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 he brings 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 a Brooklyn based mindfulness meditation teacher specializing in creativity practices, emotional and group intelligence practices, and the ways meditation can facilitate social justice work. Janusz has nearly a decade of dedicated mindfulness practice in the insight meditation tradition. Janusz specializes in one-on-one meditation mentorship (via skype) and developing custom meditation courses and strategies for individuals and organizations.

He has gone through over 1,000 hours of formal training in teaching meditation, one-on-one meditation mentorship, and community dharma leadership. He has studied with George Haas, JoAnna Harper, Sayadaw U Indaka, Noah Levine, Gina Sharpe, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, Larry Yang and Shinzen Young and has done trainings with Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzburg, Tara Brach and others. 

Janusz is a teacher of secular mindfulness through Shinzen Young's Universal Mindfulness system and has also been empowered to teach by Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center. He is empowered through Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society as a Meditation Mentor.

Janusz received two bachelor degrees in fine art from Maryland Institute College of Art, specializing in immersive installation and conceptual sculpture. 

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.