Southern Mindfulness Institute

Our mindfulness training classes fuse ancient philosophies with modern psychology and neuroscience. We offer instruction in a variety of techniques - breath attention, daily mindful exercises and the purposeful movement of walking meditation and mindful movement.

Through a variety of formal practices, the carefully developed programs will guide you in cultivating present moment awareness. Present moment awareness is key to developing greater clarity, helping you to recognize negative patterns of reactivity, conditioned behavior and unproductive thoughts. The techniques employed are secular and compatible with any faith tradition.


Mindfulness 101

We start at the beginning. We meet you where you are and we guide you toward clarity, resiliency and well being. 


Lasting between a half day to two days, our workshops can introduce mindfulness into your organization, school or group. All workshops can be tailored to fit the specific needs of the client.


We can create an immersive experience at your location or work with you to customize a day to one week retreat for your team.

Lifelong Learning

We participate in retreats, conferences and symposiums throughout the US. Staying abreast of cutting edge science and best practices allows us to provide the very best service to our clients and our community.

Keynotes & Speaker Series

We have experience delivering topically-relevant keynotes to audiences of any size.

Join us at 'The Goose" July 7 - 10.


We are impacting youth in juvenile detention and after school programs as well as seniors in Greenville S.C. We are serving healthcare providers, Hospice staff and people in addiction recovery in Raleigh N.C.

Our Curriculum


The Neuroscience of Mindfulness

Scientific research is showing us how meditation can make changes in our brain for the better. Exciting research is demonstrating this through various modalities:

  • Neuroplasticity
  • Epigenetics
  • Resilience
  • Empathy and Compassion
  • Flexibility in the stress response

Mindful Healthcare

A very exciting and emerging field of study is Mindfulness and our health. Mindfulness has been proven though many randomized controlled and peer reviewed studies to have many health benefits.

  • Lowered blood presser
  • Improved pain control
  • Management of stress and anxiety
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved imune response

Mindful Work

The modern work place can be demanding, stressful and filled with
digital distraction. Mindfulness techniques are scientifically based and
proven to assist with and the development of:

  • Resilience habits
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Stress and conflict management
  • Improved energy awareness and maintenance
  • Increased productivity
  • Greater mental clarity
  • Foundations of emotional intelligence

Positive Psychology & Happiness

Students learn about cross-disciplinary research, spanning the fields of psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and more. We offer strategies for tapping into, developing and nurturing your own happiness. Emphasis is placed on the practical implementation of the latest scientific discoveries on psychological well-being.

  • Discover what happiness is and why it matters to you
  • Learn how to increase you own happiness
  • Understand the power of social connection
  • Learn resiliency habits
  • Discover what is mindfulness and its real world applications

Compassion and Empathy

Compassion is a trait that can be cultivated through mindfulness practices. Meditation appears to teach the mind to move directly from an observation of suffering to benevolent action. Action is scientifically proven to be healthier than inaction. Compassion leads to:

  • Improved outlook and contentment
  • Altruistic behavior
  • Reduced depression
  • Community building
  • Compassionate Awareness

Dynamic Aging

Through mindfulness based practices we explore the aging process as a dynamic system within a dynamic system. 93% of our graduates have experienced self reported increased quality of life in:

  • Autonomy
  • Environmental Mastery
  • Personal Growth
  • Positive Relationships with Others
  • Purpose in Life
  • Self Acceptance


We deliver in-person and scale
(Online school coming soon)

Our mission is to provide a multifaceted mindfulness program of professional training, education, research, and outreach. We endeavor to further the practice of mindfulness and compassion in a diverse population including at risk individuals.


Our vision is a world generous with compassion and acceptance.

Our core values:

  • We believe that there is innate wisdom and health in every human being.
  • We believe that practicing mindfulness will help all people respond to the flow of life in a resilient and peaceful manner; lead to more joyful, compassionate, healthy and meaningful lives; and become positive agents for change in their communities.
  • We are open and inclusive to all who wish to deepen their experience of themselves and their place in the greater community.

Dr. Barbara Burggraaff

Dr. Burggraaff is board certified both in Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat), and in the subspecialty of Sleep Medicine. She is a certified mindfulness facilitator through the Engaged Mindfulness Institute. Her interests include: Integrating mindfulness further into the realm of medicine, with regard to both patients and healthcare providers, compassion and outreach, interpersonal relationships, mindfulness in recovery and addiction, and treatment of insomnia and anxiety.


Sheila Garrick

Ms. Garrick is a successful entrepreneur with extensive experience working with non-profits. She is a Certified Positive Psychology Coach, trained by Dr. Rober Diswah-Diener and is a certified mindfulness facilitator through the Engaged Mindfulness Institute and The Living School. She specializes in transitions and difficult emotions; divorce, death, grief, loss and aging well. Ms. Garrick also facilitates weekly mindful movement and meditation classes to incarcerated youth.


Mary Linda McBride

Ms. McBride is a certified mindfulness facilitator with the Engaged Mindfulness Institute. She has studied Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at Duke Integrative Medicine and the renowned Center for Mindfulness (CFM) at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine where she qualified to teach the MBSR curriculum. She is also a certified yoga instructor with 15 years of teaching experience. Mary Linda was selected to join Google's Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI) Engage Program- advanced mindfulness and emotional intelligence training for workplace settings. She is CEO of Mindful Resolution


Director of Joy

Daisy has been known to bring a bit of “warm fuzzy” to a meditation practice. She has an ability to spread joy wherever she goes. She is full of wonder and delight and teaches us something about embracing this life as it is every day.