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Seventh Element, About Priscilla Szneke director, offering MBSR, located in Newport County, RI

"….mindfulness meditation has three
overarching purposes: knowing the
mind; training the mind; and freeing
the mind." - Gil Fronsdal

When I bring mindfulness to different areas of my life, the experiences are richer and more vibrant; even those that are difficult…



Priscilla teaches all types of mindfulness and insight meditation practices; Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Eating, mindful awareness practices (MAPS), meditation, emotional intelligence and leadership skills, communication skills, breath work, body-centered practices and yoga, and guided relaxation, all with the intention of cultivating stress reduction, personal growth and overall well-being in all aspects of our life.

The culmination of her academic and contemplative studies has led her to promote right mindfulness, the act of interacting fully and intentionally with the present moment, as a central part of her practice and teachings. In her classes, she teaches how to nurture mindfulness and develop metta or loving-kindness, an innate characteristic we all possess. She offers classes for individuals, groups, leaders, and corporations.


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 is a CFM Qualified MBSR Teacher and is pursuing MBSR certification.

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 Eat Right Now® program with Judson Brewer, MD PhD at the Center for Mindfulness and is a Community Facilitator for the program.

Priscilla is a Certified MB-BP instructor, having completed the training for the Mindfulness-Based Blood Pressure Reduction Intervention (MB-BP) study offered at Brown University with Eric Loucks PhD.


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.


I bow deeply to those who have put me on the path, encouraged and supported me on the path and taught me on the path.

  • Pascal Auclair
  • James Baraz
  • Elizabeth Bessette
  • Rebecca Bradshaw
  • Mark Coleman
  • Anna Douglas
  • Gil Fronsdal
  • Rick Hanson
  • Andrew Olendzki
  • Susan Tiskus
  • Julie Wester

and many others…

And, especially, much gratitude to all the students that have taken my MBSR programs, meditation sessions, workshops and retreats. I learn more from you than you could ever learn from me!