Mindfulness Coach & MBSR Teacher, CFM/UMASS
My own journey to mindfulness
My main academic background is in marketing, holding an MBA from the University of Bridgeport, USA. Until 2013 and for twenty-five years, I worked in the marketing communications field running also my own company abroad. During that period, I gained extensive experience and understanding of how human mind works and the influence beliefs, thoughts and feelings exert in the way we perceive, act and experience life.
Around 2009 due to personal life difficulties, I began to learn more and better understand the applications and benefits of mindfulness. The turning point for my decision to fully immerse and commit to mindfulness came when I had the unique chance to met and work with Jon Kabat-Zinn while participating in one of his workshops. After a series of formal studies, international workshops and professional training programs including a semester in Buddhist psychology at the Kathmandu University (Rangjung Yeshe Institute), in 2015 I acquired authorization to teach the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program of the Centre For Mindfulness and Medical School of the University of Massachusetts.
Today, my effort and focus is to support the cultivation and integration of mindfulness into our lives as a means of healing, knowledge, change and growth. To teach how we can relate to our experiences with equanimity and an open, more flexible approach for emotional balance and personal growth. To offer a “roadmap” how to access our inner resources for wisdom and compassion to meet skillfully life’s inevitable challenges. Last but not least, "not to forget” (the original meaning of the ancient Pali word “sati” translated as “mindfulness”) that life, is a unique and exciting journey and the only moment we really have to live, to learn and to love, is now!
With Jon Kabat Zinn
MBSR - Teacher Development Intensive (TDI)
F. Meleo-Mayer MS/MA,
L. Fjorback, J. Piet
15 - 23/9/2015, UMASS/CFM
MBSR - Practicum
F. Meleo-Mayer, R. Smith
9 - 12/9/2015, UMASS/CFM
MBSR - Mind & Body Medicine
S. Santorelli, F. Meleo Mayer,
5 - 12/6/2015,UMASS/CFM
MBSR - Mindfulness Tools
F. Meleo-Mayer, R. D. Smith
3 - 8/9/2015, Nirakara Mindfulness Institute
“Coming To Our Senses”
22 - 25/5/2015, Omega Institute
“Touching the Present - Exploring the Nature of Self”
Pema Chödrön, Tim Olmsted
29 - 31/5/2015, Omega Institute
“An Evening with Deepak Chopra”
"Buddhist Teachings & Guided Meditations"
Ven. Robina Courtin
2 - 5/4/2015, Tao’s Center
5-Nights with Adyashanti
07 - 12/08/2016, Zeist
10-Days Vipassana Retreat
Nepal Vipassana Center
15 - 26/8/2014, Kathmandu
15-Days Meditation Retreat
Asura Cave Retreat Centre
27/7 - 13/8/2014, Pharping
8-Days Guided Silent
30/4 - 6/5/2014, Brasov
...life is a unique and exciting journey and the only moment which we really have to live, to learn and to love,
...the program improved the quality of my life. I discovered compassion for myself and so I can be more calm, even when I have negative thoughts. Bringing mindfulness to my interactions, I feel more connected to others (family and friends). Bringing mindfulness to daily activities such as eating, I enjoy them more.
MBSR & Insight Coaching programs
...the program was a gift to myself, perhaps one of the most valuable and lasting ones . My sleep has improved, the way I deal with everyday situations that used to make me angry, now seem to have no effect on me and above all the program has offered me a way to get closer to myself, to "listen" how I feel and to accept the situations (inside me and around me) as they are now..
For me it was the beginning of a huge change in the way I see myself, in life and in relation to others. The most basic "gift" I received is a new confidence, and knowing that in the difficulties of life I have a tool that will help me live and overcome them. My stress has decreased significantly and I feel more present in the beautiful moments of my life, but also in the difficult ones, with the ease of seeing them for what they are.
To become the best version of myself is very important for me and the program significantly contributed toward that goal. Besides, the most important and beneficial skill that I got from the program is that I feel more present in the beautiful moments, which usually I was missing in my everyday life.