Mindfulness and Compassion for All


Maxine Swisa

Maxine Swisa with Deepak Chopra

Maxine Swisa with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Education and Certifications

  • Licensed as Trainer of Teachers in TESOL, SIT Graduate Institute, expected completion date: November 2015
  • Certificate in Practices and Principles for Teaching Online Learning, Laureate English Language Program, July 2015
  • TESOL Certification training, Santa Fe, Certified TESOL Instructor, New Mexico 2011
  • Certificate of Mastery for Credibility, Influence and Impact, 2006-07
  • MA TESOL, SIT Graduate Institute, Brattleboro, Vermont
  • BA Religious Studies, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut

Professional Development

  • Coming to Our Senses, Mindfulness Training, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Rhineback, New York, 2015
  • Cognitively-Based Compassion Training, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 2015
  • Spiritual Solutions with Deepak Chopra, Chopra Center, Carlsbad, California, 2014
  • Primordial Sound Meditation with Deepak Chopra and Dr. Dan Siegel, Chopra Center, Carlsbad, California, 2014
  • Hay House "I Can Do It" conference with Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Joan Borysenko, Dr. Robert Holden, and Gregg Braden, Denver, Colorado, 2014
  • Intercultural Spanish Language Immersion, Costa Rica, 2014
  • Silva Life System Training with Dr. Joan McGillicuddy and Dr. Anthony Estrada, Tucson, Arizona, 2012 to 2014
  • Self-Realization Fellowship Silent Retreat, Encinitas, California, 2012
  • Laughter Yoga Training with Founder, Dr. Madam Kataria, Certified Laughter Yoga Facilitator and Trainer, Interlaken Switzerland, 2011 *NOTE: See PAGE 5 for additional information about Laughter Yoga
  • Grief Facilitator Training, Gerard's House, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2011

Self-Published Works

  • Author, Positive Attitude Handbook , 2013. Written as an understandable and easily implemented guide to more positive thinking. Positive Attitude Handbook  is designed to help readers become more proactive and positive in their daily lives, using readily accessible and non-judgmental methods and techniques.
  • Author and Creator, www.gratefuloptimism.com, 2011 to Present. Designed and authored a website that includes 365 pages of affirmations of gratitude and appreciation, an affirmation for every day of the year.
  • Contributing author to the book, Inside the Minds, 2007. Contributing author for a book focused on successful leadership qualities of C-level executives.

Curriculum Design and Development

  • B.R.E.A.T.H.E. to Understand, 2014. Designed and developed a course focusing on interactive, experiential, participatory activities that integrates breathing, self-reflection, empathy/compassion, acceptance, thankfulness, heart-felt emotions, connection, and understanding.
  • Connecting, Collaborating and Creating in Community, 2012 to 2013. Co-authored and designed curriculum for Vacation English Immersion program, a 75-hour English language intensive, using experiential education best practices.