MBSR Mentorship

One-on-one mentorship (which can include web-based video conferencing for those not located near an approved mentor) is seen as a key component of development for new, as well as experienced, teachers of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, providing the intimacy of a close connection with a seasoned teacher as well as the venue for open and honest exploration of challenges, breakthroughs, insights and possibilities that inevitably arise in teaching the program. The MBPTI has defined mentorship as: “A contractual arrangement between a mentor and mentee which focuses on a mentee’s mindfulness-based teaching in secular settings and supports the ongoing development of personal practice. The purpose of this arrangement is to promote competency and best practice skills for teaching mindfulness in secular settings and to encourage the relevance of applying the principles of mindfulness in everyday life”.

We have assembled the MBSR Mentorship Program to assure that each trainee has an educational and inspiring experience of the mentorship process, and have carefully chosen each of our approved mentors based on their years of experience, training and wisdom.

The Process

Upon enrollment in the MBSR Certification Pathway of the Institute, your next step will be to identify and engage a UCSD-approved mentor from the list below. It is important that before contacting one of the mentors via email, that you carefully review the MBSR Mentorship Document Packet. In addition to descriptions of the mentorship process and best practice descriptions for mentors and teachers, the packet includes the contract that you will ultimately complete with your mentor.

Next, take the time to read each bio and consider contacting the mentor to arrange a brief phone interview to get a sense of whether you feel comfortable with this mentor. The arrangement is between you (as the mentee) and the mentor, so once you have determined that it is a good fit for both of you, you can jointly complete the contract and make arrangements for your regular mentorship sessions. Note: Your mentor will notify the MBPTI when you enter into a mentorship agreement with them, and will track the dates and times of sessions for reporting to the Institute for Certification purposes. However, it is highly recommended that you also maintain your own record of sessions.

The Finances

While your financial arrangement is between you and your mentor, we have asked the UCSD-approved mentors to agree to a standard hourly rate of $155. We understand that people have varying financial circumstances and may need some consideration for these circumstances. If the fee is a financial hardship, then you are encouraged to discuss this with potential mentors and see if you can mutually agree upon a fee that is acceptable to both parties. Keep in mind that these are highly experienced and very busy teachers and trainers, and their time is valuable and these rates are fairly consistent with others in our field.

Policy on Trainees Co-Teaching

Mentees may co-teach while being mentored in the MBPTI in Phase One under certain conditions that must be clarified upon registration and before teaching. Those conditions include:

  • If both co-teachers are MBPTI mentees, it is highly advisable that both work with the same mentor throughout Phase One.
  • Mentees (whether or not they are working with the same mentor) who are co-teaching must teach an additional (third) 8-week course for Qualification, ideally taught independently of a co-teacher.
  • Since the teaching duties are shared and this reduces the number of times that a mentee has the opportunity to teach or guide each component of the program, certain adjustments to the mentoring arrangement will be made to compensate:

Two MBPTI mentees who are co-teaching and are working with the same mentor will have an additional four sessions of mentorship (a total of 26) in Phase One

Mentorship sessions may be comprised of both individual (60 minute) and joint (90 minute) sessions, to be determined in discussion between the mentor and the mentees.

In Phase Two, the mentees are strongly encouraged to teach at least two courses solo and all mentorship will be individual, regardless of co-teaching arrangements.

The recommended fee for the 90-minute sessions will be $260, which brings the total cost in line with the total cost of the standard number of individual sessions.

Wherever possible, it is our recommendation that mentees teach a significant number of courses (MBSR or MBCT) solo.

The Documentation

Download and review the Mentor Document Packet, that further describes the mentorship process and includes an agreement that you and your mentor will complete.

The Mentors

Take the time to consider each of the mentors listed below and reach out to any that seem like a good fit. You will be spending a significant amount of time in contact with your mentor (over the phone, online or in person) and you should choose carefully before proceeding.


