About

Amy Zoe Schonhoff is a mother, writer and mindfulness educator.

She is the creator of A Beloved Life: Mindfulness in the Heartland, a professional venture dedicated to providing education and training in mindfulness practices. Through her writing, individual coaching, public speaking and teaching, it is her intention to inspire others to live as if every moment matters.

Amy holds a BA in psychology and has completed graduate coursework in nonprofit administration. Her professional life has followed a circuitous path, from integrative healthcare practitioner to nonprofit arts professional and now back to her roots in wellness.

Amy has deeply benefited from a personal mindfulness practice for over twenty years, beginning with a breath awareness meditation she learned as an undergraduate in college. But it was while working in the nonprofit sector as a human resources professional and bearing witness to the effects of stress on those she worked alongside that it became evident to her the enormous benefits mindfulness could offer people, not only in the workplace, but in every facet of life. This recognition inspired her to leave the nonprofit sector and begin teaching mindfulness to others.

To cultivate her ability to share these practices with a secular audience, she received training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, the wellness program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Since she believes wholeheartedly that these practices can benefit anyone, at any age in the life cycle, she has also received curriculum training to teach mindfulness to children in grades K-12, through Mindful Schools.

Another of Amy’s primary focuses is on the nurturing and development of her young children. As a mother, she has found her own mindfulness practice to be a significant source of refuge while managing the stress that comes with parenting. Not surprisingly, she is enthusiastic to share these practices with parents, educators and caretakers.

In 2014, Amy performed as a cast member of Listen to Your Mother, a national live reading series that gives a voice to motherhood “in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor.” In her presentation, The Heroine’s Journey, Amy openly shared her own challenges to meet the demands of motherhood.

To support the deepening of mindfulness practices for people living in the Midwest, Amy currently serves on the board of Mid America Dharma, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making Insight Meditation available in the central region of the United States.

When she is not busy chasing her children around or talking with folks about mindfulness, you will probably find her with her nose in a book, knitting, tending to her garden or meditating.