12 Mindfulness Communities
100's of Interviews
Our Mission: To Help Build Communities of Peace
Now more than ever, our world desperately needs more communities that can teach people ways to transform their suffering, and the suffering in their families, society and our world. Yet little is known about intentional mindfulness communities. These places of refuge are where people and families can live or visit, and learn the art of cultivating more inner peace, understanding, harmony of relationships, and compassionate engagement in society. These communities offer a different model of living, one that is more focused on the needs of the Earth and each other, and less on materialism and consumption.
For the past several years, it has been our dream to visit, document, and share with the world how these communities were developed, overcome challenges, and thrive in teaching people mindfulness. We will share our research findings through photos, video, articles, and a book, so that others can learn about and replicate these models themselves. Please support us in sharing this treasure of community with the world!
Why Community Matters:
We have heard so many young people say, "I wish to live in community". Young people are hungry for communities that teach peace, joyful living, and compassionate engagement in our world. In order to build mindfulness communities, we need to learn how the those around the world are already doing it! Several of these communities exist in North America, Europe, and Oceania, and we are ready to document their development.
"Ever since I began practicing mindfulness in a monastery, I have dreamed of creating a thriving intentional mindfulness community for lay practitioners, where people can live while practicing mindfulness together harmoniously, and share this gift with so many others." - David
Who We Are
David and Vanessa are long time mindfulness and meditation practitioners, with over 20 years combined experience. They have started multiple young adult mindfulness groups which still meet regularly, and have co-facilitated mindfulness retreats across the country for young adults, families, teenagers, children, and all ages. They envisioned this project several years ago, while reflecting on their dreams to build community of practice.
"Three years ago, while living and working in Thailand, I realized how important it is to create the communities we truly wish to see in the world. Places where people can live simply, sustainably and more harmoniously with themselves, each other, and the world." - Vanessa
Votes of Confidence in Us!
We received an initial grant to cover some of our travel expenses to different communities. Thank you Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation for your vote of confidence and trust in us!!!
It Takes a Community- Why Your Support Matters
Now, it will take the support of you, our beloved community, to help us succeed in supporting this project. With your support, we will be able to travel to and document intentional mindfulness communities internationally, allowing everyone the opportunity to understand how they have succeeded. This will help others to further build communities in their own regions and pave the path for new communities to be born!
Our children and grandchildren will thank us for future communities that we help create....