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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Overall feedback

Overall really positive experience, especially considering the initial hesitation about doing it online.


Online Silent Retreat May 2020

I am very grateful for having the opportunity to have attended the TT1 in March 2020 from Delhi (India) and even with the time difference (3.5 hours) the learnings and the week we spent altogether was amazing.

Bodhin and Sheena were spectaculars teachers leading us in all the material…

TT1 Online, March 2020

I attended the TT1 in March 2020, which was the first TT1 course online - due to the Coronavirus circumstances. I had my doubts about how we could lead the meditations online and be open within the group that I had not met in person before. 

The course started and all my doubts…

TT1 Online, March 2020

Elise testimonial

Hear from Elise who has just finished the ONLINE version of the MBSR Teacher Training course, first level, TT1.

The excellent initial teacher training that I received at Solterreno in 2014 allowed me to take my first steps on my teaching pathway. The certificate, proof on paper that I could deliver the MBSR curriculum and be a "good enough" teacher. 

for me, this TT3 step came at just the right time.

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

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