About Us

Our Mission

Community of Mindful Parenting aspires to empower and connect parents by inviting them to join like-minded families in pursuit of mindful living. The Community of Mindful Parenting partners with national and international organizations providing access to the newest research on the power of mindfulness allowing ample opportunities for growth and development. We offer classes, special events, articles and a Facebook forum to deepen the connection, exchange and reflection.

Our signature program is:

Listening Mothers ™, is a unique, research-based 8-week class designed for mothers of young babies, focusing on compassion, mindful based stress reduction, and enhancing secure attachment between a mother and child.

The Founder

Yaffa Maritz is the founder of the Community of Mindful Parenting forum. She was born and raised in Israel, has three grown children and currently resides on Mercer Island with her husband. She is an advocate on behalf of children and families. She has a BA in Social Work, a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed mental health counselor with advanced training in infant mental health.

The problem with the world is that we draw the circle of our family too small.

~ Mother Theresa

Ms. Martiz has served on several local and national boards to promote the importance of creating a nurturing and safe environment for children including: Foundation for Early Learning, the University of Washington's Advisory board for the Infant Mental Health and the Governor’s Commission for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention (CCF: Counsel for Children and Families) to name a few. Her passion for providing resources and to broaden the conversation to further engage parents has lead her to develop the Listening Mother™ curriculum.
The Listening Mothers™ curriculum is an innovative program that uses reflective and mindful techniques to increase mothers' awareness of their interactions with their babies and enhance their capacity to deal with the challenges of motherhood. Ms. Maritz believes that by supporting parents and creating nurturing communities, we can set the foundation for the positive development of children's social, emotional, and mental health.

In the end, just three things matter:
How well we have lived,
How well we have loved,
How well we have learned to let go”

~ Jack Kornfield

Our Vision

Our vision is to empower, connect, and educate a community of parents who wish to share in the beauty of parenting mindfully. Community of Mindful Parenting strives to inspire all parents to live in the present moment and to find a greater connection and engagement in their role as a parent. We strive for parents to explore and find rhythm with the overarching goal of creating a foundation for long lasting emotional health for themselves as well as their children.

Our Values

The Community of Mindful Parenting welcomes every parent interested in living mindfully and with greater awareness.

We are inclusive, nonjudgmental and non-prescriptive. We believe that parents strive to do their very best and there is no single parenting style. Our goal is to grow self-reflection and awareness so parents make can make informed decisions that are the best fit for their family.