International Partners

Our work with International partners

Katya Stubing

International Partners Tamara and Katya Stubing

Katya’s academic work at the Institute of Psychiatry, Hospital Das Clinicas, University of Sao Paulo has been developing and evaluating a novel mindfulness intervention for severe Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.  Her blended program weaves elements of Centre Fouder Dr. Tamara Russell’s BMT program.

This is ground-breaking work offering compassionate care and cognitive training for a complex population often considered “treatment resistant”. Katya’s Master’s thesis work was presented at the 2013 Mindfulness in Society conference in Chester, UK.

Katya has developed an 8-week mindfulness training protocol T8SM which draws on the attention training methods of Shamatha blended with her own unique insights and teaching approach.

Katya is a certified Doctor of Acupuncture (World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies, WFCMS).

Katya was a group Affiliate Member of the Programa de Saúde, Espiritualidade e Religiosidade (ProSER) at the Institute of Psychiatry (IPQ), University of São Paulo. This project has been developing a semi-structured questionnaire to explore spirituality in mental health, working with in-patients and staff at the IpQ.  Asking questions where other clinicians sometimes fear to tread with some amazing results.


Dr. Tiago Tatton Ramos is a founding member of the Iniciativa Mindfulness a group that supports a growing mindfulness academic and clinical community in Brazil.

He is the leading trainer for the Neurocognitive Foundations of Mindfulness Training (International Teacher Training) in Brazil and a long-standing collaborator of the Mindfulness Centre of Excellence. Check out his amazing YouTube channel. Tiago has been responsible for the evolution of BMT in Brazil, with live action research conducted but in the academic setting (in association with the Psychiatry Department at the University of Rio Grande do Sol, Porte Alegre, Brazil) as well as running numerous community mindfulness training groups and offering mindfulness talks and experiences for the corporate sector.

The Brazil Team also includes Founders of Casa Do Horto, Mateus Romero and Clarissa Alminhana. Clarissa and Mateus bring dance, ecology, theatre, clowning, and bodywork skills from a variety of disciplines to their courses, retreats and training. They are members of the BMT Brazil Teacher Training Core Team contributing creative content development, teaching, supervision and student learning journey support.

Dr. Vitor Pordeus

Vitor Pordeus
  • Vitor is an actor and trans-cultural psychiatrist.
  • He is the Co-Founder and Research Director of the  People’s University for Art and Science since 2010 and Co-founder and co-actor at the Madness Hotel and Spa, Nise da Silveira Mental Health Institute, Rio de Janeiro Brazil.
  • He is the Founder and coordinator of the Centre for Culture, Science and Health – Public Health Office of Rio de Janeiro City since 2009.
  • Check out his YouTube Channel (a mixture of Portuguese and English and perhaps some French too – from his PhD in Montreal). Listen to his talk “Madness yet there is method in it” at McGill University.

Vitor using documentary film making to showcase this innovative work in psychiatry.  See Clients and Friends


Raquel Franck Barboza Lhullier 

Raquel is a cognitive Behavioral Psychologist for children and families. She is the Mindfulness Centre Lead on Child and Family Systems Mindfulness. Together with Centre Co-Director Tony Langford she co-ordinates the What Colour is your Dragon? initiative to improve emotionally intelligent communication in families.

Raquel is a graduate of the Catholic University of Pelotas (UCPel) in the South of Brazil. In Brazil she runs a private clinical practice and also supports a multidisciplinary clinic consulting with physicians, educators, paediatricians to promote psychological wellness within the whole system. She regularly teaches other professionals and shares her work internationally at conferences and workshops.

Raquel is a Member of Iniciativa Mindfulness.  She is certified by Mindful Schools and trained in the Neurocognitive Foundations of Mindfulness (International Teacher Training) offered by the Mindfulness Center of Excellence and Iniciativa Mindfulness. She is the author and co-author of several books for children, families and educators. Look out for the forthcoming “What Colour is your Dragon?” book – in Portuguese and English.  Keeping it global!