With over 20 years of experience in community organizing, training, social services and leadership development, Jonathan values Buddhist mindfulness meditation and yoga as liberation practices to transform and heal the trauma of oppression – “where the chains around our minds and hearts can be broken through and dissolved; and awareness and wisdom become the vehicle for freedom and transforming our lives (DaRa Williams).”
For a decade, Jonathan has facilitated trauma-informed healing practices to support BIPOC leaders and communities in education, mental health, juvenile detention centers and social services as Senior Trainer, faculty and coach for the Niroga Institute.
He integrates embodied mindfulness with restorative justice circles for healing and race equity as a co-founder and facilitator for AllThriveEd.org.
At Rockwood Leadership Institute, he directly supports social justice leaders across the country through week long leadership development trainings and year long fellowships.
Jonathan completed Communities Rizing and Spirit Rock’s Mindfulness, Yoga and Meditation Training programs; and teaches at the East Bay Meditation Center and Spirit Rock.
Jonathan holds a BA in Psychology and Ethnic Studies from the University of California in Berkeley, and a Master’s degree from Naropa University with a focus on Spiritual Activism: Contemplative Practices, Kingian and Gandhian Nonviolence, Art-as-Meditation, Ritual and Social Transformation.
Jonathan loves dancing, DJ-ing, martial arts, prayer, honoring his Filipino ancestral roots, traveling, rooting for the Golden State Warriors, playing with his mom, and being in the water.