Vinny Ferraro

 

Vinny Ferraro has been a practitioner of insight meditation (vipassanā) since the early 1990s. He is a co-Founder of the Dharma Punx and he’s been teaching a weekly sitting group in San Francisco for 14 years. He is also a nationally recognized leader in designing and implementing interventions for at-risk adolescents and is currently Senior Trainer for Mindful Schools.

In 1987, he began leading youth groups in drug rehabilitation centers, juvenile halls, and half-way houses. In 2001, he began teaching for Challenge Day, a nationally recognized social & emotional learning program, eventually becoming their Director of Training and leading workshops for over 110,000 youth on four continents.

Vinny is also a board member and former Training Director of the Mind Body Awareness Project and is the principal author of MBA’s mindfulness-based curriculum for incarcerated youth. Vinny has received national media coverage for his work with adults and youth; he is the subject of the MTV series “If You Really Knew Me…

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