Welcome to the Breathworks Foundation

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

The Breathworks Foundation was established 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.  

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  • Intro

    Vidyamala and The Foundation are keenly aware that it is very often the people who are most in need of mindfulness training who are the least able to pay for and access it. It is this desire and commitment to reach all people who are suffering that drives our work through bursaries, research and partnerships, enabling individuals to take their rightful place in humanity.

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  • The Breathworks Foundation

    Our bursaries enable people to access mindfulness courses and teacher training, and we develop partnerships to make mindfulness accessible to the wider community Read more

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  • Apply for Funding

    Apply for funding to attend a mindfulness course or teacher training Read more

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  • Research

    Part of our mission is to undertake and publish research into mindfulness-based activities Read more

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  • Give2Live

    Help Vidyamala fulfil her dream of making mindfulness courses available to all, regardless of the ability to pay Read more

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  • Our Impact

    476

    trained Breathworks teachers across 35 countries, with each teacher reaching on average 30 people per year.

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    Foundation bursaries awarded in 2018, enabling 29 people to learn mindfulness and 28 people to train to teach.

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    130 people supported through partnerships with St Michael's Hospice and Maggie's Cancer Care Centre

Appeals

  • Give2Live

    Help Vidyamala fulfil her dream of making mindfulness courses available to all, regardless of the ability to pay Read more

  • Donate Today

    Help enable anyone to attend our courses and training programmes, regardless of circumstances. Read more

Foundation Blogs

  • Confessions of the World's Worst Mindfulness Teacher

    Read how Mark came to mindfulness as a sceptical attendee at a drop-in session. He now teaches regularly and has seen the benefits of a mindfulness practice on himself, his mother and his colleagues & patients. Read more

  • Taking Back My Life

    London based Breathworks teachers have won 3.5 years worth of funding from Tower Hamlets Council to run 12 free programs in their local community. Read more