About Us


KINDRED was created to provide an antidote to urban living, in particular to the mental and physical challenges that can arise from moving at New York City's frenetic pace. 

We offer a tailored mixture of Qi Gong and Mindfulness Meditation, bringing stress relief, improved immunity, increased creativity and inner calm to participants.

Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese practice of cultivating energy. It's a gentle yet dynamic form of exercise that combines mindfulness and breathing techniques with physical movement. Qi Gong creates harmony within the body, cleansing and strengthening the life energy (qi) in the meridian system to manage stress, increase vitality and improve the immune system.

Mindfulness Meditation teaches the art of paying attention to inner and outer experiences while applying acceptance and compassion. 

KINDRED offers both community classes and corporate sessions.

 

 
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Jenni Dawes
Founder

Jenni has been teaching a tailored combination of Mindfulness, Qi Gong and Meditation across the world for the past six years. 

Jenni brings a deep understanding of the demands of the modern workforce, with previous careers in a range of high-stress environments from fashion magazines to artificial intelligence start-ups, and working on events from TEDxWomen to New York Fashion Week.

She began her mindfulness training in Sydney, Australia under the tutelage of a Buddhist monk, and furthered her study with retreats in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia and Bali.

Jenni pairs time-honored traditions with the latest scientific studies and perspectives from philosophy, art and travel, providing sessions that are simple, accessible and non-sectarian.

 

 

"When I began practicing with Jenni, I had moved to New York and was full of the anxiety that comes from trying to reconfigure your life on the other side of the world. KINDRED became my oasis, a place to acknowledge and accept what was bubbling underneath my externally brave face. The weekly sessions were invaluable, not only calming me and preparing me for my week, but also teaching me practical tools and coping mechanisms to use in my own time. I’d always struggled with maintaining a mindfulness practice of my own, but the KINDRED combination of Qi Gong and Meditation really resonated with me.

Jenni was great at adapting the day’s class based on the group’s collective mood and desire each Monday. I think everyone would benefit from embracing the KINDRED way!"

- Kim, Global Marketing Director, Smart Design