Rachel Donaldson, MSW, LCSW RYT-500 is currently the Director of Community Mental Health and Supportive Services at NCJW/LA where she brings mindfulness and compassion based practices to therapists, interns, non-profit administrators and clients. She is a long time meditator and psychotherapist, MBSR and MBCT teacher and is certified in MBSR through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. For over 10 years, Rachel worked at Kaiser Permanente as a Senior Behavioral Health Educator where she taught over 30 MBCT and MBSR programs, developed and facilitated professional mindfulness trainings for new physicians and physician leaders and received and led an innovations grant to research the effects of MBCT on patient utilization. Rachel has extensive experience training and supervising therapists and educators who are bringing mindfulness into private practice, non-profits and hospitals. She also teaches Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and The Daring Way™ privately. Phone: (310) 968 7438


Pam-Erdmann-150Pam Erdmann started working for the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1993. Before joining the CFM, Pam was the Associate Chairperson of the Counseling Psychology Department at Antioch/New England University with a private therapy practice for families and adults. After joining the CFM, she at first worked in the Prison Project and then in the Stress Reduction Clinic where she worked with corporations, educators and the general public. Since 2003, she continues to design and teach teacher training courses and supervise trainees at the University of Bangor, Wales, U.K. as well as reviewing certifications and supervising teachers for Oasis for the CFM. Currently she is teaching MBSR in the County House of Correction, Marlborough, NH. In her 78th year, Pam’s great passion is training “the next generation”. Her focus continues to be helping folks bring all of themselves into the classroom: vulnerability, courage and expertise. She believes that there be a commitment to living the curriculum rather than just “showing up,” focusing on presence not perfection. Pam is totally in love with MBSR supervision and all the folks with whom she has been fortunate enough to share the journey.


micki-fineMicki Fine, M.Ed. L.P.C. is the founder and director of Mindful Living in Houston, Texas. She is as passionate about spreading the practice of mindfulness as she was when she started teaching in 1995. She is credentialed as a Certified Mindfulness Teacher through the University of Massachusetts Medical Center (2005), holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology and is licensed as a professional counselor. She has been in private psychotherapy practice since 1990. Micki teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in a variety of settings including her private practice, Rice University and formerly, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for patients, faculty and staff, among others. In addition, Micki has consulted on and taught for national grants (NIDA) studying mindfulness and its effects on chemical dependency recovery and smoking cessation. Micki is the author of The Need to Please: Mindfulness Skill for Gaining Freedom from Chronic People Pleasing and Approval Seeking, which has been translated into Spanish and French.

Website: www.livingmindfully.org


Allan MBSR Mentorship FBAllan Goldstein is the Managing Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness (UCSD CFM), Certified MBSR Teacher, MBSR Teacher Trainer, and Mentor. He has had a passion for learning, teaching, and providing mentorship and support for teachers of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programs since participating in his first MBSR program in 1993. Continuing to explore the foundations of MBSR led Allan to begin his professional training and teaching through participating in MBSR training programs offered by the UMass Center for Mindfulness (UMass CFM). Joining Dr. Steven Hickman, UCSD CFM Executive Director, in 2011 Allan began his role in the co-development and evolution of the UCSD CFM Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute (MBPTI) and MBSR Certification programs. His growth within the field of Mindfulness-Based programs has led Allan to teach MBSR extensively to groups and individuals in health care, university, military, business, and community settings, including teaching MBSR programs online in the virtual world of Second Life. Teaching, “Professional MBSR Teacher Training programs” including 6-Day MBSR Teacher Training Intensives, 8-Week and 9-Day Intensive MBSR Teacher Training Practicums, and especially mentoring current and future MBSR teachers is now his dedicated focus of work in this beloved field. Allan’s strong passion, for the valuable teachings found within MBSR, continues through offering MBSR Mentorship.

Website: mbsrmentorship.com


Lightroom (IMG_6869.dng and 87 others)Steven Hickman, PsyD., is the Founder and Executive Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Steve is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Clinical Professor in the UCSD Departments of Psychiatry and Family and Preventive Medicine. Since founding the Center in 2000, he has taught over 60 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses, numerous other Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs) and is a trainer of teachers in MBSR, Mindful Self-Compassion and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. His passion is the training of teachers of Mindfulness-Based Interventions and is currently working on a book for Guilford Press entitled A Teacher’s Guide to Learning and Teaching Mindfulness-Based Interventions.


