Priscilla is a mindfulness and meditation teacher and facilitator. She teaches all types of mindfulness practices; Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, mindful awareness practices (MAPS), meditation, emotional intelligence and leadership skills, communication skills, breath work, yoga and guided relaxation, all with the intention of cultivating stress reduction, personal growth, and overall well-being in all aspects of our life.
With over 30 years experience in the healthcare field as a nurse (oncology, critical care, nurse anesthetist), medical editor, and epidemiologist, she has come to understand that mindfulness is an important component to healing ourselves and each other, no matter what is happening in the moment.
Priscilla practices in the Insight (Vipassana) meditation tradition and has sat a number of short and long retreats at Spirit Rock in California, the Forest Refuge and the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, MA. She will graduate from the Community Dharma Leaders Program at Spirit Rock in California in April 2017. This two-year program trains and supports the committed Dharma practitioner to teach Insight (Vipassana) Meditation. The training is based in the Theravada tradition, but is designed to apply these ancient tenets in creative, intuitive, and innovative ways to address the suffering in our contemporary lives. These teachings allow us to work through the complex difficulties of our world with integrity, honesty, kindness and patience while maintaining the ability to see clearly. Her primary teacher is Anna Douglas, one of the co-founders of Spirit Rock.
In addition, she completed the 18-month Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training Program at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, the Integrated Studies and Practitioner Program (ISPP) at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, MS and has taken courses at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, which includes Spirituality in Mind-Body Medicine and Clinical Training in Mind-Body Medicine.
Her secular mindfulness trainings are through the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) at the University of Massachusetts and includes Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in Mind-Body Medicine: A Professional Training taught by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, MBSR Fundamentals and the Practice Teacher Intensive. She is a CFM Qualified MBSR teacher. She is also qualified to teach MB-EAT, a mindfulness based eating awareness program and is a Community Facilitator for the Mindful Eating Program developed by Judson Brewer, MD PhD.
Priscilla has completed the training for the Mindfulness-Based Blood Pressure Reduction Intervention (MB-BP) study offered at Brown University with Eric Loucks PhD and begins teaching this program in 2019.
Priscilla is a member of the Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 200 level and has studied with a variety of yoga teachers.
The culmination of her academic and contemplative studies has led her to promote right mindfulness, the act of interacting fully and intentionally with the present moment, as a central part of her practice and teachings. In her classes, she teaches how to nurture mindfulness and develop metta or loving-kindness, an innate characteristic we all possess.