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grounded mind, sustainable world


Gustavo Schmidt

Gustavo Torelly

Founder, Managing Director and Filmmaker

Gustavo researches, plans, produces, and designs courses online. He also directs and produces interviews and short films.

He graduated in Social Communication and studied mindfulness for 1 year with the Mindfulness Association UK. Until 2007 he worked as filmmaker and music composer for TV productions in Brazil.

He is now committed to inspiring people, combining well-being, education and visual narrative.

Jörg Wagner

Jörg Wagner

Co-producer and Filmmaker

Jörg researches, plans and helps design the structure for online courses. Also, he produces interviews and short films as resource material for the Awake Academy students. In addition, Jörg is a mindfulness practitioner, he is currently studying counseling skills and he is a film lecturer at Morley College and formerly at the University of Westminster.

He is also an award-winning filmmaker. He recently co-produced the feature documentary “Akong a Remarkable Life”, which tells the story of Akong Tulku Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist master, who along with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, became one of the leading pioneers of Tibetan Buddhism in the West.

Schay Stramosk

Schay Penso


Yoga Lover | Mindfulness and Compassion teacher | Massage Therapist | Entrepreneur

Schay helps research, plan, produce and design Awake Academy’s online courses.

She graduated in Social Communication and studied mindfulness for 1 year with the Mindfulness Association UK.

Dr. James R. Doty

Dr James R. Doty

Program Advisor

James R. Doty, M.D. is a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University School of Medicine. He works with a variety of scientists from a number of disciplines examining the neural bases for compassion and altruism.

He is an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, having given support to a number of charitable organizations supporting peace initiatives and providing healthcare throughout the world. Additionally, he has supported research, provided scholarships and endowed chairs at multiple universities.

Dr. Doty has been a consultant to medical device companies and an operating partner and advisor to venture capital firms. He serves on the Board of a number of non-profits and is vice-chair of the Charter for Compassion International and is the former chair of the Dalai Lama Foundation.

He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart and senior editor of the recently released Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science. His work has been highlighted in major media throughout the world including the Finanicial Times, Washington Post, New York Times and Time magazine.

Our Partners

CCARE Stanford University
Compassionate Mind Foundation