Charlotte Nguyen is a multilingual human rights activist, trauma-sensitive meditation instructor, survivor, educator, and proud Asian-American queer. When she’s not trying to calm her anger at the latest news on her phone, she likes to hang out at the intersections of spiritual practice, social action, and creative expression. For the last decade, she’s served nonprofits dedicated to healing and transformation on issues such as gentrification, youth advocacy, sexual violence, ethnic conflict, and now spiritually-informed activism with Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.
Her refugee parents from Vietnam brought her to meditation at age 7, but she devoted herself to the practice after the death of her first love in 2006. As she’s crisscrossed the world from D.C. to the Middle East and now California, one common thread has been her love of teaching and community.
She now teaches mindfulness meditation in Los Angeles and facilitates wellness programs for social change agents and organizations. She loves bodies of water, orange juice, summer nights, Star Wars, and Frank Ocean (even though they’re all impermanent things).