Zayda Vallejo, BS, MLitt

Certified MBSR Instructor, Trainer & ConsultantZayda Vallejo
MBSR Teacher Mentoring & Supervision in English and Spanish


Masters of Letters (MLitt), Political Economy
St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, UK, 2000
Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Honors, Loyola University of Chicago, 1978
Secondary Education - Colombia, South America
200-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training , 2012


Focus & Interests

  • Mindfulness-based relapse prevention for addictions
  • Mindfulness training for smoking cessation
  • Training clinician’s to teach mindfulness
  • Adapting of MBSR curriculum for underserved populations
  • Integrating mindfulness into the treatment of trauma and addictions
  • Teaching Silent Retreats


Zayda Vallejo has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1983 and teaching MBSR since 2003. In 1998 she trained at Omega Institute with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. and Saki Santorelli, EdD. In 2000 she traveled to Worcester, Massachusetts to pursue the eight-week practicum in MBSR at the UMass Center for Mindfulness. Half-way through the program, Zayda knew that she wanted to dedicate her life to teach the MBSR and Mindfulness-Based Interventions.

In 2003 Zayda completed the Teacher Development Intensive program and was presented with the opportunity to teach at Mother’s Hope, a residential women’s substance abuse treatment center in South Boston, where she taught an adaptation of the MBSR program both in English and Spanish on a weekly basis for 4 years. The same year she was invited to join the Center for Mindfulness as an instructor.

In 2013 Zayda and her husband Bob founded The HeartWell Institute, a non-profit organization based in Worcester, MA dedicated to fostering contemplative practices, community, and wellness programs.



1. Fortuna, L.R., Vallejo, Z Treating Co-Occurring Adolescent PTSD and Addiction, New Harbinger, 2015

2. Amaro, H., Vallejo, Z. Moment-by-Moment in Women’s Recovery: A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Relapse Prevention, SAMHSA & Northeastern University, 2008


1. Amaro, H., Spear, SE, Vallejo, Z, Black, D.  Feasibility, Acceptability, and Preliminary Outcomes of a Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention Intervention for Culturally-Diverse, Low-Income Women in Substance Use Disorder Treatment, Substance Use & Misuse 49(5), 547-59, April (2014)

 2. Reese, HE., Vallejo, Z., Wilhelm, S., Rasmussen, J., Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Tourette Syndrome and Chronic Tic Disorder. A Pilot Study, Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 78(3), August (2014)

 3. Vallejo, Z., Amaro,H., Adaptation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program for Addiction Relapse Prevention, Journal of the Division of Humanistic Psychology, The American Psychological Association. April-June (2009)