Valerie Foster, C.MI., MBSR, worked as a journalist for decades – and credits her ability to stay calm under pressure to meditation. She has studied many forms of meditation, and a decade ago focused her attention on mindfulness meditation, a practice that enters every facet of her daily life – both personal and professional. Valerie has studied Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at UMass Medical School, Integrated Mindful Healthy Eating at Kripalu and Shambala, and has taken part in numerous mindfulness retreats over the years. She is a Certified Meditation Instructor.
Bill Van Ollefen, C.MI., MBSR, worked as a corporate executive for decades, and began studying Zen Mindfulness Meditation as a teen, as part of his classical martial arts training. When traditional medication and treatments failed to help his severe pain caused by a spinal cord injury, he turned to Mindfulness Meditation. He has integrated mindfulness into every aspect of his being and now lives a full and bountiful life. He has studied several styles of Mindfulness Meditation through martial arts, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at UMass Medical School. He is a Certified Meditation Instructor.