My own mindfulness practice is deepened by teaching. I began the process of becoming an MBSR teacher in 2013. I wanted to teach mindfulness to my clients that were dealing with cancer and chronic illness. I discovered that I benefited enormously from this research based program. My ability to pause and breathe in challenging situations allowed me to become aware of and reduce stress in daily life.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Education:
2018 Advanced Teachers Training for MBSR Teachers, March 4-9, 2018. Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center, North Andover, MA
2017 Jon Kabat-Zinn. Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness. September 10–15, 2017, at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY.
2016 Qualified MBSR Teacher by the University of California San Diego, Center for Mindfulness Institute.
2016 Mindfulness in Schools: a six week course in teaching mindfulness to children and youth.
2016 Eight Week Internship – Mindfulness Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Internships involve working one-on-one with a senior MBSR teacher within the structure of an existing MBSR Foundation Course. Interns will guide meditations and lead presen-tation dialogues in the MBSR Course and have the opportunity to obtain feedback on their facilitation skills.
2016 – 2017 Twenty-two hours of one-on-one Mentorship with Diane Reibel, PhD. “A contractual arrangement between a mentor and mentee which focuses on a mentee’s mindfulness-based teaching in secular settings. 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 apply ing the principles of mindfulness in everyday life”.
2015 Accepted into the University of California, San Diego, Center for Mindfulness, Professional Training institute. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Certification.
2015 MBSR in Mind-Body Medicine: Seven Day Residential Professional Training at Omega Institute. June 5-12 2015 taught by Saki F. Santorellli EdD, MA, Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA and Judson Brewer, MD, PhD.
2015 Training in Mindfulness-Based Inquiry, Diane Reibel Ph.D., Mindfulness Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, April 30-May 2, 2015.
2015 Practicum in MBSR for Professionals (60 hours) at Mindfulness Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital with Diane Reibel, PhD.
2013 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the Penn Program for Mindfulness at the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
2015 – Present Teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes in the community.
2012 – Present Blossom Hill Center for Health, Owner. I facilitate group and individual MBSR classes and yoga classes for the general public and for people with cancer and chronic illness in my studio.
2012 – 2016 Facilitator of Living Well: Integrating Mind, Body, Spirit, Lancaster General Hospital, a mindful meditation, yoga, guided imagery and deep relaxation program for people with a cancer diagnosis.
2014 Administrator for Yoga Therapy for People with Cancer and Chronic Illness, New York, New York.
1999 – 2012 Lancaster Country Day School. Elementary School Teacher in a Kindergarten – 12th grade independent, college preparatory school.
1997-1999 Delaware Valley Friends School. Paoli, PA. High School Language Arts Teacher at a school for students with learning differences.
1993-1997 Facilitator of the Alternatives to Violence Project, Conflict Resolution Workshop in colleges, schools, correctional facilities, hospitals, businesses and the community.
An important aspect of teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is experiencing extended silent retreats each year. Below are the silent retreats I have attended.
2017 Mindfulness, Insight, Liberation: Insight Meditation Retreat; July 8 — 16, 2017, at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA.
2016 Finding Inner Peace: Monastic Retreat; March 25 – April 4, 2016, at the Insight Meditation Society in Barr, MA.
2015 Awareness with Wisdom: Insight Meditation Retreat; August 7 – 16, 2015, at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA.
2015 Deepening Our Practice: A 5-Day Silent Mindfulness Retreat, June 21 – June 26, 2015 at Pendle Hill Retreat Center, Wallingford, PA with Diane Reibel, Ph.D and Don McCown, MAMS, MSW, Ph.D.
2014 The Trager Approach Training, Level 1, The Trager Approach is a pleasurable, gentle and effective approach to movement education and mind/body integration.
2014 Yoga Therapy for People with Cancer and Chronic Illness Level 3, 80 hour Teacher Training with Jnani Chapman.
2013 Yoga Therapy for People with Cancer and Chronic Illness Level 2, Internship (2 years) with Jnani Chapman.
2013 Yoga Therapy for People with Cancer and Chronic Illness Level 1, 80 hour Teacher Training with Jnani Chapman.
2012 Yoga Teacher Training – 250 hour training at Briala Bodyworks with Briala Silva.
2009 Yoga Ed. 7-Day K-8 Instructor Training Certification and Yoga Ed. Tools for Teachers with Joanne Spence.
2007 Yoga Teacher Training – 200 hour training in Philadelphia at Power Yoga Works with Bill Raup.
2005 Wilkes University, MA in Educational Development.
1996 Millersville University, BS in Elementary Education, Cum Laude.