Maria Botanska

Mária is a Mindfulness Teacher accredited with Mindful Academy Solterreno, accredited lecturer for adults training and development, member of Slovak Association of Lecturers and founder of Academy of Positive Life in Slovakia.

I have been working for 15 years as a manager in consumers ‘survey industry and I led more than 50 focus groups discussions within qualitative research. This work has taught me how to look at people and their life stories through their eyes.

I began my personal development journey 14 years ago. For many years I have been studying the DFS technique (Differentiated Functional States of Being), the author of which is Igor Nikolayevich Kalinauskas, a Russian professor of philosophy and psychology. The main idea of DFS technique is to live one´s life from inside. I have also attended many other courses of personal development, The Journey by  Brandon Bays and the course of meditation and mindfulness techniques in Sri Lanka.

I have changed my perception of life during recent years. I have been happily married for nearly 30 years and my family and three children are great support. I enjoy every single day of my life.

I have been attracted by Mindfulness MBSR and its 8 attitudes as they are so much aligned with my own life. Meditation, calmness and the “me time“ have become my daily ritual and remedy for today´s hectic life.

I am very pleased that as a Mindfulness Teacher I am able to bring Mindfulness to people in Slovakia (together with my colleague Kvetoslava Sarvašová) and help them live a better and fuller life. We founded Mindfulness MBSR Slovakia.

Within Mindfulness MBSR we also co-operate with Palouse Mindfulness school from the USA and
together we bring both Mindfulness articles and videos to Slovak people in the Slovak language.


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Since training at Solterreno I have begun teaching the MBSR course in my local area and I have been accepted onto the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations. This shows that my training at Solterreno and ongoing supervision meets the UK Good Practice Guidelines for…


UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations

"The Mindful Academy Solterreno institution gave me outstanding Teacher Training, with all the materials and supervision to teach the MBSR program. After teaching my first MBSR program in Switzerland, I was able to become a member of the Swiss MBSR Association which implies that my MBSR courses…

Mindful Academy Solterreno Qualified Mindfulness Teacher

Member of the Swiss MBSR Association

I would highly recommend the MBSR teacher training at Solterreno. This course managed to deliver way over my expectations. The course was very professionally delivered The program was sensibly structured giving the participants the right amount of knowledge and great opportunity to practice. The…

Mindful Academy Solterreno graduate.

Member of the Mindfulness Teachers Association in Poland.

Member of the German MBSR-MBCT Teachers Association

"Training at the Mindful Academy gave me exactly the preparation I needed to be able to teach the complete MBSR 8 Week Course in the UK and in due time to be accepted on to the UK Mindfulness Network Teachers Listing. 

The quality of the teaching at the Mindful Academy, the thoroughness…

UK Mindfulness Network Teachers Listing

The centre is set in an extraordinarily beautiful position; its terraces and garden offer calm and tranquillity whilst the surrounding mountains seem to breathe with a quiet and majestic stillness. This awe-inspiring landscape is conducive to a total immersion into the bigger picture!

In May 2019, I attended my 6th retreat at Solterreno.

Qualified MBSR Mindfulness Teacher

I have attended two retreats at Solterreno so far and found both among the most valuable experiences I've ever had, with all aspects carefully designed to facilitate positive change. The content was…

Silent retreat and MBSR+Yoga course

As most teachers of mindfulness approaches, my pathway is founded on a deeply personal engagement with the practice over a number of years, since 2002. Coupled with the persistent and increasing empirical basis for MBSR, I was drawn to join the training pathway in 2013 - so that I may offer…

Mindfulness Teacher Training Pathway

Choosing to do Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training at Solterreno was, with hindsight, one of the best decisions I could have made on my journey to becoming a qualified mindfulness teacher. 

Quality teaching was important to me and for that teaching to be rooted in ethical…

Mindful Academy Graduate

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