The Mindful Experience

What would it feel like to stress less and connect more? To live a happier, healthier, more peaceful life? You can find out by learning the practice of mindfulness meditation.

Mindful Center director Michelle DuVal is a professional writer, speaker, and teacher of mindfulness meditation and has studied with Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn, Dr. Richard Davidson, Sharon Salzberg, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, and many others. We hope one of our programs will be what you’re looking for on your path toward greater health and happiness.

Who We Are

Michelle DuVal is the director and lead instructor of The Mindful Center, formerly duvalmeditation, a business devoted to teaching mindfulness meditation for health, healing, and stress reduction. She is also the director and lead instructor for the mindfulness programs at the University of New Mexico Center for Life, the Presbyterian Healthplex, the New Mexico Heart Institute and Evolutions Family Counseling in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been a featured speaker at numerous conventions, including the Presbyterian Medical/ Surgical symposium, the SIMPLE conference, the National Association of Social Workers convention, the OSLER symposium, and she is the leader of the meditation workshops for the Cancer Services of New Mexico bi-annual retreats as well as for the cardiac rehab programs at Presbyterian Healthplex.


Michelle received her training from the following doctors, neuroscientists, teachers and meditation masters.

Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn: world renowned leader in mindfulness training and research through the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, whose programs set the stage for meditation training in clinical and hospital environments. His have been showcased on NBC’s Dateline as well as Bill Moyer’s Healing and the Mind.

Dr. Richard Davidson: the world renowned leader in neuroscientific research on the effects of meditation and the brain at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso: a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism

Michelle DuVal’s father, Jim DuVal, was the first to bring mindfulness meditation training to New Mexico over 19 years ago when he established the program at the Presbyterian Healthplex after extensive training in the internship program with Dr. Kabat Zinn at UMASS, as well as with respected meditation teacher and best selling author Dr. Jack Kornfield.

In addition to Michelle’s current programs of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Eating, and Hearts and Minds, she also brings mindfulness trainings into work environments through her At Work programs and retreats. Past clients include the Department of Energy, UNM Child Services, Flying Star, Bohannan Huston, Yearout Mechanical, Evolution Family Counseling, the American Lung Assoc., the Muscular Dystrophy Assoc., and many others. In spring of 2011, she brought mindfulness training into the Albuquerque Public School system for all teachers and administration in 2 completely sold-out 5 week programs. She is also currently at work on an on-line mindfulness training program to be offered nationwide.

Claudio Barrientos is an entrepreneur, marketer, and meditation retreat leader. For the past 10 years, his career in the entertainment, media and technology industries has shown him how the power of ideas can influence a person and an organization.

The meditation seed was planted in him back on 2000, when he took one of Jim DuVal’s programs on mindfulness meditation. Ten years later, that seed has grown slowly and steadily. Today, it’s brimming with the pure potential of building a company firmly rooted in the powerful idea that meditation can help transform a person and an organization into a happier, healthier, and more productive living thing.

Claudio has lead several meditation retreats for The Mindful Center and welcomes the opportunity to spread the word about the remarkable programs being offered at The Mindful Center.