Marjorie James has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years. She has diverse experience working in educational institutions, children’s mental health, hospitals and the community.
She is founder and Director of MajMinds, a private practice that delivers services and workshops on mindfulness, contemplative education, work-life-balance and stress management to public and private sectors and non-profit organizations.
Marjorie has been a mindfulness practitioner for 20 years, and was instrumental in introducing mindfulness-based curriculum to schools in the TDSB, through the Learning to BREATHE (L2B) program. L2B is an evidenced based program, developed by Dr. Patricia Broderick at Pennsylvania State University. The goals of the program are to strengthen attention and emotion regulation, cultivate gratitude and compassion, expand the repertoire of stress management skills, and help participants integrate mindfulness into daily life.
Marjorie is currently the only approved trainer in Canada. She has extensive experience training teachers and delivering the curriculum to students locally and internationally. Based on her active role in bringing mindfulness to schools, Marjorie was a TDSB Excellence Award Recipient in 2014 Most recently, she was invited by the International Alliance for Invitational Education to deliver workshops on mindfulness to parents and students and to train teachers in the Learning to Breathe curriculum.
Marjorie has a passion for equipping young people with strategies to navigate transitions, daily life stresses, and supporting emotional well-being. She also has a specialized interest in the intersection of mindfulness, racism and culture and the potential it provides for change.
- Master of Social Work (MSW), University of Toronto
- Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), York University
- Bachelor of Arts Honours, Sociology, McGill University
- Certificate, Applied Mindfulness Meditation, University of Toronto
- Multiple schools in the TDSB
- Buffalo, New York – Spectrum Alliance
- University of Toronto
- International Alliance for Invitational Education, Hong Kong
- Trinity Retreat Centre – Connecticut
- Salt Lake City, Utah