Margaret Van is a certified teacher of mindfulness for adults, youth and children. She was born in Hong Kong to parents from Shanghai, China and educated at Columbia and Stanford University. An anthropologist by training, Margaret travelled widely for her research while studying French, Spanish, Japanese, Norwegian and Nepali. One of her major interests is in fostering understanding by connecting people from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds through the teaching of mindfulness. As a lifelong practitioner of yoga and calligraphy, Margaret strives to infuse mindfulness into her everyday life.