Nick Stein is an award winning TV producer and show runner who has worked on countless hours of non-fiction television for myriad networks and production companies. His list of credits run the gamut from a Smithsonian series on the oil boom in North Dakota to a National Geographic/Peter Gabriel World Music Special. He created ESPN’s Amazing Games and was the series producer of 40 episodes of Discovery Channel’s hit Monster Nation. Stein also ran the highest rated series in the history of the National Geographic Channel – Border Wars.
In that role he spent the better part of four years (56 episodes) deeply embedded with the tactical units of various federal law enforcement agencies, including CBP, ICE, DEA and the US Coast Guard. Stein’s persistent reporting on the human suffering of “illegal” immigrants, cartel drug runners, unaccompanied children, overburdened agents and officers, and others, left him depleted and burnt out. Seeking relief while working in Montreal, Canada, Nick encountered Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
Grateful for his newfound equanimity, Nick brought his practice back to California, taking myriad courses at UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC) and going on silent retreats. After 2 years, he was accepted into MARC’s Intensive Practice Program (IPP), and later, intent on teaching, Nick gained entrance into the Engaged Mindfulness Institute (EMI).
Because of his work at the border, Nick has dedicated himself to finding ways introduce the techniques and ideas behind mindfulness to the men and women of Law Enforcement. Working with the mindful-policing pioneer, Lt. Richard Goerling, Nick has co-taught a series of ½ day seminars at regional security conferences around the country. Nick has also worked with inmates inside LA County’s Men’s Jail and is slated to work with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Chaplains in Georgia, as well as Border Patrol Agents in South Texas.
More recently, Nick’s introduced meditation at Discovery Studios and 44 Blue Productions in Hollywood, as well as running a 6-week course at a tech start-up called Sellbrite in Old Town Pasadena. He’s also facilitating classes at a new mindfulness center in the San Fernando Valley called “Perfectly Here.”