our third annual list of powerful women of the mindfulness movement was that there’s no shortage of powerful women practicing mindfulness, offering wisdom and mentorship in their own communities. We’re shining a light on these women, chosen by their peers, who are also shining their light for you.

Trust the Intelligence of Your Emotions Tara Brach

Psychologist, Author, Meditation Teacher

Meditation teacher and psychologist Tara Brach has been curating moments of connection throughout the pandemic. Every Wednesday she hosts live mindfulness classes online; Saturdays she hosts small-group question-and-answer sessions. “Saturday has been so touching for me. The big questions people bring these days are about how to deal with the judgment and anger they feel toward those who don’t agree with them.”


Get practices, tips, and special offers delivered straight to your inbox

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
About the author

Amber Tucker

Amber Tucker is a senior editor at Mindful Magazine. Originally from western Newfoundland, she currently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her partner, two cats, and assorted rodents.

About the author

Ava Whitney-Coulter

Ava is a writer and digital content creator who draws on a diverse background in her role as an associate editor. Her education is in journalism and her work experience ranges from commercial fishing to serving, but no matter what she’s doing, she brings her adventurous spirit and passion for storytelling. On the weekends, you can find her exploring the great outdoors of Nova Scotia (ideally near the ocean), doing yoga, or reading.

About the author

Heather Hurlock

Heather Hurlock is the former Editor-in-Chief of Mindful magazine and mindful.org. She's a long-time editor, writer, musician, and meditator with deep roots in service journalism.

About the author

Kylee Ross

With a background in journalism, Kylee has honed her storytelling and digital content skills in several roles. She worked as a copywriter, public relations coordinator, copy editor, and social media coordinator in the Montreal area before joining Mindful. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, doing yoga, reading, and exploring Nova Scotia.

About the author

Oyinda Lagunju

With an educational background in biology and previous experience as an academic writer, Oyinda has always shown a great affinity for wellness and well-being, an interest she has brought to her role as an associate editor at Mindful. Adept at various forms of digital content creation, Oyinda has the ability to use various mediums to highlight an issue. As a breakfast enthusiast with her head in the clouds, you can find her either at brunch or thinking about brunch.

About the author

Stephanie Domet

Stephanie Domet is the author of two novels and a nonfiction book for middle grade readers. She’s the cofounder of the AfterWords Literary Festival and a contributing editor for Mindful. She lives in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, where she is, indeed, grateful to be alive, in the best way.