History

SOME HISTORY 

1998


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


2011


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


2012


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

2014


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)
https://www.miamiherald.com/living/health-fitness/article2825849.html

WLRN TV LOGO

‘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.

Read more at:
https://www.elnuevoherald.com/vivir-mejor/salud/article2538701.html


1966

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

These Two Giants first met in 1966 when Thich Nhat Hanh asked Dr. King to help him bring an end to the Vietnam War. Dr. King understood that ending the war was part of the civil rights movement so they agreed to work together. Tragically, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968. While they spent little time in each other’s company, their energy and vision took root and has continued to inspire civil rights, peace, and community.  Known as “Apostles of Peace,” their lives were dedicated to awakening us all to the path of compassion and understanding.  

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