Brian O. Kimmel is a graduate student in Somatic Counseling at Naropa University. He earned a Bachelor's Degree at Naropa and was a recipient of the Priscilla Inkpen Award for inclusive and compassionate social action in 2012. At Naropa, he has served in many roles including Student Representative to Naropa's Diversity and Inclusivity Taskforce and in United Naropa.
He has studied with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for eighteen years and is an ordained mindfulness minister in the Order of Interbeing. He has also trained with the Prison Mindfulness Institute, Shambhala, and the Spirit Rock Vipassana tradition.
As co-founder of the Las Vegas Mindfulness Community, he has mentored and guided practitioners towards applied mindfulness in daily life. During his time at Deer Park Monastery, a residential practice community in Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village tradition, he helped bring local school-aged children, their teachers, and families to the monastery, as part of a movement toward mindfulness in education. He continues to mentor individuals and specialized groups locally and internationally in applied mindfulness and social service projects.
An accomplished pianist, vocalist, and songwriter, he recently released a new recording titled "Songs of Secrets Told," featuring original piano and vocals he has written and performed based around themes of same-gendered relationships, gender non-conformity, healing domestic violence, and world peace. In 2003, he performed at Seattle Pride Festival and he continues to showcase his work for audiences today.
Brian’s many gifts and interests help him to continue an inspired journey toward his mission of helping deeply caring people achieve freedom and flow.