We currently offer several ways to introduce children, youth, and adults to the practice of mindfulness meditation in education and at home. Mindfulness Instructor Cheryl Blackington was recently interviewed by Peter Grostic from Communications by Design. Listen what she has to say about the value and importance of teaching mindfulness practices to adolescents and teens.

Teens Just Breathe Instructor Cheryl Blackington

Cheryl has been a public school teacher for over 30 years, and she has now turned her attention toward helping youth and families cope in their busy, stressful lives. She began her training with Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness’ signature courses: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion. Cheryl is certified by .b, an organization which certifies teachers to teach mindfulness to teens. She has logged many hours of training since then including: Mindful School‘s curriculum for youth, Mindful Schools Mindful Communication, Koru for the college-aged students, and Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens. Most recently, she has taught Mindful Parenting. Cheryl values tremendously the benefits that mindfulness has to offer and maintain a daily meditation practice.


Teaching Experience:

  • Forest Hills Schools and Community Enrichment
  • Evening Classes at Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness
  • Speaker and Workshop Leader at a variety of local organizations
  • GVSU Workshop for students
  • Mindful Parenting in Cedar Springs
  • Northview Elementary: Mindful Schools 8-Week Curriculum for K – 4th grade
  • Community of Practice: Mindfulness training for teachers and counselors
  • National Charity League presentations for Moms
  • Workshops for teachers, parents, and administrators
  • Speaker at West Michigan Counseling Association
  • Individual Tutoring
  • YMCA Professional Development
  • Van Andel Institute presentation at Summer Institute for Teachers
  • Mindful Parenting Workshops at Renew Mama Studio

Cheryl Blackington, M.Ed.
Mindfulness Instructor
Grand Rapids, MI