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Meet and Greet SIY

  • THINKSPACE (SEATTLE) 1700 Westlake Ave N Burke Gilman room Seattle WA 98109 (map)

  • What is the 2 Day Search Inside Yourself Program experience like? Is the program suitable for me?

  • I’m a beginner in meditation. I heard that it goes really in-depth.

  • I already have a well-established mindfulness practice. How will this program benefit me?

  • How has it been helpful for you at work and in life after taking the program?

  • Do you have resources to help me approach management to sponsor employees for this program?

  • Any best advice on how to be well-prepared for the 2 day program?

Have questions about the upcoming 2 Day Program, Search Inside Yourself (SIY)?

We’ve got you covered!

A panel consisting of past participants and current SIY teachers-in-training will share their SIY experiences with you and answer any queries you have about the program.

We have corporate employees, entrepreneurs, meditation teachers - people from diverse backgrounds who will be able to address your questions in context to you.

This meet and greet session is a resource for you to learn more about Search Inside Yourself, the program that was originally born at Google and has had a profound impact on thousands of individuals and organizations worldwide.

Learn how the program can help you unlock your full potential by building emotional intelligence and mindfulness skills based on neuroscience.

During the event, you’ll also learn about:

  • What attending a Search Inside Yourself program is all about

  • Practical mindfulness techniques you can use in your day-to-day

  • How developing your emotional intelligence skills can help you better understand yourself and work with others

  • The benefits of mindfulness and emotional intelligence for work and throughout your life

At the end of the evening, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for the full 2 Day SIY Program with M-Insider special discounts and bonuses.

(…but there are absolutely no obligations to do so!)


5:30PM: Doors open
6:00PM: Panel sharing + Q&A
7:30PM: Event ends


All ticket proceeds from this event will go towards the SIY Seattle Scholarship Fund; which will help more folks attend the training. Thank you for your contribution!



Tay & Val - Host + Moderators

"Everything we do is grounded in the intention to help people lead their BEST lives."

Tay & Val are the strategists and advisors conscious companies and visionary leaders go to -- to answer their "What's Next?" question -- as they navigate their personal transformation, cultivate a conscious workplace, and make their legacy impact.

They co-founded M Meditation - Seattle’s premier modern meditation movement - backed by science, crafted with soul, secularized to be accessible and approachable to modern people. People like you. Tay and Val are SIY teachers-in-training.

Why SIY?
We love the structure of the SIY program. It has depth and it has width. After 20+ combined years of meditation practice, we have deepened our sitting practice, broadened our emotional intelligence toolkit, and most of all, teach from a compassionate place.
Val: “I learned to befriend my inner critic. It helped me be kinder to the one person who needs it the most - myself.”
Tay: “I love the SIY community I am now surrounded by. They walk the talk of mindfulness, kindness, compassion, and are constantly challenging themselves to do and be their best in life and at work.”

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Anthony Back

Anthony Back MD is a physician on the faculty at the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center, and is co-director of the UW Center for Excellence in Palliative Care and a UW professor of Oncology and Medicine and an adjunct professor of Bioethics and Humanities. Dr. Back studies patient-clinician communication and interventions to make clinicians more effective. His goal is to incorporate science and humanism in a practice of healing. Dr Back is the Co-Director at Cambia Center for Excellence in Palliative Care. Dr. Back is also the cofounder of a startup, Vital Talk, that is scaling communication skills for serious illness nationally.
Dr. Back is a certified SIYLI instructor.


Hanna Steplewska (Kubiak)

Hanna is the Chief Momentum Officer for badass female executives. Her Okasa Academy courses blend Stanford business innovation smarts with international aerospace business development chops, a dash of Martha Beck, a pinch of SIY, some sprinkles of adrenaline sports expertise and some female power special sauce. Applied together in regular doses these ingredients produce meaningful trajectory shifts in life, career and relationships. Hanna is an SIY teacher-in-training.

