Nothing whatsoever is worth the cost of a contracted heart.
- Gil Fronsdal
Priscilla Szneke, a mindfulness and meditation teacher, facilitator, mentor and consultant, has over 35 years experience in the healthcare field as a nurse (oncology, critical care, nurse anesthetist), medical editor, and epidemiologist. Through her work and personal experience, she has come to understand that mindfulness is an important component to healing ourselves and each other, no matter what is happening in this moment.
Priscilla practices in the Insight (Vipassana) meditation tradition and has sat a number of short and long retreats at Spirit Rock in California and at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, MA.
In addition, she completed the 18-month Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training Program at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, the Integrated Studies and Practitioner Program (ISPP) at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, MA, as well as the Community Dharma Leader Program at Spirit Rock. This program authorizes Priscilla to teach Insight Meditation.
Priscilla is an E-RYT 200 level yoga instructor and has studied with a variety of yoga teachers.
Courses she has completed at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital include Spirituality in Mind-Body Medicine and Clinical Training in Mind-Body Medicine.
Her MBSR trainings include Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in Mind-Body Medicine: A Professional Training
taught by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, as well as the MBSR Fundamentals course, the MBSR Practice Teaching Intensive, and Individual Supervision at the Center for Mindfulness. She was Certified through the Mindfulness Center at Brown University in 2019. She is adjunct faculty at the Mindfulness Center at Brown’s School of Public Health.
In July 2015, Priscilla completed coursework in Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) with Jean Kristeller and Andrea Lieberstein, qualifying her to teach this program. And in April 2017, she completed the MindSciences Digital Therapeutic (DTx) programs with Dr. Judson Brewer, which combine app-based training with in-person facilitated sessions to address habits from cigarettes to smart phones, emotional eating, and anxiety. She is accredited as a Qualified Mindfulness-Based Behavior Change Facilitator.
Priscilla is a Certified MB-BP instructor, having completed the training for the Mindfulness-Based Blood Pressure Reduction Intervention (MB-BP) program offered at Brown University with Eric Loucks PhD.
In October 2020, Priscilla completed the training for Finding Peace in a Frantic World through the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and is authorized to teach this program.
Priscilla lives on the territory of the Narragansetts in Jamestown, RI with her husband, Louis. Her pronouns are she/her.
Priscilla has completed the Community Dharma Leaders Program at Spirit Rock in California.
This two-year program, which concluded in April 2017, trains and supports the committed Dharma practitioner to teach Insight (Vipassana) Meditation. The training is based in the Theravada tradition, but is designed to apply these ancient tenets in creative, intuitive, and innovative ways to address the suffering in our contemporary lives. These teachings allow us to work through the complex difficulties of our world with integrity, honesty, kindness and patience while maintaining the ability to see clearly.