Amy Zoe Schonhoff is the creator of Mindfulness in the Heartland, a professional venture dedicated to providing education and training in mindfulness-based interventions. Through her writing, public speaking and teaching, it is her intention to inspire others to live as if every moment matters.

Although Amy’s own life had been significantly influenced by a personal mindfulness practice for over twenty years, it wasn’t until she was working as a human resources professional that it became evident to her the enormous benefits the cultivation of present-moment awareness had to offer others—not only in the workplace, but in every facet of life. 

To develop her ability to share this body of practices and principles with people from all walks of life, she received teacher training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, the wellness program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the UMass Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness. Her professional pathway also includes training in mindful communication, Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and Mindful Educator Essentials (to teach youth, K-12) through Mindful Schools.

Another of Amy’s primary focuses is on the nurturing and development of her young children. As a mother, she has found the practice of mindfulness to be a significant source of refuge while managing the stress that comes with parenting. Not surprisingly, she is particularly enthusiastic to share this work with parents, educators and caretakers.

To support the deepening of mindfulness-based practices of people living in the Midwest, Amy currently serves on the board of Mid America Dharma, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making Insight Meditation available in the central region of the United States.

When she is not busy chasing her children around or talking with folks about mindfulness, you will probably find her with her nose in a book, knitting, tending to her garden or meditating.