Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 9:00 AM EDT
Friday, August 3, 2018 at 4:00 PM EDT

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Riviera Presbyterian Church 
5275 Sunset Drive
The Sanctuary
Miami, FL 33143

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Instructor: Zayda Vallejo










Ms. Vallejo  is 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.Since 2006 she has been training professionals who aspire to teach the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. From 2015 - 2017, she was 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. From 2009 through 2015, Ms. Vallejo taught mindfulness classes at the Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard University teaching hospital, which incorporated brain MRI’s into the research of experts in different fields.

From 2008-2013 she was part of the faculty of the Initiative on Transforming Trauma at the Garrison Institute in New York led by Diana Rose and Sharon Salzberg. 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.


Sacha Suarez 
Mindful Kids Miami 
305-270-3262 x18 

Mindfulness Immersion (MI) 

Mindfulness Immersion (MI) is a 4-day, 28-hour psycho-educational group intervention based on the curriculum of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, with modifications designed to activate stress-reducing internal mechanisms, cultivate compassion for oneself and others, and increase effectiveness in interpersonal communications. Mindfulness practices have been consistently associated with decreased psychological distress, increased empathy, and improvement in relationship satisfaction. Mindfulness has also been shown to help increase memory functioning, focus, and cognitive flexibility in addition to a host of other improvements in overall well-being.

When we bring mindfulness and compassion into our communication with others, the resultcan be a significant deepening of our understanding of others, and greater harmony in ourrelationships. Mindfulness Immersion is an experiential training that integrates mindfulness and compassion practices to hone skillful listening.

Program activities include meditation, gentle mindful movement, experiential exercises, group discussion, and didactic educational components. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MI. Experienced practitioners of mindfulness will also benefit from the way that this program weaves its core elements. Home practice related to activities of daily life is assigned each day.

Meeting Dates: July 31, August 1, 2 and 3  

28 hours Four-Day Program

7 hours (9:00-4PM) One hour for lunch  

Immersion Fee: $450

M-DCPS Educator Fee: $100 

Professional Development Program for Miami Dade County Public Schools Educators - Earn 28 Master Plan points 

Course satisfies pre-requisite for the Mindful Teacher Training Program