Kristina is the Founder & Director of The Kindness Institute, an organisation that helps improve mental health and leadership capabilities through Mindfulness, The Work of Byron Katie and Yoga.
Kristina has spent the past 8 years working with marginalised communities facing stress and trauma in New Zealand and around the world. Kristina and her team deliver stress reduction, emotional intelligence, Mindfulness and Yoga-based programs for individuals, schools, youth who’ve been kicked out of school and women in prison. 100% of youth in their flagship program reported a reduction in stress. Kristina's work with young people has contributed to a decrease in anti-social and often criminal behaviours, and an increase of compassion and empathy.
In less than 2 years, Kristina and her team have worked with over 800 youth, many having gone through The Kindness Institute's term long mental health, mindfulness & resilience program. The demand for TKI's programs has increased 500% within the past year.
She has trained with world leading organisations including Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Center for Mindfulness through the University Of Massachusetts Medical School, The Holistic Life Foundation, supported by Harvard and John Hopkins Medical School, and The Institute of The Work of Byron Katie.
Kristina is also the founder of NPH New Zealand, which supports almost 4,000 orphaned and abandoned children in South America. She lived at the NPH orphanage in the Dominican Republic for two years in management, education and development. Kristina has been nominated for Young New Zealander of The Year 2018 & received a Kiwibank Local Hero Award for her work.
Kristina is an experienced and dynamic public speaker and delivers inspirational talks to support people to explore mindful leadership, stress management, volunteerism and social change. Kristina has also worked with hundreds of adults & spoken to thousands of people about TKI's mahi.
As a Mindfulness educator and coach, Kristina is passionate about sharing practical strategies on how each of us can manage stress. Her point of difference is her ability to make challenging concepts accessible, highly engaging, transformative and fun.
The people she has worked with report having improved relationships, happiness, sleep, stress levels, focus and motivation to grow, despite their challenges. Based in Central Auckland, Kristina works with clients globally via Skype and in New Zealand.