Pierre Zimmerman, MS
Pierre has been working in Behavioral and Elder Health Care for over 30 years in many capacities including business administration, program development, and contracting and marketing in the US and in Canada. He holds a BA in psychology/philosophy and an MS degree in organizational management. Pierre was ordained as a Buddhist Chaplain from Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe in 2011 and worked at The D’Amour Cancer Care Center at Baystate Medical Center as an interfaith chaplain-in-training for American Clinical Pastoral Certification (ACPC). He is now mentoring chaplaincy students and teaching core programs at the Upaya Zen Institute in Santa Fe. Pierre officiates weddings and funeral services.
Pierre received his mindfulness training at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, where he trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli, and Diana Kamila to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. He has provided Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction classes to law enforcement personnel, physicians, cancer patients, patients with chronic illness, and those affected by domestic violence.
He has provided training sessions and workshops to professionals, clinicians and patients, including Way of Council Practice, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Embodied Movement Practice, Compassionate Care of the Dying, Managing Change in the Workplace, Mindful Leadership Training, Conflict Management, and Burnout and Moral Distress in the Workplace.
Pierre has also led support groups for several years with patients who have a catastrophic illness diagnosis — along with their caregivers. He has practiced body work, meditation, and yoga for a few decades, involving many techniques that involve integrating the body, mind, and spirit to reduce stress, maximize transformative health outcomes, and serve people so that they can be aware of the connection to themselves, others and the world they inhabit.