Maria earned her degree in Philosophy from Buffalo State College with an emphasis in Eastern Philosophy and its practical applications. Her experience includes 20 years of Mindfulness training and practice under the guidance of Dr. George Hole (Distinguished Professor, Philosophical Counselor, Mentor), retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh (internationally renowned teacher, monk, author and peace activist) and meditation instruction with experts in China, Japan, Vietnam, India and Burma. In January 2014, Maria created, coordinated and implemented the first Mindfulness Program for the Institute for Shipboard Education, Semester at Sea, leading over 100 students, faculty and staff through an 8-Week Mindfulness Training for Stress Reduction Course. She counseled faculty and staff in developing coping strategies for students experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression, facilitated daily stress reduction group meetings and led guided Mindfulness Meditation practice in Japan, China, Vietnam, Singapore, India, Burma, Ghana, South Africa, Mauritius, and Morocco.
Maria has taught Mindfulness at Univera Health, Independent Health, M&T Bank, Seneca Niagara, NCCC, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo State University, Sacred Heart Academy, The Hemophilia Center of WNY and to a variety of groups and individual clients throughout Western New York and abroad. Over twenty years of training and practice has led her to teach Mindfulness as way of reducing stress and unleashing the innate potential we all have to live our lives with greater calm, clarity and stability. Maria’s clientele come from multiple disciplines and all walks of life including business owners and healthcare professionals, attorneys, students, artists, educators and parents.
While incorporating a patient and compassionate approach, Maria offers a unique skill set that allows students to access the root cause of their actual stressors, while learning to manage them effectively from within. She offers courses in the classroom setting as well as private instruction and has helped people overcome their struggles with a variety of issues and conditions including stress (work related, financial, family/relationship or health), sleeping disorders, anxiety, high blood pressure, chronic pain, fatigue, headaches and other problems inhibiting one’s quality of life.