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Meet Jill

Jill Satterfield is an international mindfulness and meditation teacher, consultant and mentor. Her integration of embodied mindfulness and meditation includes somatic and contemplative psychology along with 35 years of Buddhist study and well over 100 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 and inspiring people from all walks of life, backgrounds and dispositions.

Jill’s dedication to understanding her own mind and body and creating accessible, practical contemplative tools for others came by way of multiple surgeries, years of chronic pain and the marginalization that often comes from a condition not being recognized. From over 150 silent meditation retreats – in monasteries, meditation communities and in isolation – what she shares is what she has directly experienced and what she knows can be of benefit to others.

She works with healthcare providers and mental health clinicians and frequently offers Grand Rounds and clinician mentoring groups in the East Bay, CA. and New York City. She is a consultant and collaborator with the GKI: Global Initiative for social change.

Jill created 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 currently a mentor for Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach’s Mindfulness Teacher Training (MMTCP)  – 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.

Her less visible but very active and passionate self is a visual artist and writer. Her visual work was represented by the Archetype Gallery in NYC, in Lord and Taylor windows on 5th Avenue in NYC, in sets and costumes for dance companies, and in off Broadway productions and magazines.

She has been featured in the New York Times, More, Crains, Happinez Magazine of Holland and Tricycle Magazine, Yoga Journal, UK’s Yoga Magazine, and was named one of the 4 leading mindful movement teachers in the country by Lions Roar Magazine in 2002.  She contributed to the book “ Freeing the Body: Freeing the Mind” by Michael Stone.

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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