I moved to Austin in August 2018. Before this, I launched The Mindful Center Knoxville in 2014 with the sole intention to continue the mission of The Mindful Center: to offer a simple, practical, and non-religious approach to mindfulness meditation.
During my time in Knoxville, I partnered with Provision Health & Fitness, and The Middle Path (an intensive outpatient clinic offering Dialectical Behavioral Therapy). After four years in Knoxville, I was ready for a bigger city and market for mindfulness, so I packed my things and came to Austin - a city where there seems to be no shortage of bright minds, entrepreneurial spirit, and potential for growth.
As a newcomer to Austin, I hope to align myself with people, organizations, and causes that speak to the truth and benefits of mindfulness meditation.
My name is Claudio Barrientos, BA.
My Training and Education
In 2010, I moved to Albuquerque, NM to start what became a three year intensive mindfulness practice and training at The Mindful Center, an organization founded in 1991 by Jim DuVal.
Under the guidance of Jim, and Michelle DuVal, the current Director of The Mindful Center, I started learning, practicing, and teaching mindfulness meditation at various medical centers and organizations across New Mexico.
Since 1991, The Mindful Center has become the largest independent provider of mindfulness meditation training in the Southwest offering programs across federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as Presbyterian Hospital, University of New Mexico Hospital, and the New Mexico Heart Institute.
Currently, I am finishing my MBSR certification with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the Stress Reduction Clinic in the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. I have also attended various multi day professional retreats with Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn, as well as the 10 day silent Vipassana Course.
I received a BA in Philosophy and Theology from the University of San Francisco and a Masters certificate at UCLA Film School. When I'm not home developing my teachings, working on marketing for my business, or sitting on my cushion meditating, you can catch me playing soccer at Zilker Park (and then cooling off at Barton Springs).
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Major influences: Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dr. Richard Davidson, S.N. Goenka, Ajahn Chah.
Favorite Books: "Zen Mind, Beginners Mind," "Full Catastrophe Living," "Food for the Heart."
Favorite Quote: "Begin and continue"
Hobbies & Interests: Soccer, documentaries, bringing mindfulness to everyone, including children and minorities.
What I love about mindfulness:
I love how practical and portable this practice truly is. No matter what you are facing, mindfulness can help you get through it. This feeling of empowerment through the practice brings me a sense of freedom and understanding that I can handle anything that comes my way with a little grace, grit, and resiliency.