Zayda Vallejo, M.Litt., is co-founder of the Center for Relational Mindfulness & Cultural Literacy, co-director of The HeartWell Institute, adjunct faculty member at Harvard University Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, adjunct faculty at the Mindfulness Center at Brown University, UCSD Center for Mindfulness, and Mindful Kids Miami.
From 2007 to 2018 Zayda trained professionals who aspired to teach the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society. Zayda currently conducts mentoring of mindfulness professionals, mindfulness trainings and retreats for different mindfulness organizations.
Zayda teaches the Mindfulness Immersion (MI), a 4 day, 7-hour per day, mindfulness-based
trauma informed experiential program based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
framework, honing in the cultivating of deep listening skills and compassion. This training can be presented as a consecutive four day or customized according to the needs of organizations. It is available in English and Spanish.
In 2015, she co-authored with Rev. Dr. Lisa Fortuna a manual for mental health clinicians
“Treating Co-occurring Adolescent PTSD and Addiction: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Adolescents with Trauma and Substance-Abuse Disorders”, published by New Harbinger. In 2008, she co-authored with Dr. Hortensia Amaro “Moment-by-Moment in Women's Recovery: A Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention Program,” published by SAMHSA and Northeastern University.
Zayda is second author of the Mindfulness Training for Primary Care (MTPC) curriculum
developed by Harvard University Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Mindfulness and
Zayda was born in Colombia, South America - completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Loyola University in Chicago and an M.Litt in Political Economics at Oxford University in England. She holds a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification from Kripalu School of Yoga. She has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1978.