Adi Bemak, M.Ed., C.A.G.S.

Adi BemakMBSR Teacher


Doctoral Studies in Counseling and School psychology, University of Massachusetts, 1993 - 1997

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies - Counseling Psychology, University of Massachusetts, 1975

M.Ed., Counseling Psychology, University of Massachusetts, 1972

B.S., Elementary Education, Lesley College, 1969


Focus & Interests

  • Courses and retreats for beginning mindfulness practitioners
  • Seniors exploring life cycle issues of illness, old age and death
  • Mindful parenting
  • Mindfulness for students, faculty and staff in college settings
  • Mindfulness-based psychotherapy with adults in transition and people facing illness and trauma


Adi Bemak, M.Ed., C.A.G.S., has been practicing mindfulness meditation for more than 35 years, and has been teaching mindfulness tools since 1993. She is an MBSR teacher at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. She also teaches MBSR with Valley Mindfulness in Western Massachusetts, and serves on the Teachers’ Council of the Insight Meditation Center of the Pioneer Valley. Adi teaches courses and retreats for: beginning mindfulness practitioners; students, faculty and staff in college settings; seniors exploring life cycle issues; and mindful parenting. She is currently a Buddhist Advisor at Mount Holyoke College, and also maintains a mindfulness-based psychotherapy practice in Amherst.

Professional Experience

Buddhist Advisor, Mount Holyoke College, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, 2011 - present

MBSR Teacher, Valley Mindfulness, offering courses in western Massachusetts and for students, faculty, and staff in collaboration with Amherst College, 2009 - present

Teacher, Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley, offering courses and day-long retreats for beginning meditation practitioners, seniors exploring issues of illness, old age, and death, and parents across the life-cycle,  2002 - present

Mindfulness Instructor, Behavioral Health Department, University of Massachusetts Medical School, prostate cancer research study on effects of plant-based diet and mindfulness meditation in preventing recurrence of prostate cancer, 2002 - 2003

Adjunct Faculty, Asnuntuck Community Technical College, taught courses in Counseling Skills and Issues of Tolerance and Intolerance in Society, 1997 - 2001

Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy Practice, 1993 - present

Instructor and Faciliator for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction classes and workshops for  public and private organizations throughout western Massachusetts, 1993 - 2002

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