Genevieve Tregor, M.S.
M.S. in Kinesiology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo CA
MBSR Trained Instructor with Bob Stahl in the UMass Center for Mindfulness in Medicine Oasis approved teacher practicum
Mentor (Faculty) for Jack Kornfield & Tara Brach's Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program
Radiant Heart Qi Gong Instructor certified with Teja Fudo Myoo Bell
Providing Trauma-Informed Mindfulness Instruction and currently training in Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute 3-year professional program.
Intensive Mindfulness Meditation Experience with over 10 years of dedicated training and 10,000+ hours of formal practice experience, including over a year of intensive long-term (retreat) practice under the guidance of senior Western and Monastic teachers in the Insight Tradition.
Genevieve offers mindfulness education and consulting from an extensive and in-depth background in mindfulness practice paired with the expertise of a health and wellness professional.
She has practiced Vipassana meditation in the Buddhist tradition - the rigorous, systematic practice of mindfulness from which the original Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program was developed - since 2008, and has experience of over a year in intensive retreat; including multiple long-term, dedicated practice periods of up to 2 months exploring the depths of mindfulness with renowned Western and monastic teachers. This training enhances her ability to teach mindfulness comprehensively and guide students effectively in the many subtleties of the practice; beyond mere techniques.
She received a MS in Kinesiology (Exercise Science and Health Promotion), from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo; and a B.A. in Classics, with a minor in Sports Science from the University of Arizona. Her graduate level studies focused on incorporating physiology, disease process and pathology, health behavior change and psychology into health education and training from a wellness perspective. She has worked in healthcare and health education research, planning and delivery.
Genevieve's life experience included growing up with a serious auto-immune disease and as a result is familiar with the challenges of dealing with chronic illness and pain; this experience influenced her to pursue a life purpose helping others to explore their wholeness and well-being regardless of circumstance.
Specialized training, experience and accomplishments include completion of the MBSR Teacher Training Practicum as required by the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Center for Mindfulness in Medicine advanced teacher training; and selection as faculty for the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach, for which she mentors teachers-in-training internationally. She is certified in Radiant Heart Qigong, an ancient energy healing practice bringing mindfulness to movement, with Teja Fudo Myoo Bell.
She has studied with and been mentored by senior teachers in the Buddhist mindfulness tradition (Vipassana), her primary teachers have been Gil Fronsdal and Howard Cohn. In the MBSR curriculum she trained with Bob Stahl, PhD, author and senior teacher with the UMass Center for Mindfulness Oasis Institute. Other influential teachers who she's studied and practiced with in the Western Vipassana tradition include Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, John Travis and Winnie Nazarko. In the Theravada monastic tradition she has practiced with Sayadaw U Vivekananda, Sayadaw U Jagara, and Thanissaro Bhikkhu, among others.
Genevieve is the founder and facilitating teacher for Insight Meditation Scottsdale; offering instruction and retreats in the Western Vipassana Buddhist tradition. This drop-in group meets regularly on Monday nights in Scottsdale. She also teaches at South Mountain Community College as Adjunct Faculty.
"Mindfulness is not a technique or one more tool to put in [a] toolbox; it is a way of relating to life, of experiencing life, all of it. This way of being can be taught only through a deep understanding. Otherwise, mindfulness becomes a caricature of itself, losing its deep and transformational essence."
~ Ruth A. Baer, PhD, from "Mindfulness Based Treatment Approaches"