Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.
~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

Miami Mindfulness offers the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program and other Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBI’s). 

These programs are based on the work pioneered in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, scientist, author and world-renowned mindfulness meditation teacher. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he was founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, as well as founder and former director of its Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Clinic.

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Special Invitation to Sit in the Wisdom and Words of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Sitting Together Heart to Heart for Ukraine and the World” with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn was recorded on Saturday, March 12th. This gathering nourishing the heart and soul of mindfulness practitioners and teachers from around the world was hosted by Anne Twohig, Founder, Centre for Mindfulness Ireland, Bob Stahl, Carolyn West, Ted Meissner, and Tony Maciag.

Recent Mindfulness Videos & Recordings You Might Find Educational or Inspiring

Welcoming Allan Goldstein (https://mbsrmentorship.com/) former Managing Director of the UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute (MBPTI), now at “Views From The Field” featuring Allan’s Mindful Teacher Community Live episodes held weekly on Sundays. In this April 10th session with Valerie York-Zimmerman, Certified MBSR Teacher at Miami Mindfulness and Teacher/Trainer for UCSD’s M-B Professional Training Institute, Allan hosts a conversation with Valerie about teaching mindfulness to adults, children and teens, as well as fostering mindfulness & resilience in our communities and schools.  

‘Clearing the Stage’  Podcast Episode 8

Introducing Carson Marshall, an amazing violinist at the New World Symphony on Miami Beach and Founder of “Clearing the Stage,” through which he is bringing mindfulness meditation into the concert hall, has just completed a wonderful new offering. “Episode 8” features Carson on the violin and Umer Piracha singing a folk song from his hometown where the great poet Rumi lived. Umer is a classically trained singer and translator of ancient Sufi mystical poetry and music from the Royal Courts of 14th Century India. The singing and music rise like a magnificent wave reaching for the heavens. Valerie York-Zimmerman leads a guided sitting meditation to prepare you for a “deep listening” and mystical experience. To listen to CTS Episode Eight, visit ClearingtheStage.com

Mindfulness and Adverse Childhood Experiences

Video from ‘Resilience’ – The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope event  featured the award-winning documentary about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and was followed by panelists discussing “wise actions” we can take to foster resilience and mindfulness in our beloved communities. It was held March 12th at Gables UCC.


Miami Mindfulness programs benefit adults, teens and children. These programs improve wellbeing and reduce stress-related physical, psychological and emotional symptoms.

Valerie York-Zimmerman
Valerie York-Zimmerman

Miami Mindfulness programs are taught by founder Valerie York-Zimmerman.  She is certified to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Ms. York-Zimmerman is a teacher and mentor affiliated with the Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute (MBPTI), Center for Mindfulness, University of California San Diego. She was nominated by the Miami Herald for the 2016 South Florida Visionary Award in Education.

Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation:

• Increases awareness
• Improves focus and attention
• Cultivates compassion
• Provides clarity of mind
• Accesses resources for healing
• Cultivates resilience
• Reduces stress and anxiety
• Decreases anxiety and worry
• Reduces anger and hostility
• Prevents relapse of depression
• Prevents substance abuse
• Reduces intolerance



RESILIENCE and ACEs documentary film screening and panel discussion at Coral Gables Congregational Church.  (March 12, 2022)

‘Blue Waves’ Event with Carson Marshall at New World Symphony was presented on March 11, 2022 to explore the innermost aspects of the human experience. Music Fellows used music and immersive visual art as an emotional gateway to a guided journey that celebrates our collective resilience. Before the concert, the audience was guided in meditation by Carson Marshall.   (March 11, 2022)


Improved Mental Health Through Mindfulness-Based Programs (Biltmore Hotel, December 2019)



Mindfulness in Education (2014)

‘A Mindful Miami’ Conference

Hear Valerie York-Zimmerman and David Lawrence Jr. on WLRN’s Topical Currents with Joe Cooper.


Inner Journey Teacher Training (IJTT)

New: In-Depth, Sustainable Mindfulness Training for Educators, Clinicians, and Other Professionals Teaching Children and Teens. Taught by Valerie York-Zimmerman, this 12-week training is intended for those who have already completed the MBSR Program, MBCT Program, or equivalent training. More information here.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR)

Taught by Valerie York-Zimmerman. The internationally acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) for adults was created by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979. MBSR is an evidenced-based, experiential, group training that teaches mindfulness-based practices and skills as a health intervention.  More info…
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