About Us

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Mindworks is a nonprofit organization created by several friends whose lives have been transformed and enriched through meditation. Trained by some of the world’s most preeminent Buddhist meditation masters, we want to share these techniques and knowledge with others. Our mission is to foster greater happiness and well-being by making meditation relevant for today’s challenges and accessible to anyone, anytime, anywhere.

Bart Mendel

Bart has studied with some of the world’s most respected meditation masters and has taught meditation for more than 35 years throughout the US, Canada and Europe. A Dallas native, Bart attended the University of Texas before embarking on an intense path of practice and study, including more than two years in solitary and group retreats. A successful entrepreneur, Bart is President of Stonemark Construction Management, a consulting firm that manages the planning,…

design and construction of upscale residences and commercial projects.

Bart’s accomplishments as a business executive and meditator/teacher enable him to serve as a role model for others seeking to integrate professional success and personal development. He brings a centered approach to life applying meditation insights to balance family, work and everyday challenges. Bart and his wife Suzan Garner have two sons and reside in Santa Barbara.

Suzan Garner

Suzan is an entrepreneur and long-time meditator. Her journey led her to Nepal and India where for two years she studied closely with several renowned meditation masters. Like her husband Bart Mendel, Suzan has applied the profound benefits of meditation to a challenging business career. She founded and served as President/CEO of Clonetics Corporation, a privately-held biotechnology company that became the world’s leading supplier of normal human cell systems…

Following the sale of Clonetics Suzan, Bart and their two sons moved to Santa Barbara where she has served on various boards and committees volunteering her time and skills to a number of causes including working with the homeless and promoting women to public office. Suzan earned an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Sascha Bosio

Sascha is co-founder of digital yogis, a digital consulting firm that helps entrepreneurs transform their brands and innovative ideas into profitable businesses through e-commerce and e-learning applications. A native of Southern Germany, Sascha earned a Master of Economics from the School of Economics in Friedrichshafen, where he also studied advertising and marketing. After working as a copywriter and creative director for several German advertising agencies,…

Sascha moved to California where he started his own consulting firm specializing in e-commerce and e-learning applications for lifestyle brands. A meditator for 20 years, Sascha engages an awakened mind to generate non-conformist ideas and unique strategies for companies competing in the health, wellness and fitness sectors. He and his wife Laura Pretsch live in San Diego County.

Laura Pretsch

Laura is a business consultant and lawyer who received her JD from Indiana University’s Robert H McKinney School of Law after earning a BS in Neurobiology and Neurosciences from Vanderbilt University. A world traveler, Laura spent three years in Europe teaching, coaching and training students in international business and leadership and met her husband Sascha Bosio in Germany. They relocated to California and founded digital yogis, a digital strategy consulting firm that specializes in…

developing innovative business models and creative strategies that position yoga, meditation, fitness and wellness brands for sustainable long-term growth. A 16-year practitioner of meditation, Laura serves as an executive officer for a nonprofit foundation that promotes the teaching, study and practice of meditation worldwide. She lives with Sascha and their dog Arko in San Diego County.

Tokpa Korlo

Tokpa Korlo is a gifted musician, photographer, videographer and sobriety activist with a large international following. Born in Austin, Texas into a family of meditators, he lived in Nova Scotia for ten years before settling in Santa Barbara at the age of 13. In his early teens Tokpa earned recognition as a jazz guitarist, opening for Spyro Gyra and Ray Charles before heading to the prestigious California Institute of the Arts to study Jazz Performance and Composition. He continued his…

contemporary music studies at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles where he was honored with the college’s “Outstanding Guitarist” award. Like many artists Tokpa struggled with substance abuse before rediscovering his childhood roots in meditation and changing the direction of his life. Today, Tokpa shares his inspirational journey through photography, music, video and film. The living embodiment of the transformative power of meditation, Topka brings his artistic talents and heartfelt insight to the Mindworks team as Chief Creative Officer.