Kristen Connolly is dedicated to introducing the numerous benefits of mindfulness to those who are new to meditation or would like to develop a workable, customized practice that best fits their needs. She is committed to demonstrating spiritual return on investment – the practical applications of being present, responding vs. reacting, and experiencing genuine confidence to achieve short- and long-term goals. Kristen works with people to find the best solution to meet their mindfulness aspirations, while embodying what she teaches with an empathetic, engaging demeanor.
After years of adventure in the music business, Kristen supported Fortune 100 senior and C-level executives for over 20 years. She experienced first-hand the struggles to balance work and personal life, navigate career advancement, and manage multiple competing priorities. After meditating for almost a decade, in 2015, Kristen fully committed to learning how to stay true to herself while managing the chaos of the corporate executive suite. She embarked on a journey that would bring clarity, calm, and mindfulness to her own life.
Kristen has received certifications from and participated in several notable mindfulness programs. She is a member of the 2021 cohort to receive Certification in Trained Mindfulness Facilitation from the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and previously completed the Intensive Practice Program at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) led by Diana Winston and Dr. Marvin Belzer. She has also completed a training with Diana Winston on the Spectrum of Awareness, cosponsored by UCLA MARC and the Instituto Mexicano de Mindfulness. Kristen has earned an L2 Coaching Certification in Shinzen Young’s Unified Mindfulness system, and is currently participating in the inaugural cohort of Compass, Unified Mindfulness’ extended trainer training. She participated in Spirit Rock’s Living Dharma Program with Marc Coleman and JoAnna Hardy, and has sat 40+ nights of silent residential retreat. For just over a year, she was a volunteer facilitator and team coordinator for Mindful Leader’s Meditate Together program focused on supporting the greater community during these extraordinary times.
Kristen finds gratification and inspiration through discovering amazing fresh fruits, veggies, and treats at her local farmers’ markets, and revels in guiltlessly spending an entire afternoon on her couch with a great, or even mediocre, book.