“I have witnessed the power of change in my own life and in other’s lives through mindfulness and self-compassion. My new class, Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens, is a powerful class. It helps teens learn how to take care of their minds and their hearts. Through these teachings I hope to help reduce stress and anxiety in teens, and to give them better coping skills when things do not go their way!”

-Cheryl Blackington, Teens Just Breathe Mindfulness Instructor

Teens Just Breathe Instructor Cheryl Blackington

Cheryl has been a public school teacher for over 30 years, and she has now turned her attention toward helping youth and families cope in their busy, stressful lives. She began her training with Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness’ signature courses: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion. Cheryl is certified by .b, an organization which certifies teachers to teach mindfulness to teens. She has logged many hours of training since then including: Mindful School‘s curriculum for youth, Mindful Schools Mindful Communication, Koru for the college-aged students, and Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens. Most recently, she has taught Mindful Parenting. Cheryl values tremendously the benefits that mindfulness has to offer and maintain a daily meditation practice.


Teaching Experience:

  • Forest Hills Schools and Community Enrichment
  • Evening Classes at Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness
  • Speaker and Workshop Leader at a variety of local organizations
  • GVSU Workshop for students
  • Mindful Parenting in Cedar Springs
  • Northview Elementary: Mindful Schools 8-Week Curriculum for K – 4th grade
  • Community of Practice: Mindfulness training for teachers and counselors
  • National Charity League presentations for Moms
  • Workshops for teachers, parents, and administrators
  • Speaker at West Michigan Counseling Association
  • Individual Tutoring
  • YMCA Professional Development
  • Van Andel Institute presentation at Summer Institute for Teachers
  • Mindful Parenting Workshops at Renew Mama Studio

Cheryl Blackington, M.Ed.
Mindfulness Instructor
Grand Rapids, MI