Augusta Hopkins is an experienced, colorful, creative instructor who is passionate about mindfulness practice. She began her practice of movement and mindfulness when she was a young girl and has been formally studying since she was five! In addition to training in the United States, she has practiced mindfulness and movement in France, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.
Augusta began facilitating meditation groups in the San Francisco Bay Area In 2006, after returning from a soul searching odyssey that brought her from Thailand’s Wat Suan Mokkh to Plum Village, France where she studied under Thich Nhat Hanh.
Her MBSR training was with leading instructor and author Dr. Bob Stahl. She was mentored by and co-taught with Renee Burgard LCSW, senior MBSR instructor for Apple, Google and Stanford.
Augusta received lay ordination from Thich Nhat Hanh, her primary teacher, and is a lay monastic member of the Order of Interbeing
Augusta’s foundational awareness practices were modern dance and quiet reflection in Quaker Meetings in Philadelphia. She is a third degree black belt and has been a martial arts instructor since 1989.
In addition to teaching MBSR at various locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Augusta has brought mindfulness workshops to professionals at the Environmental Protection Agency, SoCap, an annual conference for Social Capitalism and The Hub, a co-working space for Social Entrepreneurs.
Her work is informed by a BA from Haverford College and an MBA from Presidio Graduate School in Sustainable Business Management.