Meet

OUR TEAM

Weronika Chmielewska

Chairwoman of the Board

Passionate about practicing mindfulness in life. Happily married, with challenges in motherhood, fulfilled at work.
An economist – graduated from Warsaw School of Economics and Cass Business School in London. Works as an insurance broker.

Important training and meetings:

  • An Evening with Eckhart Tolle – London, 2017
  • Intimacy With Awareness: An Evening Exploring Mindfulness with John Kabat-Zinn, New York, 2016
  • Mindfulness Fundamentals – Mindful Schools, USA,
  • Mindful Educator Essentials – Mindful Schools, USA,
  • Mindfulness for children and young people – The Mind Institute, Julia E. Wahl, Eryk Ołtarzewski
  • Mindfulness for children – Eline Snel, Mindfulness Courses
  • AIG Academy – Leadership Academy, Center for Leadership, prof. Cezary Wójcik
  • Traingin courses for insurance industry

“I have created the EduMind Foundation because I have experienced first-hand how mindfulness improves the quality of life and is a practical tool for everyday challenges. I believe that it is a great life-long gift for children”.

Ewa Orłowska

Board Member

Mindfulness trainer (MBSR, MBLC and .b) and Nonviolent Agreements, mediator and mindfulness training supervisor (Mindfulness Association). Worked as a teacher and school’s headmaster as well as a teachers’ consultant at the Education Development Center. Currently she is a trainer in teachers’ training courses and a member of the Waking School – a grassroots movement of changes in education.
German specialist – graduated from Warsaw University with a Master’s degree in Neo-Philology.
I am a mother of two adult sons, I live in Warsaw, although sometimes I would prefer to be in the Beskid Niski mountains.

Important training and meetings:

  • The Mindfulness Training Supervisor – MBLC in the Mindfulness Association, 2018
  • Mindfulness Trainer – MBSR – The Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches certificate in Germany, 2014
  • Certified Trainer of the Nonviolent Communication – Center for Nonviolent Communication, 2007
  • Certified Teaching Groups’ Moderator of the Friborg Model – Universtatsklinikum, Freiburg, 2017
  • Graduated from the Mediation School of the National Association of Professional Mediators, 2010
  • Completed “Intensive Mediation Course according to Non-Violent Communication“, 2013.

“I have co-created the EduMind Foundation, because mindfulness reminds me how to be a human being. I dream about schools where mindful teachers prepare students for both independent and teamwork, and where competition is replaced by understanding. I am inspired by J. W. Goethe’s motto: Whatever you want to do, whatever you dream about, start working. Boldness includes genius, strength and magic.”

Magdalena Kulińska

Certified mindfulness trainer (MBSR method) as well as trainer of empathetic communication in the NVC (Nonviolent Communication) method. Works with groups and individually with adults and children. Mother of three daughters and a wife of a very patient husband. She believes that sensitivity is the key to good relations regardless of age.

Important training and meetings:

  • Interpersonal Training and Inquiry – Mindfulness Association Poland
  • Mindful Educator Essentials – Mindful Schools
  • Developing the Mind Through the Practice of Insight – retreat with Rob Nairn
  • Mindfulness for Children and Youth – The Mind Institute: Julia E. Wahl, Eryk Ołtarzewski
  • Mindfulness for Children – a workshop with Eline Snel, the author of the “Attention-it works!”
  • Compassion in Psychology and Psychotherapy – The Mind Institute: Julia E. Wahl, Wendy Wood
  • Compassion Practitioner Certificate Course – Mindfulness Association Poland
  • Certified Teacher Training Program MBSR-IMA (Institute of Mindfulness Based Approaches, Bedburg) and Polim Foundation, Warsaw
  • School of Communication Coaches based on Empathy (Ripening Roses)

“I have created the EduMind Foundation because I think that the most important thing in education is the relationship that allows to transfer knowledge between teacher and student. Mindfulness practiced together can make this relationship subjective, authentic and close”.

