Saki Santorelli

About The Teacher

Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA is an educator, meditation teacher, and author. A professor of medicine, he recently retired as director of the internationally acclaimed Stress Reduction Clinic (1996–2017) and as executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (2000–2017).

In 1981, Dr. Santorelli joined Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn as the first intern at the Stress Reduction Clinic, the place of origin of MBSR. His entire career in academic medicine has been oriented around the integration of mindfulness into clinical care and public health fueled by an abiding trust in the innate brilliance and nobility of human beings. In 2001, he founded Oasis Institute, the first comprehensive school in the world to begin teaching healthcare professionals to become MBSR teachers. For 12 years, he chaired annual scientific conferences on mindfulness, and pioneered mindfulness retreats and worksite programs at more than 30 Fortune 100 and 500 companies and non-profit organizations.

In 2014, he established the annual Fall Teaching Institute, bringing face-to-face, online, and blended MBSR programs to individuals and learning communities on six continents. He later launched the Center’s Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Initiative aimed at creating greater access to MBSR for underserved, underrepresented people and communities. Saki teaches and presents internationally and is the author of “Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine,” now translated into nine languages.


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