Lorraine M. Hobbs, M.A., is Director of Family Programs at the UCSD San Diego Center for Mindfulness. She is a family therapist and former clinical director of adolescent treatment programs. Lorraine is a certified MBSR teacher, a certified MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion) teacher, and is certified in CCARE (Compassion Cultivation, Altruism, Research & Education), a program created by clinical psychologists and contemplative scholars at Stanford University. Lorraine offers mindfulness and compassion-based interventions to medical personnel through the department of Integrative medicine and community based hospitals in Indiana & Ohio and teaches at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness. During her tenure at the Center for Mindfulness, she developed and implemented curricula in mindfulness-based interventions for multiple age groups, including a program in Mindful & Compassionate Parenting. She is a pioneer in self-compassion training for parents and teens and is co-author of Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens & Young Adults, adapted from the adult Mindful Self-Compassion Program and endorsed by founders Kristen Neff, Ph.D. & Chris Germer, Ph.D. Lorraine provides teacher training in the MFY curriculum throughout the U.S. and internationally. She is Director of the Adolescent Mindfulness Certification Program at UCSD CFM, where she mentors educators and clinicians teaching mindfulness and self-compassion to children & teens. Lorraine is inspired by the transformative quality of mindfulness and self-compassion and is committed to teaching MBSR to diverse and under-resourced groups, who are at risk.


KamilaPhoto-e1416174629167-237x300Diana Kamila, is a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Training Consultant who has served as a long-time educator, administrator and Senior Teacher at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society (CFM) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester Massachusetts. For over thirty years, Diana has taught stress reduction programs at Fortune 500 companies, colleges, high schools, correctional institutions, medical clinics, hospitals, nonprofit organizations and congress. Her diverse career includes administering and teaching in a pioneering, four-year federally funded project to bring Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Training to inmates, correctional officers and administrators in correctional institutions across the commonwealth of Massachusetts. Collaborative partners in this innovative project included the University of Massachusetts Medical Center Stress Reduction Clinic, the Massachusetts Commission of Criminal Justice and the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. As an educator, she has worked with adolescents, young parents, adults in transition, adults with serious or chronic health conditions, and people seeking self empowerment and personal development. Hospital and corporate administrators, health care providers, CEO’s, corporate employees and patients have found her programs comprehensive, practical, and deeply meaningful. Through her work, Diana has trained professionals in MBSR, and mentored and supervised teachers worldwide. Diana received her Bachelor’s Degree from Lesley University in Integrative Health Care.


Megan Leuchars is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor, a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Instructor, a Certified Yoga Instructor, Director of Outreach at UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, and Adjunct Faculty at San Diego State University. In addition to teaching Mindfulness-based programs, Megan specializes in developing and delivering mindfulness trainings for Fortune 500 companies as well as for educational, healthcare, and academic settings. Megan is one of the founders of the UCSD Center’s Work-Life Integration Program and co-founder and teacher trainer for the UCSD Professional Training Institute’s 9-Day MBSR Teacher Training Practicum. She is currently collaborating with the UC and CSU communities to establish and instruct Mindfulness and Compassion courses as part of the approved GE course requirements at the collegiate level. In all her ventures, Megan’s passion and mission are the same: to empower individuals with an understanding of the important role they play in shaping their lives and well being. Megan believes through compassionate awareness individuals are able to utilize the best resource they have: themselves.


trishTrish Magyari, MS, LCPC is a Certified MBSR teacher, mindfulness-based psychotherapist and Insight Meditation teacher who has taught the MBSR course over 70 times, specializing in trauma, chronic pain, illness, disability, anxiety, depression and grief. Trish completed the UMASS MBSR Teacher Development Intensive (TDI) under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn in 2000, as well as MBCT teacher training in 2003 and MSC teacher training in 2015. She served as Director of MBSR at the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine (UM-CIM) and since 2003 has offered a professional MBSR/mindfulness-based therapy practicum, apprenticeship and supervision. Trish has developed the curriculum for and led the MBSR intervention in clinical trials at the NIH, UM-CIM, and Johns Hopkins Hospital for people with chronic pain conditions, for HIV positive urban youth, and for adults with PTSD from childhood sexual abuse. Trish is also a registered yoga teacher and certified LifeForce Yoga practitioner, specializing in yoga for anxiety, depression and PTSD. She has a passion for supporting developing teachers in reaching their professional goals and draws on her experience of providing almost 1000 hours of one-on-one supervision to graduate counseling students at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Website: www.trishmagyari.com Mobile Phone: 443-939-0232


