Present Source has merged with Mindful Life, Mindful Work, Inc (MLMW).
Meet the Present Source team! We are a group of professionals who love to help people gain tools for present moment awareness that are pragmatic to use in the workplace. Our varied experiences in the business environment help make learning mindfulness safe, practical, and fun.
Julie Fraser, Director, and Founder
As a change leader, Julie envisions a world where all people can flourish,
where work is a purposeful and joyful part of life. She discovered this for herself when her mindfulness practice delivered unexpected benefits in productivity and passion at work. After training as a 200-hour certified yoga teacher and meditation teacher with Kind Yoga School and taking MBSR at Mindful Boston, Julie decided to found Present Source to bring the foundational skill into others’ workplaces.
In her 30+ year career as an industry analyst and marketer for software in production industries, she has seen an inability to process intense stress rob people of wellbeing and their companies of their best work. Julie has a BA Magna Cum Laude from Lawrence University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She is a Craftsman Teacher through Mindful Boston. She is also a Certified Conscious Business Change Agent.
Carissa Fish, Facilitator
Carissa is an enthusiastic educator and student of mindfulness. She has many years’ experience leading instructional sessions and a passion for sharing mindfulness tools in the workplace. Initially, Carissa was the champion for bringing Present Source in as part of her successful efforts to establish regular weekly mindfulness practice sessions at her former employer.
Carissa is now working with Present Source and is a recent graduate of a Masters in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University. She delights in bringing research and evidence-based practices into her workplace sessions. Carissa’s analytical, technical and project management skills as well as her background in teaching are helping Present Source gain structure and traction to serve more organizations. She also has a B.S. in Biopsychology from Messiah College.
Jen Zehler, Facilitator
Jen is a Qualified Teacher in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and has training in the Mindful Life Program for Early Childhood, Mindful Schools, and completed the Inward Bound Mindfulness Education teacher training program. She also has training in restorative and trauma-informed practices. She holds a BA in Education and History from Jersey City University and an MA in Mindfulness Studies from Lesley University.
In her role at TIANS (a non-profit institute), she is dedicated to working in partnership with teachers, families, and communities to facilitate the implementation of mindfulness and restorative practice programs within school, home, and community settings. These programs foster connection and community and cultivate a way of being that supports healthy relationships with ourselves, others, and the world, in order to thrive and flourish amid the stressors of the 21st century. In her free time, she enjoys reading, bike riding, traveling, cooking, and the arts.
Jim Schaffer, Facilitator
Jim is a mindfulness trainer and consultant who has had a decades-long career in the corporate world, primarily in advertising and market research. He has been conducting workshops and speaking on mindfulness in business since 1990.
Jim helps organizations and leaders develop the ability to see things clearly, focus on getting results, and maintain high morale & deep resilience, regardless of what is going on around them. He has been a featured speaker at the Boston Whole Health Expo and the Babson College International Symposium on Business and Spirituality. Jim lives with his wife in the Boston area.
Leah Lipschitz, Facilitator
Leah is a passionate educator and mindfulness practitioner who currently serves as a high school Wellness teacher in Boston Public Schools. Growing up as a competitive basketball player, Leah was first exposed to insight meditation and began cultivating an appreciation for the power of our mental habits as a way to focus and perform on the court.
She has continued to deepen her practice through MBSR training under Sunada Takagi, Cambridge IMS, Mindful Schools training and a transformative silent retreat at The Insight Meditation Society. With her students, while emphasizing mindful teaching methods, Leah uses health and wellness as a true change agent and vehicle for growth for her students.
Lindsey Hunt, Facilitator
Lindsey’s passion for adventure led her all over the world, including to the biggest adventure of all: a silent 10-day meditation retreat. The experience changed her life.
Hailing from a background in luxury travel as a cycling tour guide, travel coordinator, and marketing associate, Lindsey has worked with clients around the globe. Lindsey’s background infuses a sense of playfulness into her style as a mindfulness facilitator.
Lindsey is thrilled to be be back in Boston sharing her passion for mindfulness as a form of social activism and personal empowerment. An avid student of insight meditation and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Lindsey has studied mindfulness under the guidance of S.N. Goenka, Sunada Takagi of Mindful Purpose, the Cambridge Insight Meditation Society and Palouse Mindfulness. Lindsey is the organizer of a Somerville-based MBSR study group and is cycling across New England this summer to raise money and awareness for mindfulness NGOs serving underprivileged populations.
Education: Lindsey graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Psychology.
Marjatta Moimas, Facilitator
Marjatta’s passion is to make mindfulness accessible for everyone as well as increasing well-being and mindfulness tools for professionals who work with underserved populations. She is dedicated to nurturing an “awareness culture” in her local community in Holden, MA through her mindfulness classes.
Marjatta is a Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, has a BS in her home country of Finland, and an MA in Mindfulness Studies from Lesley University. Influenced by the work of Dr. David Treleaven, Marjatta is trained in making meditation safe and inclusive for trauma survivors as well as in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). She has been guided by a teacher whose methods incorporate Somatic Experiencing (SE).
Marjatta’s main teachers in mindful living are her rescue dog, Ines, her spouse and fellow human beings she encounters in her daily life.
We have an amazing network of incredible coaches, teachers, mentors, and others you may want to consider working within other ways – or who may collaborate with me to deliver what you need. See the current affiliate list here.
“There is no time like the Present… and no Source like the one inside of you. You just need the space in which to see your own capabilities.”