‘Blue Waves’ with Carson Marshall at New World Symphony

‘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. 

MORE about the event and the Fellows that designed it is here: https://www.nws.edu/events-tickets/concerts/blue-waves/

ENJOY PODCASTS?  You can follow Carson Marshall at Clearing the Stage” podcast for future music & meditation special events. 


Visuals by AQUEOUS, an ARTECHOUSE original production. Blue Waves is an NWS BLUE Project. Fellow-driven projects are sponsored in part by the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation and NWS’s Fund for New Ventures. Visuals by AQUEOUS, an ARTECHOUSE original production. NWS BLUE Project Team:  Amy Sunyoung Lee, Christina Choi, James Churchill, Natsuko Takashima

Mindfulness + New World Symphony

NWS blue project logo
Regrets but this NWS concert has been postponed.


NWS BLUE projects allow all Fellows to pursue musical activism based on their personal interests with their own original initiatives, from concept to execution. These special projects guide their continued development, while demonstrating music’s ability to have a positive impact on the community, and benefiting South Florida programs and businesses.

The 2019-20 season’s BLUE projects fall into three main categories: audience and community engagement, education and media, and will reach diverse audiences.


Monday, April 6 at 7:30 PM, SunTrust Pavilion

Fellows: Carson Marshall, Amelia del Caño, Eric Windmeier

Audience is guided through a series of sonic meditations during performances of works by Bach, Beethoven, Pauline Oliveros and others.

Video: “Mindfulness and Mental Health” with Runcie, Jennings, Brewer and Leifman.

Fall 2019 Classes

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program

UPCOMING FALL 2019 MBSR PROGRAM Reduce the symptoms of physical, psychological or emotional distress.

  • Call 305-668-3590 to add your name to the Participants List. Space is limited.
  • Format: Eight 2-½ hour weekly classes, All-Day Retreat, audio files and Workbook.
  • Orientation: Thurs., Sept. 19, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Classes 1 – 8: Thurs., Sept. 26 – Nov. 14, 2019, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
  • All-Day Retreat: Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019.
  • Tuition: $600 (general public). Some scholarships are available for public school teachers.
  • Location: Meditation hall. Free parking.


MBSR Grads program (new)

  • Evening MBSR Grads Group begins again Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 6:00 — 8:00 pm.
  • If you are a graduate of MBSR, please sign up by sending your RSVP email to Valerie York-Zimmerman at ijourney@att.net.


Improved Mental Health Through Mindfulness-Based Programs

Judson Brewer,
M.D., Ph.D.
The Honorable
Steven Leifman
Patricia (Tish)
Jennings, M.Ed., Ph.D

JOIN US in Miami for cutting-edge talks and a conversation with three exceptional national leaders in behavior, addiction, wellbeing, education, community-based treatment, and criminal justice.
DATES: Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, 2019


Compassion Fatigue, Provider Burnout & Vicarious Trauma


When: Jan. 9, 2019, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: United Way of Broward County, 1300 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale

Presented with the support of United Way of Broward County.

Gus Castellanos, M.D. is a retired neurologist that has been teaching mindfulness-based programs since 2009 to a variety of audiences including school teachers, first responders, military, inmates, treatment centers, medical students and the general public. He is certified to teach mindfulness by the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness.

Register Now! Spots are Limited!

Bill Porter: Visiting China’s Poets of the Past

JOIN OUR FRIENDS from the Miami Meditation Center for a special evening with Bill Porter / Red Pine.

When: Friday, Nov. 9, 7:30 PM – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Key Biscayne Beach Club

Bill Porter, who uses the pen name Red Pine, is an American author, scholar and translator of ancient Chinese texts and poetry. Following graduate studies at Columbia University, Bill traveled extensively throughout China and East Asia. Red Pine is the 2018 winner of the American Academy of Arts & Letters Thornton Wilder Prize for Poetry and Sutras.

This event is sponsored by the Miami Meditation Center.

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Congressman Tim Ryan Visits Miami-Dade Schools (The Miami Herald)


Published May 1, 2018 Copyright  (c) 2018 The Miami Herald

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan
Rep. Tim Ryan

Congressman Tim Ryan, an Ohio Democrat, recently visited several inner city schools in Miami-Dade to raise awareness on the importance of using the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program as a tool to combat stress, aggression, bullying and school violence.

Ryan visited the Academy for International Education in Miami Springs, Mater Academy of International Studies in Miami, and Arcola Lakes Elementary School in Liberty City. His visit was organized by Valerie York-Zimmerman, founder of Miami Mindfulness, which provides professional training of the program to teachers and counselors, who then teach students in the classroom. The training aims to increase attention and academic achievement, reduce stress and increase performance, improve impulse control and increase teaching time in classrooms, develop emotional regulation and teach students to respond instead of reacting, and build empathy and compassion.

“For a very small investment, we can prevent tragic future costs and heartaches in our communities. How much will we save in preventing substance abuse? How much will we save in preventing suicides and mass shootings because children feel isolated and alone? My goal is to get us to focus more on mental health and well-being in the most important asset we have in America — well-functioning human beings,” Ryan said.

Read more at: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article210238134.html#