Forest Fein, MA

Curriculum Director, Mindfulness Programs for Youth, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Public Class Instructor, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

Public Classes Taught

  • Mindfulness for Teens
  • Mindfulness for Urban Youth


Forest Fein is the curriculum director and lead instructor of the Osher Center’s Mindfulness Programs for Youth, which include the Mindfulness for Teens and Mindfulness for Urban Youth programs.

Through community partnerships with non-profit organizations like Larkin Street Youth Services and Year Up, Mr. Fein designs and teaches mindfulness-based wellness programs that support at-risk and homeless youth and those who serve them, to experience greater resiliency, health and well-being. These innovative programs and retreats incorporate mindfulness, yoga, social and emotional intelligence, and the science of happiness and well-being to help youth and adults transform their lives. Since 2013, through the generous support of the Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund, his programs have touched the lives of over 3,000 underserved youth.

Mr. Fein is also the founder and director of Wise Up: Greater Wisdom and Well-being for All, a non-profit offering mindfulness-based, science-backed trainings and retreats to groups, organizations, and corporations. All of his work is rooted in teachings and practices that support compassionate awareness of and care for oneself, one another, and our world. He has been practicing mindfulness and meditation since 1999.\






Education and Training

  • Certified Mindfulness Teacher (CMT), Mindful Awareness Research Center, UCLA
  • MA, Counseling Psychology, Sonoma State University
  • BA, Industrial Design, University of Illinois

Personal Statement and Approach

Our minds can be our greatest ally or our worst enemy. Mindfulness helps us transform our minds into our greatest ally and friend.


Elephant Journal: 

The Inner Journey Home: How Mindfulness and Yoga Can Combat Homelessness

 SF Yoga Mag: 

The Inner Journey Home: How Yoga and Mindfulness Are Transforming the Lives of SF’s Homeless Youth

Fast Company: 

These Short Films Show Inspiring Solutions to Homelessness

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