Fascinated by the shared human experience across cultures, Aimee has spent much of her personal life exploring themes of belonging and connectedness, resilience amidst adversity, and self-determination. Supported by a longtime meditation practice, the rigors of parenthood ultimately caused her to seek out a dedicated self-compassion practice.
Besides her involvement in the mindfulness community via her independent web development work, Aimee is also the co-developer of the Community for Deepening Practice (CDP) course for MSC graduates around the world who wish to deepen their self-compassion practices in community with others. She is also on the 2017 Program Committee for Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth conference as well as the creator of the Mindful Kids Kansas City Facebook page.
Aimee brings to her teaching a spirit of curiosity, playfulness, and a deeply earned respect for the power of self-compassion. Her intention is to create a space where participants of the MSC course feel empowered to do the courageous work of cultivating self-compassion.
Tracy Ochester, PsyD
Tracy Ochester, PsyD is a Qualified Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Teacher, psychologist, mindfulness coach, and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200). Mindfulness practices are an important part of her work and personal life. In addition to her robust personal practice, she has pursed extensive training and takes great joy in teaching mindfulness practices to others.
Dr. Ochester has an independent psychology practice in Leawood, KS (mindfulkc.com), a mindfulness coaching practice called Clear Mind Open Heart, LLC (clearmind-openheart.com), occasionally supervises aspiring psychologists, maintains several blogs, and manages a mental health resource list for the Kansas City Metro. She also provides consultation services, workshops and classes to the community.
Compassion is the common thread that binds her personal and professional practice, understanding that we are best able to alleviate the suffering of others when we attend to our own.