MBWARE Training is a group of professionals with extensive experience in Mindfulness-Based Mental Resilience Training (MBMR) in military and high-stress service contexts.
Lennart Krogoll, MI
Founder, Training Design and Delivery
Lennart’s experience as instructor of mindfulness based exercises extends over more than 30 years. He received his mindfulness meditation instructor authorization from Shambhala International in 1985, and his teacher training in 1986/87. Having been an active instructor and teacher since, Lennart led countless leadership training and mindfulness workshops in Europe, USA, Canada and South America.
In 1987, he also became a Sergeant and active drill instructor, having completed the relevant training, for an international, unarmed security service organization (the 'Kasung'), which on occasion collaborates with police and state departments. For 12 years, from 1999 to 2011 Lennart was the Sergeant Major for the Kasung. In that position, he extensively trained team members, officers and drill instructors in drill, mindfulness based practices, and scenario exercises. During that period, he also received training in specific Chi Gong techniques, as well as in leading and teaching these, and he began incorporating them in training workshops.
He received his Certificate in Peace Operations from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, and studied Peacekeeping and International Conflict Resolution with the Peace Operations Training Institute in 2010.
In 2011 Lennart received the training as instructor for US Marine Corps in Mindfitness Training from the Mindfitness Institute, which included working with somatic movement healing practices, and teaching about the neuroscience of trauma, resilience, mindfulness and stress management.
From early 2012 to late 2015 Lennart was the Director of an international program and group retreat center situated in rural Nova Scotia. Here he collaboratively developed and hosted mindfulness training programs for education professionals, health professionals and artists, and led exercise sessions for a variety of organizations and groups.
Currently Lennart is a faculty member of the Atlantic Contemplative Centre, a consortium of mindfulness instructors, who research, teach and apply mindfulness based approaches in a broad range of professional environments. The organization includes members from all Halifax Universities and many health organizations. In the past few years Lennart taught public workshops on anxiety, stress management and resilience at Dalhousie University and Kings College, and presented at Romeo Dallaire’s Child Soldier Initiative, Mt St Vincent and Mt Allison University.
Lennart sits on the advisory board of the 'Society of Atlantic Heroes', an organization that is developing housing, health and reintegration services for veterans of all emergency response and military organizations of the Atlantic Canadian provinces.
Born in Germany, Lennart immigrated to Nova Scotia in 1991, where he is living with his Canadian wife Deborah. Throughout his life he continues to enjoy nature, music, playing music, and caring for a healthy, compassionate, responsible and strong society.
Training Design and Delivery
Mark Allen is an expert in the field of mindfulness-based practices. He has taught mindfulness to organizational leaders, police officers, corrections officers, emergency medical technicians, physicians, nurses, mindfulness instructors, and others since 1979.
Working with the University of Chicago and the University of Las Vegas, Mark developed and delivered a five-part intensive mindfulness training program for a recent research study that was funded by a grant from the Templeton Foundation. Mark also worked recently with the City of Louisville Kentucky, its mayor, and thirty other civic leaders to explore and develop ways to uplift the level of compassionate engagement across the city. This work culminated in a week-long mindfulness summit for the city, which included a half-day program for the mayor, the chief of police, the director of corrections, and thirty other city leaders and a two-day intensive program for a group of sixty first-responders. Simultaneously Mark has been working on developing and delivering an innovative mindfulness-based training program for physicians, nurses, and others that improves communication around end-of-life care and critical care.
Mark is also an internationally recognized expert in the design and development of high-performing learning organizations. Over the last 25 years he has helped several dozen Fortune 500 companies, public sector organizations, and universities design and develop award-winning, performance-focused corporate universities, leadership academies and corporate-college partnerships. He has led projects for the CDC, FDNY, CARE, the Dept. of Defense, NASA, Sutter Health (including 26 hospitals), FDIC, IBM, ExxonMobil, Shell, Xerox, HSBC, Mars, Symantec, DuPont, Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft, Kuwait Petroleum, Saudi Telecom, Saudi Electric, the University of Alaska, MTN (Africa and Asia), several Chinese companies, several universities, and many others. He has also conducted and published extensive research on learning organization practices. He is a close advisor to C-level executives on all aspects of performance-focused talent development. Mark has been quoted in Fortune Magazine, the Financial Times, and several other national and international publications and is a presenter at international conferences.
Grant MacLean, B.A., B.A. (Hons), M.A., A.M.;
Grant received a Master's degree in Psychology and Social Relations (Harvard U.). Following that, he was director and councillor at a trauma centre in South Africa for many years.
Grant has served for two years in the Infantry of the South African Defense Force. He later acted as Sgt Major for the security service organisation ‘Kasung’ from 1984 to 1990 and served for many years volunteering as a team leader and personal guard.
David Whitehorn, PhD, MSN
David Whitehorn is Assistant Professor in the Dalhousie University Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Atlantic Contemplative Centre. He has been practicing and studying mindfulness and related meditation methods and concepts for more than forty years and has led numerous workshops on the topic. He has been particularly interested in ways that mindfulness and related contemplative practices can enhance well-being. He leads a research team that is studying mindfulness as a support for mental health. Dr. Whitehorn was the 2012 recipient of the Dr. Michael Smith Award from the Schizophrenia Society of Canada and the 2015 R. Wayne Putman Award from the Dalhousie University Office of Continuing Professional Development. David has also been active in the Kasung security organisation for over 30 years, responsible for the wellbeing and welfare of service personnel.
Joseph Litven, PhD
Dr. Joseph Litven is a psychologist, trainer, and coach, working in the treatment of addiction. Joe received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University in 1973, and has taught at Stanford, Brandeis, Acadia, St. Mary’s and Dalhousie Universities. Since 1973 he has been a practicing psychologist and organizational consultant, specializing in mindfulness based executive coaching and strategic interventions in the health care system. Joe has also helped to develop and lead a 4-week curriculum for addictions services clients and staff, based on the view and practice of mindfulness. A lifetime practitioner of mindfulness, he has led meditation programs throughout the world. He has also been a radio DJ and currently is enjoying his family and bicycling in the countryside of Nova Scotia.
Crane Wood Stookey
Advisory Council and Instructor
Crane is a Tall Ship deck officer and leadership coach. His work has earned him the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his contribution to Canadian Society.
Crane holds a Masters degree from Harvard University, and is the author of the executive leadership book Keep Your People in the Boat – Workforce Engagement Lessons from the Sea.
As a Tall Ship officer, He lived and breathed the struggles of command and performance under pressure; leading crews of sailors in the life-threatening conditions of long voyages on sailing ships at sea. Crane has also studied and taught meditation and mindfulness practices for 30 years. Crane has provided executive mental-performance coaching and leadership support services to senior executives ranging from a multi-national financial services company, to the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, to Canada’s largest independent travel agency. He has presented keynotes on generous leadership to national industry conferences in Canada, the US and Europe. Crane is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and instructor in Executive and Professional Development at St. Mary’s University.