MBSR Mentorship

One-on-one mentorship is a key component of development for new, as well as experienced, teachers of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). It provides the intimacy and support of a close connection with a seasoned guiding teacher. It offers a safe container for an open and honest exploration of discoveries, challenges, breakthroughs, insights, and possibilities that inevitably arise in the process of teaching mindfulness.

The Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute (MBPTI) at the University of California at San Diego has defined mentorship as:

“A contractual arrangement between a mentor and mentee which focuses on a mentee’s mindfulness-based teaching in secular (or as I prefer to say “mainstream”) settings and supports the ongoing development of personal practice. The purpose of this arrangement is to promote competency and best practice skills for teaching mindfulness in secular (or “mainstream”) settings and to encourage the relevance of applying the principles of mindfulness in everyday life”.

Mentorship is Step 4 in the process of becoming an MBSR Teacher. You can find the step-by- step pathway outlined on the University of San Diego’s MBPTI website at:

The MBPTI offers a list of Mentors from whom you can choose to guide you through Step 4. Valerie York-Zimmerman is the only Miami-based Mentor on the UCSD Mentorship Team.

She is a first-generation MBSR Teacher who began her training at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness in 1998 while Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn was still the acting Executive Director. She continues to train with Dr. Kabat-Zinn and other esteemed Western Mindfulness-Based teachers as well as Eastern monks at least once a year and as often as she is able.

To inquire about a mentor relationship please email Valerie via email at ijourney@att.net