Next up on Hospice of Santa Barbara’s (HSB) illuminate Speaker Series line-up is Jenée Johnson, who will present Joy and Pain: The Art of Flourishing in Unprecedented Times, 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 19. The event is free, but registration is required at

During the webinar, Johnson will talk about how to use nourishing mindfulness and HeartMath practices to cultivate equanimity — the chamber of steadiness where all possibility is held in balance, especially under stress.

She will also share ways to create an inner pause and pave the way to more joy in life with loving kindness, compassion and heart coherence.

Johnson is a program innovation leader, mindfulness, trauma and racial healing pioneer, who leads the effort to bring mindfulness into public health practices and programs through the Trauma Informed Systems of Care Initiative in San Francisco.

Her goal is to improve the organization’s ability to manage change, stay resilient, inspire growth, and become a mindful culture that leads and serves with compassion. 

“The illuminate Speaker Series was established to address many of the struggles we face that have been heightened this past year,” said David Selberg, CEO of Hospice of Santa Barbara. “As we get through the pandemic, it is important we learn how to flourish in unprecedented times and Jenée Johnson’s webinar will give us just that.”

The HSB illuminate Speaker Series provides resources to the local community and beyond as they relate to COVID-19, featuring a new prominent speaker every month.

The series continues through 2021 with Daniel Goleman in June, Nora McInerny in July, and Pico Iyer in August. Past speakers include Roshi Joan Halifax, Frank Ostaseski, Katy Butler, Sharon Salzberg, Dr. BJ Miller and Dr. Sunita Puri.

Hospice of Santa Barbara thanks Natalie Orfalea Foundation and Lou Buglioli, Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, and Santa Barbara Foundation for sponsoring this event.