Laura is Certified by the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School to teach MBSR. Laura has been a teaching mindfulness professionally since 2002, and has been an MBSR instructor since 2009. She is a dedicated student of Zen Buddhism, and a clinical social worker with 20 years of experience. She has a golden retriever named Louis, who prefers walking meditation.

See Laura’s CV below or learn more about what to look for in a mindfulness educator.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Social Work (1993) and a Master of Social Work (1996) from Southern Illinois University.  Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oregon since 2003.

Mindfulness Training and Experience:

  • Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher through the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School.  Certification through UMass is — by design — a lengthy process, one you can learn more about here.
  • Additional Training and Experience:
    • Teaching DBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, a mindfulness-based intervention in mental health since 2002, starting a DBT program in Columbia County Oregon.
    • Completed the 7-day MBSR in Mind-Body Medicine, a Professional Training with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli in 2007.  Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical School.
    • Completed the 9-day Practicum in MBSR with Florence Meleo-Meyer and Melissa Blacker in 2008.  Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical School.
    • Received supervision and consultation from Florence Meleo-Meyer  2010 – 2014. Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical School.
    • Teaching mindfulness workshops and one-day events since 2009.
    • Teaching MBSR since 2009.
    • Completed the 5-day training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) with Zindel Seigel, Sarah Bowen, and Steven Hickman.  January 2013. Center for Mindfulness, UCSD.
    • Completed the 8-day Teacher Development Intensive in 2014.  Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical School.
    • Completed MBSR Certification in February 2015.

Zen Study and Experience:

  • Practicing with Zen teachers Chozen and Hogen Bays in the Zen Community of Oregon since 2004.
    • Completed a 3-year intensive study program for Community Zen Leaders in 2013.
    • Attended over 20 6-day or 9-day silent, teacher-led meditation retreats at Great Vow Zen Monastery since 2007.  I continue to attend these on a quarterly basis when possible, and also attend retreats by other teachers from other lineages when possible.
    • Teaching Just Enough: Mindfulness and Money, a one-day class, since 2008.  Transforming the Inner Critic, a weekend workshop since 2013.