Barbara Rose Sherman, Instructor
Barbara Rose Sherman earned a B.S. degree from the University of Southern California. She is a Trained Mindfulness Facilitator from the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and a UCLA Mindful Awareness Practices Affiliated Teacher. Barbara is a Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500, and is co-author of the college textbook, Yoga for the Joy of It!. She has been teaching yoga, restorative yoga, stress reduction and wellness programs for more than 20 years. She developed and leads corporate wellness programs, Women’s Health and Healing workshops, and yoga and meditation retreats. She created mindfulness workshops for the Santa Barbara Braille Institute and the City of Santa Barbara Department of Public Works. Testimonials from participants praise these programs as “life-changing." Barbara believes that mindfulness, the conscious direction of awareness to the present, creates a foundation for wisdom and well-being.
Joshua Steinfeldt, Instructor
Joshua Steinfeldt holds a Masters Degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a student of Dr. Martin Seligman, and Dr. Angela Duckworth. Passionate about the intersection of modern science and ancient wisdom Joshua attained evidence-based training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness Facilitation, and Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT), through teacher training programs at UCSD, UCLA, and Stanford University respectively. He has been practicing meditation formally for the past 8 years, and has gone on a number of 10-day silent meditation retreats to deepen his own practice. Joshua leads a variety of mindfulness and compassion programs for the general public, and also hosts a podcast, The Courageous Life, which features world-renowned thought leaders in Mindfulness and Positive Psychology. The show explores living a meaningful and authentic life, and the courage it takes to do so.
Daisy Swan, MA, Instructor
Daisy Swan, is a UCLA Certified Mindfulness Facilitator who teaches MAPS I and II Classes. She began studying Tibetan buddhism and practicing mindfulness meditation about 30 years ago. Incorporating mindfulness into programs she offers through her business as a career coach and strategist, Daisy helps stressed out clients from corporate, legal, entertainment, tech and other career paths, and workshop participants, find their way to more clarity and satisfaction as they make life, work and organizational transitions. Daisy has also earned her Certification as a Professional Co-Active Coach from the Coaches Training Institute, and her Certification as a Somatic Coach from the Strozzi Institute in Petaluma, CA. She regularly attends silent retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA.
Rick Sweeney, Instructor
Rick is a Trained Mindfulness Facilitator through UCLA's Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC) at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. As an affiliate UCLA Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPS) teacher he has been and is presently teaching UCLA’s MAPS courses . He is certified to teach youth through Mindful Schools. Rick is also a Certified Mindfulness Teacher-Professional level (CMT-P) by the I.M.T.A.
Rick started Mindfulness Meditation practice in 2006 to reduce stress and improve his health. He quickly discovered positive changes from his practice and wanted to share practices and possibilities with others. He regularly attends workshops and classes to enhance his knowledge and skills. His own meditation practice includes annual silent retreats, including a month-long silent retreat.
He has shared Mindfulness with adults and middle/high school students and has a long history of giving back to others, This includes work as a fundraiser and volunteer high school and elementary school teacher for two charitable organizations. Rick has two Bachelor degrees; one is in Economics and the other in Political Science. He is the proud father of three children. Rick has used the same Mentor/Guiding Teacher since 2008.
Deborah Eden Tull, Instructor
Eden, founder of Mindful Living Revolution, is a meditation and mindfulness teacher, author, and sustainability consultant who teaches the integration of compassionate awareness into every aspect of our lives. She spent 7 years as a monastic at a silent Zen Monastery and she has been traveling to, living in, or teaching about sustainable communities for the last 23 years. She teaches engaged awareness practice which emphasizes the interconnection between mindfulness practice and global sustainability. Eden is a UCLA-Certified Mindfulness Facilitator. She also facilitates The Work That Reconnects, which was created by Buddhist scholar and eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, helping people to bring mindfulness to healing our relationship with the state of the world. Eden currently resides in Ojai, California and offers retreats, workshops, and consultations nationally
Valerie Velez, Instructor
Valerie Velez holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Education from U.C. Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences from U.C. Davis. She currently oversees programs related to tobacco, drug, alcohol and violence prevention for her local public school district, which has included the implementation of a mindfulness initiative for student and staff wellness since 2017. She is a graduate of the Training in Mindfulness Facilitation Program through the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center, and an affiliate teacher for the Mindfulness Awareness Practices course.
