MBSR Practicum

Miami-Based MBSR Practicum Leading to Teacher Certification in Collaboration with UC San Diego’s Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute (MBPTI)


Best practice requires 6 to 8 teachers-in-training to proceed with the MBSR Practicum. The MBSR Practicum is now total of 10 class sessions.  $200 deposit required to reserve a seat. The remaining $1,545 is payable after the Orientation.  Installment payment plan available if needed.

    • Orientation: Date TBA.
    • MBSR Classes 1–8: Dates TBA
    • Practicum Classes 1–10: Dates TBA
    • All-Day Retreat: Date TBA
    • Location:  If it’s safe to meet in person, classes will be in the Garden Sanctuary. If not, it will be on Zoom.
    • Free parking nearby.

Contact Valerie York-Zimmerman for further info. E-mail: ijourney@att.net

Payment: $200 deposit required in advance to reserve a seat. The remaining $1545 is payable after classes begin.

2018 MBSR Practicum
2018 MBSR Practicum

MBSR Practicum Teachers-in-Training at Miami Mindfulness...

How to Apply? What’s the Cost? What Dates Are Required?


    1. Prior completion of MBSR Program
    2. 5-Day Teacher-Led Silent Mindfulness Retreat
    3. Personal Mindfulness-Based daily practice

If you have met the prerequisites (or equivalent) for the Practicum, you will be invited to register and will get a link to pay the required, non-refundable deposit of $200. Deposit must be received to complete your registration.

    • The full tuition for the MBSR Practicum is $1,745 (including the deposit).
    • Once registered, you will be contacted by phone for the required Pre-Interview.

Why Become Certified to Teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?

A well-trained Certified MBSR Teacher has completed rigorous coursework and training, supervised teaching, mentoring and thorough one-on-one review by certified senior teachers prior to being awarded the distinction of certification. It is a challenging pathway as set forth by:

The Miami Mindfulness MBSR Practicum is the 2nd step in the MBSR Certification Pathway outlined on the UCSD Center for Mindfulness. It is taught locally in Miami by Valerie York-Zimmerman.

This MBSR PRACTICUM is an in-depth, comprehensive, interactive practice teaching program emphasizing kindness, compassion and excellence.

It is a group-based program taught over ten weeks, allowing for the training and the practice teaching to become thoroughly absorbed in a consistent, step-by-step process. Studies have shown that group-based learning with expert and peer support such as this Practicum is more effective and helps change habits.

Practicum groups are limited to a minimum of 6 and maximum of 8 participants.

How Miami Mindfulness Is Qualified to Offer This Practicum

Valerie is the founder and senior teacher at Miami Mindfulness. She is certified to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Valerie began her training at the CFM in 1998 and has always honored the integrity and rigor of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s work.

Valerie is a Mentor at the Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute (MBPTI) in the Center for Mindfulness at UC San Diego.

What Value Do You Get from A Certification Accredited by UCSD/MBPTI?

Receipt of MBSR Teacher Certification allows teachers to represent and market themselves as a “Certified MBSR Teacher” which can be an important distinction in institutional settings such as education, healthcare, criminal justice, etc.

What Some Participants Say About Their MBSR Practicum Training at Miami Mindfulness

    • “I wanted to share my experience with the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Practicum that I participated in from March 2018 to April 2018. It was a powerfully transformative experience. Valerie is a knowledgeable, experienced and professional teacher. I very much appreciated that she honored the integrity and rigor of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s work. Her teaching introduced me to language and nuances that have exponentially enhanced my embodiment of mindfulness practice. My yoga teaching and yoga therapy have new tools, enhanced vocabulary, and understanding, because of the curriculum, teachings, and exploration during the Practicum. It has been a great entry-point into becoming certified to teach MBSR and I look forward to Valerie’s continued mentorship. ”
      ~ Peter J. Calin, The Yoga Warrior, JD, MBA, LLM-HR, CYT, retired corporate international tax attorney, et. al
    • “As a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner with extensive training in Integrative Medicine, I was impressed with the depth of this MBSR Practicum Training. The UCSD curriculum touches on many of the deeper tones and subtle notes of the study of mindfulness. Valerie, a sincere and compassionate practitioner, made for an excellent guide during this part of my journey.”
      ~ Dr. Thomas Schlepko DNB, ARNP, FNP-BC, Clinician, Educator, and Co-founder Health and Wellness Creations.
    • “It was a great experience to participate in the MBSR Practicum with Valerie. She is a very knowledgable, professional and warm person. This course gave me skills to assist my clients and motivated me to take my mindfulness training to the next level.” ~ Dioxy Herrera, professional coach, co-founder Health and Wellness Creations
    • “I have a husband, a young son, a daughter on the way, and a full-time job so traveling to a 9-day intensive Practicum course was not an option. I am grateful to Valerie for offering the course in Miami and have found that having it run over 8 weeks has allowed me to reflect on the teachings and see the benefits of the practices as my life unfolds. Valerie’s depth of knowledge from studying with Jon Kabat-Zinn himself, as well as other mindful leaders, has created a solid foundation for my future courses.”
      ~ Christiana, Employee Wellness Specialist
    • “Experiencing the positive changes by practicing mindfulness and incorporating the principles of MBSR into my daily life led me to want to share these experiences with others. In my desire to be able to share this gift with others, I chose to continue to expand my personal practice and to work on studying and practicing to become a teacher of MBSR. I began my studies with Valerie Zimmerman. With her guidance and generous sharing of her vast experience and knowledge, I earned my MBSR Teacher Qualification. Working with students of MBSR is a wonderful, powerful experience.”
      ~ Wendy Nottoli, M.A., CCC, BCaBA, Speech-Language Pathologist, Board-Certified assistant Behavior Analyst and Director, Kendall Speech and Language Center
    • “Having been an MBSR teacher for 20 years, Valerie brings a treasure trove of knowledge to the subject and teaches with enthusiasm and passion.”
      ~ Bill Durham, founder, Miami Meditation Center
    • “The 8 week MBSR practicum with Valerie has been hugely helpful in discerning my own place in the world of teaching mindfulness and in developing as a professional mindfulness teacher.”
      ~ Rodannie, 3rd grade teacher, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
    • “The MBSR Teacher Training Practicum is offered in a loving kindness setting while gaining the necessary guidance and skills as we journey on the path to becoming MBSR certified.”
      ~ Olga, M-DCPS middle school teacher, college professor and LMHC
    • “I have noticed a very subtle shift in my awareness of time. I am finding that I have a more “spacious” day, sort of like time has opened up for me. I am much less hurried and have many less moments of angst.”
      ~ Lucy, science teacher, private college-preparatory school in Miami

Our classes are in a lush, centrally-located, tranquil setting.

Students practicing walking meditation
Students practicing walking meditation