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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I recently completed TT1 at Mindful Academy Solterreno. From the moment I started the course, I felt supported and encouraged. Bodhin led a well-paced and designed course and we were given the tools to maximize our learning both personally and professionally. The retreat center itself is run so…

TT1 April 2023

Testimonial As a very reflective person who likes to be in silent observation of the world, I must say that by the end of this retreat I have got to know a different silence - turning inward and actively listening to the reactions of my body, accompanied by thoughts and emotions…

5-days silent retreat, Sept 2022


TT3 is an amazing course. Highly recommended to anyone who wishes to deepen their own mindfulness practice and develop their teaching skills.

Training Staff feedback

Bodhin and Sheena you are…

TT3 June 2022

3 words best describe your experience of this course

belonging, kindness, deepening


I recommend TT3 to anyone who is interested in deepening their knowledge and skil ls for mindfulness teaching.

There is ample opportunity provided to deepen your practice including a 2-day silent retreat at the beginning. The instruction is superlative. The sessions…

TT3, June 2022

I loved how the course was structured. I took TT1 in the intense format of 1 week and TT2 was instead spread over 2 months. I really enjoyed both formats and I felt that TT2 was ideal in this format, because I really had the time to absorb what I learnt in each session and had time to prepare.…

What 3 words best describe your experience of this course

community, support, learning

TT2 Online, Oct 2021

Fantastic course. The structure of each day was fantastic. The days were long but every activity or teaching session felt like it was not rushed, there was spaciousness and yet things didn't often overrun or feel crammed in. Perfect balance. The teachers were absolutely wonderful, grounding,…

What 3 words best describe your experience of this course

Grounding. Safe. Comprehensive

TT1 8-day intensive 

I would recommend this TT1 training course to anyone interested in doing the course. The material is well structured and laid out. It is taught experientially which aids in long term learning. The trainers are knowledgeable and impart their knowledge in showing rather than teaching at the…

What 3 words best describe your experience of this course

wonderful, insightful, formative

TT1 Online August 2021 


I have loved the course. Very intense in a way, but the safe environment and the sense of community that is created around my colleagues and the trainers is incredible and made me change the perspective of being. It brought me to an incredible space of love and kindness. I…

TT1 online August 2021 

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