Meet Jill

Jill Satterfield is an international mindfulness and meditation teacher, consultant and mentor. Her integration of embodied mindfulness and meditation includes somatic practices and contemplative psychology along with 35 years of Buddhist practice and silent retreats.  She has been teaching for decades in hospitals, trauma centers, addiction institutes, at risk youth facilities, corporations and meditation centers with the intention of empowering people from all walks of life, backgrounds and dispositions.

Jill’s dedication to understanding her own mind and body and creating accessible, practical ways to offer meditation and mindfulness connected to the body,  came by way of multiple surgeries, years of chronic pain and the marginalization that often comes from a condition not being recognized. She has practiced on over 150 silent meditation retreats – in monasteries, meditation communities and in isolation. She was named “one of the 4 leading (mindful movement) and Buddhist teachers in the country” by Shambhala Sun (now Lion’s Roar) Magazine.

Jill has developed trainings for a variety of healthcare providers, that both facilitate the integration of mindfulness and meditation interventions into a professional context and support clinicians in reducing burn out and compassion fatigue. She frequently offers Grand Rounds and clinician mentoring groups in the East Bay, CA. and New York City.

Jill created and leads Applied Embodied Mindfulness Trainings at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, was a founding faculty member of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training and is a mentor for Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach’s Mindfulness Teacher Training – she has held her own trainings for decades.  Her organization School for Compassionate Action: Mindfulness and Somatic Practices to those living with chronic pain, trauma and addictions brought mindfulness and somatic practices to at risk and in need adults and children, and trained other to do so for over 10 years in New York City. Jill was scholar and teacher in residence at the Kripalu Center in 2004. With her teacher Ajahn Amaro, Jill was the first to integrate mindful movement onto silent meditation retreats at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, and the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts over 25 years ago. She continued to break ground on Tibetan retreats with respected teachers such as Mingyur Rinpoche, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche.  Jill trained as a Buddhist Chaplain at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies

She has been featured in the New York Times, More, Crains, Yoga Journal, UK’s Yoga Magazine,  Happinez Magazine of Holland and Tricycle Magazine, Shambhala Sun amongst others. She contributed to the book “ Freeing the Body: Freeing the Mind” by Michael Stone, and is currently composing her own book.


Past Consulting Clients include:

  • Healing the Divide: The Richard Gere Foundation
  • Bent on Learning: Yoga for Urban Youth, NYC
  • The Lineage Project: Yoga and Meditation for At Risk Youth, NYC
  • Gouverneur Healthcare, NYC
  • Roosevelt Addiction Institute, NYC

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