Kelly Pryde is the founder and guiding teacher of the GMC. She is a behavioral neuroscientist, gifted coach and mentor, and meditation teacher and practitioner. Her work is to guide gifted and twice-exceptional people in supporting their intensities and complexities in mindfulness-based ways that enable them to live sustainably, meaningfully, and authentically.
As a 2e person and parent, Kelly knows firsthand what it's like to live with unsupported intensity; she is well-versed in the gifted "outs": burnout, bum-out, and freak-out. A robust mindfulness practice coupled with a comprehensive understanding of giftedness and neurodiversity were instrumental in her own journey of growth and healing, enabling her to support her intensities in sustainable, authentic ways.
Kelly studies and trains extensively in various traditions – from Zen, Insight meditation, and Unified Mindfulness to Mindful Self-Compassion, somatics, and mindful movement for trauma. Her core practice continues to be rooted in the Zen tradition where she has received teaching authority and dharma transmission (Inka) in the lineage of Tongdosa in South Korea. As part of her own self-development as a 2e person, it is essential to her to adapt these teachings and practices in ways that are relevant to the gifted/2e person's unique experience.
The intersection of mindfulness and giftedness has become the heart of her work – in continuing to guide her own personal development, in exploring the possibilities for the gifted/2e community, and in supporting gifted people on the path to personal freedom, which is also the path to collective freedom. The Gifted Mindfulness Collective has evolved out of this passion and work.
You can learn more about Kelly here and her journey to embracing mindfulness as a gifted adult here. You can also learn more about our partner organization, InterGifted, here. Feel free to reach out to Kelly anytime to explore coaching + mentoring, gifted mindfulness courses, and/or joining our community of practice at firstname.lastname@example.org.