As a teenager, Alison (she/her) was desperate for guidance on how to wisely and compassionately navigate her tumultuous internal landscape, not to mention the world. After attending a young adult Insight meditation retreat, she realized that contemplative practice was what she had been longing for. A former high school teacher and school mindfulness program director, Alison now teaches trauma-informed mindfulness practice to human beings from many walks of life. She also incorporates mindfulness into her coaching and leadership work with educators, school leaders, social service professionals, and young adults, and co-facilitates racial justice programming for educators. This is Alison’s second time as an MMTCP mentor, and she cherishes the opportunity to offer support, care, and encouragement throughout the meditation teacher training journey. She is trained as an MBSR teacher and is a certified Mindful Schools instructor; Alison is also pursuing doctoral studies in adult learning and development. As a white, cisgender woman committed to collective liberation and co-conspirating, Alison seeks out any and all opportunities to integrate community-building, contemplative practice, social justice, writing, dancing and joy. She is currently based in Washington, DC.