Teachers - Listening Wellness Center
Listening is a non-profit center whose mission is to promote wholistic health and wellness for the Central Massachusetts community. The name Listening is inspired by a Chinese acupuncture point. This point helps you to hear outside sounds and your inner, intuitive voice — creating balance between inner and outer, active and quiet. This harmony is the road to health.
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Teachers

Brad Warren, Karate Instructor
Brad Warren has owned and operated his own Karate Studio, Brad Warren’s Karate, since 1967. In addition, he taught self-defense for women as part of Worcester’s adult education program for more than ten years, and a children’s program for the Shrewsbury Parks and Recreation Department also for more than ten years. He taught Goju-Ryu Karate at Worcester State College as part of their regular physical education program for three years, and has also taught at numerous other schools and facilities including, Quinnebaug Valley Community College. He formed Karate Clubs at Clark University, Blackstone Valley Regional High School, and State Mutual Insurance Company. In 1981, Mr. Warren was asked by the American Institute of Buddhist Studies to act as a bodyguard for the Dalai Lama of Tibet during his ten-day stay at Harvard University.

Jen Swan, Artist-Educator

Jen Swan is a teaching artist and mural painter who shares her love of art with the diverse community of Worcester and it’s surrounding cities and towns.  She currently teaches classes for the Worcester Art Museum, Think Tank and Technocopia. She is also a Cultural Partner in many schools and organizations teaching through MCC grants. Swan is primarily a plein air landscape painter, however, draws influence from many themes, styles and cultures in her artwork.

Jen is a Graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design

Jen Zehler, Mindfulness Educator

Jen is a certified teacher and received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education at New Jersey City University and her Master’s Degree in Mindfulness Studies at Lesley University. She is also a graduate of the Women’s Leadership Institute program at Hartford Seminary. Jen completed teacher training with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education and is a Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, and has received training through Mindful Schools and Mindful Life. She also has a certification in Restorative Justice Circle Keeping from Planning Change and has completed Trauma training for working with youth through The Center for Adolescent Studies.

Kathy Carmosino, Culinary Teacher
Kathy is a Hubbardston mom who has two college-age daughters that recently graduated from Quabbin High School. She volunteered at HCS for many years and taught cooking in the after-school program there. Her love of teaching children is reflected in the fact that she has been a Girl Scout leader for 12 years. Kathy is a baker extraordinaire and is the organizer of many bake sale fundraisers as well as being bake sale coordinator for Quabbin Pro Musica. In her work as a corporate travel agent, Kathy has had the opportunity to sample culinary treats in her travels to many places throughout the world.

Amy LaPointe, Irish Step Teacher
Amy took Irish Step from the McInerney School of Irish Step Dancing for 12 years and choreographed dances for local shows with family members. She enjoys working with children and is looking forward to passing on step dancing to the students at Listening.

Renée Malowitz, Former Director of Enrichment, Artist-Educator
In addition to being the Director of Enrichment at Listening, Renée is an established artist and art teacher throughout the community and surrounding areas. Renée is currently teaching at Worcester Academy.