Jonathan Poppele works to help people connect more deeply to themselves, to others, and to the natural words by practicing, writing and teaching across a broad range of disciplines.

Mr. Poppele is the founder and director of The Center for Mind-Body Oneness in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he teaches meditation, breathing, bodywork, and the peaceful martial art of Ki-Aikido. He is an Assistant Lecturer in the International Ki Society, holds a 3rd-degree black belt in Ki-Aikido, and was a double gold medalist in the 2004 International Ki-Aikido Exhibitions held in Tochigi, Japan. Jonathan also has graduate training in conflict management, over seven years of experience as a community mediator, and taught conflict management skills for the Saint Paul Public Housing Authority. As a personal mentor, Jonathan works with artists, entrepreneurs  and business executives.

A lifelong naturalist, Mr. Poppele earned a Master of Science in Conservation Biology form the University of Minnesota, and served as a Lecturer in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. His is the author of a national series of guidebooks to Animal Tracks and the founder of the Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project--which trains naturalists and wildlife trackers and conducts citizen science monitoring programs in partnership with the University of Minnesota, the National Park Service and other management agencies.

An accomplished writer and designer, Mr Poppele is the author of the National Outdoor Book Awards Honoree Night Sky: A Field Guide to the Constellations, and the creator of the Night Sky Playing Cards. Mr. Poppele has also taught English Composition and Technical and Professional writing though the Department of Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Mr. Poppele is an avid outdoorsman a enjoys a wide range of physical activities. A backpacker, skier and canoeist, he is a former nationally ranked bicycle racer, and a past finalist in the International Juggler's Association Senior Championships.