Brandon Nappi


Dr. Brandon Nappi is a spiritual teacher, speaker, and writer who passionately believes in the capacity of the human spirit to awaken. Inspired by the common wisdom of the world’s spiritual traditions, he has dedicated his life’s work to sharing the transformative power of mindfulness practice.

Brandon founded Copper Beech Institute in 2014 and is the institute’s executive director. In addition to serving as the associate retreat director at the Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, Brandon’s work has included prison ministry, adult education, and teaching meditation and mindfulness at non-profit and corporate organizations in the Northeast. Brandon also blogs for the Huffington Post and teaches an annual course in mindfulness at Yale University.

Brandon is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and has completed a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Aquinas Institute of Theology and has received extensive mindfulness training from the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Upcoming Copper Beech Programs with Brandon

Speaking Topics


Mindfulness in Your Workplace
Bring the benefits of mindfulness to your workplace
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Waking Up Together
Explore an introduction to mindfulness practice

Establishing a Meditation Practice
How to build a real life practice — and flourish


The Path
Awaken with an introduction to spirituality

The Gift of Presence
Explore the intersection of mindfulness and the spiritual life

The Wisdom of Rumi
Embrace the themes of love, letting go, and finding your life’s purpose

Past Appearances

• Archdiocese of Hartford
• Aetna, Inc.
• Better Connecticut
• Central Connecticut State University
• ConEdison
• CT Counseling Assn Annual Conference
• CT Dept of Tourism Annual Conference
• Copper Beech Institute
• Grace Academy
• Grace Farms Foundation
• Hamden Board of Education
• Hartford Correctional Center

• Hartford Seminary
• Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center
• Huffington Post
• Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
• National Alliance on Mental Health
• NASW Annual Conference
• Nyberg
• St. Thomas Seminary
• Temple Beth David
• Trinity Episcopal Church
• University of Connecticut School of Medicine
• University of Connecticut School of Nursing
• Yale Divinity School

Posts by Brandon


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“Listening to Brandon speak is watching poetry come to life. He has the innate capability of sharing his knowledge in ways where you walk away with something to ponder, a lesson learned or a new perspective.” –Deb Doran

“Brandon has a way with words, and his words have carried me to a place deep inside…. Such a gift.” –Charleen K. Miele, M.A., LPC

“Brandon translates sophisticated concepts into relevant, practical tips for daily living, and throws in a dose of humor to boot. Not to be missed.” –Linda Albright, entrepreneurial coach, licensed spiritual counselor