Mindful Schools Year Long Teacher Certification – graduating class of 2016 with Dee DiGioia (photo at our final retreat at EarthRise Retreat Center at the Institute of Noetic Sciences)

~ Certifications, Training, Experience ~

I am a passionate life-long learner of subjects related to the inner workings of the human mind and body including mindfulness, psychology, mental health, sound healing, and trauma. In the last decade I have received training, and continue to pursue additional training, in a variety of programs, most of which are listed below. I am grateful to have the experiences and training to share the wisdom, science, and evidence-based skills and practices of mindfulness, movement, social emotional learning, sound healing, and eco-science, which has proven over and over to lead to greater resilience, joy, and well-being – mindful, kindful, peaceful! ~ Dee DiGioia

~ Mindfulness and Meditation ~ 

Certified Mindfulness EducatorMindful Schools

Certified MBSR-Teens Instructor, Stressed Teens ~ Gina Biegel

Certified Meditation TeacherEmerson Institute

Niroga Dynamic Mindfulness for Stress Resilience, Dynamic Mindfulness Foundation

~ Sound Healing, Drumming ~

NEW! Effective Jan 2024 – Life Changing Energy Approved Certified Facilitator (Training courses coming soon!)

Sound Healer Certification – Level 1, Life Changing Energy 

Singing Bowl Sound Healer – Level 2, Life Changing Energy 

Tibetan Singing Bowl Sound Healer – Level 2, Life Changing Energy 

Tuning Fork Sound Healer – Level 2, Life Changing Energy 

Sound Healer Expert Level Certification, Life Changing Energy 

Drum Circle Leadership Training, Jim Donovan, M. Ed.

Rhythm2Recovery Facilitator Training, Rhythm and Truth

~ Yoga, Movement ~

Certified Restorative Yoga Teacher, Brooke West

Subtle® Yoga, Kristina Kaoverii Weber

Certified Youth Yoga Instructor, Yoga Calm

Certified Autism Movement Therapist, Joanne Laura

~ Psychology and Life Coaching ~

Positive Education CertificationThe Positive Psychology Flourishing Center 

The Science of Well-Being, Yale

Certified Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Practitioner, The Academy of Modern Applied  Psychology

Certified Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Practitioner, The Priority Academy and Practitioner Accreditation Membership from Complimentary Therapists Accredited Association (CTAA)

Certified Spiritual Life CoachEmerson Institute

Certified Quantum Process PractitionerEmerson Institute

Certified Neuro Linguistic Programming PractitionerEmerson Institute

Certified HypnotherapistEmerson Institute

~ Trauma and Mental Health ~ 

Trauma Certificate Program, Somatopia 

Trauma-Informed Care for Professionals Working with YouthCenter for Adolescent Studies

Advanced Trauma-Informed Care Toolkit for Youth WorkersCenter for Adolescent Studies  

Smart Body, Smart Mind, Irene Lyon 

Mental Health First Aid, The National Council via San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health

Darkness to Light ~ Stewards of Children to prevent Child Sexual Abuse 

Kidpower to empower and protect children to from bullying, harassment, sexual abuse, abduction, assault, and other violence

~ Nature Connectedness ~

Shinrin Yoku Diploma (Forest Bathing), Centre for Excellence

Nature Connectedness: A New Relationship with Nature, University of Derby

Earth-Based Institute

~ Misc ~ 

Therapeutic Art Life Coach, Transformation Academy

Certified Massage Therapist (CMT), South Bay Massage College, Manhattan Beach, CA

Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS)

Crisis Intervention (CPI)


And more! I continue to read books, attend workshops, conferences, and retreats to continue my education. I consider this learning a life-long pursuit both personally and professionally.


  • Mindful Kindful YOUniversity, 2017- present
      • Mindfulness Educator & Life Skills Coach
      • School programs
        • Paloma Creek High School, Atascadero, CA
        • Sinsheimer Elementary School (SLCUSD), San Luis Obispo, CA
        • Grover Heights Elementary School (LMUSD), Grover Beach, CA
        • Shell Beach Elementary School (LMUSD), Shell Beach, CA
        • and more
      • NEW! Mindful Explorers web-based program – serving teachers, counselors, parents around the world, including Plato Academy, Palm Harbor, Florida
      • community programs
      • workshops and professional development
      • retreats

I will be returning to full-time work as a speech-language therapist in August 2022, while continuing to offer Mindful Kindful YOUniversity retreats on the central coast of CA and my web-based “Mindful Explorers” program and resources for teachers and parents (elementary school level).

  • Caring and Courageous Kids, 2009-2017 – now merged with Mindful Kindful YOUniversity
      • Bullying Intervention Educator (school programs including Mammoth Elementary Peace Project; Folsom Middle School Cougar Compassion Circles, St HOPE Circles)
      • Public Speaker (3 National Conferences)
  • Author,  One Caring and Courageous Choice at a Time.
  • Author, Director, Producer of children’s movie, Which Team Will You Choose?  
  • Song writer, Producer of children’s peace song, Peace for You and Me
  • Autism Movement Therapist, 2009-present
  • Credentialed Speech-Language Therapist1981, 2005 to present (currently working part-time at Bellevue Santa Fe Charter School, San Luis Obispo, CA)
  • Certified Massage Therapist (CMT), 2003-2004
  • Private Preschool Director, 1997-2003
  • Home Preschool Provider, 1989-1997 while raising my sons
  • Credentialed Teacher of Deaf & Hard of Hearing, 1982-1986

Global Presence Ambassador: an honorary designation awarded passionate Life Skills pioneers around the world. Ambassadors come from a broad array of backgrounds and professions, reflecting the diversity of Life Skills employed in the twenty-first century and a glimpse of future vibrancy.


Mindful ~ Kindful ~ Peaceful