Jill Satterfield is an international mindfulness and meditation teacher, wellness program director, speaker and coach. Jill’s integration of mindfulness and embodiment practices include yoga, yoga therapy and contemplative psychology. She has been in the field of integrative healthcare for over 35 years. This dedication to health and wellness was born from having lived through (and thrived from) multiple surgeries and years of chronic pain. Jill’s direct and hard won experiences have come from knowing illness and pain, sitting over 150 silent meditation retreats and having worked on the front lines of at risk and in need communities for decades.
Jill is the founder of Vajra Yoga + Meditation, a synthesis of meditation and mindfulness of the body practices from the Buddhist tradition. Named “one of the 4 leading yoga and Buddhist teachers in the country” by Shambhala Sun Magazine, the VY+M teacher trainings, programs and workshops incorporate mindfulness meditation, somatic psychotherapy and embodiment practices as they are best applied to meet a variety of individual and group needs.
Jill is also the founder and Director of the School for Compassionate Action: Meditation, Yoga and Educational Support for Communities in Need. SCA trains nurses, physicians, substance abuse counselors, social workers, psychologists, meditation, yoga and school teachers how mindfulness may best apply to: people in chronic pain and illness, those suffering from PTSD, addictions of all kinds, and at- risk youth. SCA also provides workshops on self -regulation, compassion and grief relief to best prepare and maintain good health, longevity and sanity to healthcare providers.
Jill is a founding faculty member of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training, UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center trainings, the Somatic Yoga Therapy Training in Marin California, and guest teaches in many others. Jill was scholar and teacher in residence at the Kripalu Center in 2004. With her teacher Ajahn Amaro, Jill was the first to bring mindful yoga onto silent meditation retreats at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, and the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts over 20 years ago. She continued to break ground on Tibetan retreats with respected teachers such as Mingyur Rinpoche, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche. At the time, this was very unusual and not always welcomed and now, this blending of traditions has come a long way.
Jill has been featured in the New York Times, More, Crains, Yoga Journal, UK’s Yoga Magazine, Happinez Magazine of Holland and Tricycle Magazine, Shambhala Sun amongst others. She contributed to the book “ Freeing the Body: Freeing the Mind” by Michael Stone, and is currently composing her own book.
Past Consulting Clients include:
- Healing the Divide: The Richard Gere Foundation
- Bent on Learning: Yoga for Urban Youth, NYC
- The Lineage Project: Yoga and Meditation for At Risk Youth, NYC
- Gouverneur Healthcare, NYC
- Roosevelt Addiction Institute, NYC
“Jill was one of the first yoga teachers to incorporate mindfulness in her teachings. She understands the healing power of mindfulness and yoga because she has experienced it for herself. She also has a unique perspective on the social good that both practices can offer the world. Jill possesses specific and valuable knowledge about the more subtle aspects of yoga that can help anyone deepen their practice”. Phillip Moffitt, Guiding Teacher, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Founder of Life Balance
“Jill is that rare teacher who speaks to the intuition as well as the intellect, activating the capacity for healing and realization in her students. Both practical and profound, she bridges yoga and mindfulness through her way of being as well as her clear articulation of the mind-body connection”. Anna Douglas, Founding Spirit Rock Teacher
“Jill is one of the most intuitively knowledgeable teachers I know. She combines science and spirituality, seen and unseen, in ways that are practical and accessible. Having Jill teach my patients meditation and yoga has been an incredible support in their healing. I can’t recommend her highly enough”. Dr. Mark Hyman, Founder and Director of the Ultra Wellness Center, and Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine, Cleveland Clinic
“What was apparent to me was the sincerity of your heart, a heart that had been through hell and chose to stay open, and also chose to use whatever pain that life had served up as a way to be of benefit to others. On the occasions that I have had since to be around you, I continue to see that this is true. I admire that you have found a way to humbly and courageously share what others may or may not understand”.
“I am always grateful that you have given voice to such profound awareness and built a structure that would continue to support it and give it form, so that others could see it and its effect”. Luca
“The more I learn about yoga the more I appreciate you…even more…”Nancy Mildrum
“Jill’s retreats are more than teacher training they reform you in a way that changes every aspect of your life and all of your relationships”. Nicole Darnell, France
“I love working with people who are suffering from illness and pain (I know that might sound strange) but it is real-er than real as both the patients (and I) negotiate fear, anger, and confusion. Working with the patients in the medical setting points me towards what is truly useful in yoga/ somatic integration/ meditation/communication – I find I am paring things down into their simpler, clearer, and cleaner expressions both in action and in words, striving to make the teachings accessible to people of all backgrounds and belief systems. It has been such a gift.
In that, I want to thank you for your teaching, guidance and friendship – there isn’t a day that passes that I don’t think of you, hear your voice in my head, wish you well and feel a deep gratitude for your presence in my life”. Diana Slattery
“Jill is as authentic as one can get. Her teaching breaks through misconceptions and delusions about yoga and meditation and hits us right where it counts, in our hearts and in relation to our daily lives. Jill helped me access some of the hardest, darkest spaces within myself, and she led me to do this with an attitude of openness and the expectation that healing is possible”. Emily Garrett, owner Laughing River Yoga Burlington VT
“Jill’s analogies and metaphors and gift for detailing and exacting instruction have been the best instructions I have ever had” Rick
“Jill guided us into our bodies rather than into the postures Jill’s confidence and clarity in direction evoke trust and enthusiasm”.