Anthony Maes is most happy when facilitating personal transformation, whether for himself or others. His favorite setting is with teens and pre-teens in small groups. He is skilled in creating an environment that is emotionally safe enough to allow the natural brilliance of people to shine forth. He values building diverse and strong long-term relationships to counteract the disconnection and isolation of mainstream US culture-- relationships that then lead to the development of resilient communities that can hold inevitable conflict and transform it into more inclusivity and wholeness.
Anthony graduated from UC Berkeley in 2004 and worked for 5 years at UCSF and Harvard doing Psychology research on the effects of mindfulness meditation. Academia left him feeling separated from the hands-on work he loves, so for the past 7 years he has been thriving in the world of youth mentorship, as Assistant Teacher for weeklong meditation retreats for teens, and as summer camp Counselor for 9-to 12-year-old boys. He was born and raised in the East Bay, and currently co-leads the weekly Teen Sangha at East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland. His passions include social justice, sports, nature, and silly games.