M.F.A., Creative Writing
-MBSR teacher training
-Mindfulness and creativity
-Mindfulness and end-of-life care
-Tenderness and compassion in the practice of mindfulness
After years of meditating and working in the tech field, Rebecca created the live online version of MBSR and trained trainers at UMASS Center for Mindfulness (CFM) to teach MBSR online. She served as a senior teacher and teacher trainer at UMASS CFM until its closing in 2019. While at the CFM, she also created the free weekly Worldwide Online Sit, which continues through East Coast Mindfulness as a forum for people from around the world to gather for teachings and practice in applying mindfulness in everyday life. As co-founder of East Coast Mindfulness, Rebecca continues to bring her expertise in teaching mindfulness online, and training teachers to teach online, in her unique style: down-to-earth, insightful, humorous, and infused with deep caring. She has received training through Bangor University in assessing MBSR teachers, using standards from the MBI:TAC (Mindfulness-based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria). Her personal practice is guided by her teacher, Pema Chödrön, and she was featured giving meditation instruction in two courses taught by Pema Chödrön: Making Friends with Yourself and How to Live with Compassion and Courage. Rebecca has taught mindfulness programs to cancer survivors, people in chronic pain, business and community organizations, medical and mental health professionals, lay ministers, and monastics. Before moving from Virginia to Massachusetts in 2016 to teach MBSR online and in person, and train MBSR teachers through UMASS CFM, Rebecca co-founded The Integrative Medicine Community of Hampton Roads in Virginia and served as a hospice volunteer.
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