Yvonne Berenguer has over 16 years of teaching experience in the Masters of Social Work program at CSU Stanislaus. She is certified in Mindfulness Meditation and a certified Mindfulness Affiliate Teacher through Heart-Mind Education and Life Coach. She has been qualified by the Gottman Institute to teach the "Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work" and "Bringing Baby Home" curriculum. Since 2014, Yvonne has been engaged in promoting individual and organizational wellness. She has taught workshops using mindfulness-based tools to university students, private businesses and county staff. She is the co-author of the “Tools for Well-Being” curriculum, which incorporates mindfulness, compassion, gratitude, creativity and positive psychology as tools to enhance personal well-being and resilience. She teaches the Tools workshops currently piloted at Merced County and studied through CSUS. In her spare time, she loves to write non-fiction and poetry. Most recently, she has completed the writing of her book "Do-Overs: Staying open to life's lessons on love, loss and 2nd chances," which is scheduled to launch in 2019.(see www.yvonneberenguer.com)
MSW, LCSW #73615
Sara Cadalig is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked in the social work field in a variety of settings (schools, government, non-profit and community agencies) helping people work through obstacles that block their access to happiness, fulfillment and success. Sara's philosophy is based on empowering communities through education, resources and community support. Sara's broad experience over the years includes, community organizing, program development, workshop facilitation, and mental health services. Sara is certified in Mindfulness Meditation and Affiliate Teacher through Heart-Mind Education. Sara is also the co-author for the "Tools for Well-being" curriculum. Since 2012, Sara has been providing mental health services to children, adolescents, adults and families. Sara has a private practice in Northern California. For more information about Sara and her private practice, visit her website at:
Sometimes we have to be flexible about changes to the path we are on. This was Maria's realization in 2006, when she was diagnosed with a medical condition that forced her to prioritize her life. In self-reflection, she realized that the path she was on was no longer conducive to her well-being. Maria heard about the evidenced based practices of meditation and yoga and how it changed people’s lives, which led to the path of yoga introducing her to mindfulness meditation. In less than one month, she felt more alive than she ever had. Maria was learning new coping skills and how to focus on the now, instead of worrying about things she couldn’t control or needed to be concerned with. She became less stressed and her health started to improve with a more positive attitude about her future. Maria models her life after the acronym S.E.L.F. which stands for Sleep, Exercise, Love and Fun. Similar to the practice of Mindfulness meditation and staying present in the moment, Maria began to approach life with a beginner’s mind, experiencing life's events with a positive attitude and transformational approach to life. She is currently pursuing her mindfulness certification under Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield.