Hi, I’m Jaime Rossfeld. It looks like you’re interested in mindfulness and want to know more about me. You can see more about my official credentials below. But what you really want to know is if we’d make a good fit in a relationship: me as mindfulness teacher/coach and you as the client. Let me tell you some of my story, and if it feels like you want to explore working with me more let’s talk.
I always knew I’d be an educator - I find the process of learning endlessly fascinating. Creativity, respect and the belief in human capability drives my pedagogy. My role as a teacher centers on ongoing research, seeing myself as just as much a learner as the student and being more of a facilitator of the development of wisdom than a supplier of knowledge.
As a teacher, a student and a young wife I was always a high achiever, driving to do everything “the right way” and walking a very narrow tight rope in my life. Perfectionist? Yes, absolutely. For a big part of my life, I believed that perfectionism yielded success. Experience seemed to reinforce the idea that preparation was my biggest asset and that ideals are achievable if I simply put in enough effort.
And then disease struck - and that is what it felt like - coming out of no where, surprising me and filling me with fear. My tight rope just got a lot higher. The fall would be greater, the stakes felt incredibly high. All of a sudden after an evening of MRIs, uncertainty about my own physical capabilities dominated my decision making.
And for a long time the perfectionist in me combined with fear stalled me professionally. I was too afraid to commit to anything just in case the disease interfered. The potential failure in that was too much so I just glided for a long time, supported by privilege, getting way too comfortable living with fear guiding me.
And all the while mindfulness was there. I would turn to it in my most stressful moments, I would read about it endlessly. It would nurture my daily stress. But I couldn’t quite figure out how to make it a priority or move into deeper self-inquiry with it. And then, as often happens when a person reaches a catalyst or has some crisis that pushes hard and fast and requires change - I woke up. And I knew that mindfulness practice was what could keep me awake. I could feel those seeds of meditation practice opening inside of me and I couldn’t turn back. I had been living in the trance of fear for a long time, and I was ready to make room for something else.
This began my teacher training journey with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach and my dedicated commitment to practicing mindfulness many times a day, silent retreats and a lot of contemplation and reflection. Mindfulness has helped me heal, learn to take a risk, face the fear and reality of my health, and supported me as I learn to step off the tight rope… because below it was always a soft green valley of earth that was waiting for my steps.
These days preparation looks like meditation - because I have learned it is a great salve for my nervous system and the best support for me to show up in life in an authentic way. The perfectionism is still present, although I have great awareness of it and often can decide when to listen to its advice. I’ve added the coaching skills in because I know what it is like to believe mindfulness is helpful, but have no idea how to make it a priority. I know what it’s like to be stuck in stress and fear and want change, but have trouble taking the steps to make those changes. I know what it's like to be a busy high achiever stuck in a body that benefits from a slower pace. I also know that we each have this inherent capability to find answers, solutions and the wisdom to take our next steps in life - and that being accompanied in this journey helps it unfold.
Certified Mindful Health and Wellness Coach - NBHWC accredited program: Guiding Mindful Change
Certified Mindfulness Teacher - Professional Level through the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (CMT - P)
Certified Mindfulness Teacher - Awareness Training Institute and UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center's 2 year MMTCP - led by renowned mindfulness experts, Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach (MMTCP)
MA - Pacific Oaks College - Human Development
BS - Cornell University - Human Development
Jaime helps me know myself better. I have big hopes and dreams for my life and the better I know myself, the more able I am to embrace the fulfillment that my life is bringing me. She offers self exploration, confidence building, clarity and focus on my own values/choices, which fuels my productivity and makes me feel whole.
Jaime has a knack for making mindfulness accessible and creating a space where strangers can be vulnerable with one another and ask very personal questions. I love how she uses very clear and approachable language and has such an empathetic and nurturing presence. The combination makes it a very safe place to learn a new skill and be with all the emotions that come up when I'm meditating.
Jaime has a unique and beautiful talent for teaching mindfulness. I have gotten so much out of every class I have taken from her and always look forward to the next one. She is soft spoken but speaks with perfect clarity on each topic of mindfulness. Jaime’s compassionate heart and ability to connect with others make each session so meaningful and pleasant. She knows how to create a comfortable environment for everyone in the group. She is doing a fantastic job presenting her classes over Zoom and it always feels like she is right in the room with you! If you have the opportunity to join one of Jaime’s mindfulness groups, I highly recommend it. It will give you a new, positive perspective on daily life.
“We offer our blessings and confidence in support of the MMTCP graduates of our worldwide teacher training. We honor the quality of what they have to offer, and the healing and awakening that these teachings and practices bring to our world.”
--With Metta, Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach
Certified Mindful Health and Wellness Coach through Guiding Mindful Change