In January of 2015, I created Flourish & Bloom and began to facilitate community mindfulness opportunities in Monterey, California. I practice being mindful in my daily life-- I am a continuous work in progress and so is Flourish & Bloom.

Background & Training

A practitioner of mindfulness and meditation since 2009, I am a teacher of mindfulness and meditation who believes that cultivating greater awareness is key to living a more satisfying life. I have received training from Mindful Schools, I am a teacher with Mindful Education Project, and a Qualified Teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the Center for Mindfulness at UMass.  In January of 2016, I founded Monterey Bay Meditation Studio with my colleague, Marianne Rowe. There, I offer regular drop-in meditations, as well as courses on all kinds of topics like self-compassion, anxiety, courage, and other topics that affect well-being. I also enjoy writing about these sorts of topics at this site, and I coach individuals who are interested in being more aware, feeling better, and living better.

Approach

As a teacher, I offer a presence that is sensitive, calming, compassionate, and accepting, allowing people to be seen and understood just as they are. My in-depth knowledge of mindfulness principles and my lived experience and reflection in working with grief, anxiety, and uncertainty allow me to offer insights and empathy.  

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My approach is one of nuance and balance, marrying practicality with tenderness: I offer teaching that is directly applicable to everyday life here and now, yet I am not afraid to touch into the intricacies of the heart and soul. My attitude balances positivity and acceptance, extending encouragement and a real belief that transformation and agency is possible for everyone, while acknowledging and respecting each person’s experiences and limitations, as well as the depth of difficult emotions.

Most importantly, I offer myself with humor, authenticity and vulnerability. As a real and approachable human being with struggles, worries, and imperfections, I work with the practice of mindfulness every single day as a constant thread throughout my life. Practicing mindfulness with curiosity and a growth mindset has been without a doubt the chief source of growth and happiness in my adult life, and working with my own weaknesses and limitations is essential to my teaching, allowing me to practice what I teach and continually grow in compassion for myself and others.

In my work with meditation and mindfulness, I have taught elementary students, high schoolers, international graduate students, adults in the foster care system, and other audiences. I believe that training and practice in being more aware and compassionate (including to ourselves!) can be helpful, and even life-changing, to pretty much everyone!

I live in Monterey, California with my husband, Adil, and I enjoy writing, swimming, biking, reading, cooking, taking photographs, and being outdoors.

Contact me at hello@katiedutcher.com for customized mindfulness coaching and group trainings.