Erin Sharaf is a recovering academic who believes that narrow boxes are for shoes and not for people. She spent many years as a primary care provider and university professor, has a master’s degree in Integrative Medicine and is passionate about helping others find true wellness. She leads mindfulness groups, virtually and in person, joyfully coaches those interested in shedding limiting beliefs, and believes that inner transformation is the key to global transformation. You can often find her dancing tango, figure skating, on her yoga mat or wandering the world.
I have been practicing mindfulness since 2000 and teaching mindfulness based interventions, including the 8-week program Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), for many years and love nothing more than to help people tap into their own deep wisdom and wholeness.
I also have training in Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT), Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) and bringing mindfulness into education.
I teach in medical centers, schools, university and corporate settings as well as to community groups and find that everyone who is open to the practice of mindfulness can benefit from quieting the mind and dropping into stillness.
I took the leap out of corporate America and founded Mindfulness + Magic in 2014 to dedicate myself full time to sharing this practice that I believe will help create the transformation that is called for.
The Conventional Stuff
Biology/Pre-med degree with honors from Rhode Island College
Graduate courses in education at RIC leading to Teaching certificate in Secondary General Science and Biological Sciences-State of RI
Graduated from Yale University School of Medicine Physician Associate Program-practiced as a primary care provider for 10 years; licensed PA in state of RI and still do some work with service members for the Department of Defense
Master’s degree in Integrative Medicine from Lesley University
Assistant clinical professor in Health Sciences at a Boston University.
Doctoral level courses in education and leadership, Northeastern University
Certified Martha Beck Life Coach
Featured in Huffington Post, Elephant Journal, NPR, Edutopia and Mindful Magazine.
Curious about what causes stress and suffering and how to relieve it, I have studied with some brilliant teachers including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Martha Beck, Thich Nhat Hanh, Herbert Benson and the team at the Mind-Body Medicine Institute at Mass General. I have done many silent retreats to deepen my practice and have received transmission of the 5 Mindfulness Trainings from Thich Nhat Hanh.
I created and taught a graduate level course at Northeastern University on Mindfulness that was rated in the top 5% of all classes.
I teach for eMindful and am a resident expert in mindfulness for Noodle, an online education portal.
The fun stuff: Intrepid traveler and fearless explorer, most recent adventures: Madagascar and Mauritius (which included a little back-up dancing for the great African singer Angelique Kidjo, with Archbishop Desmond Tutu rocking out in the front row…don’t ask, these things just happen!). Other favorites include: trekking in Patagonia, tracking snow leopards in the Himalayas (we spotted one…heart-stoppingly beautiful!), standing atop Mt. Kilimanjaro, getting off-the-beaten path in Mongolia (is this redundant?) and finding a peak that straddles China, Russia and Mongolia and dancing tango until the sun came up in Buenos Aires. I have sailed around the world, spent a day with Mother Teresa and visited the Dalai Lama’s summer house in India. I love all creatures great and small, occasionally suffer from an uncontrollable urge to dance, former professional figure skater and still can’t pass a sheet of ice without my pulse quickening. I’ve skated in front of a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden and danced tango in a McDonald’s commercial. But these days, nothing excites me more than helping YOU find your version of personal liberation!
My Interview with Adriene Hill of Marketplace on NPR: Social & Emotional Learning Emerges at SXSW
Featured in Mindful magazine: Body & Mind: Blade lover
- Stuck in Indecision? Try Feeling Instead of Thinking Your way to Clarity
- True Independence Is an Inside Job
- A Higher Vision for the Holidays
Edutopia (Shared over 26 thousand times): Teach Mindfulness, Invite Happiness
Elephant Journal: Dedicated to Mindful Living:
- Why Doing Circus Tricks in a Restaurant is Good for Us (safety vs. freedom)
- Lessons from SXSW: Get out of Your Own Way and Shine
- You Are are Wealthy Beyond Measure
Noodle education: Mindfulness in the Classroom: A Conscious Route to Success
Guest Blog for Boost Collaborative’s Breakfast Club: My “Why”
My Slideshare on Mindfulness in education: Mindfulness: Transform Self, Transform Students
Graduation speech at Northeastern PA Program, August 2014: Commencement Speech NU PA 2014
White Coat Ceremony Keynote Speech, Northeastern PA Program, August 2014: WHITE COAT
Organizations I’ve worked with include:
- Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
- National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Nashville, TN
- Global Exchange Gathering
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
- All That Matters, Wakefield, RI
- Newton Wellesley Family Practice, Newton, MA
- Downtown Project, Las Vegas, NV
- Providence Public Library, Providence, RI
- Northeastern University, Boston, MA
- Discover You, Health and Wellness Expo
- Outer Banks Yoga and Pilates Studio, Kitty Hawk, NC
- Willett Free Library
- Edutopia, George Lucas Foundation
- SXSW, Austin TX
- BOOST, Palm Springs, CA
- Lifespan Hospitals, Providence, RI
- Johnson & Wales University
- Women Investing In a Sustainable Economy, Boston, MA
- Advancing Women’s Excellence, Warwick, RI
- After-school Educators Conference, Laramie, WY
- AIPSO, Johnston, RI