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

Maneula Gabbi“The Inner Journey Teacher Training has been an amazing opportunity to learn about Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness while intensely cultivating lovingkindness and compassion. The extraordinary combination of in-depth experiential learning with the support of a strong scientific perspective has made this training particularly powerful and effective.”

Manuela Gabbi,
Psychologist, MBSR Teacher-in-Training

“Valerie York-Zimmerman’s fierce advocacy for the children and teens of Miami-Dade County is evident in the passion and conviction she brings to the Inner Journey Teacher Training program which is based on her years of experience in proven mindfulness-based practices. My only regret is that my own training in this program is ending much too soon!”

Nancy Lynk-Alberts
Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, RYT 500, M.S. Counseling

TESTIMONIAL for Valerie York-Zimmerman and MBSR Program

Susan Woods“Valerie York-Zimmerman brings many years of working in the field of mindfulness-based approaches.  She has a passion and commitment for this work and has been instrumental in bringing mindfulness-based interventions to Miami, primarily in the field of education.  In 2011 along with her husband, Leonard A. Zimmerman, MD, Valerie launched Mindful Kids Miami, a non-profit organization to bring mindfulness to children in grades Pre-K through 12.  In this capacity she has made an important contribution to offering quality trainings. Valerie has always believed in developing best practice skills for future Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teachers.  In 2014 and 2015, I was pleased she was able to join me and the teaching team facilitating the MBSR Teacher Training Intensive sponsored by the Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute (MBPTI), UC San Diego.  Valerie is also one of the MBSR mentors for the MBPTI.  Thank you Valerie for what you bring to this field of mindfulness-based approaches.”

~ Susan Woods, MSW., LICSW
Senior MBSR/MBCT teacher trainer and mentor
Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute
Center for Mindfulness, UC San Diego