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Vinny Ferraro

Mindfulness teacher, defender of social justice

Vinny Ferraro spent most of his teenage life hustling and living on the streets. In 1987, after recovering from drug addiction, he began leading youth groups in drug rehabilitation centers, juvenile halls, schools, and halfway houses for Narcotics Anonymous. He did this work for nearly a decade before moving to a more intensive focus on mindfulness and emotional intelligence work.

Vinny has since become a nationally recognized leader in designing and implementing interventions for at-risk adolescents, and has taught emotional intelligence and mindfulness workshops to more than 100,000 youth and the adults who work with them—teachers, correction officers, social workers, and parents.

He is the principal author of the Mind Body Awareness Project’s mindfulness-based curriculum for incarcerated youth and has received national media coverage for his work with adolescents. He is also the subject of the MTV series, If You Really Knew Me.

Vinny is currently senior faculty for Mindful Schools and the guiding teacher for Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society—San Francisco, and leads meditation retreats for adults nationwide. Incidentally, he hates talking about himself in the third person.

Previous Programs

Moving Beyond our Stories

Moving Beyond our Stories

February 2 - 4, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

Are you interested in moving beyond unhelpful assumptions about yourself and others? Discover how compassion and mindfulness training, combined with new models of communication, can help you let go of the old stories that rule your life. Guided by Vinny Ferraro, a mindfulness teacher with an extensive background in social justice, you will spend the...