Francesca Marguerite Maximé is a Haitian-Dominican Italian-American certified mindfulness meditation teacher, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, life coach, wellbeing guide, and poet/author based in Brooklyn, New York. She hosts the #ReRooted podcast on the Be Here Now Network, and the now-retired #WiseGirl video podcast, available on iTunes and YouTube and other podcasting outlets. She is a mindfulness student of Insight Meditation Society co-founder Jack Kornfield, PhD and IMCW founder Tara Brach, PhD. Francesca has sat in silent retreat cumulatively for several months. Through her Maximé Clarity, Creating Space for Wellbeing and Mindful Brooklyn offerings, she offers services to help heal trauma, process grief, calm anxiety, and more. Maximé teaches meditation and mindfulness in New York City and online, primarily through a secular lens informed by ancient wisdom teachings. Maximé integrates mindfulness and relational practices, Buddhist psychology and attachment theory, modern neuroscience and psychoeducation, positive neuroplasticity, Nonviolent Communication, Focusing, narrative expression and somatic “bottom-up” approaches in her private and group teachings and trainings with clients and students. Francesca’s focus is applied mindfulness, shared connection, and sustainable wellbeing. In addition to looking inward to heal trauma, Francesca also applies a broader communal lens outward to try and help prevent it: her work in communities and groups additionally emphasizes issues pertaining to gender and racial equity and equality. Francesca is also an award-winning poet/author and TV news personality, having won the 2019 Allen Ginsberg Prize in Poetry, and appeared on-air as a news anchor and correspondent for local, national, network and international television stations including PBS NewsHour, Bloomberg, NY1, WPIX, NBC and FOX. Maximé interviewed countless celebrities and politicians alike while reporting ‘live on scene’ from some of the most groundbreaking and transformative stories of our time. She also got a chance to pilot an F-16 with the Air Force Thunderbirds and pull 9 G’s, as well as fly with the Blue Angels. Experiences! As the host of the #ReRooted and previously, the #WiseGirl video podcasts, Maximé interview renowned neuroscientists, trauma specialists, activists, psychotherapists, and Buddhist and mindfulness meditation teachers including Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Peter Levine, Dr. Rick Hanson, Dr. Dan Siegel, Dr. Mark Epstein, Dr. Vincent Felitti, Dr. Stephen Porges, Dr. Richard Schwartz, Bruce Ecker, author Mark Matousek, law Professor Rhonda Magee, Grammy-winning bassist Christian McBride, Dharma Teacher Ruth King, sociologist Dr. Michael Kimmel, meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg, Lama Surya Das and Lama Rod Owens as well as activists, particularly around the issues of systemic racism and oppression, gender identity, sexual orientation, trauma, mindfulness, and sustainable wellbeing. Francesca graduated from Harvard University with a degree in English Literature and has published two books, Rooted: A Verse Memoir and ReRouted: Verse for the Human Animal. Francesca also loves the beach, her two kitties, playing tennis, and baking yummy things.
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