The Breathworks Foundation was established in 2009 to ensure that mindfulness and compassion training is available to everyone, regardless of circumstances. It brings to life the vision of Vidyamala Burch, Breathworks Co-Founder, who passionately believes that no person or community should be excluded from Breathworks training programmes and courses simply through financial or personal hardship. This is based on her experience of living with severe pain and disability all her adult life.
The Foundation offers bursaries to people experiencing financial hardship worldwide from the Aryamati Bursary Fund. This enables them to access mindfulness courses and gain skills to self-manage their health and wellness. Bursaries are offered for both face-to-face and online courses, providing a supported community setting even for those who are unable to leave their homes or who have no local teacher.
“The Breathworks course was of great benefit at the time and has been ever since. The exercises have maintained my mobility through the winter, which is when I have the most problems, and the body scans and meditations are of daily benefit. They also highlight when I am most stressed and disengaged with the world - which is of inestimable value.” - course participant
There is a high demand for Breathworks teachers, both in the UK and abroad. Many people come to training who have transformed their own lives through this practice, and have invaluable experience to share, along with a passionate drive to help others. We provide bursaries for people who could make excellent teachers, but for whom the cost of training would be prohibitive.
“I hope to find a sustainable way to teach from a place of authenticity in order to help myself and others. In a world where disabled people are often disenfranchised and feel like second class citizens, Breathworks has given me a new, compassionate and engaged way to live.’’ - teacher training graduate
The Foundation has developed successful partnerships with charities and community groups, expanding delivery of mindfulness courses and reaching a wider community. By developing more partnerships, we can offer diverse forms of delivery to meet different and changing needs, and make mindfulness accessible to those hardest to reach who are often the very people who need it most.
“I hadn’t realised it, but I think I had ‘fallen out’ with my heart after my diagnosis. One of the movement exercises we did in class made us hug ourselves and it felt like I was hugging myself for the first time since I was poorly.” - course participant, St. Michael’s Hospice
Read about partnerships around the globe where The Foundation has enabled the spread of mindfulness.
Hear from people we have helped with a bursary to attend the Breathworks Teacher Training Programme.
Hear from people we have helped with a bursary to attend a Breathworks mindfulness course.