Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “paying attention, in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”

Although mindfulness has its origins in Buddhist meditation, it has become a secular practice thanks to medical and scientific research. Since the 1980’s, movement and meditation disciplines similar to Dr. Kabat-Zinn’s MBSR program (Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction) have shown to reduce or eradicate pain, reduce stress levels, eradicate insomnia, improve relationships, and ease symptoms of depression and anxiety.

In order to fully heal, wellness starts with a healthy mindset. Studies show that chronic stress can cause or contribute to a variety of conditions, including mood disorders, illness, chronic pain, and insomnia. On a good note, you can reverse this trend! All it takes is knowledge, self-awareness and the willingness to change.

My Method

Since people have various learning styles, I always make my programs interactive. In my workshops, participants use all five senses so they can learn, share and experience mindfulness in ways that are meaningful to them. We might move, focus on breathing, or center. We might color, taste, smell or share our thoughts in insightful social exercises. While I tailor my programs to be relevant for each audience, I also believe each program can be creative, honest,  and fun.


Presentations can be as short as 30 minutes or as long as 90 minutes. I work with organizations to tailor the subject matter to their needs. Past presentations have included:

  • The physiology of stress
  • Mindfulness, spirituality and religion
  • Stress reduction techniques
  • Trauma-sensitive techniques
  • Mindful movement for chronic pain and mobility issues
  • Mindfulness for highly sensitive people


Mindfulness workshops range from six to eight weeks. I recommend each class session last 90 minutes to keep the class pace from feeling rushed.


Organizations I’ve worked with include:

  • Breakthrough Schools, Cleveland
  • Cuyahoga Community College
  • Christ Episcopal Church, Shaker Heights
  • Heights Christian Church, Shaker Heights
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Akron
  • Athletic Teams

People I Help

As your coach, I guide you to find more happiness with simple wellness tools. Whether you want stress relief or tools to help you deal with illness, chronic pain or a mood disorder, I personalize your sessions to your particular needs.


Contact Shirley for further details.