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Valley Mindfulness offers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and related mindfulness programs to groups, organizations, and individuals throughout western Massachusetts and globally through the Internet.

Valley Mindfulness Teachers:

David Spound, M.Ed., founded Valley Mindfulness in 2006. He is certified as a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC).

David was certified as a teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at UMass Medical School in Worcester, the organization founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., who originally created the MBSR course.

David worked at the UMass Center for Mindfulness from 2006–2013 where he served as a member of the MBSR teaching staff and coordinated the MBSR teacher training and certification program ("Oasis").

David was certified as a teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of California San Diego — the official training program of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (the organization founded by the co-creators of MSC: Christopher Germer, PhD, and Kristin Neff, PhD).

In addition to teaching MBSR and MSC, David develops and delivers mindfulness-based education and training programs for local educational institutions and businesses and he enjoys teaching online for those who live at a distance or who are unable to attend local classes.












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Adi Bemak, M.Ed., C.A.G.S., has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) since 1993, and teaching it with Valley Mindfulness since 2009.

She was certified as a teacher of MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at UMass Medical School in Worcester, where she has also served on the MBSR teaching staff.

Since 2001, Adi has served on the Teachers’ Council of the Insight Meditation Center of the Pioneer Valley, and is currently a Buddhist Advisor at Mount Holyoke College. Adi also maintains a mindfulness-based psychotherapy practice in Amherst.

Her love of teaching and private practice are informed by nearly 40 years of being a practitioner of mindfulness meditation.

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