A practitioner of mindfulness and meditation for over 30 years, Barb Schmidt is the author of the internationally bestselling book The Practice: Simple Tools for Managing Stress, Finding Inner Peace, and Uncovering Happiness. Over the years, she has been on over 100 retreats and studied with teachers around the world from Deepak Chopra to the Dalai Lama. Her mission is to bring mindfulness teachings to the community in the belief that outer peace begins through inner peace. In 2011, she founded the non-profit organization Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life. She has taught meditation courses at Nova Southeastern University, and currently she offers classes and workshops at Florida Atlantic University as part of the Peace, Justice & Human Rights Initiative. Currently she has programs teaching mindfulness in local childhood development centers, high schools, universities, college athletic programs, and transitional programs for young adults with autism. In June 2016 she launched a groundbreaking program with the Boca Raton Regional Hospital, “Be Present. Be Happy. Be Well,” offering bi-monthly programs to promote whole being wellness and healing. Barb’s activism garnered her an invitation to the White House for Women’s History month In March, 2017 and an invitation to a State Dinner honoring French President Francois Hollande.
Barb recently gave a TEDx talk, “Is this seat taken? The power of sitting with yourself,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCexxmjkvoU&feature=youtu.be. She writes weekly blog posts available on her website www.barbschmidt.com and is active on twitter.com/peacefulbarb, facebook.com/barbschmidt, and Instagram/peaceful_barb. Her Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life Facebook page inspires 3.6 million followers and Instagram over 300,000.
Barb lives in Boca Raton, Florida with her husband Dick.