The Food Truck
For Your Brain

The Food Truck
For Your Brain

The Food Truck
For Your Brain

Most people know that meditation is good for them but they may not know where, when, or how to develop a consistent practice…so we started MeditationWorks! Our mobile meditation studio is just like a food truck…but for your brain! We help you and your team achieve stronger focus and better overall wellness by supplying your brains with a steady and consistent diet of the most effective stress management tool available: meditation! All you need is your breath and your willingness.

We are a meditation studio…but on wheels! We pull right up to your company’s door one or two times per week and your group steps inside our custom designed studio. Each session includes personal attention from one of our experienced meditation guides, as well as a 10 minute guided meditation recording delivered by our extremely talented and experienced meditation teacher, Justin Barnes.

We offer programs ranging from single meditations for events, to our eight week introductory “Test Drive” series, to our more dynamic and creative ongoing program. We make meditation work for you!

Our Story    |    Our Team

Our Story    |    Our Team

Our Story

Our Story

Our story started with a mother, a son, and their incredible passion for mindfulness. By the spring of 2015, a recent college graduate was struggling with his first “real” job. Stressed-out and unable to sleep, he took his mom’s advice and tried meditation. Phone apps, YouTube videos, subscriptions, and some eye-opening sessions at a nearby meditation center. But none of it worked! The phone was too distracting, the home had familiar distractions, and the center was inconvenient and too expensive for him to attend consistently. He gave up.

Our story started with a mother, a son, and their incredible passion for mindfulness. By the spring of 2015, a recent college graduate was struggling with his first “real” job. Stressed-out and unable to sleep, he took his mom’s advice and tried meditation. Phone apps, YouTube videos, subscriptions, and some eye-opening sessions at a nearby meditation center. But none of it worked! The phone was too distracting, the home had familiar distractions, and the center was inconvenient and too expensive for him to attend consistently. He gave up.

At about the same time, his Mom (Joanne Leider – Now current Program Director of MeditationWorks), stepped into the shower after her daily yoga class contemplating a question the teacher had presented that very morning: “Why doesn’t anyone meditate consistently?” She knew the benefits of meditation firsthand. She also knew the barriers far too well. Everyone was so stressed out and needed meditation more than ever. But how do you get someone to do it consistently? After considering this in the shower, she stepped out with an idea:

At about the same time, his Mom (Joanne Leider – Now current Program Director of MeditationWorks), stepped into the shower after her daily yoga class contemplating a question the teacher had presented that very morning: “Why doesn’t anyone meditate consistently?” She knew the benefits of meditation firsthand. She also knew the barriers far too well. Everyone was so stressed out and needed meditation more than ever. But how do you get someone to do it consistently? After considering this in the shower, she stepped out with an idea:

“A beautiful mobile meditation room that could be brought directly to work and schools.”

So people everywhere could not only just take a break, but take a better, healthier, more productive break. Not to eat, smoke, or scroll through their phones, but to meditate.

Months later, Jake Leider launched MeditationWorks, the first and only mobile stress solutions company. MeditationWorks provides effective ten-minute meditation sessions to stressed individuals everywhere in a beautifully appointed dedicated space, our mobile meditation studio. Consider it a rolling relaxation room. In this mobile studio, groups up to 15 can practice a brief, concentrated, and creative meditation session, and then be on their way and back to work in just 15 minutes. These short sessions help you attain:

Months later, Jake Leider launched MeditationWorks, the first and only mobile stress solutions company. MeditationWorks provides effective ten-minute meditation sessions to stressed individuals everywhere in a beautifully appointed dedicated space, our mobile meditation studio. Consider it a rolling relaxation room. In this mobile studio, groups up to 15 can practice a brief, concentrated, and creative meditation session, and then be on their way and back to work in just 15 minutes. These short sessions help you attain:

Our Team

Gretchen Knoell
President & CEO

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Gretchen joined MeditationWorks because she believes in the benefits that mindfulness meditation brings to employees in corporations. She, and her husband Mark, moved from San Francisco to Detroit in 2010 to be closer to their parents and to give their two sons a “sturdy” Midwestern upbringing. Gretchen brings to MeditationWorks many years of experience starting and building companies as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist.

  • Co-founded Lake Street Capital, successfully managed over $1B of investments in the Healthcare, IT, Communications and Software industries.
  • BS Cornell University, MBA Harvard University

Attended first Silent Meditation Retreat at Spirit Rock (an Insight Meditation Center in West Marin County CA) in 2007.

