Rebecca Brenner is a mindfulness meditation teacher, speaker and practitioner. Her studies have led her through an BFA and MA in movement and expression, trainings in somatic therapy, certifications in yoga through the Himalayan Institute and the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, short stints at yoga ashrams and weekly sits with her mindfulness teacher Lama Richard Glade. She is trained in the Mindful School‘s curriculum.
She is the author of The Kid’s User Guide to a Human Life – a best selling indie mindfulness series and online community for kids (and inner kids).
A mother of two girls, she is passionate about sharing how to live a healthy human life with just about anyone who will listen.
Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brooke Kemmerer is a freelance illustrator and artist living in Jackson, Wyoming. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006 and an MA in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica in 2010. A lover of eastern philosophy Brooke has spent her years traveling through Asia and studying Tibetan Buddhism and Thangka painting. She is a mother to her two-year-old daughter Stella and newborn son Locke. Brooke enjoys balancing her fairly new role as mother with her passion for painting and love of the outdoors. www.brookekemmerer.com
About The Kid’s User Guide
Hello and welcome to The Kid’s User Guide to a Human Life! I am so glad you are here. This series and online community have been many years in the making.
In the spring of 2007, my husband Allan and I had just gotten married, moved across the country and started new jobs all within a month! These changes were very positive, but we were still overwhelmed with the amount of change in such a short period of time. So at the end of our first month in our new home, we decided to get away and unwind on a weekend camping trip.
During a long hike on our trip, Allan started to share how he was feeling dizzy some days. He feared he was having some neurological troubles. We agreed to get it checked out by a doctor when we got home. But after further talk, it seemed to both of us that the dizziness was a symptom of anxiety and stress.
This led us to start talking about how much information we didn’t learn as kids that could have prepared us for this human life – like how to have a clear, connected attention to the moment, or what stress is and how it effects your body, or how to work with emotions, or how to communicate and listen effectively or how to really care for your body through nutrition, exercise, hydration, and sleep. I mean we had gym class where we threw balls at one another, but that was essentially it!
We started talking about how great a series of informative books would be for kids (and inner kids) on how to live this human life with health, joy and awareness. We imagined them illustrated with artful, inspiring images and an online component where like-minded kids, parents, teachers and counselors could come together and share what they knew about living a healthy human life. And so The Kid’s User Guide to a Human Life series was born!
I look forward to sharing with you what I have learned over the last twenty years. My studies have led me through an undergraduate degree in movement and expression, trainings in somatic therapy, certifications in yoga, studies in mindfulness meditation, and a Ph.D. in nutrition. I’m still learning each and every day how to be well, how to let go of the little things, how to stay connected to the mystery of each moment and how to work mindfully with my own emotions and relationships. It really is quite the adventure!
And most importantly, I look forward to getting to know YOU and learning how you find peace, joy and wellness. I’m grateful and honored that you’ve decided to join me on this adventure of living a mindful and present human life! – Rebecca