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.  

A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who has donated so far, and to those who are following our Riders’ progress! Your support and encouragement has been amazing. 

This week, we dug a little deeper into how some of the core elements and practices of mindfulness and compassion have helped our Breathworks Riders during their training. 

You can still DONATE to support our fabulous riders by using the link below:


Here’s what the Nightrider Team have to say this week:

Deb: Whilst I don't specifically have a mindfulness practice, I am happy to be able to support Breathworks for Vidyamala and Sona and all participants on future courses. I really do believe in the power of bringing a heartfelt and kindly awareness to any kind of suffering.

Dave: I, like Deb, don’t have a specific mindfulness practice, but I love that our joint team effort, will help more and more people to benefit from the fantastic Mindfulness training provided by Breathworks and The Breathworks Foundation. 

Karen:  By focusing on the positive in all that I do, is supporting me in the effort to be ready for the Nightrider Challenge! Things like; having my bike serviced, getting new lights and practicing fast sprints uphill on my way home from work! 

I've found working as a team a really rewarding experience, as is our fundraising mission to provide access to Mindfulness courses and training to help people!

Oh, and I finally got my sponsorship page open!

Vidyapala: My mindfulness practice is enabling me to stay calm during my cycling training, especially when I'm faced with fellow road users who can sometimes be erratic and a little over zealous!

Your amazing support continues to encourage each of our fabulous NightRiders. Their fantastic fundraising is supporting access our Breathworks Foundation Team to bring mindfulness to new audiences around the globe. Thank you!

You can DONATE by using the link below:


A brilliant example of Vidyamala’s, Breathworks founder, compassionate vision can be found below, in this simple 'Compassionate Breath' meditation on Soundcloud.