kate1Kate Mitcheom, MSN, CNM, RYT has been practicing meditation since 1991 and teaching meditation since 1995. She received her Master’s Degree in Nursing from Yale University in 1981. In 1995 and 1997 she trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD., founder of the internationally acclaimed Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester. In 1996 she founded the Mindfulness- based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) at the Fair Haven Community Health Center in New Haven, CT, where she teaches meditation to pregnant women and their partners in the inner-city and offers MBSR for patients with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Kate has also taught Mindfulness in schools and completed training in MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) with Susan Wood in 2011. She is certified by and teaches for the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, offers consulting, conference presentations and staff development training for hospitals, health centers, schools and universities throughout Connecticut and New England. Kate completed Yoga Teacher Training with Todd Norian and has been teaching yoga for the past 15 years. She also completed a four year study in Energy Medicine with the Institute of Healing Arts and Sciences in Hartford CT. Since 1995, she has attended approximately 15 silent meditation retreats of 7-14 days duration at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. In 2013 she completed a year long Integrated Study and Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.
She lives in Branford, CT where she and her husband of over thirty years raised their three children. You can visit her website KateMitcheom.com for more information.

Website: www.katemitcheom.com 


Gwen Morgan, MA MSW RSW is clinical Social Worker with over 25-years’ experience in medical settings with a focus on stress management and support for people living with chronic illness. Currently she is with the East Greater Toronto Area Family Health Team, where she facilitates groups in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). She is also a Mindfulness Facilitator for the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto where she has facilitated Mindful Eating Awareness groups and programs for marginalized people. She is an Adjunct Lecturer with the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work where she does field supervision. She has lectured and led workshops for social workers and other health professionals in Mindful Eating, Mindfulness Interventions and MBCT.


Luis Morones, M.S., LMFT, is a certified MBSR teacher at the University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness. He teaches bilingual courses in mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR), and mindful self-compassion in the U.S. and Mexico. He has a special interest in learning from underserved communities on how to become a more relevant teacher and person. He is very appreciative of having for many years worked in community based centers and with migrant children. Luis also provides presentations on Mindful Aging that explore how mindfulness and self-compassion can be great resources in our maturing years. Luis is currently teaching MBSR in a National Institute of Health research study that is evaluating the potential benefits of mindfulness in the senior aging process.

He is a Jungian oriented psychotherapist. Having survived a deep depression, through the love of others’, Luis is profoundly appreciative of attending to one’s life with soulful attention. As an MBSR mentor, Luis seeks to co-create an ambience where the mentee’s strengths and shadows have a safe place to learn and breathe. He has had a mindfulness practice since 1986 when he began going to classes with Jack Kornfield. He is a Zen student, and a centering prayer practitioner. Mostly though, Luis is an incredibly lucky husband, and latino Woody Allen flavored neurotic.


Nelson-JohnsonphotoHolly Nelson-Johnson, MSN, APN, FNP-BC is a Family Nurse Practitioner, Senior Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, Interpersonal Mindfulness Teacher, Insight Dialogue Facilitator, and Certified Yoga Teacher. She has been awarded MBSR teacher certification by the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is the founding President of the Illinois MBSR-MBCT Teacher/Research Consortium. She has participated in MBSR clinical research projects; and has extensive experience with low income, cross cultural populations. She served as medical provider and faculty in the Department of Medicine at Cook County Hospital, teaching in the Primary Care, and Behavioral Medicine Residency Training programs. Holly offers mentorship in Mindfulness- Based approaches, and teaches in MBSR Professional Training programs. She is the Executive Director of Mindfulness for Living, offering applications of mindfulness-based approaches in medicine, education, business, health care, and society.


