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Success Stories: Mindful Schools in Action

"To date we have one suspension this year. We usually have 20 by now. We attribute this to the mindfulness program."
   - Lake Shore Elementary School, San Francisco

"When we asked our graduating 5th graders what they learned at our school, I was astonished that the vast majority of them wrote about mindfulness!"
   - Danielle Neves, Principal of Sankofa Academy, Oakland

"I was sitting in a party with my friend. Two guys come over to us and they want to fight. My friend has a gun and he's ready to use it. You know what I did? I'm sittin' in the party doin' a body scan. That's right, a body scan. I breathed. Then I took my friend's gun and walked out of the party."
   - Amar, a GED (high school equivalency) student in Virginia
     whose teacher attended our 2009 summer workshop

How to Make Your School a Mindful School

Principals and teachers from over 30 schools report that mindfulness has a dramatic impact on classroom environments and overall school climates.

If you would like us to bring mindfulness to your school, we've created documents you can share with school administrators to demonstrate our program's value:
Our program costs just $30 per child, so it is a very inexpensive way of teaching a powerful and preventive fundamental skill to children.

"What We Do" One-Page Diagram

We've made a convenient 1-page diagram that explains the problem we're trying to solve, our solution, our vision for the future, and the various way in which Mindful Schools can help to bring mindfulness to an entire community.

Please feel free to share this with anyone who wants to know, in a nutshell, what Mindful Schools is all about.

New Mindful Schools Curriculum Training Course (March 23 - May 11)

Learn how to teach the Mindful Schools curriculum to your K5 students or your own children. Please click here for more information.

The course takes place over eight Tuesday evenings from March 23 - May 11, 2010 at Park Day School in Oakland, CA.

Our Mindfulness Fundamentals course or the equivalent experience is a prerequisite to take this class. The course costs $500, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

To register, please visit our online registration, email, or call Megan Cowan at 650.759.4012.

Our New Web Site Front Page

We have created a new front page for our web site, to help you more quickly find key items of interest.

Please stop by and take a look, and if you have comments or suggestions, please let us know.

Mindfulness Exercises (Guided Audio): Breathing, Walking, Body Scan

We are delighted to share our new Guided Audio Mindful Exercises with you. These short clips cover mindfulness of breathing, walking, and a body scan. The clips bring expert instruction straight to you, and are ideal for supporting your regular mindfulness practice.

It is our hope that these exercises will help more people to learn about mindfulness and to experience its benefits first-hand. If you know of anyone who might benefit, please share these clips with them.

Mindfulness Resources

In addition to providing guided audio exercises, our new Mindfulness Resources page lists various books, CDs, and articles about mindfulness. The mindfulness movement is quickly growing, so we will regularly update this page with the latest resources. If you have items you would like to suggest, please send them to

Would You Like to Help Us? Volunteer Opportunities!

If you would like to help make a huge difference in children’s lives while working with an exceptional team, Mindful Schools has volunteer opportunities in the following areas:
  • Legal counsel and document review
  • Accounting (CPA)
  • Marketing
  • Event organization
  • Grant research
  • Grant writing
  • Government grants: research and writing
  • Do you have any connections in foundations that might be a good fit for our work? Your introduction or suggestions could make a difference!
If you can help us in these areas we would love to hear from you.
Please contact us at:

How to Support Mindful Schools

We are working hard to teach mindfulness not only to children, but also to teachers and parents -- effectively transforming schools and communities through mindfulness. We strive to make the most of every dollar, which is why we can teach mindfulness to a child for just $30.

But most schools are facing enormous financial pressure due to multi-billion dollar budget cuts, and need support to experience the benefits of mindfulness.

While many government officials understand the preventive value of mindfulness, they are forced to cut programs rather than funding new ones. Because of this, we must secure funding from individuals and the private sector to keep our program thriving.

Please consider helping us give the gift of mindfulness to more children by
making a tax-deductible donation.

In addition, if you would like to share connections with foundations or philanthropists who would like to support our work, please contact us.

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