About John


John Kneedler is a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator and Authorized MAPs Teacher through the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA, as well as a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Duke University.

John teaches mindfulness practices and meditation throughout Southern California to people of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels. In addition to the MAPs Classes through UCLA, John also leads weekly drop-in meditation sessions in the Valley, Culver City, Downtown Los Angeles, and Redondo Beach areas. He is also a Mindfulness Instructor at Peak Brain Institute, where he provides group and private one-on-one coaching for individuals looking to create or strengthen an existing mindfulness practice. 

John’s experience also include extensive work with children, both privately and in the classroom, having received training from the Mindful Schools Curriculum Training Program. He has shared these practices with K-12 children in public and private schools in Eagle Rock, South LA, the Pacific Palisades, Westwood, Culver City, and Bel Air.

He has also shared these practices through student enrichment programs, including at the Institute for Educational Advancement in Pasadena, the LAPD-created Operation Progress in Watts, and the Culinary Arts Kids Eat program through the Mayor’s Partnership for Los Angeles. John also taught mindfulness to students at the UCLA Lab School and was a Teacher’s Assistant for the UCLA undergraduate summer course, PSY 175: Mindfulness Practice and Theory.

First and foremost, John is a dedicated practitioner who strongly values the continuing development of his own personal practice, including participation in annual silent retreats ranging up to 30-days in length.