Mindful Kids Miami


Saturday March 26, 2016 at 9:30 AM EDT
Saturday May 28, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT

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Mindful Kids Miami @ Riviera Presbyterian Church 
5275 Sunset Drive
2nd Floor, Room #19
Miami, FL 33143

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Mindful Kids Miami & Miami Mindfulness 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program - Saturday Morning Class Beginning March 26th, 2016 

“You are the world expert on your life, your body, and your mind, or at least you are in the best position to become that expert if you observe carefully. Part of the adventure of meditation is to use yourself as a laboratory to find out who you are and what you are capable of doing.” Jon Kabat-Zinn - Full Catastrophe Living.


Since its inception in 1979, tens of thousands of people have completed the eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) and learned how to use their innate resources and abilities to respond more effectively to stress, pain, and illness. Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is unfolding in your life, moment-to-moment, with awareness, compassion, acceptance, and curiosity. MBSR is a secular, scientifically informed approach that operates in harmony with any belief system or spiritual background and can be practiced by people of all backgrounds. No prior experience is necessary.


Over three decades of scientific research at medical centers all over the world demonstrate that training in mindfulness and MBSR can positively and profoundly affect participants’ ability to reduce medical symptoms and psychological distress while learning to live life with more enjoyment and balance. Close to 700 evidence-based research studies are published annually on the benefits of MBSR and other mindfulness-based interventions for a range of medical conditions such as asthma, breast cancer, solid organ transplant, bone marrow transplant, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, hypertension, myocardial ischemia, type 2 diabetes, obesity, COPD, lupus, and more. Studies also present benefits for a range of psychiatric disorders, including anxiety disorders, depression, personality disorders, eating disorders, drug abuse and dependence, PTSD, schizophrenia, and others.


This spring, join MKM and Miami Mindfulness for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), the eight-week course developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness. The course teaches practical ways to integrate mindfulness into daily life and build and sustain a personal mindfulness practice. 



Space is limited. Please register early.

Orientation class on Saturday, March 26th, from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Classes on Saturdays April 2 - May 28th, from 9:30 - 12:00 p.m.

All-Day Retreat on Saturday, May 14th, from 9:00 - 4:30 p.m.

All participants must attend the orientation and participate in an individual interview prior to attending Class 1

Presenter Zayda Vallejo

Zayda Vallejo Senior Teacher And Trainer Before joining Mindful Kids Miami, Ms. Vallejo  was an adjunct faculty member and part of the Supervisory Team and Certification Review Board at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is currently a faculty member at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. For the last year and half, she has been part of a team at the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at Harvard University Medical School’s Cambridge Health Alliance, developing a curriculum for mindfulness training in primary care. She is also part of a team of researchers from Boston Medical Center developing a mindfulness intervention for mothers who have experienced intimate partner violence. She co-authored a manual for mental health clinicians with Dr. Lisa Fortuna, “Treating Co-occurring Adolescent PTSD and Addiction: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Adolescents with Trauma and Substance-Abuse Disorders,” published in October 2015. Ms. Vallejo co-authored a curriculum with Dr. Hortensia Amaro: “Moment-by-Moment in Women’s Recovery: A Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention Program,” published in 2008. Ms. Vallejo was born in Colombia, South America and completed her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at Loyola University in Chicago and a Master’s degree in Political Economics at Oxford University in England. She has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1978.

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