About Deep Mindfulness

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Meet Janusz

"It is rare to find a mindfulness teacher like Janusz - deep in his practice and community, fluid and clear in his presentation, personable and intimate in delivery, open to feedback, and with a number of perspectives that they bring to bear... I have only enthusiasm backed by experience to share in regards to his wisdom, integrity, and delivery."  

 - Shinzen Young - Author, The Science of Enlightenment.

Janusz Welin is Co-Founder of the Deep Mindfulness Collective, dedicated to making industrial strength mindfulness available to all. Janusz specializes in mindfulness for creativity, personal and group emotional intelligence, and guiding people along the path of classical awakening. They are also supportive of the many ways meditation can facilitate social justice work. Janusz works one-on-one with students on these areas of focus, and develops meditation curricula for individuals and organizations.

Janusz grew up on a small hippy farm in Rhode Island and began meditating at 13 years old (Zen and mindfulness) and has over a decade of dedicated meditation practice in the insight (Vipassana) meditation tradition. They received two degrees in fine art from Maryland Institute College of Art, specializing in conceptual sculpture and immersive installation. This training gives them unique skills to create immersive meditative experiences that move practitioners towards non-self and flow, and help students deconstruct and reconstruct their experience of self and world. This background deeply informs Janusz's meditation work in cultivating sustainable curiosity and creativity.

Janusz has completed over 1,000 hours of Buddhist and secular meditation teacher training. They are an empowered teacher in the Spirit Rock and Unified Mindfulness traditions, and an empowered Meditation Mentor through Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. Janusz regularly co-teaches residential retreats with Shinzen Young (the first teacher ever invited to do so). Janusz has trained with some of the greatest living minds in meditation including Sayadaw U Tejaniya, Shinzen Young, George Haas, Noah Levine, Gina Sharpe, Larry Yang, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzburg, and Tara Brach. 

Meet Rakhel

Rakhel Shapiro has over a decade of dedicated mindfulness practice in the insight meditation and Unified Mindfulness traditions, including intensive silent retreat practice and work with a mentor.

Rakhel’s approach is based on fostering a complete practice, drawing from Shinzen Young’s "four quadrants" of practice: to appreciate self and world, transcend self and world, transform self and world, and express the benefits of practice in our thoughts, words, and actions. She balances an insight/liberation driven focus with cultivation of deep compassion, empowering students with the sensory clarity to transcend unnecessary suffering, and the qualities of heart that nourish an authentic, connected, meaningful life.

In everyday language, this is training in seeing clearly and caring deeply.

Rakhel specializes in one-on-one Meditation Mentorship for emotional and relational intelligence, living by authentic values, and deep insight practice.

Her work is informed by specialized training in attachment-informed mindfulness practices and Motivational Interviewing, and the perspective that it is through self acceptance that we change. She creates safe space for mentees to freely and deeply explore themselves and their lives, to simultaneously accept all the parts of themselves exactly as they are and also grow towards their ideals.

Rakhel studies with George Haas (her mentor and mentorship supervisor) and Shinzen Young. Rakhel is a certified Meditation Mentor through George Haas and JoAnna Harper's Mentor Training and Certification Program at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, and a teacher in Shinzen's Unified Mindfulness system. She holds a BA with Highest Honors from Vassar College, and is currently in a PhD program in clinical psychology.