Ms. Velez is also a Dharma Holder in the White Plum lineage of Japanese Zen Buddhism, and has practiced and trained in Zen as a lay practitioner since 1983. She lives in the small, mountain town of Idyllwild, California, where she organizes both Buddhist and secular-based programs, classes and events under the umbrella of Insight Idyllwild. She has led a community meditation group there since 2009. Her intention is to offer meditation, mindfulness practices and movement (hiking, wilderness, yoga) in an effort to support individuals and cultivate community in making the benefits of mindful practices available and relevant to as broad an audience as is possible. She is also the mother of two, and a student and practitioner of Navajo-style rug weaving.
Linda Yaron Weston, Instructor
Linda Yaron is a National Board Certified Teacher with over 15 years of experience in yoga and meditation. She is a faculty member at the University of Southern California, where she teaches Stress Management for Health Living, Yoga, and Introduction to Mindfulness. Her integrative approach blends theory, research, and practice in mind-body awareness to build resilience, joy, clarity, and compassion. She holds dual Master’s in Education degrees from UCLA and is credentialed to teach English, Physical Education, and Health. She is a certified yoga teacher (E-RYT 500) and certified Mindfulness Teacher (CMT) trained through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center.
Kathy Yep PhD, Instructor
Dr. Yep is a UCLA Certified Mindfulness Facilitator and an authorized instructor of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Practices Program (MAPs). Her passion for teaching mindfulness emerged from her firsthand experience as a woman of color overcoming cancer and chronic illness. Anchored in anti-racist, queer, and feminist teaching practices, she creates classrooms where there are many ways for students to "succeed" in learning. Drawing from her experience as a tenured full professor at the Claremont Colleges, she has written about accessible approaches to fostering inclusive and cohesive learning communities. As a public health researcher, she has spoken at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Center for Bioethics, and at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Interested in fostering healing from racialized trauma, she has taught mindfulness in organizations and at conferences and retreats for close to 30 years.
Melanie Yetter, Instructor
I began my meditation and mindfulness studies in Mysore, India and continued my training in Zen practice, Buddhist Psychology, and clergy studies with Five Mountain Zen Order where I was ordained as a Zen Buddhist Monk. Currently teaching as an accredited IMT (International Mindfulness Teacher) and Affiliated Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) Teacher, I take a secular approach to sharing the Mindfulness-Based practices both within the public health intervention communities, individual coaching, university lectures, meditation teacher training and corporate training programs to help clients solve their most difficult problems. I offer encouragement through structured and skillful dialogues, meditation, mindfulness and breathing techniques to help empower clients to better understand their challenges and implement pragmatic plans to address them.
Founder and Founding Director of Finding Stillness Through Self-Social Regulation Techniques, MTT 100hr® Meditation, Mindfulness and Breath Work Teacher Training Program. Continuing Education Provider YACEP® with Yoga Alliance and program director of the RYS® 300hr Advanced Studies Program in Pomona, Ca.
Jill Satterfield is the founder of Vajra Yoga + Meditation, a synthesis of meditation and yoga, contemplative and compassion in action practices. She was named "one of the 4 leading yoga and Buddhist teachers in the country" by the Shambhala Sun Magazine, and is also the founder and Director of the School for Compassionate Action: Meditation, Yoga and Educational Support for Communities in Need.
As a pioneer in the field of mind body awareness, Jill has been teaching internationally, consulting and instigating mindful and creative educational programs for over 29 years.
Jill is part of the founding faculty of Spirit Rock Meditation Center's Mindfulness Meditation for Yoga Training and leads professional teacher trainings internationally. She was the scholar and teacher in residence at the Kripalu Center consulted with many leading mindfulness organizations and has been featured in the New York Times, More, Crains, Yoga Journal, Tricycle, Yoga Magazine UK and NL and Happinez Magazine NL amongst others.
She teaches and has created Integrative Mind Body programs in hospitals, addiction centers, alternative to incarceration facilities, on silent meditation retreats and in many yoga centers world - wide.
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