Kay Stewart


Kay Stewart, M.Ed., founded Stillwaters Mindfulness Training after completing graduate studies in Mindfulness and Contemplative Education in May, 2013. For more than 26 years, Kay served on the faculty in the Department of Health and Physical Education at Emory University. Her passion for cultivating health and well-being in individuals and communities began in 1979 after losing of both parents to chronic disease early in their life.

The ever-increasing pace of life coupled with increasing levels of stress and anxiety, especially among college students, led Kay to develop an undergraduate course at Emory entitled Wellness: An Inside/Out Approach. Teaching this course inspired Kay’s graduate study, and seeded her professional commitment to teaching evidence-based practices of reflection, resilience, and renewal. Kay’s inside/out approach integrates mind, body, heart, and soul and has evolved to include a variety of mindfulness-based programs for both professionals and seekers of wellness. Kay integrates the practices and principals of her unique SLOW  process into both her work and her daily life.

Kay’s research and teaching affirms our human capacity to grow and respond to stress in life-giving rather than life-sapping ways. Kay completed professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, and she currently facilitates MBSR programs through the Shallowford Family Counseling Center, Kay also facilitates mindfulness-based programs for research teams at Emory including work with chronic kidney disease patients and veterans with PTSD. Additionally, she is the mindfulness/MBSR consultant for Emory Continuing Education as part of their Health Coach Certification Program

Inspired by her passion for public education and her role as evaluator for a Courage to Teach retreat series in South Carolina, Kay is committed to bringing mindfulness into education and has completed curriculum training through Mindful Schools.  As a volunteer in public school classrooms, she trains children to focus attention and regulate emotion through mindfulness practice.   Kay is also a Courage to Teach Teacher Leader Fellow as part of a 2012 pilot program of Still Learning, Inc. and the national Courage in Schools movement.

Grounded in mindfulness and self-reflection, Kay’s programs and retreats are informed by the work of Still Learning, Inc. and the Center for Courage and Renewal. Kay also has experience facilitating The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Signature Course and often infuses Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits into personal and professional development programs.

Kay and her husband of 40 years have three grown children, and they are now enjoying the indescribable gift of grandparenting two grandsons and two granddaughters!   Kay is an elder at Shallowford Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, an active community volunteer, and a member of 1999 Class of Leadership Georgia. Kay enthusiastically serves as a community advisor for Tucker High School Habitat for Humanity.  Kay has received recognition for both her service and her teaching, and she is passionate about living well, serving others, and having fun along the way.

Listen to Kay speak about life, faith, and spirituality in thisinterview with Ben Johnson which aired in 2014 on Experience of God.

What participants are saying about Kay as a facilitator

 “You helped me to put things into perspective and always remember why I entered this profession.  My love/vision for helping to guide children to realize their true potential always needs to be my goal.”

“I truly enjoyed the session this morning.  It was very uplifting.  Just what I needed.”

“I am leaving with a peacefulness – knowing that I am not in my boat alone with my concerns – our crew can influence each other and support our team to achieve a successful journey!”

“Thank you so much for bringing us a peace and calmness to the day.  I found it so wonderful to hear and reflect on perspective and keeping this thought in my encounters both professionally and personally.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this special opportunity!  I really connected so much with everything that you shared with us today.  I especially loved the letter that you share along with your humorous layover story.  Thank you just isn’t enough, but I do feel especially lucky to have a renewed perspective.”