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Private Practice Mentoring

Private and personalized sessions intended to support mindfulness and compassion-based meditation practices:

  • For individuals seeking to sustain, strengthen, and deepen a personal meditation practice;
  • For professionals seeking to bring such mindfulness and compassion-based meditation practices into their work with clients, colleagues, and students.

These mentoring sessions are for people who have already trained in mindfulness and/or compassion meditation through programs such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) as well as similar programs and retreats.

For people who are new to these practices and are seeking a private course in MBSR or MSC, please click here.

Mentoring sessions are available at our Northampton, MA Meditation Center and online via Zoom, Facetime, and Skype.

Session fees are $125 per hour for individuals when sessions take place in our Center or online. Fees will be higher for groups and if travel is involved.

Please see below for more details.

Private Practice Mentoring sessions:

  • Are intended to support and deepen a sustainable practice that meets your needs.
  • Are suitable for anyone who has completed a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course or a silent retreat such as those offered at the Insight Meditation Society, Spirit Rock, or by other respected centers offering in-depth and professional training in mindfulness and compassion mediation (UMass Center for Mindfulness, UCSD Center for Mindfulness, Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, and others).
  • May involve the creation of a structured practice plan with readings and other resources if the clients wants and needs it.
  • May help someone choose a suitable professional training path if they aspire to teach MBSR or MSC.
  • Are not intended to provide a license or certification to teach MBSR or MSC although these mentoring sessions will greatly support the teacher training and certification process in which a person might be engaged with UMass, UCSD and other training organizations.


My background and qualifications to serve as a Private Practice Mentor

  • I am certified as a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC).
  • I work as an MBSR and MSC teacher trainer, teacher mentor, and course developer through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness and the Center for Mindful Self Compassion.
  • I have been engaged in the practices of MBSR for 18 years and have been teaching it for 16 years. I have been engaged in the practices of MSC for 6 years and have been teaching it for 5 years.
  • I served on the staff of the UMass Center for Mindfulness for 7 years, teaching MBSR and managing the MBSR teacher training and certification program.
  • I have co-led 5 silent meditation retreats ranging from 5 to 9 days in length, for groups of 10 to 36 participants.
  • I have worked closely with Jon Kabat-Zinn (creator or MBSR) and with Christopher Germer, Kristin Neff (creators of MSC) and Steven Hickman the Executive Director of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.
  • I have studied, taught, and worked closely with a wide range of senior teachers in the MBSR and MSC communities.
  • I have been teaching online for more than 8 years, and and I train and mentor others who wish to develop and strenghthen their abilities to skillfully teach online.


If you are interested:

Please click here and complete a short online form. We will respond and be glad to discuss your needs and the options for how we might work together.


Many people find it challenging to maintain a consistency and quality of practice following the completion of a course a retreat. In addition, some find it beneficial to work with a teacher or mentor over a period of time as their practices go through the inevitable ups and downs that follow natural cycles of life and common life challenges.

Professionals who are offering mindfulness practices to their clients may find it helpful to have support for their efforts.

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