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 and/or successfully completed trainings 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, Nonviolent Communication, Mindful Schools Fundamentals, Educator Essentials and Difficult Emotions training, Mindfulness Based Stressed Reduction, The Power of Awareness from The Awareness Training Institute in Association with the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkley, HeartMath Clinical Certification for Stress, Anxiety and Emotional Regulation, the Peace Alliance Restorative Justice course, Restorative Justice Basics & Circles training from Restorative Justice on the Rise with introspec360 along with online trainings from The Shift Network.
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 secular, powerful, executive coaching to Teachers, Counselors and Administrators.
Since 2007, 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.). 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.
Thanks to her Mindfulness Partnership with Dr. Jennifer K. Jackson, former Principal of Victor H. Hexter Elementary, Veronica supported the transformation of the landscape and culture of the school by providing mindfulness tools to students, staff and parents from 2015-2020. She also presented her program at other Dallas Independent School District Elementary schools (Alex Sanger for 5 years, Bayles for three and Solar Preparatory School for Girls Elementary schools).
Presentations were provided to the the following schools - the 10 week-Mindful Moments program at Ben Milam Elementary, 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. In the fall of 2019, she supported a pilot program at Bryan Adams High School with Park Stearns, a long term teacher.
Weaving her artistic background and visionary ways, she offers a blended curriculum from some of the best programs in the field along with her original, simple, practice book, “Mindful Moments: Peace Tools in Schools.” Veronica is passionate about engaged, life-long learning where children have a “choice, voice and agency” that is grounded in their emotional well-being to thrive. Veronica empowers children to be Mindful Leaders as she brings her “Most Favorite Aunt” energy into the schools supporting compassion, connection and community building.
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 2018- 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 that seeded all of this.