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Lorenia Parada Ampudia, born in Mexico, offers her services as a relationship coach, mentor, mediator, consultant, entrepreneurial educator, former professor and co-founder of several educational institutions. With over 30 years of experience in teaching and leadership activities at a leading university in Mexico in the fields of sexuality, psychology, and education. 

Co-developed and co-facilitated, since 2007, a Body and Emotional Awareness Practice. Offered workshops internationally to professionals from the fields of education and health.

From her extensive experience as a leader in creating groups, alliances, international networks and facilitating workshops, she developed her own approach to healthy relationships and creative self-awareness leadership.  Her passion is to assist individuals, groups, and organizations with body-mind awareness integration.

Her natural leadership led her to co-found various organizations in the field of education and leadership, including:

  • The Human Ecology Program at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), an integral, transformative and sustainable educational program that incorporates the emergent fields of studies of somatic education and body-mind psychology. The first program in a mainstream higher education institution to include mindfulness, human sexuality, body & emotional consciousness, communication skills, and creative leadership.

  • The internationally-recognized Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios de Género (CIEG) at UNAM,

  • Eight Local, National, International, and Latin-American networks.

  • She also founded UNAM’s School of Psychology Women’s Research Center, and GAMU the first Mexican University Women’s Group (Grupo Autónomo de Mujeres Universitarias).

She held a Professorship (1984-2012) at the leading National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) at the School of Psychology, in Mexico.

Being bilingual and bi-cultural she has lectured and facilitated workshops throughout Latin America, England and the United States of America.

She has a private practice as a life coach, mediator, and mentor with a focus on cultivating healthy embodied relationships and leadership based on the integration of mind and body. Her integrative methods include transformative learning, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, body-mind awareness, and brain wave training.


Professional Associations and Certifications

  • Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, 2016 & 2018.

  • Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (Practicum), Professional Training Program for teaching MBSR from the University of Massachusetts with Bob Stahl. Santa Cruz CA, 2012. (in the process)

  • High-Performance-Awakened Mind Trainer Certificate, Anna Wise Center, 2004-2006.

  • Body and Emotional Consciousness, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Certificate

  • European Association of Body Psychotherapy

  • M.A  1988, Gender and Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, England.

  • B.A. 1984, Psychology, Facultad de Psicolgía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México


Training Highlights

  • Womb Surround Process, Ray Castellino, 2018

  • The Re-Creation of the Self Model of Human Systems (R-CS), Jon Eisman, 2015-2017.

  • Seeking Safety, evidence-based counseling model for trauma and/or substance abuse, 2016.

  • Common Types of Legacy Burdens: from Family, Ethnic Groups, Cultures, and Religions. Internal Family Systems by Richard Schwartz PHD and Marsha Glisten, LCW, January, 9th, 2016.

  • Conflict Resolution Skills, Center for Conflict Resolution, Santa Cruz, 2015.

  • The Neuroscience behind the Art of Psychotherapy by Francine Lapides, Association of Marriage & Family Therapist, October 10th, 2014.

  • Internal Family Systems by Richard Schwartz, Santa Cruz, 2013.

  • Search Inside Yourself by SIYLI, 2012.

  • Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches, Professional Skills Module by Jon Eisman, 2012 and 2013.

  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy by Fran Wickener, Dec 2012.

  • Open Space Learning, by Lisa Heft,  2011.

  • Introduction to the Hakomi Method, Mexico 2006-2007.

  • Gestalt Therapy, Esalen Institute, Big Sur CA, 2003.

  • Sexual Grounding Therapy with Wilhelm Poppelier, Mexico 1997-2003.


Consulting and Training

  • Training Elementary Teachers at the Pajaro Valley United School District on Mindfulness for Socio-Emotional Learning, October 6, 2017, 2018, 2019.

  • Mind-Body Moms, Moms and parents wellbeing in Spanish at Hatch Half Moon Bay, Body-Mind-Spirit Moms, Feb-May 2017.

  • Group and Individual Coaching on Mindful Awareness Practices for the Staff at the Pajaro Valley Health Trust, July 2017- June 2018.

  • Co-Facilitated a Mindfulness Training for health providers at the Diabetes Health Center, Watsonville Hospital, Watsonville, CA, Sep 2016-July 2017.

  • Co-Facilitated an ongoing class “Creando Bienestar para la Familia” at Day Workers Center, Santa Cruz CA, Feb-March & Sep-Oct 2016.

  • Organized and Co-Facilitated a Well-being class based on Mindfulness “Creando Bienestar y Reduciendo Estrés” at the Live Oak Family Resource Center in Santa Cruz CA, April-May& Sep-Oct 2015.

  • Co-Facilitated “Ser mejores padres” for parents at Alianza New Charter School-Pajaro Valley School District, Watsonville CA. 2015.

  • Co-Facilitated “Mindfulness and Wellbeing” for teachers at Alianza New Charter School, Watsonville CA. 2014-15.

  • Co-leader a 29 hours Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program with Bob Stahl at El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, CA, 2014.

  • Consultant in Mindful Leadership developed and taught customized training for the 6 groups of the Co-ops supported by Women’s Actions to Gain Economic Security today Progresa, 2012.

  • Developed and taught several courses on transformative education, mindfulness and leadership for education, health, and public policy professionals. Instituto de Liderazgo Simone de Beauvoir, 2009-2011.

  • Consultant and co-founder of Fabricare Consulting Firm, México City, an educational training and consulting firm for educational institutions and private organizations. Currently training staff members and teachers in Mindfulness at different branches of Colegio Nuevo Continente and two international trading corporations, 2008-2014.

  • Developed and taught a dozen of courses on Creative Leadership and Body-Mind Awareness for undergraduate, graduate students and faculty members at the Outreach Department of the School of Psychology- Coordinación de Servicios a la Comunidad y Sector Social. Facultad de Psicología, UNAM, 1997-2011.

  • Consulting contracts to co-organize and participate in international meetings organized by the United Nations Fund for Women, UNIFEM: Denmark, Cuba, Kenya, Canada, Austria, Argentina by The Ford Foundation, The International Federation of Institutes for Advanced Studies-IFIAS and the International Women’s Rights Action Watch IWARAW, 1980-2005.

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