Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction of San Antonio
                                                 VitaLife Insight 

About Us

Classes are provided by Dr. Valerie Rice.  Dr. Rice has been involved with meditation for 35 years, first using guided meditation techniques with patients and clients while working as an Occupational Therapist in the U.S. Army.  Now teaching classes based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, as taught by Dr. Jon Kabatt-Zinn and the                                    Mindfulness Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

She says.....

 "After years reading, soul searching, teaching classes in guided relaxation and meditation, and serving in a number of occupations, I was introduced to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through a desire to conduct research on its' effectiveness with Service Members and Veterans.  It brought me back to daily meditation in my own life. As it
became known that I had been trained to offer MBSR, individuals began calling and asking me if they could attend my next class. Therefore, I have been offering the class to interested individuals in the San Antonio area, and teaching in other areas upon request."  

"I hope those who attend will begin to understand the power and potential for a more peaceful and fulfilling life that already resides within them. Through our lives we struggle with the frantic pace of life, stress and stressors, pain and illness, loss, anxiety, illness and self-esteem issues. Getting our lives 'in control' can seem overwhelming. Through these classes and
workshops ,it is my intention (and my hope) that those attending will gain in health, self-compassion, insight, and inner strength...and they carry these skills and sense of calm with them,
sharing them in their interactions with others." 

Dr. Rice has attended courses at the Omega Institute, including:
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine: A 7-Day Professional Training  Retreat taught/directed Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli, 
  • a 9-Day Practicum in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Living Inside Participant-Practitioner Perspectives, which included Mindfulness Tools for the Full Catastrophe: A 5-Day Intensive in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction taught/directed by Melissa Blacker and Florence Meleo-Myer
  • the 8-day Teacher Development Intensive course taught by Florence Meleo-Meyer from the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness.  
  • Silent retreats at Spirit Rock
  • Classes by Dr. Hickman and Allan Goldstein (UCSD Mindfulness Center)
  • A three day conference on Alternative Medicine for Veterans, as well as a Healing Retreat for Women Military Veterans (2012 and 2013
Dr. Rice has presented at the last two "Annual International Scientific Conferences for Integrating and Integrating Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society" sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, and has published articles on mindfulness.

                                                          Check out her blog at http://vitalifeinsight.over-blog.com/


 

A Thought: "Prayer is when you talk to God, Meditation is when God talks to you".  Edgar Cayce




 
                                                                        Valerie Berg Rice and Saki Santorelli

Saki Santorelli, Ed.D, MA, is an associate professor of medicine, executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, and director of the Stress Reduction Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is the author of Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine (Three Rivers Press), A Still Quiet Place: A Mindfulness Program for Teaching Children and Adolescents to Ease Stress and Difficulty (Amy Saltzman MD and Saki Santorelli EdD, Mar 1, 2014), and The Healing Practice of Mindfulness by Saki Santorelli (Jan 7, 2014, MP3/CD)




Florence Meleo-Meyer and Valerie Berg Rice
A little blurry, but happy non-the-less!

Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA, is Director of Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training, a senior MBSR teacher and a member of the executive leadership team for the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. I was lucky to have her as my instructor for 9-Day Practicum in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Living Inside Participant-Practitioner Perspectives and the 8-day Teacher Development Intensive course.


Jon Kabat-Zinn and Valerie Berg Rice
This photo is a little blurry too --
Clay, hold your hands still when taking photos!

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn is Professor of Medicine Emeritus and founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He started it all, with his text Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness (Delta, 1991). He has also authored: Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (Hyperion, 1994); Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness (Hyperion, 2005); and Arriving at Your Own Door: 108 Lessons in Mindfulness (Hyperion, 2007).  He is also co-author, with his wife Myla, of Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting (Hyperion, 1997); and with Williams, Teasdale, and Segal, of The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (Guilford, 2007). He works tirelessly to help others awaken to their own lives through mindfulness.
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