Spiritual & Integrative Counselor
Founder of Mindfulness Arts

"Stephanie Nash has mastered the art of Mindfulness Coaching.  She has a deep understanding and vast experience in this field.  In addition to that, Stephanie has worked very closely with me in developing a distinctive form of mindfulness practice that is gaining increasing usage in clinical and educational settings.  Since 1998, Stephanie has not only assisted & collaborated with me, but has developed techniques on her own that work effectively with a variety of sensory experience.  I now use a way she created of working with my “Restful States” as the introductory meditation at all of my retreats. .... Stephanie students continue to express appreciation at her clarity, humor & skill."

Shinzen Young *


Harvard Medical School Brain Study
(Designed & implemented a mindfulness training program for new meditators for the 2nd part of a brain study using the Basic Mindfulness System developed by Shinzen Young)

Carnegie Mellon Stress-Reduction App,
Recorded (for Shinzen Young) a 2-week (20 min/day) stress reduction app
using Shinzen's Basic Mindfulness System

Catholic Charities of LA Mindfulness Presentations)
3 different 2-hour presentations
in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Walnut, Diamond Grove
of Mindfulness & Laughter to Reduce Stress

"Well-Being & Stress Management" Presentations
Hired by the CECHER Board
to give presentations in many California School Districts including:
Newhall, Pomona, Huntington (4 times), Claremont, Montebello, San Jose,
Lafayette, Greenfield, Salinas, among others

KPFK.FM Los Angeles - Interview
(Several interviews - TOPICS: Mindful Eating, Post-Election Depression, Mindfulness)
Performance of "A White Woman on the Red Road"

The Mind-Set Show - Interview
Interview about Mindfulness
and my recent Presentation at a Mental Health Conference

Deepok Chopra Show - Guest Expert,
Guest Expert, Laughing Meditation

Buddhist Geeks Podcast - Interview
Interview about meditation & performance

UCLA Innergy - Workshop
Guest Speaker, "Mindful Pleasure"

Long Beach Meditation - Guest Teacher
Guest Teacher, "Kindfulness"

Meditation & Contemplation as Seeds of Peace Conference,
Presenter: Mindfulness & Shinzen Young's techniques

Stanford Alumni Screenwriters
Presenter: Mindfulness & Shinzen Young's techniques

Buddhist Geeks Podcast
Interview about meditation & performance

Against the Stream,
Teacher: multi-week workshops on "Mindful Pleasure"

Insight LA,
Guest Speaker, "Mindful Pleasure"

Whole Foods & Santa Monica Co-op,
Presentation, Mindfuless Meditation


STEPHANIE NASH, has a psychology degree from Duke University and a Masters from Yale University. She teaches meditation workshops & Private Sessions in a private studio in Santa Monica.

She offered "SUNDAY SESSIONS" twice a month (on a donation basis) on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month for almost 8 years - and started also leading WEEKNIGHT meditations in FALL of 2014. As of NOVEMBER 2016, Stephanie will begin WEEKLY TUESDAY NIGHT MEDITATION at the HILL STREET CENTER And TELECONFERENCE (phone) meditation 1-2 times a month for people who live further away.

Stephanie was recently asked to be a "guest expert" on an upcoming Deepok Chopra show where she will teach Laughing as a mindfulness & healing skill. Her LAUGHING MEDITATION workshops are quite popular and a recent youtube video of a short Laughing Meditation workshop has led to requests for her to teach in a variety of centers & situations.

Stephanie has been a GUEST TEACHER at other meditation centers, schools and for special events & conferences usually presenting mindfulness meditation but often also representing SHINZEN YOUNG's Basic Mindfulness System. Stephanie has substituted for Shinzen many times for his phone-based Basic Mindfulness phone retreats - and has also taught first-timers as well as her Laughing Meditation at Shinzen's residential retreats.

Stephanie has had the privilege of working closely with Shinzen Young and feels grateful to have been able to contribute to - and benefit from - his ever-developing teachings. She has been a facilitator with Vipassana Support International (VSI - founded by Shinzen) since 1999 and sometimes leads the one-day meditation retreats VSI offers at the Santa Monica Zen Center (now Against the Stream 1001a Colorado Ave) each month (on the 4th Saturday). 
(She will be leading JUNE 26, 2012.)

Another popular workshop is Stephanie's "MINDFUL PLEASURE" which she has taught at Against the Stream, Insight LA, UCLA, and other venues. She is currently working on a program for hospice workers incorporating what she has developed teaching Mindful Pleasure.

Stephanie was recently interviewed for the BUDDHIST GEEK PODCAST (to talk about the parallels between acting & meditation) and has been INTERVIEWED several times on KPFK (90.7 FM) by Roy of Hollywood (discussing everything from eating meditation to how to cope with post-election despair.) Roy has also played on-air HUMOROUS POEMS Steph has written about Shinzen’s teachings – and, in addition, Stephanie has performed “A White Woman on the Red Road” (her show about her vision quest experience) live on KPFK.

Steph wrote the study-guide that accompanies Shinzen Young’s “Talks on Teaching” meditation tape series (for training meditation teachers) as well as the “Posture for Meditation” (aka “POSTURE-PEDIA) article that is also used on Shinzen’s site and by other meditation centers across the country. Stephanie will be doing more writing in this next year and her BLOG will begin to see more entries...soon!

Stephanie began interviewing Shinzen for radio - and later doing video interviews for Shinzen's YouTube channel that she created to spread his work. She has since then interviewed other teachers - with many soon-to-be posted videos on her own (Steph's) YOUTUBE CHANNEL. These YouTube channels have introduced thousands of people all over the world to the teachings of Shinzen, Leigh Brasington, Ken McLoud, Upasaka Culadasa & Patricia Sun.

For years, Stephanie created & led many MINDFUL EATING (later called CONSCIOUS EATING workshops where she helped participants tune into food & eating in a way that promotes richer fulfillment and less driven & unconscious behavior. For over a year, Stephanie co-led a "Mindful Eating Support Group" in Santa Monica which met weekly. She is presently writing a book based on what she learned doing all of this.

Stephanie has been a professional ACTRESS for 33 years (SEE OTHER SITE: and has taught & COACHED ACTORS for 25 years. SEE OTHER SITE: Steph is presently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Film Department at Art Center College of Design where she has been TEACHING FILM DIRECTORS skills in working with actors - for over 13 years.

Stephanie recently founded the NON-PROFIT organization Mindfulness Arts of AIWP which will help her be able to provide more support for helping people discover practical applications of mindfulness in art & in life. She hopes that you find something on this blog that is helpful for you.

Stephanie has the deepest gratitude to her teacher, Shinzen, and to the opportunities she continues to have to be able to be of service in this way - and hopes to continue to contribute to helping people create more ease & well-being in their lives.

May all beings be free.


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