Elli Weisbaum, BFA, MES, PhD Candidate is a Toronto based mindfulness practitioner and teacher, who attended her first retreat at the age of ten. Since then, she has been passionate about the translation of mindfulness practice into everyday life.
She holds a Masters degree in Environmental Studies, focused on bringing mindfulness into education. In 2016 she began pursuing a PhD at the Institute of Medical Science in the Faculty of medicine at the University of Toronto: focused on integrating mindfulness into healthcare. The lay title for her thesis research study is titled “Applying Mindfulness to Physician Wellbeing”. She is an instructor at the University of Toronto's Applied Mindfulness Meditation certificate program. She is a certified teacher for the Search Inside Yourself program which was developed at Google headquarters and is based in mindfulness, emotional intelligence and neuroscience.
Elli has worked internationally to integrate mindfulness into key sectors, including education, healthcare and business. Organizing retreats and workshops in Bhutan, India, Germany, Canada, the UK and the USA. She spent a year as the international program coordinator for Wake Up Schools, a global initiative to cultivate mindfulness in education, established by Nobel Peace Prize nominee, scholar and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Her ongoing work with his community (Plum Village) focuses on a holistic approach to education, working simultaneously with teachers, students, parents and administrators to build sustainable inclusive communities.
In 2013 she was part of Thich Nhat Hanh's North American teaching tour, offering retreats and workshops at centres across Canada and the United States, including workshops at The World Bank and Google headquarters. She is honoured to be a grant-making advisor for the Pollination Project, a foundation that gives seed grants to individual changemakers all over the world. Elli is dedicated to the cultivation of a compassionate and healthy society and through her work she hopes to continue walking a path that leads there.