About Sarah Wood Vallely
Sarah began working professionally with children in 1991. A former art teacher, Sarah now teaches meditation to children, helping children feel empowered for over ten years. When Sarah began teaching meditation to children in Los Angeles, her classes became a phenomenon. People without children came to see how someone could possibly persuade and inspire children to meditate. To help others learn what she does so effectively, Sarah also trains adults how to teach meditation to children in classrooms, at home, and in therapeutic settings. Sarah’s program attracts students from across the US, Canada, Australia and Europe.
Additionally, Sarah is the Author of Sensational Meditation for Children - Mindfulness, Guided Imagery, and Other Child-Friendly Meditation Techniques. Her latest book, The Magic Gum Tree, is a fantasy story for children about three possums who learn how to meditate when they travel in their time machines to faraway lands, such as ancient India.
Sarah does not push dogmatic concepts or strict disciplines. Instead, she teaches straightforward skills using meditations from all over the world. Higher self esteem, improved focus, closer relationships and better health are just a few of the benefits parents, therapists and teachers who use these techniques rave about. Contrary to what one might think, kids love to meditate. Sarah's students tell her, “That was better than my video game,” “When can we come back to meditate?” and “I didn’t know meditation was so easy.”
Sarah has a bachelors in Fine Art and her cross cultural meditation training includes Insight Meditation (Buddhist), a four-year study with regression therapy master (Western Shamanism), Huna practitioner training (Hawaiian), Reiki, Level II (Japanese) and ongoing Yoga instruction (Hindu).
Sarah also works as a public school teacher.