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March 1, 2019—March 3, 2019

Michelle Maldonado and Simon Moyes: Search Inside Yourself

A limited number of Hemera Contemplative Fellowships are available in support of this program. For more information, please refer here.

Search Inside Yourself (SIY), a program developed at Google, teaches tools for focus, self-awareness, and resilience so people can create a better world for themselves and others. SIY increases self-awareness, empathy, communication, and resilience—all of which help create positive emotional and mental states for a strong and inspiring leadership presence.
Backed by world experts in neuroscience, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence, Search Inside Yourself has already changed thousands of lives in more than 100 cities around the world.

Coaches now receive 13.5 Continuing Coaching Education credits when attending SIY by simply sending a follow-up email to the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute after the workshop. Find more information here.


Michelle Maldonado is a former corporate attorney turned business leader, with more than two decades of experience across the technology, legal, education, and nonprofit industries.

She brings expertise, compassion, and wisdom cultivated from her professional experience and over 35 years of contemplative practice to her work teaching leaders and their organizations how to thrive with purpose, presence, and high performance.

Michelle has served in leadership roles ranging from legal counsel to head of business development, operations, and strategy as well as metrics and revenue reporting. From her uniquely blended skillset, she has cultivated a deep understanding of the direct nexus between leadership competencies, well-being, and organizational performance.

An active Search Inside Yourself Certified Teacher®, Michelle also is the CEO of consulting firm, Lucenscia, and co-founding Board Member of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Northern Virginia Conscious Business Alliance. Named by the National Association of Professional Women as “2015 Woman of the Year” and Canadian-based HR.com’s Leadership Excellence as a “2016 Top Corporate Leader,” Michelle’s work also has been featured in Chief Learning Officer and Training magazines and the Huffington Post blog community. 

She is a graduate of Barnard College at Columbia University and The George Washington University Law School.

Simon Moyes specializes in offering the wisdom and practices of mindfulness to people living a modern urban life. He leads Young Urban Zen, a program in San Francisco that makes these ancient teachings accessible and relevant to people in their 20s and 30s. He was born in Britain and studied and worked as an architect before focusing on the study of the mind through media on. After 15 years of intensive mindfulness training in India, Europe, and North America—including four years as a Zen monk—Simon also now works with the San Francisco Zen Center, leading groups and retreats and serving as project manager for the long-term vision of the organization.

“I am inspired continuously by the impact of the simple yet profound mindfulness techniques that are offered through Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. The practices enable us to explore what it is to be more fully human, be present in our lives, engage in difficult situations skillfully and work with a sense of meaning and purpose. It’s a joy to see the transformative impact of these teachings, which combine neuroscience, psychological understanding and the ancient mindfulness practices.”

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