Mabinti Dennis has been studying Buddhism and practicing mindfulness meditation through the Shambhala Meditation tradition for over 30 years. She is a trained Meditation Instructor.
Mabinti came to recognize the value and benefits of meditation which she uses in her daily life as well as shares this ancient practice with others through training and facilitating workshops. She co-facilitated meditation workshops and weekend retreats at the Juniper Hill Retreat Centre, the Shambhala Meditation Centre of Toronto as well as at community organizations such as Niwasa Aboriginal Head Start, Eight Branches Healing Art Centre, Warden Woods Community Centre, and Family Day Care Services. She incorporates mindfulness practice in her professional work with children, youth and adults with families to create a mindfulness space in their homes. She has facilitated meditation workshops with youth in the Black community who are in transition from prison to school, community, and home life. She has trained Staff at Jewish Vocational Services who works with people who are developmental challenged. She is the founders of the Shambhala People of Colour Scholarship Fund that support POC studying Buddhism in the Shambhala lineage and the founder of Tulsi Mindfulness Pathway for Children and Parents. www.tulsimindfulnespathway.ca
She holds a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors from York University and a Diploma with High Honors from Seneca College in Early Childhood Education. She also holds certificates in Foundation in Applied Mindfulness Meditation, Applied Mindfulness Mediation Specialist, and Mindfulness Without Borders Curriculum from Factor-Inwentash, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, and a certificate in Counselling Skills from the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre-Gail Apell Institute
She is dedicated to introducing mindfulness practice to communities and individuals who have not yet been exposed to or learned the value and benefits of mindfulness. Currently, she is developing a community-focused mindfulness program for the Black community to bring meditation techniques to children and youth.