Our Story

Our Story

The Engaged Mindfulness Institute (EMI), formerly Peacemaker Institute, was founded in 2001. The Institute delivers trainings developed from a rich tradition of spiritually grounded, contemplative and mindfulness-based peace and social change work, as well as the latest developments in neuroscience-based leadership training.

The Institute specializes in training professionals and volunteers who support individuals in at-risk situations and communities that have been marginalized and underserved. Mindfulness is foundational to all of our trainings. EMI developed and offers several mindfulness-based models for intervention: Mindfulness-Based Emotional Intelligence (MBEI)™ training, Mindfulness-Based Wellness & Resiliency (MBWR)™ training, and our current focus, the Mindfulness Teacher Training.

Bearing Witness & Street Retreats

The Engaged Mindfulness Institute (EMI), formerly Peacemaker Institute, organized and hosted the Auschwitz-Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat in 2009 and 2010 and founded the Rwanda Bearing Witness Retreat and Peace Initiative, offering the first two Rwanda Bearing Witness Retreats in 2010 and 2011.  These and other bearing witness retreats are currently being offered through our affiliate, the Zen Peacemakers: http://zenpeacemakers.org/.  The Institute also organized and hosted an annual Street Retreat in Denver, Colorado from 2000 and 2009 and an Austin, Texas Street Retreat in 2008.  For more information on upcoming street retreats, please contact our affiliate: http://hudsonriverzencenter.org/.

Additional Trainings

In addition to the Integral Peacemaker Training, EMI has also offered numerous trainings since 2001 in Nonviolent Communication (NVC), Conflict Resolution, Diversity Training, The Way of Council, Fundraising From the Heart, Community Organizing, Non-Violent Direct Action, Group Facilitation, and Community Building.  EMI also hosted the renowned Event Training from 2001 to 2012.

Our Graduates

Engaged Mindfulness Institute (EMI) has trained thousands of nonprofit and business leaders, community activists, peaceworkers and social justice advocates from around the world.

Our graduates are engaged in a wide array of community development, social change, and peacemaking activities, including:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Homeless advocacy
  • Restorative justice
  • Prison ministry
  • Juvenile justice and at-risk youth programs,
  • AIDS relief
  • Hospice and palliative care
  • Social entrepreneurship, and
  • Human rights and peace work all around the world.


In 2015 EMI began offering:

Mindfulness Teacher Training Program

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Engaged Mindfulness Institute is committed to honoring and promoting diversity in all of our trainings and programs, which are designed for professionals and volunteers providing mindfulness-based programs and services to individuals in at-risk situations and communities that have been marginalized and/or are underserved. Our trainings and programs are open to all regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation or nationality, and we strive to create a safe and mindful environment for both our online and in-person programs where all may feel welcomed and respected.