Professional Background

  • Professional Background

From a diverse and extensive background in small business, teaching and nursing, Heidi offers a comprehensive and specialized perspective of mindfulness practice, its significance and applications.  


2016Mindful Awareness Research Center, Los Angeles, CA
Affiliate Teacher, Mindful Awareness Practices Program
Mentor, Training in Mindfulness Facilitation Program  

2015, US Congress, Washington, DC
Guest Teacher, Ongoing  

2015, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA
Guest Teacher, Ongoing  

UCLA, Mindful Awareness Research Center, Los Angeles, CA
Affiliate Teacher, Mindful Awareness Practices Program  

UCLA, Mindful Awareness Research Center, Los Angeles, CA
Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation  

Well-Being Works: Everyday Mindfulness for Well-Being at Work
Designer and Facilitator of customized on-site staff development programs for bringing mindfulness to small business.  

2005 to Present
Mindfulness Meditation Teacher and Facilitator in Arcata, California. My own practice includes daily study and meditation along with regularly attending silent meditation retreats each year. Since 2011, I’ve been training and studying under the regular guidance of my mentors, Donald Rothberg and Sylvia Boorstein.  


2014 to Present
Owner, Pacific Mindfulness
Mindfulness educator, facilitator and writer offering classes privately and in professional settings for groups and individuals.  

1998 to Present
Owner, Emerald City Laundry Co., Inc., Arcata, CA Emerald City Laundry is a fully staffed busy neighborhood laundromat. Using energy efficient equipment and smart card technology, Emerald City is recognized for its notable cleanliness, excellent customer service, and was awarded the distinct honor of “America’s Most Beautiful Laundromat” by the Coin Laundry Association of America. As one of two owners, my primary responsibilities focus on staff development, marketing, bookkeeping, and general business management.  

1988 to 1998
Founder & Director, Western Practitioner Resources, Arcata, CA Western Practitioner Resources provided permanent placement and locum tenens for nurse practitioners and physician assistants throughout California.  


2015No Big Deal: On Metta & Forgiveness, February 24, 2015. is the online curated platform for Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma magazines.  

2013 - Ongoing
On Purpose: Stories & Insights from Mindfulness, Dharma and Waking Up Each Day. This blog expands on the weekly topics from my classes, provides a further resource for those looking for more depth, and reaches a large and growing online audience.  

A Great Deal!...Compensation Negotiation for Nurse Practitioners & Physician Assistants; A practical guide, tools, and step-by-step approach to compensation negotiation for NP’s, PA’s and their employers.  


2015 to Present
Mindfulness Meditation Facilitator, Breast & GYN Health Project, Arcata, CA
Offering a monthly mindfulness meditation group for women with breast and gyn cancers.  

2010 to Present
Advisor, Northcoast Regional Land Trust, Arcata, CA
Responsibilities include fundraising committee work, community outreach, business development, event planning, and periodic facilitation of Advisory Council meetings.  


1980 to 1989
During this time I worked in healthcare; first as an EMT, then as Nursing Assistant, and finally as a Registered Nurse. My work included Intensive Care, Emergency Department, Medical-Surgical, Post Anesthesia Recovery, Newborn Nursery and Obstetrics in both staff RN and management positions.  


UCLA, Mindful Awareness Research Center, Los Angeles,
CA Authorized Teacher, Mindful Awareness Practices Program  

UCLA, Mindful Awareness Research Center, Los Angeles,
CA Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation  

1981 to 1984
College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA
AA, Registered Nursing  

1978 to 1980
Scripps College, The Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA

1977 to 1978
Stephens College, Columbia, MO
Art History


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