Mindfulness, the practice of awareness with compassion, offers benefits for all. Cultivating attention to the present moment with kindness is available to everyone. Mindfulness is taught through practices, and the practices can be adapted and modified. Lucia McBee has over 25 years of experience in teaching mindfulness to a wide variety of populations, from college students, to elderly nursing home patients and their caregivers. By offering a range of techniques, participants are likely to identify one or more that will fit their unique circumstances, those of their clients, or both. The trainings focus on the abilities of the participants, not their disabilities. Participants are encouraged to discover their own inner resources and to utilize their strengths and learn to identify areas in which they have control in their healing.
All trainings are grounded in the practices of mindfulness and yoga. For professionals, Lucia also bases her teaching in research evidence and a wide range of applications of mindfulness for individuals and groups. A variety of additional complementary techniques/modalities may also be incorporated including aromatherapy, hand massage and creativity.
Our programs are designed for the general public with a focus on underserved populations and the medical and mental health professionals that serve them in the community or institutional settings.
~ Antonio Machado
to a wide variety of populations. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she has extensive experience in integrating mindfulness and integrative modalities into a clinical practice. She has master’s degrees in both Social Work and Public Health from Columbia University. She participated in professional training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in 1994 and the first MBSR Teacher Development Intensive at the Center for Mindfulness in 1997. She also completed training in in Mind/Body/Spirit Medicine at the Center for Mind/Body Medicine in 2000, and in 2008, Lucia became a certified Kripalu yoga teacher. Lucia is currently a freelance author, teacher and consultant who regularly publishes and teaches nationally on mindfulness. She is also currently an Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia University School of Social Work.
As a clinician, Lucia worked for over 25 years with elders, high risk populations and persons with chronic conditions as well as their caregivers in a wide range of community, research, and institutional settings. She developed a pioneering practice using mindfulness as well as other complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities to improve the quality of life in community, hospital, clinic and nursing home settings.
Employed for 17 years in a nursing home, utilizing mindfulness-based interventions with residents, staff and family caregivers; Lucia expanded her teaching of mindfulness to clients living with HIV+ as well as those at risk. Other populations served include persons previously incarcerated; college students; employees at a domestic violence center; and the general public.
Lucia's passion is to encourage mindfulness for everyone so each person may benefit as long as they can breathe! She has been practicing meditation and yoga personally for over 45 years. She continues her training with a personal practice, retreats and peer group supervision.