Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life® (PMPL) is dedicated to improving mental health and wellness and furthering inner peace by creating community, educating, and inspiring individuals worldwide through mindfulness practices, online resources, and educational programs.
Barb Schmidt – Co-Founder
Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, sought-after motivational speaker, mindset coach, meditation teacher, and co-host of the Barb Knows Best™ podcast.
A practitioner of mindfulness and meditation for over 37 years, Barb is the author of The Practice: Simple Tools for Managing Stress, Finding Inner Peace, and Uncovering Happiness.
She has presented workshops for over a decade at Florida Atlantic University as part of the Peace, Justice & Human Rights Initiative. Barb has created and led programs teaching mindfulness at Nova Southeastern University, and in local childhood development centers, high schools, universities, college athletic programs, and transitional programs for young adults with autism.
In 2011, Barb, with her daughter Michelle Maros, co-founded the nonprofit Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life® with the mission to further inner peace and bring mindfulness teachings to the global community. Together they create viral videos for social media that reach millions of people each week.
Barb and her daughter also co-host Barb Knows Best™. In this weekly podcast they share simple, helpful tools for managing daily stress. Through these living room style conversations, they delve into topics ranging from setting healthy boundaries to cultivating resilience.
Currently, Barb teaches regular mindfulness and meditation workshops at Boca Raton Regional Hospital as part of the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life® Wellness Series, for nurses, staff, and the community. Barb co-founded the “Health First” initiative at the Florida Atlantic University Medical School, which provides medical students with tools for taking care of their own mental and physical health.
Barb is passionate about mentoring the next generation of leaders. The Barb Schmidt Fellowship for Cultivating Community Involvement, Activism, and Social Change aims to provide high school student leaders with a platform to develop the skills and knowledge needed to initiate, execute, and sustain a social movement.
Barb holds an Honorary Doctorate from American College Dublin, and from Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. Barb currently sits as an affiliate faculty member at Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.
Michelle Maros – Co-Founder
Michelle is a co-founder of Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life®, Editor-in-Chief of the blog and Co-host of Barb Knows Best™, the podcast. She has a degree in Journalism from Indiana University and is a registered yoga teacher with training from Anuttara Yoga Shala and Strala Yoga. Michelle has a deep desire to help people find happiness in all areas of their lives, and believes the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life® movement will bring lasting change to the world. Michelle’s just completed her first book that will be launched in early 2025.
Rebeca Dume´ – Creative Director
Rebeca is the Creative Director at Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life®, and is part of our behind the scenes team that makes the magic happen. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from Florida Atlantic University. Rebeca’s goal is to spread a positive, relatable message that will encourage people on their journeys to find happiness, fulfillment, and inner peace.
Heather Kurstin – Director of Operations
With over 20 years of event planning and project management experience, Heather is the newest member of the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life® team. Heather manages the business operations of the organization. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, and from Florida Atlantic University’s Sports MBA program.