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.

It was while working as a human resources professional that it became evident to Amy 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.

Amy has deeply benefited from a personal mindfulness practice for over twenty years. To cultivate her ability to share these practices with a secular audience, she received teacher 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 and mindful communication, 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.

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.