The Breathworks Foundation

Mindfulness and compassion for pain, stress and illness - helping people reclaim their lives

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.  

We offer bursaries to access our online mindfulness courses, for our teacher training programme and seed funding for projects being run by Breathworks Accredited Teachers. Please see below to apply for yourself or on someone else’s behalf.


Mindfulness Online Course in a Group

''The bursary was not only a financial aid for me, but actually, for the first time in seven years made me feel supported......A wonderful course mindfully constructed and creatively and authentically facilitated. I can and do recommend this eight-week online course in Mindfulness for Health; life affirming. I am so grateful to The Breathworks Foundation and at a tough time in my life, feel blessed for being able to take part.”  - Katrina

Apply for a Mindfulness Online Course Bursary Here


Breathworks Teacher Training Programme

“I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2010…I’m on benefits and access to the bursary fund to commence my teacher training was a big deal for me. I felt enabled and empowered - for the first time in a long time! I was able to embark on the training pathway to not only take my discovery deeper but also to enable others to do the same.” - Tom

Apply for a Teacher Training Programme Bursary Here


Project Funding 

We provide a small amount of funding, annually, to invest in innovative mindfulness-based projects. Projects must meet the following criteria:

  • Be run by a Breathworks accredited teacher 
  • Bring mindfulness to hard to reach/marginalised communities. 
  • At an early stage in their development

The funding is prioritised for projects at the proof-of-concept stage or projects that would find it difficult to raise funds from other sources without completing this proof-of-concept work.

Typical awards are between £500-£1000 and in exceptional circumstances may go beyond this.

Apply for seed funding (coming soon!)

To see projects we have previously funded, click here