• Dr. Yowon Choi

    Yowon Choi works as a teacher in the field of mindfulness, happiness,and insight meditation. She grew up in South Korea among Buddhist teachings. She studied psychology at the Yonsei University in Seoul and holds her PhD in psychology on happiness and mindfulness from the Radboud University Nijmegen. As a trainer and teacher, Yowon Choi is praised for creating a supportive and deeply engaging learning environment that allows participants to seek, explore, and inquire.

    Psychotherapist and mindfulness

    As a certified psychotherapist in South-Korea, Yowon Choi has worked in various medical and counseling centers to guide individual clients and to lead psycho-educational programs. In 2009 and 2010, she completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) professional training by John Kabat-Zinn and his team at the University of Massachusetts, Center for Mindfulness.


    Since her youth, Yowon Choi has been actively practicing Korean Zen meditation and Vipassana meditation, which is also known as insight meditation. Her main teachers are Ven. Chungwha and Ven. Yongta in the Zen tradition, and Sayadaw U Pandita in the Vipassana tradition. Since 2009 she teaches Vipassana meditation retreats in the Europe.


    Yowon Choi worked as a scientific researcher over 10 years. In the past she has worked at the World Database of Happiness project of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and at the Mind-Brain-Mindfulness project of the Radboud University Nijmegen. The focus of her work has been on happiness, psychological well-being and mindfulness. Her studies suggest that mindfulness promotes mental health and happiness, as she put it herself "when we are mindful, the mind remains untainted and wholesome and therefore a more sustainable happiness arises." Her recent research interests are mindfulness and meditation methodologies for anger or disappointments in life.

  • Dr. Emil Nijhuis

    Emil Nijhuis consults Hello Mindfulness and works on the homepage.

    He studied artificial intelligence and mathematics at the University of Amsterdam. At the moment he is working at the University Hospital Basel as a researcher on the plasticity of brain networks.

    Since 2002, he has been practicing Vipassana meditation participating regularly in retreats in Burma, Nepal, Korea and Europe.

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