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, Mindfulness and Yoga-based programs for individuals, schools, youth who’ve been kicked out of school and women in prison.
After Kristina experienced Mindfulness, Yoga and The Work of Byron Katie as profoundly effective in overcoming challenges in her own life and the lives of others, she founded The Kindness Institute, a not-for-profit organisation hellbent on creating a world where everyone has the tools to manage stress and live meaningful lives.
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. She has been nominated for Young New Zealander of the Year 2018 and received a Local Hero Award in 2014.
Kristina is an experienced and dynamic public speaker and delivers inspirational talks to support people to explore mindful leadership, stress management, letting go of others problems, volunteerism, community work and their connection in order to be able to thrive. Kristina also talks about her personal experience with anxiety, the projects she’s worked on in New Zealand and around the world and how she uses her skills to support those whose voices aren’t being heard.
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, engaging, transformative and fun. She is passionate about supporting people to create positive change.
Kristina was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2018.
We invited Kristina to provide an inspirational talk on her life story, Mindfulness and the value she gained from volunteering. She ran a Mindfulness exercise with the group. Our employees loved the Mindfulness session and her talk (feeling incredibly inspired and humbled). They appreciated being given the opportunity to take time out from their busy work day to take a moment to focus on themselves, coming away feeling more calm and knowing they could continue to use this practice in their own time also.Sum Green, Westpac Community Manager Sustainability
Kristina spoke at our 'Upgrade Your Wellbeing' event where we examined the principles of wellbeing across physical, mental and spiritual health. Her approach to the event was so warm, engaging, educational and authentic. Kristina's work is far-reaching in it's effect and our event was no exception. Simply put, she changed my life as well as many others in the room that night.Taryn Kljakovic, Co-Founder, Women's Collective
With compassion, humour, and gentle facilitation, Kristina helped me recognise my personal strengths and areas where I struggle, and where these can be encouraged and communicated. I learnt very tangible mindfulness tools to apply throughout the workday which has already positively impacted my ability to be less stressed, more focused and open minded at work. The biggest impact these sessions had, was on the team as a whole. We now easily play to each other's strengths, and offer support where we know our colleagues may struggle. This has created a safe, supportive work environment, where we all feel heard and considered.Selina, Creative Director