Why SIY?
Looking back, before I started my own practice and meditation work I was stressed out and frankly, not managing my stress levels very well. Certainly after years of my own practice that has shifted. But what SIY changed for me and my life partner was more practical ways to take the practice off the mat and into real life. The micro practices especially make a huge difference, but all of these practices enable me to listen better. They help me expand the space between stimulus and response. I’m more able to ask questions as opposed to reacting to what’s being said. I’m far more curious about why things are happening the way they’re happening. I’m definitely kinder to myself and my team. And I’m more curious and open. It improves communication because I elicit more detail and assume less.


Holly Ann Walker

Holly is a senior HR and Organization Development professional in Seattle, WA. Although a Pacific Northwest native, Holly has worked in and consulted with organizations across several industries in France, Costa Rica, China, and Yemen. In her professional life, she is passionate about solving business problems related to culture, strategy, employee engagement, and team effectiveness. Currently, she is completing her Masters of Science in Organization Development at Pepperdine University with a thesis focus on the mindfulness practices of women leaders and its potential application as a tool for leadership development. Holly is an SIY teacher-in-training.

Why SIY?
Over the 2 day course, I was impressed at how much neuroscience I didn't know about mindfulness despite the fact that I have been practicing for several years, including exploring mindfulness practices for my masters thesis. The program also shared incredibly useful "micropractices", short mindfulness exercises that can be used quickly throughout the day to cultivate attention and awareness. They have not only been helpful for me as I try to carry the benefits of my seated meditation practice into my chaotic work life, but have been incredibly helpful when working with leaders and teams who are curious to try mindfulness, but see it as either too hard or too time consuming. The program really exposes you to a variety of accessible tools and exercises - afterward, you can choose your own mindfulness adventure so to speak!


Can I sign up for the 2 Day SIY Program during the Meet and Greet SIY event?

Yes! You’ll be able to sign up for the program on-the-spot. When you do that, you’ll receive special M-Insider discounts and bonuses, including a copy of the Search Inside Yourself Book.

This is our gift to you for

1) investing in your own mindfulness journey and

2) being a part of the SIY x M Meditation community.


Where can I find out more about the 2 Day SIY Program?

Click here to read and sign up for the 2 Day SIY Program.

Will I get to meet the teachers of the 2 Day SIY Program at this event?

No. This Meet and Greet session is set up by M Meditation, in partnership with the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute to bring the SIY program to Seattle. All of the panelists are current SIY teachers in training.

What time do doors open?

Doors open at 5.30pm. Plan on arriving early to find parking, settle in, and get to know the person sitting next to you.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

We recommend taking public transit - buses, the light rail, ride-shares. Should you decide to drive, street parking is available in the area. Plan ahead for Thursday evening traffic on Lake Union.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Nope. We're earth-friendly and will check you in with your full name and email address.

Is my ticket transferrable?

Tickets are not transferrable.

What is the refund policy?

We do not offer refunds on tickets purchased for the Meet and Greet SIY event. If you’re asking about the refund policy for the 2 Day SIY Program, you can find it here.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?


Search Inside Yourself was born at Google from a dream to change the world.

It began in 2007 when a team of leading experts in mindfulness, neuroscience and emotional intelligence developed an internal course for fellow Googlers. It quickly became an incredibly popular training program within Google.

Interest outside Google was so great that the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI) was established in 2012 as an independent nonprofit organization. Since then, Search Inside Yourself has become a globally recognized program and SIYLI continues to work with Google, as well as other corporate, nonprofit and government organizations around the world.


Thinkspace is a community of passionate entrepreneurs, tech startups, and small businesses with a natural affinity for inspiration and innovation. We provide private offices, shared coworking space, virtual offices, recruiting services, and meeting rooms in a Class A, eco-friendly building in two great locations. Our team provides technology, marketing, and administrative support to keep you focused on your business.