RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope

Resilience Event 2022

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 the lifespan and how mindfulness-based programs support healthier children, adults, and communities.


  • Hon. Steven Leifman, previously served as Special Advisor on Criminal Justice and Mental Health for the Supreme Court of Florida and is pioneering the innovative Miami Center for Mental Health and Recovery
  • Ashwin Mehta, M.D., Director, Integrative Medicine at Memorial Healthcare, Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Sleep Medicine, Integrative Modalities include Mindfulness
  • Daniel Sheridan, Ph.D., Clinical Director, Children’s Bereavement Center
  • Kimberly S. Ho Misiaszek, Ph.D, Clinical Director of UM Institute for Individual and Family Counseling
  • Valerie York-ZimmermanValerie York-Zimmerman, CFM UMass Certified MBSR Teacher, Founder of Miami Mindfulness and Mindful Kids Miami, and a Founding Member of South Florida Mindful Communities


Doors open at 6:00 p.m., Film begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday March 12th.

Register for this free event at


Note: Though originally scheduled, Pamela Hollingsworth was unable to join the event.

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 and December from 7-8:00 p.m..

WHO:  Events are open to all levels of experience.

REGISTRATION: Here is the link to register: