Valerie York-Zimmerman has been a teacher and tireless advocate for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy in South Florida since 1998 and 2002, respectively. Valerie received both her training and certification from the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts where that work was pioneered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979. She is one of only two CFM Certified MBSR Teachers in the state of Florida and 109 worldwide. Ms. York-Zimmerman is also affiliated with the prestigious Professional Training Institute in the Center for Mindfulness at the University of California San Diego
Hundreds of people from all walks of life have taken Valerie’s IJ-MBSR training over the past 19 years, including many community leaders, physicians and mental health professionals, academics, judges and others whose work and lives impact the South Florida community. Many still take her advanced classes and have helped her in her mission to spread the benefits of mindfulness in the South Florida community. (Click here to read testimonials.)
After years of ongoing study and teaching her IJ-MBSR classes to adults, Valerie envisioned expanding these life-affirming principles to children. Convinced the most effective way to reach children was by raining their teachers, Valerie embarked on this daunting task with indefatigable energy and focus:
Perhaps one of the most impressive measures of the impact of Valerie’s mindfulness work in the South Florida community is the fact that she was nominated May of 2016 as one of three finalists for the Miami Herald South Florida Visionary Awards in Education.