PhD, is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches (IMA), the oldest training institute of its kind on the European Continent. As a teacher, trainer and supervisor in mindfulness-based interventions, she is recognized internationally as one of the pioneers in their implementation in health care, society and personal development.
Dr. Lehrhaupt began teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in 1993 and has been training teachers in MBIs since the IMA’s founding in 2001. She is certified to teach MBSR from the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society (CFM), in Worcester, Mass (USA) and holds a doctorate in Performance Studies from New York University, with a specialization in religious rituals and traditions. She also holds a degree in education and has taught in secondary school and adult education since 1971.
Dr. Lehrhaupt has practiced Zen meditation since 1979 and has received full authorization as a Zen teacher in the White Plum lineage founded by Taizan Maezumi, Roshi. She began studying Tai Chi and Qigong in the late 1970s with some of the first Chinese masters to come to the West, and for over 20 she years directed innovative teacher-training programs in mindful movement.
She is also the creator of the Mindfulness-Based Teacher Project (MBTP), a podcast series, the first of its kind, dedicated to supporting, inspiring and sharing know how with teachers of mindfulness-based approaches, mindful movement and teachers in contemplative traditions. Please see www.mindfulness-based-teacher-project.org.
She is the author of Riding the Waves of Life: Mindfulness and Inner Balance (in German, Kösel, 2012) and Tai Chi as a Path of Wisdom (Shambhala, 2001). She is co-author of the book Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: The MBSR Program for Enhancing Health and Vitality (New World Library, 2017).
Born in New York City, Dr. Lehrhaupt has been living with her family in Germany since 1983. She also spends part of the year in the Dordogne in southwest France and visits the USA regularly.
is the Associate Director of the IMA. She is also a trainer in the IMA’s MBSR teacher training. She completed her own MBSR training at the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches in 2003 and further training with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli and Mark Williams.
She completed an MBCL training with Frits Koster and Erik van den Brink in 2013 and is a trainer in the IMA’s MBCL teacher training.
From 1988 until 2014 she was the director of BellZett, a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing women and girl’s mental and physical health. She has a degree in education and more than 30 years experience in pedagogic contexts including schools, kindergarten, universities and institutions for child welfare. Her work has included teaching on themes such gender, violence prevention, developing self-esteem, conflict management , developing social competence and meditative movement.
She is a practitioner of Vipassana Meditation, Tai Chi and Chi Kung, and has been teaching Tai Chi since 1990 and Chi Kung since 2000.