Susan Kaiser Greenland, JD

Susan is a best-selling author and an internationally recognized leader in teaching mindfulness and meditation to children, teens, parents, and professionals. She developed the Inner Kids model while volunteering in public schools teaching secular mindfulness. Inner Kids is a hybrid of classical mindfulness and meditation practices adapted for children and one of the first mindfulness programs in education. Susan and her husband, the author Seth Greenland, founded The Inner Kids Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that taught secular mindfulness in schools and community-based programs in the greater Los Angeles area from 2001 through 2009. Research on the Inner Kids elementary school program was published in the Journal of Applied School Psychology.  

Susan played a foundational role in making mindfulness practices developmentally appropriate for young people. She helped pioneer activity-based mindfulness with her first book The Mindful Child. Her second book, Mindful Games, offers simple explanations of complex concepts, methods, and themes while expanding upon her work developing activity-based mindfulness practices. In addition to her work sharing mindfulness with kids, Susan has recorded a series of brief guided meditations for grownups entitled Mindful Parent, Mindful Child. Her new book Everyday Enlightenment is also for adults and will be published in the summer of 2023. Each of Susan’s books has been translated into eleven languages.  

Susan’s work is featured in numerous magazines and newspapers, and she speaks widely at prestigious institutions and meditation centers in the United States and abroad. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Tergar Schools Project, which is under the direction of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, and is a Mind & Life Fellow.

Susan lives in Los Angeles, CA, and Brooklyn, NY, with her husband. They have two grown children.