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Valley Mindfulness offers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and related mindfulness programs to groups, organizations, and individuals throughout western Massachusetts and globally through the Internet.

Valley Mindfulness Teachers:

David Spound, M.Ed., founded Valley Mindfulness in 2006. He is certified as a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC).

David was certified as a teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at UMass Medical School in Worcester, the organization founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., who originally created the MBSR course.

David worked at the UMass Center for Mindfulness from 2006–2013 where he served as a member of the MBSR teaching staff and coordinator of the MBSR teacher training and certification program ("Oasis").

He currently serves as a mentor for those who are completing MBSR teacher certification through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of California San Diego

David was certified as a teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of California San Diego — the official training program of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (the organization founded by the co-creators of MSC: Christopher Germer, PhD, and Kristin Neff, PhD).

With the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, David serves as a teacher trainer and mentor of new MSC teachers, co-developer of Ultimate Courage: self-compassion training workshop for men, co-leader of the Community for Deepening Practice (global online program for MSC graduates), co-leader of residential meditation retreats, mentor of the Sounds True Power of Self-Compassion program, and as a facilitator of the global MSC Circle of Practice.

David develops and delivers mindfulness-based education and training programs for local educational institutions and businesses. He also sees private clients in his Northampton office and online. These private sessions (for individuals and small groups) are designed to offer mindfulness training, coaching, and support to those whose needs are not served by the scheduled courses at Valley Mindfulness and those who live in other parts of the world.












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Adi Bemak, M.Ed., C.A.G.S., has been a practitioner of Mindfulness Meditation for four decades and has been teaching Mindfulness Meditation since 1993.

She is certified as a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) by the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at UMass Medical School. Adi served on the CFM teaching staff from 2009-2016, and has been teaching MBSR with Valley Mindfulness from 2009 to the present.

Adi is a mentor on the faculty of the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP), an international training designed and overseen by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.

She has also been on the teachers’ council of the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley (IPV) since 2001. Adi is a Buddhist advisor at Mount Holyoke College, and has offered introductory courses in Mindfulness to staff, faculty, and students at Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts.

In addition, Adi is a longtime psychotherapist and maintains a mindfulness-based psychotherapy practice in Amherst.

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