I’m Jon Walker, a retired physician, and during my years of clinical practice I realized the profound value of cultivating mindfulness and self-compassion. I redirected my career to be able to offer trainings in these qualities and to make what I teach as accessible as possible. I have done the Training in Mindfulness Facilitation program offered at the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center at UCLA, and have done teacher training in Mindful Awareness Practices. I have also done the 2-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher’s Certification Program (MMTCP) with senior teachers Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield through the Center for Greater Good at University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, I've done teacher training in the Mind Body Medicine program developed for physicians and medical students through Indiana University School of Medicine.
My training in Mindful Self-Compassion was done through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, and that included training in online teaching and self-compassion for healthcare providers. My training for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction was done through the Center for Mindfulness at University of California, San Diego. I have also done training in Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management through University of Toronto and focusing training through the PUPA Focusing Training Program. I am certified through the International Mindfulness Teacher’s Association and the MMTCP program, and also a member of the American Mindfulness Research Association and International Focusing Institute.
Perhaps my main qualification, though, is that I have lots of life experience being neither particularly mindful nor self-compassionate, and addressing that remains a work in progress. So I am highly motivated to help you avoid such a fate!
In addition to my online classes, I have done sessions for a number of organizations in the Fort Wayne area and beyond. These include:
Parkview Hospital, Lutheran Hospital, Parkview Behavioral Health, Park Center, Allendale Treatment, Fort Wayne Recovery, Purdue Fort Wayne Continuing Studies, Indiana University, Indiana University School of Medicine, Manchester University, Wabash Hospital, Gladieux Consulting, Surgical Eye Expeditions International, Boardable.com, Glenelg Country School, University of Saint Francis School of Nursing, Benchmark Human Services, Carey Services, the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and others.
If you are part of an organization that is interested in offering these resources to your staff, please let me know. I often do this as a volunteer or for a donation, especially for non-profits and those in healthcare.
By the way, as a retired physician, I no longer provide healthcare in any form, and nothing on this site or in my teachings should be considered medical or mental health advice. (Check out the disclaimer for more details and additional info regarding the use of this site.)