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Barnaby Willett is a contemplative educator, mindfulness teacher, and futurist. He is currently a Garrison Institute Fellow. He is passionate about practices that explore both Unity and Uniqueness—our oneness and our differentiation. He is inspired by the work of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in distilling the essence of wisdom traditions into accessible forms.Since 1994, Barnaby has studied and practiced with teachers from the traditions of Vipassana, Zen, Tibetan Buddhism, Nonduality, Jungian psychology, and Sufi Islam. His primary studies were with Toni Packer, Peter Fenner, and Caverly Morgan. He is currently participating in a line-by-line reading of Ibn ‘Arabi’s Futuhat with Dr. Eric Winkel.

Beginning in 2014, Barnaby helped create the first mindfulness class in U.S. public high schools with the nonprofit Peace in Schools. He taught the semester-long course to over 700 students as a Lead Teacher, and served as Director of Innovation and Partnerships. He led a research partnership with Johns Hopkins University to develop an award-winning study—the first globally to research mindfulness and childhood trauma (ACEs) in youth.

Barnaby is a mindfulness teacher on iBme’s (Inward Bound Mindfulness Education) transformative teen mindfulness retreats. Barnaby has presented on contemplative practice and mindfulness education at Johns Hopkins University, University of Oregon, Portland State University, Wisdom 2.0, Bridging Hearts and Minds, Science and Nonduality Conference, Presence Collective, the Garrison Institute, and more.

As a Garrison Institute Fellow he is focused on developing the contemplative practice of ally work as a catalyst for personal and collective transformation.

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The Heart of Who We Are: Realizing Freedom Together

Barnaby Willett