Mindful Education


Mindfulness opens space for engagement in education

More schools, colleges, and universities are discovering that mindfulness in the classroom helps students and educators lower stress levels and open space for proactive learning.

We help integrate mindfulness into the classroom by carefully curating a program of mindfulness workshops and activities— all according to your institution’s needs, budget and schedule. Our instructors are highly trained and experienced to work with educators and students of all ages.

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Why is Mindfulness Needed in Education?

Preventing Toxic Stress & Burnout

Healthy stress is a natural part of life. Children and adults alike need to be challenged in order to grow and develop. However in the modern education system, healthy stress is often replaced by toxic stress. Toxic stress occurs when life’s demands consistently outpace our ability to cope with those demands. ( EP: Can you link to this article? Let’s keep citation style consistent throughout the site


Toxic stress impairs attention, emotion and mood regulation, sleep, and learning readiness daily in American classrooms. Even more troubling, prolonged exposure to childhood toxic stress has lifelong impacts on mental and physical health.


Toxic stress starts as decreased productivity and creativity, escalating to more serious symptoms like frequent anxiety, dissociation, frustration, and, eventually, burnout. Roughly half a million U.S. teachers leave the profession each year – a turnover rate of over 20 percent.


Toxic stress can lead to a parenting style that looks more like a “to-do” list, rather than an empathic, present-centered relationship with a developing child. Exposure to parental stress in early childhood has been shown to impact gene expression even years later in adolescence.

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Program Examples

Mindful Education

We work closely with you and your school, college or university to customize a program that meets your specific interests and needs. We’ve listed out a few examples of the types of programs we offer below.

It all starts with a conversation, so please get in touch to let us know what you have in mind.


Practicing mindfulness can help kids focus, regulate their emotions, manage their stress, and build compassion and resilience. Our instructors are trained through Mindful Schools, a recognized leader in the movement to integrate mindfulness into the everyday learning environment of the K-12 classroom. We work with kids, teachers, parents, administrators, and counselors to create more peaceful communities in which kids can learn and grow.


Teenagers are feeling more stressed than ever before. Practicing mindfulness skills can help them develop healthy habits of mind to decrease depression and anxiety, sleep better, and to manage stress in positive, adaptive ways. Our instructors are trained through .b (Dot b), a leading, evidence-based mindfulness program for 11-18 year-olds. “Dot b” for “stop and be”, a simple practice at the heart of this curriculum.

Young Adults

Faced with significant changes and transitions, young adults are at increased risk of stressful events and a wide range of accompanying mental health challenges. Our instructors are trained through Koru Mindfulness® , an evidence-based curriculum specifically designed for teaching mindfulness, meditation, and stress management to college students and other young adults.


Teaching is one of the most demanding and stressful professions. Educators experience high levels of stress and demoralization because of myriad, well-documented challenges. We support educators by helping them meet these challenges with greater stability and skill. Mindful educators report feeling calmer and better able to respond to the needs of their students.


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Join the growing list of organizations that are benefitting from our training. 

  • City of Boulder, Department of Community Vitality

  • Colorado College

  • Kosha Yoga Studio

  • The MAC - City of Westminster

  • Mayu Meditation Sanctuary

  • Mindful Schools Teachers

  • Smoky Hill Public Library

  • Westminster Public Library

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