I would recommend Jaime Howell to anyone wanting to learn mindfulness.”
— Barbara Greene. Counsellor, Coach, Celebrant and developer of Calming the Chaos
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Jaime Howell is a musician, story teller, rite of passage developer and international Meditation/Open Floor teacher. He is a director of community led rites of passage events both here in Aotearoa and in Brazil. 

Jaime is the Director of Opening Minds, an organisation dedicated to nourishing the seeds of wisdom and compassion here in Aotearoa, New Zealand. He is a graduate of a three year school of mindfulness/meditation who went on to spend another three years as the resident practitioner at the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre. Jaime has a Masters in Education.

Jaime major offerings involve developing and offering subsidised residential meditation/open floor retreats for young adults to access the kinds of resources they need for embodied leadership. 

He passionately involved in mens work, carrying a poetic musical torch for helping humans of all ages find their innate abilities to move well in the spirit of the Great Turning.

For the past three years Jaime has created and delivered 4-6 week residential mindfulness retreats for young adults aged 18-30. He developed the Calm Clear Creative Mindfulness Teacher Training, supported by The Doctors Motueka that won the National Care Award 2018.

He is currently working to offer a three year international school of Wisdom and Compassion for young adults. He is one of only a few males (the only one in the NZ training) qualified to offer Open Floor conscious movement practice. 


  • Qualified Open Floor International Teacher

  • First class Hons as Master in Education – Transformative Educational Practices. Exploring Rites of Passage for young adults. Canterbury University New Zealand.

  • Diploma in Teaching Health and Outdoor Education

  • B.A. Honours in Community Studies from Bradford University UK 

  • 10+ years experience as a school teacher in Secondary and Primary settings.

  • Graduate of a three year school of mindfulness/meditation who spent a further three years as resident practitioner at the Wangapeka study and retreat centre

  • Founder and Director of Opening Minds, an organisation that has delivered hundreds of courses in the Nelson/Tasman region.

  • Musician, poet and song writer.

This experience has been nourishing, deepening, playful and serious at the same time. The movement and mindfulness practices complement each other beautifully, and I appreciated having spaces to integrate and contemplate.The location is perfect, and Jamie is a skilled teacher with much compassion, knowledge and laughter to share.

— Participant in 'Moved to learn Mindfulness Retreats' Simone Bensdorp October 2018
Jaime was a wonderful teacher. Very calm, honest and teaching from a place of real passion for mindfulness.
— Cheryl Dean, Nelson New Zealand