MISSION AND HISTORY
Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies Kids Program® (HMHB) is the youth outreach division of the nonprofit Adventures In Consciousness. It has been our mission since we started in 2014, to provide children and adults with comprehensive wellness tools for harmony of thought, word and action, giving us greater motivation, hopefulness, and adaptability for life.
Our thoughts, words, and actions are how we see the world and how the world sees us. Our thoughts and feelings impact absolutely everything we do, from the inside out. When schools and societies prioritize well-being in education, everyone thrives academically, socially, and emotionally! Wellness education is for everyone, for it is the very foundation of everything we do, and we are here to provide this to our children, teachers, and schools.
We accomplish this growth through a streamlined system of tools and practices, which have been synthesized in over forty years of developmental research plus deep personal practice. Our approach is unique, and draws from awareness training, character education, and kinetic psychology. As more individuals experience the power of transforming their feelings and choices through observation, along with the undeniable mind-body connection, wellness is being given its just place in education. With proven success, we have brought forth proactive and preventative practices where you learn simply, deeply, how to not get taken over by emotions, but rather how to transform them.
We go beyond coping mechanisms, which are typically restricted to only calming, focusing, or 'reframing' the mind. HMHB’s ultimate goal is to work on emotions at their root, making every aspect of life an opportunity for growth and personal insight. HMHB has refined the tools and practices of self-awareness to their simplest forms, so even a kindergarten student can understand and enjoy them!
Join us on a journey into your own inner space where practice + patience + persistence = progress. HMHB Kids Programs are approved for all ages, and we are so grateful to share them!
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MEET THE HMHB TEAM
YOUTH PROGRAM DIRECTOR
COORDINATOR & TEACHER
Teacher Ash created HMHB in 2014 as the youth division of Adventures In Consciousness (AIC) after she herself was a student of AIC and it changed her life forever. She is a certified and practicing counselor, substitute teacher, yoga instructor, mental health guest speaker, wellness blogger, and "Tools For Transformation" teacher (Adventures In Consciousness 5,000 hours intensive training.) She served as the Social & Emotional Specialist at Oak Crest Academy for two years before moving back home to Ohio where she is now working in Sylvania Public Schools. Before HMHB, she had her own wellness business to help others find health after healing from the effects of her childhood cancer. Before that, she was acting, singing, dancing, and directing in commercials, films, and theatre. She's a midwestern gal at heart, and is so grateful to be a part of changing lives of kids and grown ups everywhere!
"Zen Dog" is the partner to Zen Frog, our HMHB mascot. At home, this rescued sweet Norfork Terrier goes by the name of "Yeshe" which means wisdom in Tibetan. He loves doing daily practice, is always in awareness, and loves his work as an inner space peace ambassador when he gets to go to school with Teacher Ash. He loves socks, cheese snacks, and long naps after meditating. You can hear more inner space peace tips from Zen Dog and his partner Zen Frog on their Zen Blog for HMHB members. You can see him in action on the HMHB Instagram account, as well as in his first book c0-authored with Zen Frog called, THE ADVENTURES OF ZEN FROG & ZEN DOG: HAPPINESS DETECTIVES. Zen Dog hopes everyone learns to sniff out what's already deep in their hearts.
Zen Frog is the HMHB mascot, master of inspirational quotes, and the original inner space peace ambassador! He loves showing kids how to sit in their practice position as well as how to practice many HMHB tools. You can hear more inner space peace tips from Zen Frog, and his partner Zen Dog, on their Zen Blog for HMHB members. You can see and hear Zen Frog in action on the HMHB YouTube Channel, or you can experience his books: ZEN FROG'S JOURNEY TO INNER SPACE, ZEN FROG'S JOURNEY TO THE WILD, WILD QUEST, and THE ADVENTURES OF ZEN FROG & ZEN DOG: HAPPINESS DETECTIVES. Zen Frog himself, and all his books were illustrated by his talented friend, Teresa Paczkowski. Zen Frog's message is simple: Inner Space Peace To All.
Teacher Tracey has been working and learning with Adventures In Consciousness for over 15 years. She is a certified "Tools For Transformation" teacher with Adventures In Consciousness. She has a BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She was a teacher in LA Unified schools for 12 years, working with at-risk youth, and is now a substitute teacher for LA unified school district. She has been a youth acting teacher and director for over 25 years. During an artist residency she worked with Will & Company, an educational theatre initiative, to teach children Shakespeare. She's a mom to three amazing children under the age of 7, and has been instrumental in developing HMHB Zen Tots, plus the "Helping Families Help Themselves" program. Teacher Ash says Teacher Tracey is the most patient human she's ever met.
EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT
Roshmi Keya is honored and elated to be working with HMHB, as she herself has gone from student to staff member! For two years she helped Teacher Ash refine the HMHB Kids Program pilot. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Cal Lutheran in History, with an emphasis in Education, has an Adolescent Training Certification from NAMTA, and is pursuing her graduate degree from USC in Educational Counseling. She is the Lead Teacher for Upper Elementary (ages 9-12) at Hill Point Montessori. She continues to help HMHB programs get better all the time. Her name in Sanskrit means "ray of sunshine" and she definitely lives up to her name!
BUSINESS & ACCOUNTING CONSULTANT
Andrea is in her 12th year as an Elementary School Counselor at Sylvan Elementary. She has a Masters in Counselor Education from the University of Toledo. She loves that her job allows her to spend time with kids and watch them grow into amazing young people! Children always have so much to share and give. She really appreciates how HMHB takes the time to zero in on the emotional growth of students and how fun it is to do it! When she's not working at school, she spends quality time with her husband, three children, three dogs, and one cat. You can find this school counselor who loves to read, exercise, and laugh at www.mindfulschoolcounseling.com
Elena has been a graphic designer for over 25 years and has been learning with Adventures In Consciousness for 20 years. Her other interests include cats, cooking, and gardening. She says this about HMHB programs: "it's really wonderful that the remarkable teachings of Adventures In Consciousness have been so ably translated and reworked, into an effective and tremendously enjoyable program for children, teens, and their families. It's a tremendous boon to humanity, and I feel very honored to have been a small part of putting it together." Check out her work at: www.elenatrevinodesign.com
Eduardo feels like we all share in creating a life where we can be happy by helping ourselves both inside and out. Eduardo speaks more than three languages, but believes smiling and saying hello in someone's native language is the best way to connect. He has worked with kids who have a different native language other than English by developing his own English-learning program in Lebanon, KY for ages 4-16. He wishes he had had HMHB when he in school, and is now an HMHB Group Leader! He has his Bachelor's in Accounting, is working in supply-chain logistics, and has worked in wood-working, construction, tutoring, and technology logistics. He loves animals, and Zen Dog loves him!
EDITING & MARKETING CONSULTANT
Caitlynn has a passion for making a difference within the community and the world she lives in. The power of growth mindset and self-awareness have transformed her life. It is her goal to help everyone learn the tools to grow into the best version of themselves. She begun working with HMHB in early 2018. Caitlynn works hand in hand with Youth Director Ash to refine all HMHB content to boost visibility, accessibility, and outreach. She is a marking account executive for the VC Reporter and is currently working on her Bachelor’s in Nonprofit Communications from CSUCI and looks forward to making a difference within the mental health nonprofit sector. She also enjoys the power of music, and trying new things. She says, “HMHB has provided children and adults alike with tools critical for navigating the chaos of the world around us and in us. There is power in exercising the muscle of self-awareness and I feel to lucky to have come across an organization that is establishing true change to help people help themselves."
Lindaluz graduated from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA with a B.S. in Health Psychology. Her previous experience working with children in an afterschool setting and study of the multifactor fundamentals of health, guided her to focus on mental health education targeting children and families. Luz believes that society is a reflection of family systems, and that the way to a better world is to provide families with tools that help an individual relate to themselves and to others. She thinks HMHB hit the nail on the head by creating a comprehensive guide that equips parents, teachers, children, or anyone really, with tools that do just that by encouraging and strengthening self awareness. Luz feels very grateful to have come across HMHB; she has noticed the positive psychological effects the tools have had ever since incorporating them into her daily meditation practice and is very excited to teach these tools to her community. Luz currently works as an ABA therapist for Behavior Frontiers in the Ventura County area and says that her next step is to continue her studies towards becoming a counselor and serve her latino community more directly.
SOCIAL MEDIA CONSULTANT
Anissa joined HMHB before it was officially HMHB! She learned with Teacher Ash during the summer of 2014 at theatre camp. She is a huge supporter of HMHB and its mission. She is currently a student at Pace University NYC learning Arts Entertainment & Media Management, and is becoming a HMHB Group Leader to help her fellow college students help themselves. She loves her little sister, pug dogs, and flaming hot cheetos. She says to all the kids out there, keep doing your practice! #youwontregretit #spreadthegood