Martha has been teaching MBSR courses, chair yoga, and guided meditation at the Homestead Community Center in Homestead, FL since 2015. Martha’s interest in meditation and yoga has been a life-long exploration. She began practicing yoga while still a student at Smith College, working towards a degree in English Literature. Shortly after graduation she became interested in various meditation techniques, which led her to move to a Buddhist Retreat center in Barnet, Vermont. There she spent a year studying and participating in group and solitary meditation practice. Martha continued these studies in Boulder Colorado, where she trained with various meditation masters, became a meditation instructor with Shambhala Training, and started a family.Martha taught high school Language Arts for Miami-Dade County Public Schools for twenty-five years, earning her MA in English Literature from FIU.
Throughout her twenty-five years of teaching, she saw the stress that both teachers and students –as well as the general public—were under on a daily basis, and wished that she had a secular, Western-oriented way of sharing the techniques she had studied for so long. When she attended her first MBSR weekend sponsored by Mindful Kids Miami, Martha realized that Jon Kabat-Zinn had developed exactly such a program. She completed the eight-week MBSR course with Valerie York-Zimmerman, and went on to assist her with Mindful Teacher-Training Courses between 2012 and 2014. She continued her training through the University of California at San Diego, obtaining a Qualified Certification through UCSD. Recently, she has participated in an MBSR Program and tutorial with Zayda Vallejo. Martha is thrilled to be working again with Mindful Kids Miami.