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


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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TESTIMONIALS from participants in the inaugural Inner Journey Teacher Training:

Niamh Houghton“The Inner Journey TT has been a truly wonderful, rich, inspiring journey. It, very effectively, blends traditional Mindfulness practices, NVC, Inner Child work, etc., with current research on Childhood Trauma. Valerie brings her passion, conviction, clarity, knowledge, and compassion to each class. Above all else, the training encourages and nourishes an attitude of kindness, compassion, understanding and mindful awareness towards our children and young people. The course offers a profound opportunity for deep self-inquiry and healing. I would highly recommend this course to anyone working with children and young people in any setting.”

Niamh Houghton
Founder and Teacher, Mindful Kids Belfast, Northern Ireland

Gus CastellanosThe Inner Journey Teacher Training (IJTT) is an incredible opportunity to learn tools, practices, and ways to teach mindfulness to children and teens. Valerie York-Zimmerman is a knowledgeable and caring teacher trainer whose passion for this work is evident. She brings her years of experience practicing, teaching, and training teachers into every class.
IJTT gives participants a broad understanding of how they can bring mindfulness to children and teens of all backgrounds. The program is an effective blend of science, practice, and inquiry. It covers foundational mindfulness practices and principles and more up-to-date topics such as trauma-sensitive awareness, social-cultural effects, and compassionate communication skills.
This training is a wonderfully rich experience thanks to Valerie’s clarity, authenticity, and potency and the community of like-minded learners that support each other. I highly recommend this training for novice or experienced mindfulness teachers that would like to dive deeply into what it is like to bring mindfulness to our youth. “

Gus Castellanos, UMass Certified MBSR teacher, retired Neurologist 


Frances Lacuesta“I’ve been a student of Valerie since 2018 and joined her Inner Journey Teacher Training to not only deepen my own practice but also to learn trauma-informed practices to teach mindfulness to kids and teens. What I loved is that we didn’t only learn tools and practices. We also dove deep into challenging conversations of our times so we can speak and honor our truth. I admire Valerie’s authenticity and embodied presence in each class. I feel the Inner Journey TT program is an essential course to take for Mindfulness Teachers and practitioners who want to bring mindfulness into schools and communities.”

Frances Lacuesta
Senior Deployment Specialist (Wunderman Thompson Data),
MBSR Teacher-in-Training, Owner of Mind Body Heart Mindfulness
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About Valerie York-Zimmerman

Valerie York-Zimmerman 2020
Valerie York-Zimmerman 2020

Valerie York-Zimmerman has been a teacher and tireless advocate for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in South Florida since 1998 and 2002, respectively. Valerie received her training from and was certified to teach MBSR by the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, where MBSR was pioneered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979.

She is affiliated with the Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute (MBPTI) at the University of California San Diego, where she is an approved MBSR Mentor and Teacher of the MBSR Practicum in Miami for those seeking to become a Certified MBSR Teacher. Continue reading “About Valerie York-Zimmerman”

Benefits of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

RESILIENCE and Adverse Childhood Experiences, March 2022

MORE on Resilience and ACE’s event is here…

A Mindful South Florida Conference, December 2019

Mindfulness in Education

      • U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan (D,Ohio): National Leader for Mental Health, Safe Schools, Mindfulness in Education visited three inner-city public schools last April.
      • Tim Ryan
        U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan

        Must-see Video: Congressman Ryan with local leadership and school children engaging in Mindfulness-Based practices at Arcola Lakes Elementary in Liberty City, Miami

    Mindfulness in Schools

    Valerie York-Zimmerman leads Palmer Trinity School students in mindfulness practices shortly before final exams.

    ‘A Mindful Miami’ Conference, 2014

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

    What Is Mindfulness?

    This segment by Anderson Cooper aired on CBS News “60 Minutes”

    Above: Anderson Cooper explores mindfulness in a segment on CBS 60 Minutes, including interviews with the ‘father of MBSR’ Jon Kabat-Zinn.