Celebrating Our 1st Annual
Teacher-Led Silent Mindfulness
Retreat in Delray Beach 

Miami Mindfulness and
South Florida Center for Mindfulness

... are delighted to share with you photos and comments from participants in our 1st Annual Teacher-Led Silent Mindfulness Retreat entitled “Each Day A New Beginning.”

Retreats are held in a serene and comfortable setting at the Duncan Conference Center in Delray Beach, Fla.

Miami Mindfulness logo South Florida Center for Mindfulness logo

They are co-led by Valerie York-Zimmerman, founder of Miami Mindfulness, and Sharon Theroux, founder of South Florida Center for Mindfulness. Both teachers are certified to teach MBSR by the Oasis Institute at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Valerie York-Zimmerman
Valerie York-Zimmerman
Sharon Theroux Ph.D.
Sharon Theroux, Ph.D.


Mark your calendars now for January 15-20, 2019

...to join us for our next 5-Day Silent Mindfulness Retreat which honors the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) principles developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Developing essential mindfulness skills through teacher-led silent mindfulness retreats is important. These skills are required for MBSR Teachers-in-Training. .

The following article by Jon Kabat-Zinn explores the foundations of MBSR and the importance of meditation practice and retreat attendance.


What the attendees said about the 2017 retreat

“I am deeply appreciative of this quiet launch to a new and more mindful chapter.” ~  Margot, writer

“The retreat was very refreshing, perfect for a new beginning.”  ~  Adriana, Human Resources

“A balm for our tired souls, for our tired, busy minds. A poignant reminder that loving kindness can and does change the world, one gesture at a time.”  ~  Cristina, Professional Fundraiser

“It has brought a stillness of mind, body and spirit which has allowed me to witness internal peace and love that I will undoubtedly share with others.”  ~ Olga, LMHC, Professor, Teacher

“What an awesome privilege to be able to spend a few days in blessed silence at the serene and welcoming Duncan Center in Delray Beach, Fla.” ~ Angela, Miami, Retired

“I came wanting more peace in my heart and mind.  I felt guided, safe and comforted.  I leave with more peace and a few more steps along my journey.”   ~  Jean, Special Ed Teacher

“My experience was wonderful.  I am taking away tools that I can use in my everyday minute-to-minute, ongoing life.  What a gift to give myself and my family.”  ~  Lisa, Fundraising-Development-Membership Associate, Miami Book Fair

“This retreat was exactly what I needed to deepen my meditation practice and renew my energy and spirit. Valerie and Sharon are precious gifts and I am endlessly grateful.”  ~ Cina, LCSW