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Mary Brantley, MA, LMFT

Instructor, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program

Mary has been teaching in Duke’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program since 2000. She also teaches in the Distance Learning phone Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction classes, and has developed a class based on loving-kindness meditation. In addition she teaches in various research projects at UNC-Chapel Hill in collaboration with Dr. Barbara Fredrickson. She has been practicing meditation for thirty years and attends yearly intensive retreats, many at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. She has practiced with luminaries, including Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Joan Halifax, Thich Nhat Hanh, Rodney Smith and Leigh Brasington, and completed the professional training for Mindfulness- Based Stress Reduction by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. She is co-author of The Gift of Loving- Kindness: 100 Meditations on Compassion, Forgiveness and Generosity, and until recently, worked as a psychotherapist in private practice (25 years).


  • Master’s degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University of California
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