Founded July 27, 2012 by Johnathan Woodside. Mindfulness Outreach Initiative is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization working to promote skillful living and make meditation instruction accessible to all. MOI leadership consists of individuals who share in the commitment to equip individuals with the skills needed to bring about positive changes through the cultivation of kindness, compassion, and wisdom.
Johnathan Woodside is an Insight Meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness and self-inquiry into the mainstream of wellness programs and daily life. He is the Guiding Teacher of Mindfulness Outreach Initiative and a consultant at various locations in Omaha Nebraska where he encourages greater self-awareness through stillness and dynamic meditation practices. He leads classes and retreats on mindfulness meditation for the promotion of greater health and wellness in the Omaha community.
Anne’s mindfulness practice began when she started practicing yoga over twenty years ago. In 2010 her interest in meditation became more concentrated. Then in 2012 with the birth of MOI, she began her Insight instruction that has since continued to deepen her practice. Her educational background as a public school teacher and administrator has furthered her interest in developing compassionate communities. Anne completed the year-long Mindful Teacher Certification Program with Mindful Schools in 2019 and is currently working on projects to support and bring mindfulness practices into schools across our community. Her interests in self inquiry, nature and social justice have a role in shaping her thoughts on mindfulness and her teaching is guided by encouraging awareness and compassion through everyday mindfulness and a consistent meditation practice.
Mike Kult is an experienced and dedicated meditation practitioner in the Theravada tradition. He wishes to create community based on mutual respect, compassion, service, and fun. Mike is currently completing coursework to become a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, with the hope of applying his meditation practice professionally to help others. He aims to assist others in finding techniques that will enhance their acceptance of the world and create the conditions that lead to happiness in their lives.
Mark Wiesman is a mindfulness teacher with 35 years of experience and practice in Insight Meditation and Tai Chi Chuan. His education as a veterinarian and his interest in science is also evident in his practice and teaching. He wishes to serve by giving the tools he has used in his life to others so they may be happier, more content, and more present in their lives.
Dan Boster began his Insight Meditation practice in 2012 while working on a Ph.D. in English at the University of Nebraska. His dissertation project focused on how writing teachers can cultivate their own mindfulness practice and bring this awareness into their pedagogy and interactions with students. This work continues in Dan’s leading M.O.I’s Teaching and Writing group, a mindfulness-centered support group for local writers and writing teachers. Dan works as instructional coach and English teacher at Ralston High School and teaches education and writing courses at Omaha area universities. In developing his practice, Dan has turned most often to the thinking of Thich Nhat Hahn, Pema Chodron, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Joan Halifax, and, of course, his local mindfulness community.