Świętosława Palmowska-Maciaszek

A lawyer (legal adviser) according to her education and an insurance person by passion. Currently deals with broadly understood claim settlements.
Married for a long time, a mother of a teenage daughter affected by education reform.

“I became interested in mindfulness, because I see in it great opportunities for helping people get to know one another, as well as helping both adults and children find solutions to their problems associated with the rapidly changing environment.”

Dorota Piasecka

Certified mindfulness trainer MBLC (Mindfulness Based Living Course), a member of the Mindfulness Association UK.

A lawyer by education, she spent most of her professional life managing a publishing offer for lawyers and law students.

Mindfulness became an important part of her life to the point that she gave up working in management and started sharing mindfulness with others. She is a mother of a university student and a high school student. She spends her free time in the mountains with her husband, following their passions together.

Accompanying other people in the process of discovering their own practice of mindfulness gives her the most satisfaction. She leads 8-week mindfulness programs, workshops and trainings.

Important trainings and meetings:

  • Retreat „Engaged Mindfulness” 2019
  • Certificated Mindfulness Teacher Training MBLC 2018
  • Retreat „Where mindfulness meets compassion” 2018
  • Certificated Compassion Course 2018
  • Certificated Mindfulness Course 2017
  • Leading Change with Insight, Babson College 2008
  • Postgraduate Study in Management and Marketing SGH 2006

“I personally experienced how the practice of mindfulness changes us and our environment, increases a quality of life and relations. It is my dream to bring mindfulness classes to every Polish school, for teachers, students and parents.”

Marta Znaniecka

She has a PhD in Pedagogy and is a certified MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion) trainer. She completed trainings to develop mindfulness with children and adolescents (Mindfulness in Schools Project and Mindful Schools). She participates in Gestalt School of Psychotherapists (Institute of Integral Therapy Gestalt in Krakow) education.

She offers mindfulness trainings for adults, adolescents and children as a part of Stress Reduction Laboratory in Gdansk.

She is a wife and a mother to three wonderful daughters.

Important trainings and meetings:

  • Six Months Online Practice Intensive, Megan Cowan & Chris McKenna, 2018.
  • Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher in Training, Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, Holland 2018.
  • Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive, Chris Germer &Kristine Neff, Holland 2017.
  • Mindfulness-Based Intervention from Inside, Jon Kabat-Zinn, London 2017.
  • One-year training on cognitive-behavioral therapy – disorders in adults – Warsaw 2016
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher, The Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches w Germany, 2014.
  • Certificate of the School of Business Trainers, TROP Academy, Warsaw 2008.

“Mindfulness in education means including a fundamental aspect of self care and care for others in the process of teaching children. For me, that was a missing element in my education, that I was not lucky enough to experience as a student. I wish for my three daughters to have this opportunity today. In my opinion, an invitation to explore one’s inner world (mind and heart) should be considered as important as exploring the world outside.”

Michał Chmielewski

Head of Fundraising 

A practicing sea-sailor, a non-practicing aviator. An enthusiast of difficult tasks and a grown-up with Asperger Syndrome. A fulfilled entrepreneur maneuvering small affairs in the big world.

  • Simon Sinek – Phoenix, January 2015
  • Gary Vaynerchuk – motivational speech, 2016 Las Vegas
  • An Evening with Eckhart Tolle – 2017, Londyn
  • Intimacy With Awareness: An Evening Exploring Mindfulness with John Kabat-Zinn, 2016, Nowy Jork
  • AIG Academy – Leadership Academy, Center for Leadership, prof. Cezary Wójcik
  • Training courses for insurance industry

„For me, the Foundation is a dream come true, and its effects are not only measurable but also important. This importance translates onto people and their world, and not the company’s growth. well-being. It’s the people who create surrounding us world, and only fulfilled, free and aware people can make it better. At least around themselves. That’s how great communities arise.”