Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Survivors Empowered Option one

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has a 41 year history of being the gold standard of a meditative, contemplative, evidence based, approach to stress reduction. This internationally respected, and well researched program will be offered to victims and survivors of mass gun violence, who intend to go on to pursue MBSR Teacher Training. This introductory class is offered so participants have a chance to take the class with the focus on building skills for their own stress reduction and develop a personal Mindfulness practice.

Times are listed in EST, and are open to anyone across the country if this is the better option for you

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Survivors Empowered Option one

January 16th - March 4th 2021

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Led by John Taylor and Zayda Vallejo

47055 Wonderland Drive
Banning, California 92220
United States
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Started by Dr, Jon Kabat-Zinn, a molecular biologist and long time meditation and yoga practitioner; MBSR developed at the UMASS Medical school, and has spread all over the world to serve diverse populations. This eight week program meets 2 1/2 hours per week , includes written and audio materials and  a daylong retreat . The programs will be taught by diverse, certified trauma informed teachers with many years of experience both teaching MBSR to a variety of populations , as well as training and mentoring future MBSR teachers.

These classes are offered in collaboration with a national anti Gun violence organization; Survivors Empowered .

Unique to these classes is that the participation will only be open to  people who are victims, survivors and families effected by gun violence. We aim to create a safe place for participants to come together to learn ways to work with trauma,  emotion regulation and enhance resilliance and well-being.


For Beth Mulligan, email beth@mindful-way.com or call 760-799-7847

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For Zayda Vallejo, email zaydavalejo1015@gmail.com or call 508-963-6460

These on-line MBSR classes will take place on Thursdays; beginning with an orientation session on January 7th 6:00-8:00 PM EST and continuing for the following eight weeks; Thursday Jan 14th 6:00-8:30 PM EST through March 4th. There will be a daylong retreat on February 13th 9:00-4:00 PM.

While the times posted are in EST, the class is open to participants from all over the country, as long as you’ve been reccomended by Survivors Empowered founders Sandy and Lonnie Phillips and Shelly Tygielski,  Trauma Therapists with experience with this populations will be present for support during and between classes.

Once you have applied and been accepted, you’ll recieve the zoom link, a digital workbook and Audio recordings of the Mindfulness practices. This class is limited to 20 participants. This class is intended to support people affected by Gun violence,  and they are also  specfically for people who would like to go on to pursue MBSR Teacher training and bring this life changing program to your local community.  If you have questions about registration, please contact Beth Mulligan at beth@mindful-way.com 760-799-7847. If you have questions about the content  or details  about the class, please contact the teachers directly :John Taylor morostaylor@gmail.com or Zayda Vallejo zaydavallejo1015@gmail.com

Beth and Hugh leading meditation session



John Taylor

John Taylor

John Taylor is a Certified Teacher of MBSR as defined by the UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. He has practiced Reiki, and other hands on healing modalities for over 30 years. John is currently a faculty member of the Innerwork Center in Richmond, Virginia where he teaches Mindful Based Stress Reduction, facilitates Silent Retreats and leads other mindfulness programs. In UCSD’s Mindfulness-Based Proffessional Training Insitites’ commitment and our offering of a Teacher Training for a cohort to BIPOC Teacher trainees; he brings a wealth of experience to guide the training. His trauma sensitivity makes him the perfect team member for our MBSR Program for Survivors Empowered  , 

John is an active member of the Greater Richmond community where a large focus of his work has been on racial equity, reconciliation initiatives, and facilitated community dialogues. He currently he serves as a director of Side by Side, an organization that provides supportive communities for Virginia’s LGBTQ+ youth as well as training, education and awareness programs for adults. John lives in North Chesterfield, VA with his partner, their three children (and three dogs).

Zayda Vallejo

Zayda Vallejo

Zayda Vallejo is an adjunct faculty member at Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Mindfulness and Compassion (CMC). She is a mindfulness instructor, trainer , and part of the team that developed the Mindfulness Training for Primary Care Group Leadership Manual. She is an adjunct faculty member at the Mindfulness Center at Brown University School of Public Health. For the past 18 years Zayda has served as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor, teacher, and supervisor of professionals who aspire to teach MBSR at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society (CFM). She is now a senior teacher and trainer at the UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, invloved in our “Diverse communities” teacher training, to devlop a group of BIPOC MBSR Teachers . After years of workng closely with Jon Kabat-Zinn and other developers of MBSR at the birthplace of this program, UCSD MBPTI is honored and fortunate to have her on our team. Originally from Colombia, her presence  also supports our commitment to diversity . Zayda is a Trauma informed Mindfulness teachre which makes her a key part of our MBSR program for Survivors Empowered.

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