Meet our Mindfulness Specialist: Sherry Yasay

Sherry Yasay is a licensed Mindfulness Educator and Plum Village Practitioner.

She is the Founder of ‘ The Mindfulness Community’, a platform promoting mindfulness practices. She is a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Kum Sung Martial Arts, Taekwondo (World Taekwondo Federation) and a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Chuck Norris’ system Chun Kuk Do (United Fighting Arts Federation). By virtue of her martial arts roots,  Sherry was naturally drawn to mindfulness. Her passion for self enquiry and meditation practices led her to the Plum Village Community in Thailand, where she has been a practitioner and studied under Dr. Larry Ward and Dr. Peggy Rowe-Ward, themselves Dharma teachers under Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Thich Nhat Hanh for over 25 years.  In 2015, Sherry received the Five Mindfulness Trainings and was given her Dharma name ‘Bright Path of the Heart’ in the lineage and spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. Sherry has also received training under the Center for Adolescent Studies, focusing on Trauma-Informed Care for Professionals Working with Youth. She also completed the Google ‘Search Inside Yourself’ program and was delegated as the leader for the WASC task force Mindfulness Group. She is also a qualified MAP testing prep examiner.

Sherry has over 15 years of experience working with schools and was the on site Mindfulness Specialist for the American School of Bangkok for 6 years teaching the .b and paws b programs (Mindfulness in Schools Project, UK) and the Mindful Schools curriculum. She has facilitated workshops for students, trained parents, held personal development sessions for teachers and led morning assemblies. Sherry has also coached a number of students in 1-1 settings in partnership with school counselors and child psychologists.

Sherry is known for her fun loving and diverse approach. She is committed to supporting children, adolescents and adults by creating safe spaces to connect, heal and learn.  Sherry is a firm believer in the power of mindfulness and meditation and the effects it has in improving our well being. She has led and co taught several workshops or participated in wellness related conferences facilitating the journey of self enquiry, using different mediums such as art, movement, dance and images to help participants both individually and collectively. Sherry co taught the Earcos “Mindfulness in the Classroom Workshop (Bangkok 2017) for teachers in Asia. Her recent projects have been in collaboration with the Justice Center Hong Kong offering mindfulness sessions for the refugee kids camp as well as for adults providing a 2 day workshop on parenting and exploring mindfulness strategies to improve mental health.

Sherry believes in healing through connections, she is an active member of her community in Discovery Bay, Hong Kong, where she resides with her husband and children. She hosts, organises and participates in wellness events worldwide, leading practices and supporting just causes in the fight for women’s rights, or providing coping strategies to refugees improving their mental health.