Veronica Valles is a dynamic Peace Educator, Mindfulness Trainer-Facilitator, Speaker, Author, Artist and Ordained Minister for Centers for Spiritual Living.
She has a 30 year meditation and 25 year Mindfulness practice and has successfully licensed in a variety of peace modalities such as The Connection Practice (at the University for Peace in Costa Rica) and Mindfulness-Meditation for adults with Centers for Spiritual Living as well as trainings in Nonviolent Communication, Mindful Schools Educator Essentials and Difficult Emotions training programs and the Peace Alliance Restorative Justice course along with online trainings from The Shift Network and Sounds True.
Veronica's Masters of Conscious Studies (MCS) from Holmes Institute and Centers for Spiritual Living School of Spiritual Leadership (Colorado) as well as Ordination as a Minister, provides a unique background as a Thought Leader who offers powerful, executive coaching to Teachers, Counselors and Administrators.
In the last 12 years, Veronica has presented peace programs to thousands of children in the Dallas Independent School District. She has been the Dallas Chair for Season for Nonviolence (a grassroots program that honors the lives and nonviolent principles of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) since 2007. She and her team brought in internationally acclaimed speaker-author-teacher Azim Khamisa, with his “Ending the Cycle of Violence program, to over 5,000 children at key campuses in DISD in 2007 and 2008 along with an unprecedented event with 160 Counselors.
Currently, she provides Direct Services of mindfulness skill sets to 700 children weekly in 38 classes at three, Dallas Independent School District Elementary schools (Victor H. Hexter, Alex Sanger and Solar Preparatory School for Girls Elementary schools). Thanks to her Mindfulness Partnership with Dr. Jennifer K. Jackson, Principal of Victor H. Hexter Elementary, she has supported the transformation of the landscape and culture of the school by providing mindfulness tools to students, staff and parents.
Veronica has also presented her Mindful Moments program at Bayles and Ben Milam Elementary Schools, Booker T. Washington School of the Performing Arts, the 2018 Bryan Adams Collaborative at Hexter Elementary, White Rock Library spring program, the Family Place, and the Ronald McDonald House.
With a background in film and television production, photography and writing, she brings in her authentic, loving, creative style to each class. Known as Ms. V, Veronica is committed to empowering children to live compassionate, connected and creative lives thriving in peace and prosperity. She guides children into their hearts and inspires them into greatness. By providing secular peace tools in schools through her nonprofit, Sacred Living, she is supporting a generation of Mindful Leaders. Veronica is also available for teacher empowerment sessions, Professional Developments and corporate mindfulness training.
Key, personal mentors for Veronica have been Vivian A. Castleberry (Peacemakers Inc. and UNT Castleberry Institute for Peace), Rita Marie Johnson (The Connection Practice), Azim Khamisa (The Tariq Khamisa Foundation), Philip Hellmich (The Shift Network), and countless individuals past and present who have graced her with wisdom and the heart and soul for peace in a world that works for everyone.
Veronica received the 2019 Dallas Independent School District Volunteer of the Year for Classroom Support award for her outstanding work at Victor H. Hexter Elementary. Many thanks to Dr. Jennifer K. Jackson, Master Principal, who nominated her and for their outstanding Mindfulness Partnership these last four years.