Marina is a Mindful Schools Certified Instructor; a Trainer and Teacher for the Mindful Self Compassion for Teens (MSC-Teens) (formerly known as Making Friends with Yourself), a key contributor in coordinating the revision efforts of the MSC-Teens Teacher’s Guide, a lifelong Nonviolent Communication Practitioner, and a Certified Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness Practitioner. Marina is also a volunteer mediator for San Mateo County’s Juvenile Victim-Offender Meditation Program in San Mateo, CA.


“I liked learning the various coping techniques to help me de-stress and calm down. I also felt that the program helped me be kinder towards myself.” – Participant

“I’ve learned to appreciate more of what I have in my life.”  – Participant

“It helped me accept a lot of things about myself I can’t control.”  – Participant

“This [MSC-Teens] was beneficial for teens receiving eating disorder treatment. Groups were moderated in ways that supported the participants in feeling comfortable.” – Parent