Meet Founder
Stacey Mandel

"If I had been exposed to these concepts starting around age eight, I know I would have suffered a lot less, and shined a whole lot more. "

Stacey dedicates her time to sparking "mindfulness and beyond" with youth and adults in all types of settings throughout greater Philadelphia, PA. She is particularly passionate about rekindling mindfulness foundations in those who have the least amount of time/access/resources, but are engaged in fierce battles. Ongoing, Stacey is the mindfulness provider on a special project called ESEL to combat the school-to-prison pipeline in the city of Chester. 

Stacey spent 14 years teaching grades K-8 in urban and suburban schools and four years as an instructional coach/consultant in the most underserved schools in the country. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Foundations of Education, and a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Stacey serves as a Pennsylvania co-leader of the national non-profit COSEM: Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully.

Stacey takes a truth-loyal, eclectic approach to her work as she identifies best practices and interweaves them to create highly attuned, custom offerings. She started meditating in her early twenties, and is now is a lifelong Awakening level student at Clearlight Meditation Institute. She completed Amy's Saltzman's The Still Quiet Place teaching practicum, the MBSR Professional Practicum at Jefferson’s Myrna Brind Center for Mindfulness, Daniel Rechtschaffen's Mindful Education Teacher Training and several Mindful Schools courses. She is certified in Sam Himelstein's Trauma-Informed Care for professionals working with youth, and has trained with Transformation Yoga Project. She is a certified Trauma-Competent Professional through Lakeside Global Institute, and is currently working towards certification in David Treleaven's Complete Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness Training.

She lives with her family in Philadelphia, and enjoys meeting all different kinds of fascinating people who each seem to offer just the right puzzle piece in "Life".