Jon Aaron first came across meditation in the 1970s, and then became more involved with the Insight Meditation community in the late 1990s, studying mindfulness meditation and Buddhism, which have since become central to his life. Along the way, Jon was asked to become a Practice Leader and started formally training to teach.
Jon trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, which has granted him full certification as an MBSR teacher. He has taught over 65 cycles of the seminal curriculum, as well as numerous courses for alumni of the program. He is a co-founding member of New York Mindfulness Meditation Collaborative.
Jon is also a teacher at the New York Insight Meditation Center, as well as the guiding teacher of the Makom Meditation Havurah program at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan. In addition to his work in these communities, Jon is Senior Trainer and Consultant with The Potential Project, a leading global organization specialized in bringing mindfulness to the workplace. Following an interest in working with people struggling with trauma, Jon studied with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, which as qualified him as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner®, having completed the 3 year professional training.
In addition to his long-standing commitment to his Dharma community, Jon enjoys teaching and sharing the practice with people in a multitude of settings. Over the years, Jon has given workshops and classes for organizations as diverse as ABC in the Broadcast Operations Division, the Cable Entertainment Group at NBC Universal, the New York Open Center, Physicians Reciprocal Insurance Cooperation, the NYU Medical School, the Department of Psychology at Einstein College of Medicine, the Beth Israel Medical Center, the 92nd St Y, the teacher training program of Yoga Sutra where he was part of the faculty, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where he led a group for seven years.
Jon’s primary dharma teacher has been Matthew Flickstein with whom he studied Buddhist meditation in the Theravada and non-dual traditions. He has also completed the Integrated Study and Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, as well as the Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care program with the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care.
Before turning to teaching full-time Jon was an agent and producer in the Performing Arts for over 30 years.
Accreditation and Certifications
Teacher Certification in MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center
Certified MBSR 8-Week Fundamentals Teacher Trainer by the Center for Mindfulness
Teacher Certification in Mindfulness for Health by Breathworks in the United Kingdom
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner®, by Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute
Senior Trainer, The Potential Project