What we do
We teach students, educators, and parents simple, daily mindfulness practices that build awareness and concentration, Social Emotional Learning, compassion, and creativity.
We work closely with school leaders and their communities to customize our programming to their needs, build their local capacity, and embed knowledge of mind-body practices in their community for the long term. Ultimately, we aim to transform the culture of our client schools, making them safe, inclusive, and compassionate places to learn.
What we teach
- Short, daily practices for the whole school body (staff and students) that complement and enrich the natural rhythm of daily school life.
- Short classroom-based lessons of 15-45 minutes that can stand-alone or be integrated with other subjects like Health or PE.
- After school peer support groups, practice circles, and performance training for sports teams, drama clubs, and other extracurricular activities
- Workshops, Teacher In-service Trainings, and professional trainings for CEUs.
- Half-day, daylong, weekend, and weeklong retreats via our partner organization such as iBme.
- Interactive small‐group activities and games that teach authentic communication and facilitate social‐emotional skills critical for success both in school and beyond.
Where we work
We work in K-12 schools in the Greater Washington, D.C. area (including parts of Central Maryland and Northern Virginia).
How we do it
- We draw upon the leading research and best practices across the fields of mindfulness‐based contemplative education, social emotional learning, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, and mental health to make our programs cutting edge, accessible, and relevant to all ages, especially youth and teachers of grades K‐12.
- We bring together the region’s best trainers in meditation, Yoga, and other contemplative practices.
- We vet them, give them specialized training, and place them in schools. To learn about our vetting process or apply to our Teaching Corps, click here.
- In addition to our Teaching Corps, we depend on a much broader network of volunteers from across the region who may not have the time or credentials to teach in schools but still want to help. We place these volunteers on teams and give them information, strategy, and tools to share their story, educate their community, and open doors for our trainers.
To learn more or to join our Volunteer Corps, click here.
A national convening platform
Minds, Inc. is just one node in a web of many individuals and organizations around the world working to share mindfulness and other contemplative and holistic health practices with mainstream society. We are playing our part to help build the movement.
- Minds, Inc. is located in the heart of the nation’s capital and is building relationships with key institutions in research and policy across nearly every sector of society. Increasingly in the future, Minds will serve as a liaison, mouthpiece, and advocate for the wider mindfulness movement, especially in education.
- By drawing on the latest research and best practice in the contemplative sciences, Minds programs will demonstrate for institutions and people of influence the cost-effectiveness of mindfulness-based practices for improving mental health, behavioral and academic outcomes, and many other social indicators. To learn more or help out click here.