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  • Meet Cindy Ricardo, LMHC, CMT

    Facilitator of West Broward Insight Meditation Community. Psychotherapist, Certified Mindfulness Teacher

    Cindy Ricardo is a Certified Mindfulness Teacher (through the Engaged Mindfulness Institute) and the organizer of our Sangha. She has practiced Yoga and Vipassana/Mindfulness for 17+ years (see education and training experience below), and believes this practice helps us maintain clarity of mind and a compassionate heart. “This is something that is lacking, in our fast paced world, where technology and constant busyness, keeps us from connecting with ourselves and the world around us. The practice (Mindfulness), invites us to to come home to our body, mind and heart. To be present and open to life, in ways that awaken our capacity for compassion, wisdom and joy. We witness the preciousness of life and when we see life in this way, there can be a pivotal shift. toward meeting all of life; both joy and sorrow, with a spacious mind and a compassionate heart.”

    Formal training and experience:

    • Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 2000 in the state of Florida.
    • Certified IMAGO Relationship Therapist 2004-to current.
    • Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor- 2008 to Current
    • Certification in Meditation and Psychotherapy through the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy 2013-2014.
    • Certified Mindfulness Teacher-P-MT 300hrs (through EMI – 300hrs.) 2017-2018.
    • Attended Live Online Mindful Self-Compassion Training – September 7 – November 9, 2020 –  taught by Kristy Arbon – 23.0 CEU’s
    • Attended 16+ Mindfulness retreats, over past 5 years at IMS, BCBS, Bhavana and other centers 2013-to current.
    • Self Study (both books written by teachers such as Bhikkhu Analayo, Thannisaro Bhikkhu, Christina Feldman, Joseph Goldstein, Guy Armstrong, Tara Brach, Chris Germer, Rob Burbia. 2008-current.
    • Developed Sangha/Community Mindfulness Group – West Broward Insight Community -established 5 years ago. 2015-to current.
    • Lead Teacher and facilitator – weekly Sunday Meditation meetings (includes silent meditation practice 20-30mins, Dharma talk 30-40 mins, Mindful Inquiry 30 mins.). 2015-to current.
    • Facilitate Intro to Mindfulness and Compassion – 6 week class series
      • January – February 2019
      • October – November 2019
      • April – May 2020
    • Lead, organize and facilitate two –  5 day retreats on a yearly basis – 6 retreats from 2016-to current (Three – 3 days and three – 5 days). (The last 4 retreats were co-facillitated by Qualified MBSR teacher, Piero Falci and Jose Ricardo, co-founder of West Broward Insight Community and Dedicated Dharma Practitioner.)
    • Develop and establish relationships with other Dharma Teachers – invite them to lead retreats for our Sangha. 2019-to present.

    Our Story

    To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment.
    Eckhart Tolle