Welcome to UML

The Urban Mindfulness Lab is my expression of adapting mindfulness practice and peace-building to urban life after spending two years in a Buddhist monastery.

Daniel Dermitzel

New Plans for 2020

For 2020 I am thrilled to offer more mindful gardening and farming workshops. I am also working to develop an approach to conflict resolution that builds on the powerful healing energy of Mother Earth. For now I’m calling it “farm-based mediation.” Stay tuned for more information on these projects soon.


Pause in the Garden

On May 2, 2020, during the continuing partial lock-down due to Corona virus, our garden offered a beautiful opportunity to stop, return to our body and greet Mother Earth. Click on the short video below to pause, enjoy the sound of the birds, and listen to the bell for a few seconds. Enjoy.

Mother Earth is “how you eat the carrot… how you shut the door” — Buddhist Monastics on Caring for the Planet

Recently I visited Evermind Media, a website showcasing the collaborative efforts of Dutch filmmaker Wouter Verhoeven and the Plum Village Community founded by Thich Nhat Hanh in Southern France. Among the many films and stories posted to Evermind is a series of interviews with monks and a nun from Plum Village on the topic of …