David spound meditaating at muir woods

Programs for groups and individuals, including:
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) as well as professional training and mentoring in those programs.

We also offer silent meditation retreats that are suitable for all MBSR and MSC graduates and that meet the prerequisite for anyone wishing to enter teacher training for MBSR or MSC.  

At present, due to reasonable precautions related to Covid-19, all of our programs are offered online only. We will resume in-person programs once the health risks from gathering in groups has greatly diminished. We look forward to that day!

Unique in our region: all of our courses and programs are led by experienced and certified MBSR and MSC teachers who also train and mentor new teachers.

We also offer private programs as well as professional mentoring, training, and consultation. Click here for more info.










Cultivating mindfulness is a practical, effective, and accessible approach for enhancing quality of life and for reducing the harmful effects of stress, pain and illness.

Mindfulness has been defined (by teachers such as Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD) as awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, to life as it is, moment-by-moment, non-judgmentally. The capacity for mindfulness is innate to all human beings; it can be cultivated and strengthened. The regular practice of mindfulness meditation is a well-respected approach to supporting health and well-being as well as insight, wisdom, and compassion.

“There is mounting evidence that cultivating mindfulness can increase our enjoyment of life, expand our capacity to cope with illness, and possibly improve our physical and emotional health… It can reduce stress and may help other treatments work better.”
Harvard Women's Health Watch,
Harvard Medical School

Click here to see our current Mindfulness course offerings such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) as developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at UMass Medical Center.

Self-Compassion has been defined (by teachers such as Christopher Germer, PhD, and Kristin Neff, PhD) as the capacity to meet pain, discomfort, and distress in our own lives with the same kindness and understanding that we would naturally offer to a friend or loved one. In the Mindful Self-Compassion program, one engages in practices designed to cultivate mindfulness and self-compassion, developing a powerful approach for emotional resilience.

"Self-compassion offers tremendous social, psychological, and physical health benefits."
Psychology Today

Click here to see our current Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) offerings as developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff.


Valley Mindfulness on Social Media

Follow Valley Mindfulness on Facebook. This is our most current source for articles, tips, research, and more.


Instagram @valleymindfulness


Upcoming courses and retreats:

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion:
A 5-Day, Online,
Silent Meditation Retreat

For Graduates of MBSR and MSC courses.

November 29 December 4, 2022

Click here for info and to register.


Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
developed by Chris Germer & Kristin Neff

5-Day MSC Intensive
(complete MSC program
No dates at this time. Anticipated in-person offering in the spring or summer of 2023.

8-week MSC course    
(complete MSC program)

No dates at this time.
Anticipated online offering in the
fall of 2022 and winter of 2023.    

Private Sessions 
Please see below.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

8-week MBSR program
No dates at this time.
Anticipated online offerings in the
fall of 2022 and winter of 2023. 

Private Sessions 
Please see below.

Additional programs will be offered during 2023. Please visit this web site again soon.

Professional Services

In addition to our courses and training programs, we offer:

Meditation Practice Mentoring
For those who have taken MBSR, MSC, or similar programs and retreats and want support for their ongoing practices.
Click here.

Private Programs
For individuals and organizations who want a private course in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or Mindful-Self-Compassion (MSC).
Click here.

Professional Consultation and Mentoring
For new and experienced mindfulness teachers and other professions who work with clients. One of our specialties is supporting the transition to working with students and clients online.
Click here.



Fill out my online form .



Valley Mindfulness is based in western Massachusetts (Northampton, MA) and offers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) programs to individuals and groups in person and online. MBSR was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA more almost 40 years ago and is utilized in clinics, hospitals and health education centers worldwide to support people coping with stressful life circumstances and with a wide range of health challenges including chronic pain, anxiety, depression, cancer, fibromyalgia, heart disease, insomnia, and diabetes. Extensive clinical and basic science research has been conducted using MBSR as the intervention. Through this research, a new field of contemplative neuroscience has emerged. MSC was developed in 2010 by Kristin Neff, Ph.D,. and Chris Germer, Ph.D., whose work as researchers and clinicians, along with their extensive backgrounds mindfulness practice, inspired them to create a training program that focuses on how we, as human beings, can develop practical tools and techniques for meeting suffering in daily life .

Valley Mindfulness was founded in 2006 by David Spound, a certified teacher and teacher trainer of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC).

  Home | Programs & Services | About Us | Contact Us
© 2006–2020 David A. Spound. All rights reserved.