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Jake Leider
Founder, COO

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Jake is a graduate of Michigan State University who loves sports, playing golf and hockey, the city of Detroit, and his dog Willow.

  • Bachelors degree in Finance from Michigan State University
  • Former founder and owner of SOLO Detroit LLC
  • Former Project Engineer at Great Lakes Hotel Supply Co.
  • Discovered the irrefutable benefits of meditation two years ago and continues to practice daily

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Joanne Leider
Founder, Program Director

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Joanne Leider is a registered nurse and is now the Program Director for MeditationWorks. She has been married 27 years to Jeff, a surgeon, and is a mom to Jake, Founder of MeditationWorks, and Joey, a Georgetown University medical student. She has been practicing yoga and mindfulness daily for over 17 years and loves fitness, healthy food, rescue dogs and The Heidelberg Project.

  • Registered nurse for over 30 years
  • 13+ years experience in recovery room
  • Daily practitioner and expert in yoga and meditation for over 17 years
  • 10 years of fitness and health instruction
  • 4 years of patient and practitioner medical education

Justin Barnes
Meditation Director / Teacher

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Justin Barnes is a 40 year-old yoga and mindfulness teacher with over seventeen years of daily instruction and practice. He is a lifelong “Deadhead” and loves the outdoors. He and wife Janelle are proud parents of 2-year-old Gavin Garcia Barnes.

  • 17+ years of both yoga and meditation teaching
  • Completed over 200 hours of teacher training, with certificate.
  • Co-founder and Director of Blue Yoga in Birmingham, MI
  • Teaches yoga and meditation daily to hundreds of students weekly

Josh Leider
Chief Inspiration Officer

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Josh, one of our VPs, manages all of our sales and marketing, inspiring companies and individuals to be the best they can be. From founding and managing his own startup to being a User Interface Designer in Chicago to managing a small design studio, his experience helps us maintain and grow MeditationWorks! He loves hiking, sweet potatoes, and his idol is Donald Glover.

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Sarah Balthrop
Lead Guide

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Sarah is a Certified Wellness Practitioner from Oakland University who loves to be playing on the lake, exploring out in nature and cooking healthy food. She completed her internship with Beaumont Hospital’s BWell employee wellness program before joining the MeditationWorks team in early 2017.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Wellness and Health Promotion from Oakland University
  • Completed MBSR training through Beaumont Hospital
  • Lifestyle Educator Certified from ​FirstLine Therapy in Chicago
  • Five years of yoga and meditation practice

Fran Babbitt
Guide / Email Guru

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Fran Babbitt, a former Trust and Estate Banker, has been a Yoga enthusiast for 10 years. Married to husband Barry for 23 years, she’s an avid golfer who attributes her “goal achieving success” to a strong practice of meditation and yoga. Her 20 plus years of working in the corporate and business environment allow us to connect with our clients, helping them recognize the healing benefits of meditation.

Sam Derian
Creative/Branding Director

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Sam is the creative mind behind the branding and graphics you see today and has been with the company since August, 2015. After graduating from Michigan State University, he started his career in advertising and now works as a Designer for General Motors at their headquarters downtown Detroit. Sam likes to stay active by camping, hiking and hanging out with friends and family. He continues to guide our creative efforts, keeping our content beautiful and engaging as our client list grows.

Jordan Reed
Social Media Manager

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Jordan is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a degree in Public Relations & Advertising. She is a Project Manager at MRM/McCann Ad Agency as well as our dedicated Social Media Strategist. Jordan is obsessed with cooking, travel and music. She likes to spend her free time experimenting in the kitchen and camping in Northern Michigan.

Paul Greenstone
Board Member

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Paul has been advising MeditationWorks since the beginning and currently serves as Chairman of the Board.

  • Chairman & CEO of Datanational Corporation
  • BBA Northern Michigan University
  • MBA Wharton School of Business

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David Leider
Board Member

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David has advised our Co-Founders, Joanne and Jake Leider, since they opened up shop.

  • Founder, FocusGrowth Ventures LLC.
  • Co-founder and previous CEO, GSTV (Gas Station TV).
  • Senior management positions at Yahoo!, Walter Thompson (WPP), Doner (MDC Partners) and Organic (Omnicom).
  • Previously served on the board of the Michigan Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Camp Make-A-Dream.
  • BA University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with Honors.

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