Yaffa is the founder and director of the Community of Mindful Parenting, a co-founder of Listening Mothers, and the clinical director of both Listening Mothers and Reflective Parenting, two research-based parenting programs. Yaffa was born and trained in Israel as a clinical psychologist. She is also a licensed mental health counselor with advanced training in infant mental health. She is an advocate for the well-being of children and their families and served on several local and national boards that promote this agenda, including the Governor’s Commission for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention. Yaffa believes that by supporting parents and creating nurturing communities for them, we can set the foundation for the positive growth of children’s social, emotional, and mental health.
Yaffa is a certified facilitator of Mindful-Self Compassion. She participated in the Stanford yearlong teachers training program called CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training) that was offered through Stanford’s Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research and Education. She also completed the advanced training program in MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion) with Drs. Kristin Neff and Chris Germer
Jeeta Kaur Sahota is the founder of The RAIN Sangha and co-founder of The Guest House. These drop-in meditation groups focus on RAIN and on creative practices to develop self-awareness and equanimity. She also provides private mindfulness sessions.
A graduate of the two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach, Jeeta also is a teacher in the online Monday-Friday Covidian Sangha.
Raised in Vancouver, BC by her Sikh parents, she grew up steeped in both Eastern and Western values and is fluent in English and Punjabi. She holds a BSC in Nursing from the University of British Columbia and is a certified RN whose work has focused on promoting physiological, mental, and behavioral health for teens and adults. A mother of two teenage children, Jeeta credits her mindfulness practice with transforming how she shows up both as a mother and community member.Read More »