Our Joyful Journey
Our mission is to provide achievable experiences that help people live awake with a full heart and clear mind.
Mindtation was established in 2013 after collegiate educators Dr. Michael Oliver Ph.D. and Dr. Deborah Daiek, Ph.D., observed students whom they were teaching experience high levels of frustration, anxiety, and fear, producing stress which had a direct negative effect on their academic performance. Michael also observed similar emotions with collegiate student-athletes during competition that interfered with their ability to perform at an optimum level.
“It was clear to us that these students and student-athletes were experiencing mental interference that prevented them from achieving a calm, yet heightened state of awareness which would lead them to perform better in classroom or their sport. We both felt driven to offer programs teaching them how to engage a state of mental calmness and focus so they could activate their latent capabilities, driving them to a higher state of achievement.”
Both Michael and Deborah are experienced meditators with over 45 years of meditation experience between them. Also, as learning specialists in the field of education and having worked for years with students, athletes and business people teaching meditation and mindfulness techniques, and seeing the positive outcomes of their training, they felt compelled to reach out and offer their programs on a larger scale.
“We started seeing the results and positive effects that our programs had on those that completed them. We were deeply moved by the change that occurred in people’s lives and how much value it added to their life experience.”
In 2015, Maria Gosur, M.A. joined the team, bringing along with her a set of unique skills that has elevated both the quality and depth of Mindtation. Maria is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Information. As a UX Engineer she is a strong collaborator, visual communicator, coder, web designer and skilled marketer. However, that is Maria’s technical whiz. She is also a deeply spiritual person and meditator that shares in the teams optimistic and creative processes as well as adds to the balance of the team.
Mindtation continues to develop and deliver creative training and learning opportunities that provide the deepest and most powerful learner experiences. Based on evidence-based science, Mindtation uses the latest research to teach methods that will enable the optimization of performance and the integration of joy into a person’s life.
“It is our goal to provide access to the joy that resides in all individuals and spark that desire to improve their life situations with a full heart and clear mind”.
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