South Florida Mindful Communities


We are a diverse, dedicated group of mindfulness and mindfulness-based teachers and advocates committed to providing the benefits of mindfulness through Mindfulness-Based Programs, education, professional development, and events to our South Florida communities.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the moment-by-moment awareness of our present time experience including our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surroundings. We cultivate this awareness with attitudes such as friendliness, non judgment and curiosity.

Mindfulness involves acceptance, in that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment.

Mindfulness can be practiced by anyone regardless of their religious beliefs or faith, race, ethnic background, economic status, or level of education.

Jon Kabat-Zinn: “Mindfulness is the awareness that arises by paying attention in a particular way – on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” Continue reading “What is Mindfulness?”

Why Mindfulness?

The practice of mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Programs provide our community leaders, mental health counselors, healthcare providers, educators, professionals, staff, nonprofit workers serving disadvantaged and marginalized neighborhoods, parents, teens and children with effective practices, skills, approaches, and ways of working with stress and difficult challenges in their lives.

It deepens awareness, improves attention and focus, calms the mind, body and heart, cultivates the ability to “respond” rather than “react” in unhealthy ways, increases emotional regulation, improves decision making, strengthens performance, builds resilience, and fosters tolerance, kindness and compassion for oneself and others.

Mindfulness reduces measurable levels of stress and negative stress outcomes (including disease, trauma, PTSD, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, anxiety and depression) for adults and children empowering them to cultivate healthier, more resilient, effective and compassionate ways of living.


RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope

About 100 guests in the Mindfulness community participated in a screening of the award-winning documentary on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their effects on the physical and mental health of children and youth on March 12th, 2022 at Coral Gables United Church of Christ. The film was followed by a panel discussion about ACEs across …

Fall 2021 Mindfulness Gatherings

A series of free, virtual Mindfulness sessions will be led by South Florida Mindful Communities (formerly South Florida Mindfulness Coalition) members – Valerie York-Zimmerman, Linda Freeman, Lina Castellanos, Knellee Bisram, Peter Calin, and Gus Castellanos. Join us to practice mindfulness, mindful movement and lovingkindness. WHEN:  We gather on the first and third Wednesdays of November …