Florence serves as Global Ambassador to the MBSR Affiliates world-wide at the Mindfulness Center, Brown University and is inspired by the potential of MBSR to impact global health and well-being when taught by teachers trained with rigor, depth, and cultural sensitivity.
She has trained MBSR teachers and teacher trainers for over 20 years. As Director of Oasis Institute, for Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts’ Medical School, she engaged with and supported the development of thousands of MBSR teachers globally. Over many years, she directly trained MBSR teacher trainers, and was director of the Train the Trainer program. With equal focus on the refinement of teaching skills, attitudes and knowledge, the heart of her work attends to the cultivation of the deepest understanding of MBSR as a path of love, healing and transformation. She has been a leading contributor to the development of best practices for teacher training in the growing field of MBSR and MBIs.
For more than four decades, Florence has taught mindfulness and meditation to clinical populations, and to professionals in the fields of medicine, psychology, education and business. She has presented programs at Middlebury College, Ramapo College, Reed College, Assumption College, Drexel College of Medicine, General Mills, Eileen Fisher, and other organizations.
Having trained in MBSR directly with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD and Saki Santorelli, MA, EdD, she leads MBSR Insight retreats internationally and cultivates deeper understanding of the essence of MBSR within the non-dual experience of silent meditation practice while supporting the integration as a whole life approach.
She studied Siddha Meditation with meditation masters, S. Muktananda and S. Chidvilasananda in India and the US, and directed a Siddha meditation center for nine years. She has been a student of Insight meditation for over 20 years, and is a senior Insight Dialogue teacher, trained by Gregory Kramer, PhD. She leads Insight Dialogue meditation retreats in the US and abroad.
A licensed family therapist, she holds degrees in education and psychology.
MBSR Workbook for Anxiety with Stahl, B., and Koerbel, L., New Harbinger press.
Mindfulness and the Therapeutic Relationship, with Gregory Kramer, PhD, Hick, S. & Bien, T. eds. Guilford Press,
Resources for Teaching Mindfulness, McCown, D. & Reibel, D. eds. Springer.
Preventive Medicine Report:
“Integrating Mindfulness Training in School Health Education to Promote Healthy Behaviors in Adolescents: Feasibility and Preliminary Report" with Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, MD, PhD
Professional Formation module, Drexel College of Medicine
DVD: Living Awake, Mindfulness for Young Adults
Sounds True: MBSR On-Line, self-study program