Hendrik Stark


  • PostDoc in the field of contemplative science & sustainability, University Hospital Freiburg, Germany
  • Senior forest research fellow with the Federal Forest Research Institut (FVA) Baden-Württemberg, Germany 
  • MBSR teacher, trained with the Mindfulness Network & University of Bangor, UK
  • PhD in forest sciences, University of Freiburg
  • Diploma (~ MSc.) Forest Sciences, TU Dresden

Hendrik studied forest sciences at the University of Dresden with stays in Canada, Ecuador and Sweden. As part of his doctoral and postdoctoral research, Hendrik worked at the University of Freiburg in the field of forest ecology & restoration and was active in the graduate school "Environment, Society and Global Change". Inspired by years of private study of Buddhist meditation and psychology with teachers from India, he is interested in what we can learn from the ancient Buddhist psychology and its very practical and experience-based meditation techniques for the societal transformation towards social and ecological sustainability.


 Hendrik brought his professional and private backgrounds together and in 2016 initiated the "Mind-Environment" initiative at the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Freiburg. He has trained as an MBSR teacher (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)  with the University of Bangor / the Mindfulness Network, Wales, GB, and with the mindfulness in schools project (MiSP) in London. In early 2019, Hendrik started working with the Meditation4Balance project as a freelancer and also started a PostDoc at the Systemic Health Research Section at the Freiburg University Medical Center looking at the topic of mindfulness and sustainability. Hendrik is employed as a forest scientist with the federal Forest Research Institute in Baden-Württemberg (FVA), Germany, working on forest growth modeling under climate change conditions. Hendrik is a member of the planning committee of the European Mind & Life Summer Research Institut 2021 "Care for life: Enacting knowledge in an interdependent and uncertain world".