Valerie came to meditation through yoga and has been practicing since 2002. She completed Level I Community Facilitator Training with Noah Levine and JoAnna Hardy in 2012 and Level II Community Facilitator Training with JoAnna Hardy and Vinny Ferraro in 2016. She embraced the “Year To Live” practice in 2012, which still impacts her life to this day. She facilitated a group through their “Year To Live” practice in 2016. Valerie also leads meditation for Meditation Coalition's People of Color Group at InsightLA’s East Hollywood location and previously led dharma-based meditation through the Dharma Collective at Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. Recently, she has been leading mindfulness workshops for educators with the intention of developing heartfulness and compassion in those who serve our youth. And she regularly leads high school students in mindfulness to improve Social-Emotional Wellness.