Catherine L. Phillips, MD, FRCP(C) is the Founding Director of The Mindfulness Institute.ca. She is a Scholar of the Integrative Health Institute at the University of Alberta, and Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, where she is a psychotherapy supervisor in Mindfulness-Based and Integrative psychotherapies. Her clinical work has included psychotherapy with traumatized individuals, and as a consultant psychiatrist to the Canadian Military. Catherine has integrated mindful awareness into her personal life and clinical practice for over 30 years. Over the past almost 10 years she has run over 45 MBSR Programs- in a variety of settings to a number of different populations. Catherine is a certified MBSR teacher though the CFM University of Massachusetts. Her publications include co-authoring an article on Integrating mindfulness into K-12 Classrooms, (2012 and a book chapter entitled “The Mindful Psychiatrist: Being Present with Suffering” in the text Mindful Medical Practice: Clinical Narratives and Therapeutic Insights (2015) Springer. She is involved in North American and international networks to establish integrity in the teaching and teacher training of Mindfulness Based Programs.

 Website: www.mindfulnessinstitute.ca


ReibelPhotoDiane Reibel, PhD. is the Director of the Mindfulness Institute at the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Jefferson Medical College. Diane has been teaching mindfulness –based stress reduction for 18 years to patients, healthcare professionals, medical and college students, and school teachers/administrators. She currently runs a Practicum for professionals who want to integrate mindfulness into their work and offers supervision and internships in MBSR. Diane participated in professional training under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, and has completed the most advanced teacher training at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical Center where she has been awarded MBSR teacher certification. In addition to her passion for teaching mindfulness she studies the physiologic effects and health outcomes of mindfulness training and her research is published and widely cited in both scientific journals and the popular press. Diane is coauthor of the book Teaching Mindfulness: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Educators.

 Website: mindfulnessandmore.com


Patricia Rockman, MD, CCFP, FCFP is an associate professor with the University of Toronto, department of family and community medicine; cross appointed to psychiatry. She is the lead educator for the Level C MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program at Factor-Inwentash, University of Toronto, faculty of Social Work (Applied Mindfulness Meditation program). She is a mentor with the Ontario College of Family Physicians Collaborative Mental Health Network. She has a private practice in CBT and leads MBCT groups. She has been educating healthcare providers in stress reduction, CBT and mindfulness-based practices for over 20 years. She is the director of education at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies, www.mindfulnessstudies.com.

 Website: www.mindfulnessstudies.com



Paul Sugar – Director, Scottsdale Institute for Health and Medicine. Paul Sugar is the founder and Director of the Scottsdale Institute for Health and Medicine. Paul completed the advanced MBSR teacher training in 1994 at the Center for Mindfulness pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and is a Certified MBSR instructor through the Center for Mindfulness at UCSD. He has taught over 80- 8 week MBSR and MBCT programs and has delivered hundreds of mindfulness based workshops for over 20 years. Paul has taught mindfulness in the health care, corporate, academic, sports and private sectors. In addition, he created The Attention Academy school program in 1998 that has become a seminal mindfulness in the schools study. He has also spearheaded a number of other mindfulness based studies in the healthcare field. Paul has been practicing and teaching meditation, yoga and tai chi for over 40 years. In his role as business entrepreneur he has founded and operated a number of service related businesses in the healthcare field and serves on the Board of Directors of 3 mindfulness based non-profit organizations. Beyond combining management, financial, and marketing skills to maximize the growth of these organizations, Paul has applied the principles of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Peak Performance to create a uniquely effective business model.

 Website: www.stressbeaters.com


UrbanowskiPhotoFerris Buck Urbanowski, M.A. has taught mindfulness meditation since 1980. From 1992 – 2001 she was a senior teacher, and administrator of and teacher in the professional training programs at The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. In the late 1990s she worked with Professors Zindel Segal, John Teasdale, and Mark Williams in the development and teaching of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. She has taught numerous workshops and courses in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. Since 2007, she has been teaching the Dharma in classes for the local community in Vermont, where she lives. She is currently employed by the So. Burlington School District and by the Washington West School District where she instructs teachers in mindfulness meditation. She has practiced and studied in the yogic, Zen Buddhist, and Vipassana traditions since 1972. Ferris is currently emeritus faculty from Antioch New England, where she taught in the Applied Psychology and Environmental Studies Schools. She is adjunct faculty at The Center for Mindfulness, and is an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Wales, Bangor, Wales.

