Valca Valentine is a public engagement strategist and former journalist developing and leading communications programs for a variety of government, corporate and non-profit organizations. A co-founder of Mindful Living in DC, she is a certified mindfulness meditation teacher and lifestyle coach supporting those who seek enhanced functioning and less stress.
Valca is on a path with teachers, mentors, peers and students to explore what it means to have a socially-engaged practice. This includes applying Buddhist principles and practices to areas of suffering such as: racism, poverty, social and climate justice, environmental degradation, addiction, violence, domestic violence, misogyny, mass incarceration and war. Her deepest desire is an evolving practice that leads to an activist ease of being and compassion.
Valca is a 2019 graduate of the two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program for Teaching Awareness and Compassion-Based Practices founded and taught by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. She is a recently-appointed IMCW board member, IMCW Visioning Team member, IMCW affiliate teacher and IMCW People of Color Sangha guest teacher. She is enrolled in IMCW teacher Ruth King’s yearlong Mindful of Race training.
A Washington, DC resident, Valca began her Dharma path in 2015 through silent, vipassana and metta residential retreats and training at Insight Meditation Society, Bhavna Society and the Garrison Institute. A leader in Spirit Rock’s peer-led Community Dharma Leadership movement, Valca guides a variety of awareness, wisdom and compassion-based practices that welcomes everyone.
Valca’s mindfulness and meditation practice evolved from a desire for healthy responses and ease toward an individual and shared spiritual path of enlightenment. Her traditional and modern approach is influenced by master teachers who include her late great-grandmother Mable Tyson Foreman, Tara Brach, Iyanla Vanzant, Ruth King, Sharon Salzberg and Jack Kornfield.