Jill Drew

Jill Drew mindfulness facilitator


Graduated EMI Level One 300-hr Training 2016
Graduated EMI Level Two 500-hr Training 2017
Location Sharon, CT
Focus Prisons


After a long career as a newspaper journalist, I abruptly shifted my focus in 2009, at age 47, to a path in which meditation and mindful movement became essential parts of my life. My primary meditation practice is in the Vipassana tradition. I am also a student of body-centered inquiry (including the practices of Focusing, Intensive Breathwork, Yoga, and Qigong). I taught two weekly meditation and yoga classes for incarcerated women at the Washington DC Jail from 2013-16, as part of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington’s Insight on the Inside project. Before moving to Connecticut in the summer of 2016, I also taught a weekly introduction to meditation class at the Montgomery County Pre-Release Center in Maryland, a facility for citizens returning from federal prison. I led the establishment of IMCW’s True Refuge Companion program, in which experienced meditators sit with those suffering from aging or illness, or facing death, to witness and hold loving presence.

I am enrolled in EMI’s Level Two training and am pursuing opportunities for supervised teaching positions in correctional facilities as part of the required coursework for EMI’s certification as a Mindfulness Teacher. It is my intention to teach in correctional facilities or in similar situations to reach those who might not otherwise be exposed to mindfulness techniques.