Ferris is currently unavailable. 

helen1Helen Vantine
, Ph.D. is the founder and co-director of the Atlanta Mindfulness
Institute. She has a private psychotherapy practice where she practices mindfulness-based psychotherapy. She is credentialed as an MBSR teacher through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts, and has been a teaching assistant for the CFM at the Omega Institute. She is also trained as a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy teacher through UCSD. She has taught mindfulness and MBSR extensively in corporations, health care settings, universities, and government agencies, as well as teaching over 500 individuals in MBSR courses over that past 9 years. In addition, she has led a number of supervision groups in the practice of mindfulness-based psychotherapy. Helen has had a meditation practice since 1971. For the past 20 years she has studied Buddhism, both in the Zen tradition and the Theravada tradition. She is currently enrolled in the Community Dharma Leader Program at Spirit Rock. Helen believes that meditation is the fundamental practice for raising consciousness. For the past 10 years she has found that MBSR courses are an amazingly effective tool for raising consciousness by introducing meditation and mindfulness in a systematic, accessible and thoughtful manner. In addition to open enrollment courses, the Atlanta Mindfulness Institute has offered Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, an 8-week course based on MBSR targeting psychotherapists and health care professionals. This course has introduced over 250 psychotherapists to the practice of mindfulness-based psychotherapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.


livia_walshLivia F. Walsh, MS, MA, RN, LMFT is a Nurse and a licensed Psychotherapist in private practice in Encinitas, California. In her 40+years of professional practice, she pursued training in the areas of holistic/integrative health including mindfulness. She is the founder of Mindfulness For Health and Well-Being which offers programs such as, Living a Mindful and Compassionate Life. She is a certified MBSR teacher, trained at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center under the direction of Jon Kabat Zinn, Saki Santorelli and the senior teaching staff.

She is a Senior Guiding Teacher and Mentor at University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Livia is also a certified Mindfulness Self Compassion teacher at UCSD and completed her training with Kristen Neff, Chris Germer, Steve Hickman and Michelle Becker. She has integrated Mindfulness in her work as a nurse and psychotherapist with patients, students/ and interns. She teaches MBI’s to the professional and clinical staffs and interns in settings including hospice, hospitals, cancer centers, senior and community centers. She has presented Mindfulness based workshops/programs to such populations as nurses, physicians, teachers, psychotherapists and clergy. She believes strongly in the mind-body connection and in an integrative approach to attaining and sustaining optimal health and well-being
Livia has taught meditation practices for over 30 years and received teachings from several teachers/masters in the Tibetan and Zen Buddhist traditions. She is ordained in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Inter-being and continues to be a student, teacher and practitioner.


WilkinsPhotoChar Wilkins, MSW, LCSW is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist trained to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Mindful Eating/Conscious Living (ME-CL) programs. She has been awarded teacher certification in MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA. Char specializes in working with women who have experience childhood abuse and struggle with depression, anxiety and disordered eating. As a senior trainer at UCSD Professional Training Institute, she is currently a lead facilitator for the MBSR foundational program and both ME-CL 1 & 2 trainings.  Char particularly enjoys mentoring one-on-one those teachers-in-training engaged in deepening their practice and further their teaching skills in MBSR, ME-CL or MBCT. She has had a longstanding meditation practice that includes extended yearly retreats and is currently studying Qigong and Taijiquan. An experienced facilitator and mentor she is never without her sense of humor and a few mindless moments!

Char is currently unable to accept new MBSR mentees. Spaces are available for new ME-CL mentees.

