Melissa Sutor

Melissa Sutor is a mindfulness expert and mental health counselor and has been a resident at Jikoji Zen Center. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (qualified through training programs by Bob Stahl, Ph.D. and Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.), leads retreats, and speaks at organizations that are committed to well-being and excellence. Melissa was a software engineer and IT project manager in Silicon Valley then founded Dragonfly Healing Center to facilitate the healing and transformation of individuals and the planet. Her masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University focused on positive psychology and mindfulness. She also holds a masters degree in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Melissa is a world traveler and greatly appreciates connecting heartfully with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds which informs her work in diversity and inclusion. She currently teaches at Kaiser Permanente in Maui and gives talks and leads meditation sessions at summits for Google and during retreats at Esalen Institute. Melissa is featured on the cover of the August 2018 issue of Mindful magazine.