The Jean Vitrano Approach
to Living a Life of Presence, Ease & Awareness
Through Meditation & Mindfulness Practices
JEAN VITRANO draws on her training in mindfulness practices, meditation and body therapies to assist her clients in finding ease and health in body and mind. She tends to the whole person with a compassionate, listening presence. Through her mindfulness-based work, Jean facilitates clients in pausing, sensing themselves in their bodies, and helping them observe their thought and feeling patterns. Clients can get to know what is alive in themselves and what their habit patterns are. From there, by developing the capacity to stay and be present, clients can tend to what is needed with compassion and their inner wisdom. Insightful actions and ways of being emerge from this place of listening, awareness and attention.
Photograph by Emily Feinsod Photography
Jean has extensive experience working with the body and mind through years of training in meditation and mindfulness practices, therapeutic massage, movement awareness, and contemporary dance. She holds a BA from NYU and had a career as a professional contemporary dancer. In 2002, she graduated from The Swedish Institute and became a Licensed Massage Therapist, launching her private practice in NYC. Jean graduated from the Feldenkrais Method Training Program in 2011. She has studied with Buddhist Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and has been influenced by the teachings of Tara Brach and Sharon Salzberg and Pema Chodron. Jean facilitates weekly meditation and mindfulness groups and offers online courses.
Jean lives with her partner Michael and teenage twins in Millburn, NJ. When they are not working on how best to serve the people who come to them, they enjoy walks in the woods, coffee dates, trips to upstate New York and Maine, and visits to the Jersey shore.
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
~ Viktor E. Frankl
What People Are Saying...
“A Mindful Life group has helped me feel truly connected to myself and others. The class is a beautiful way to meditate in community. Jean is a skilled and thoughtful meditation teacher. But the class offers so much more. It is a structured and safe way to work through the complexities and challenges of life. Jean facilitates insightful group work that brings us into dialogue with one another and ourselves. I recommend this class for anyone who wants to be more present, connected, and awake..” ~Jessie
"Jean is a gift to my Thursday evening calm down routine. I highly recommend her workshops. She is a wonderfully calm and peaceful person who has shown me new ways to cope with life's frustrations." ~Leemor
"After a year and a half of Jean’s Mindful Life class, I can’t imagine my life without it. Her method and creation of community is beyond any other meditation practice I have participated in. It has been so valuable to me that I have made it a literal gift to loved ones so I could share Jean’s gift." ~Kathy
"A Mindful Life helped me recalibrate and find a new path after the death of my husband. I never fail to learn from Jean and the supportive, wise, loving members of the group." ~Deborah
"A Mindful Life is a time, each week, to recharge. Under Jean’s skilled and gentle guidance, I know I am part of a generous community that meets me where I am and reminds me, that like all things in the world, there is beauty in imperfections. So very grateful for this group!" ~Dorri
"Imagine finding your way into a space that both lets you get in better touch with what you really feel and also realize you have so much in common with your fellow humans. Then add on that this experience makes you a kinder and more understanding person. Top it off with dialing down that feeling of your head spinning in 1000 directions. You too can have all this by signing up for A Mindful Life with Jean Vitrano. Doing so has been my smartest pandemic decision by a long shot. I'm sorry I waited so long to get started!" ~Marianne
"My heartfelt thanks for your guidance through this meaningful experience. Since the workshop, I have been reflecting upon the impact it has had on me, mostly in terms of finding peace within myself for being myself asI am. I think this is largely due to the part of myself that you helped me acknowledge that needed attention...Thank you so very much for giving such an amazing gift to me. I appreciate all that you do." ~LK
"Thank you so much. I really appreciated the different lessons, strategies, and practical examples you gave us. I’m trying to employ them in everyday life. I hadn’t realized how much pain I was in and didn’t realize that I had been pushing it away, which had been causing more pain. I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity and providing the space for me to explore my vulnerabilities." ~MC