Website: amindfulpath.com


Susan Woods, MSW., LICSW created the MBSR and MBCT certification programs at the MBPTI. Susan’s passion is to create professional trainings that provide depth and quality leading to best practice skills that support competency in the delivery of mindfulness-based programs. Susan has been teaching MBSR and MBCT for many years. She is a certified MBSR teacher through the Center of Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical Center where she was a teacher. Since 2005, Susan has been leading professional training programs in MBSR and MBCT and has taught at venues worldwide. She is an MBSR/MBCT mentor and supervisor, and a professional advisor on various MBCT clinical trials. Susan has presented on the clinical application of mindfulness at numerous conferences and is a published author on the training of health professionals in mindfulness-based skills. Susan is a graduate of the two-year Community Dharma Leaders program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA. She is a certified yoga teacher.

Website: www.slwoods.com


valerie-york-zimmermanValerie York-Zimmerman has been teaching MBSR in Miami since 1998. She is a CFM Certified MBSR Teacher, a designation awarded by the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Since 2002 Valerie has also been teaching her own adaptation, Inner Journey ~ Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (IJ-MBSR) which includes elements of MBCT focused on difficult emotions and disturbed thinking. In 2001 and 2003 she completed Vipassana Teacher Training and Advanced Vipassana Teacher Training with the Venerable Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, Ph.D., former professor at Georgetown and American Universities at his monastic retreat center near Washington, D.C. In 2011 Valerie and her husband, Leonard A. Zimmerman, M.D., founded Mindful Kids Miami (MKM), a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. She served as the Senior Teacher/Trainer and Executive Director until completing the IJ-MBSR Mindfulness-Based Training for Educators Pilot Program with Miami-Dade County Public Schools district-wide in the 2015-2016 school year. After that, she left MKM to return to Miami Mindfulness, her original teaching organization, where she now focuses nationally and on excellence in teaching. Her intention is to foster high quality Mindfulness-Based Programs in education and in the Miami-Dade community-at-large.

Valerie will begin accepting new mentees in July, 2017.  Website: www.MiamiMindfulness.com


Spanish Speaking MBSR Mentor

Allan-BarbozaAllan Barboza,
is the Founder and Director of the Centro Costarricense para Mindfulness (Costa Rican Center for Mindfulness) in Central America, a certified MBSR Teacher and a Mindfulness Based Psychotherapist. He also has been trained in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and along with his passion to bring mindfulness practices to the adult populations, he received the curricular training from Mindful Schools and initiated the first educational institution in Costa Rica that included in its curriculum a mindfulness-based protocol which he currently supervises. One of Allan’s main interests is to spread MBSR to Latin American communities and countries, a task that he started by translating important material to Spanish, co-teaching also in South America and becoming a Spanish speaking MBSR Mentor. His passion around contemplative practices enables him to continue to dedicate time to study, practice and investigate, and in 2013, he participated in the first mindfulness meditation oriented research in his country. As the pioneer of Mindfulness Based Interventions (MBIs) in Costa Rica and a committed practitioner of Zen meditation, Allan is a true supporter of maintaining the essence and the ethics around this noble practice as a way to guarantee a responsible approach to all these interventions. (Allan’s bio in Spanish)

Website: mindfulnesscr.com


Luis Morones, M.S., LMFT, is a certified MBSR teacher at the University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness. He teaches bilingual courses in mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR), and mindful self-compassion in the U.S. and Mexico. He has a special interest in learning from underserved communities on how to become a more relevant teacher and person. He is very appreciative of having for many years worked in community based centers and with migrant children. Luis also provides presentations on Mindful Aging that explore how mindfulness and self-compassion can be great resources in our maturing years. Luis is currently teaching MBSR in a National Institute of Health research study that is evaluating the potential benefits of mindfulness in the senior aging process.

He is a Jungian oriented psychotherapist. Having survived a deep depression, through the love of others’, Luis is profoundly appreciative of attending to one’s life with soulful attention. As an MBSR mentor, Luis seeks to co-create an ambience where the mentee’s strengths and shadows have a safe place to learn and breathe. He has had a mindfulness practice since 1986 when he began going to classes with Jack Kornfield. He is a Zen student, and a centering prayer practitioner. Mostly though, Luis is an incredibly lucky husband, and latino Woody Allen flavored neurotic.