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Held since 2014 in Brazil and Spain, the International Mindfulness Congress is a collaboration between Centro Mente Aberta (Brazilian Center for Mindfulness and Health Promotion – Mente Aberta) of UNIFESP (Federal University of São Paulo) and the WebMindfulness Center of the University of Zaragoza (Spain).

In 2022, the 8th Edition of the International Mindfulness Congress will take place in a hybrid way, in person and online, on October 28th and 29th, expecting to gather around 500 people: 150 in person, in São Paulo (SP), and 350 will be connected remotely. The meeting is structured with the objective, among others, of popularizing the concept of Mindfulness, clarifying its potential as a health tool and public policy theme in Brazil.

In this edition, the Congress will work from three equally important pillars: the individual, organizations, and public policies.

The themes approached from the pillars will be worked on during the two days, offering a lot of learning and experience exchange with the participants. In this sense, in line with our strategy of generating qualified content, great names on the world stage off Mindfulness will participate in this debate, such as Chris Ruane, Javier Garcia-Campayo, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and Roberto Aristegui Lagos, will participate in this debate, making it a reference event throughout Latin America and Ibero-America.

On this website you will find details about the complete Congress schedule, speakers' profiles, selection and presentation of scientific abstracts, and how to purchase your ticket to attend in person or online.

Marcelo Demarzo, PhD s
President of VIII International Mindfulness Congress

Javier Garcia-Campayo, PhD s
Vice President of VIII International Mindfulness Congress

Key Notes

Chris Ruane (presential)
Chris Ruane (presential)

Ex member of the British Parliament, in partnership with Professor Lord Richard Layard created the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group (MAPPG), a multi-party group dedicated to developing Mindfulness public policy in health, education, criminal justice and the workplace in the UK. United. It works with Mindfulness advocates in over 40 different countries who want to bring the techniques to their legislatures.

Gustavo Tavares (presential)
Gustavo Tavares (presential)

With more than 20 years of experience in management consulting, his professional trajectory has been marked by helping companies to engage their talents and achieve better results. Since 2016, he has served as General Manager of the Top Employers Institute for the Americas region, and his professional experience has been built up in companies such as Korn Ferry, Hay Group, Nielsen and Philips, in Brazil and abroad. He holds a degree in business administration from PUC/SP and an MBA in executive management from Insper.

Javier Garcia-Campayo (online)
Javier Garcia-Campayo (online)

Psychiatrist, he is a full professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Zaragoza, where he is director of the Masters in Mindfulness. He also works at the Miguel Servet Hospital, which belongs to the Aragonese Health Service. He leads the Research Group “Mental Health in Primary Care”, which is part of the Research Network in Primary Care (REDIAP) of the Spanish Ministry of Health. He has written over 20 books and 25 books chapters and published over 300 research papers.

Jesus Montero-Marin (online)
Jesus Montero-Marin (online)

Senior Researcher at the Carlos III Health Institute (Teaching, Research and Innovation Unit of the Sant Joan de Déu Sanitary Park - Spain) and at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom). He is also a senior researcher for the project ``My Resilience in Adolescence``. He holds a PhD in Psychiatry and a specialization in Clinical Psychology. It is also part of the Innovation Network ``New Technologies in Mental Health`` and the ``Center for Research and Transfer in Mental Health``.

Jon Kabat-Zinn (online)
Jon Kabat-Zinn (online)

One of the world's most recognized personalities in Mindfulness is a Doctor of Molecular Biology by the MIT, Professor Emeritus at the School of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts and founder of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society. Creator of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, author of books on meditation, “Living the total catastrophe them”, among books known for their contribution in the areas of medicine, behavior and health.

Marcelo Demarzo (presential)
Marcelo Demarzo (presential)

Doctor graduated from USP, pioneer in the dissemination of Mindfulness in Brazil, founder of Centro Mente Aberta of UNIFESP, with a Post-Doctorate in Mindfulness and Health from the Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain), Professor, Researcher, and Vice-coordinator of the Collective of Masters and PhD in Health of the Department of Preventive Medicine, Paulista School of Medicine- UNIFESP.

Roberto Aristegui Lagos (presential)
Roberto Aristegui Lagos (presential)

Social scientist and psychologist, with a doctorate in Philosophy, he has been a professor at the School of Psychology at the Adolfo Ibañez University – UAI (Chile) since 2004. Having as áreas of expertise the epistemology of the social sciences and philosophy of language, carrying out publications and research on processes of change in psychoterapy. He currently participates in a working group dedicated to human development, well-being and stress reduction through a Relational Mindfulness program.

Rogério Calia (presential)
Rogério Calia (presential)

Professor of the Administration course at Universidade de São Paulo, at the Ribeirão Preto campus. He teaches environmental sustainability and organizational Mindfulness. He researches Organizational Mindfulness, sustainability and management through dialogue.

Ruth Ormston (presential)
Ruth Ormston (presential)

Co-director of the Mindfulness Initiative, where she works with legislators around the world, helping to consolidate public policies related to Mindfulness. Ruth Ormston is also Chair of the UK Mindfulness in Law Group. Author and speaker on mindfulness in health, the workplace and education, she also contributed to the Mindfulness Initiative’s latest public policy report on Mindfulness, Compassion and the Climate Crisis “Reconnection: Meeting the Climate Crisis Inside Out”.


Bruno Solari (online)
Bruno Solari (online)

Psychologist and Master in Psychology, he is Director of Mindfulness Consulting Chile. He is certified as a Mindfulness Instructor for adults by REBAP International and for children and adolescents by Eline Snel Method.
In addition, he is a speaker at the TEDx “Parents Present” and author of books.

Joey Weber (online)
Joey Weber (online)

Responsible for the development and validation of one of the first psychometric scales in the world, which focuses exclusively on building equanimity - The Equanimity Barriers Scale {EBS}. Author of the book 'Why Mindfulness is not Enough: Unlocking Compassion with Equanimity'.


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All round tables will have simultaneous translation in Portuguese, English and Spanish.


Scientific Commission

Fulfilling its function of divulging the studies developed on Mindfulness, during the Congress there will be moments dedicated to the presentation of scientific abstracts. This content is curated by a team of researchers formed by:

Adriana Valéria Cardoso

Alessandra Paula de Oliveira Nunes Garcia Alvarez

Caroline Krauser

Érica Vanessa da Silva Retrāo

Erika Blamires Santos Porto

Evelin Cristina Cadrieskt Ribeiro Mello

Hercules Zacharias Lima de Morais

Isis Bonfitto Gonçalves

Jade Ramos de Araújo

Letícia Souza Oliveira

Maria Alice Maranhão

Nórthon Roberto Ferreira de Mendonça

Olga Durães Araújo

Orlando Ulisses do Nascimento Junior

Paulo Francisco Reis Barahuna Filho

Renata Luciane Megale Soares

Samantha Rhein

Sara Maria Cunha Bitencourt Santos

Thaís Guedes Georgini

DEADLINE CLOSED - We appreciate everyone's participation and invite you to stay tuned for the disclosure of the results that will be on September 16, 2022.


Previous Edition Photos


Check out the Video of the Congress in 2019