Instructor: Erik Hulse

Erik Hulse
Biography: Erik retired from the Overland Park, Kansas Police Department in 2016 after 25 years of service. Erik began as a patrol officer and during the course of his career had the opportunity to work as an investigator and as one of the first school resource officers in the midwest. Erik was promoted to Captain in 2007 and supervised the midnight patrol shift in Overland Park for a number of years.

After retirement, Erik started his journey into mindfulness practice and study after hearing about Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) during a meditation retreat. He was inspired to explore ways to share its powerful methods with first responders while deepening his own personal practice.

Erik has received MBSR Teacher training through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Mindfulness Center at the Brown University School of Public Health, where he recently completed Level One MBSR teacher training.  He is a certified instructor in PauseFirst: Mindfulness for First Responders and has received formal instruction on a number of subjects related to mindfulness meditation, ranging from mindful leadership to neuroscience studies on the effects of mindfulness meditation.  

Erik teaches classes and gives public presentations on mindfulness meditation regularly through Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness (

Classes by this instructor

Mindfulness Techniques in Public Safety
This course will introduce officers to methods which allow the officer to consistently monitor their state of mind, interpret their emotions and control their responses to the effects of stress and conflict. Through lecture, demonstration and hands on exercises the students will explore practices that have positive benefits in terms of resilience and overall wellness to both their on-duty performance and personal lives.
Thursday, May 20, 2021, Integrity Auditorium
Thursday, September 2, 2021, Hays KLETC Regional Training Site
Wednesday, October 20, 2021, William L. White Auditorium, upstairs (Little Theater)