About Us2020-10-19T18:44:51-04:00

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. ~ Buddha

Diane Nickelberg-Barnett is the founder of Grounded Meditation and a successful NYC Real Estate attorney who realized years ago that she needed something to help balance the stress and chaos of her busy and demanding career.  A lifelong interest in health, fitness and spirituality drew her into the world of meditation and yoga where she found that these peaceful practices served to counteract the constant stress of practicing law.  Her passion for these disciplines, paired with the desire to help others,  has naturally led her to teaching, and she feels honored and blessed to be in a position to help her students find balance and quiet in their own lives. Diane has been teaching for about ten years and has been fortunate to be able to share her knowledge with students in both the private and corporate world.

Grounded Meditation is the culmination of years of work with students from all backgrounds and Diane’s realization that what appears to be consistently missing from nearly everybody’s life is the ability to just STOP and be present, alone and peaceful with one’s self, even for short periods of time. Diane’s user-friendly approach to meditation teaches her students to do just that – quiet their minds, embrace the stillness, and enjoy the many benefits of meditation which have been medically proven and scientifically documented.

Diane is a graduate of Cornell University and CUNY School of Law, and holds multiple certifications in teaching meditation and yoga (including Yoga Nidra), sound healing, tapping (EFT),  and has completed training as a Dancing Mindfulness facilitator. She has taught private and group classes in studios and businesses to students of all ages and levels in New York City and Connecticut.


Catherine Barrett began her meditation journey seven years ago and has been committed to it ever since. In her own life, meditation has served as a healthy coping mechanism for everyday stressors, as well as way to discover inner peace through mindfulness. She strongly believes it is one of the most profound forms of self-care and is deeply passionate about guiding each student on their own unique path to developing a practice that suits them. Two years ago, Catherine completed her teacher training in the Shamatha style of meditation and began instructing students privately. She also currently volunteers at Silver Hill Hospital, where she teaches meditation to the inpatient adolescent population and those in the Executive/Professionals Program. In addition to her certification in teaching meditation, she also recently completed her Reiki Master certification as well as Pranayama teaching training. She has lived the majority of her life in Connecticut, where she received a BS in Sociology from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.