Miami Mindfulness launched in Miami in 1998 as “Inner Journey.”


“Mindful Kids Miami” incorporated by Valerie and Leonard Zimmerman, MD, in 2011 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


Mindfulness in Education Weekend Workshop with Daniel Rechtschaffen
at Temple Judea and Books & Books Coral Gables, March 2012

‘IN the Moment
by Marcella McCarthy
in The Miami Herald
March 2012





February 2013

A Mindful Miami Event – Produced by Mindful Kids Miami

“A MINDFUL MIAMI”- 1st Major Mindfulness Event in Miami, Storer Auditorium, UM School of Business (February 2013)

Featuring U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan, Author of, “A Mindful Nation,” along with Valerie York-Zimmerman, Mindful Kids Miami, Amishi Jha, UM Dept. of Psychology, and Scott Rogers, UM Law School

November 2013

The One Quality You Must Instill In Your Child  (The Huffington Post)

by Amanda McCorquodale, Nov. 8, 2013

Garden Sanctuary, South Miami – Mindful Kids Miami Founder and Trainer Valerie York-Zimmerman (foreground) teaching MTTP to educators and therapists serving children.
Teachers and students after a mindfulness class for kids

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A Mindful Miami Conference at UM Student Center
(October 2014)

Featuring Mindfulness in Healthcare – Education – Criminal Justice – Mental Health, with David Lawrence Jr., Alberto Carvalho (MDCPS Superintendent), Miami Judge Steven Leifman, George Mumford (Trainer for Chicago Bulls and L.A. Lakers), Susan Woods, Vera Hirsch (Principal of AIE), et al.

‘Mindful’ conference draws big crowd
(Miami Herald)


‘A Mindful Miami’ Conference (WLRN-FM)
Hear David Lawrence Jr. and Valerie York-Zimmerman, on WLRN’s Topical Currents with Joe Cooper. (October 2, 2014)

Atención plena: enfocar la mente en el momento presente

El entrenamiento que la educadora ofrece tiene diferentes categorías. ROBERTO KOLTUN El Nuevo Herald

Por Elena Iglesias, Especial por el Nuevo Herald, 27 de Octubre de 2014

Mindfulness (atención plena) es la capacidad intrínseca de la mente de estar presente y consciente en un momento determinado, en el que cuerpo y mente se sincronizan totalmente en la realidad presente. Esta experiencia se entrena con la práctica de la meditación.

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The Beloved Community

Inspired by the great work and intention of “Two Giants,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, who together dreamed of building “The Beloved Community,” Valerie has always taken an inclusive and interconnected community-based approach for Miami events.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

Taken from “When Giants Meet,” Planting Seeds of Compassion, Jan. 11, 2017.  https://thichnhathanhfoundation.org/blog/2017/8/9/when-giants-meet