AHWI - American Health & Wellness Institute

First Int. Conference on Mindfulness

Welcome Note

MINDFULNESS, traditionally shrouded in the world’s wisdom traditions, is beginning to take hold in clinics, universities, schools, hospitals, politics, management, and in our daily lives. From very modest beginnings with the introduction of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in 1979, the field has seen an exponential growth in the number of articles that deal with mindfulness and mindfulness-based procedures. Mindfulness-based procedures are now a part of mainstream science and clinical practice. Indeed, it is taught in medical schools, in social science departments at universities and colleges, and even in high schools. The unifying theme in the growing art and science of mindfulness has been an effort to relieve suffering and bring more joy in this world. This growth has created a need for bringing everyone together at an international forum to synthesize and disseminate what we know, spur future research on what we do not know, and motivate all of us to be more mindful in our daily lives.

The intention of the First International Conference on Mindfulness is to provide such a forum for clinicians, contemplatives, researchers, academics, teachers, students, politicians, communities, and practitioners to begin this process. We invite you to participate in this conference, which is intended as the first of many future conferences.

We are delighted to announce the following world renowned Keynote Speakers:

Pre-conference Public Keynote Speaker

Ven. Ajahn Amaro, Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, United Kingdom
Mindfulness and its supportive friends

Conference Keynote Speakers

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA
Mindfulness, Meditation, and Health: Transformation and Healing at the Confluence of Science and Dharma 

J. Mark G. Williams. Ph.D., University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Mindfulness, suicidality and early adversity

Susan Bögels, Ph.D., University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mindful parenting in mental health care: Effects on parental stress, (co)parenting, and child and parental psychopathology

Paul Grossman, Ph.D., University of Basel Hospital, Switzerland
Mindfulness and its obstacles in science and in practice

Henk Barendregt, Ph.D., Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Mental states and their transformation by mindfulness

Giuseppe Pagnoni, Ph.D., University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
The self-fulfilling brain: Predictions, categories, and what this has to do with meditation.

We look forward to an exciting conference in the beautiful city of Rome, Italy.

Organizing Committee Chairpersons:

Prof. Antonino Raffone
Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Dr. Fabio Giommi, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands; AIM-Associazione Italiana Mindfulness

Dr. Ashvind N. Adkins Singh
American Health & Wellness Institute, USA

Dr. Nirbhay N. Singh
ONE Research Institute, USA