Jacob Aqua

Chief Mindfulness Officer and Co-Founder

Atlanta, GA

Jacob started a wellness and mindfulness practice eight years ago in order to cultivate stability and understanding in his personal life. As he progressed each day, his mental well-being, understanding around positionality, and care for inclusion developed. With a mission to help all people cultivate well-being in ways that are accessible to them, Jacob has dedicated his life to cultivating collective healing on a world-wide scale. 

At Emory University, Jacob wrote an interdisciplinary thesis at the intersection of well-being, mindfulness studies, and technology. He has been studying and applying ways to ethically cultivate mindfulness both personal and systemically for several years. He started a thriving Emory club to help hundreds of students cultivate community, mindfulness, and collective well-being on campus. He also works one-on-one with folks interested in cultivating mindfulness in their own life.

In June of 2020, Jacob launched Source Wellness after recognizing the need for effective programming at the intersection of DEI, Mindfulness, and Wellness (DEIMW). He believes that a more inclusive, heart-centered approach to organizational structures can transform the way we relate to each other at work and at home. 

He was certified through Emory University’s Office of Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics to teach Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT), a mindfulness and compassion-centered course that is being shared around the globe. He is also completing an online Master’s Program through Lesley University’s Mindfulness Studies Degree. His developing thesis continues his work around DEIMW, and will be published in January, 2024. Through his studies, in his personal life, and in his work projects, Jacob looks to utilize his platform to cultivate greater equity and access to beneficial healing practices for all who may need them.