Welcome to 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.  

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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 from the Aryamati Bursary Fund enable people to access mindfulness courses and teacher training. We also 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 2019, enabling 30 people to learn mindfulness and 25 people to train to teach

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    people supported through partnerships with St Michael's Hospice, Maggie's Cancer Care Centre and Take Back Your Life project

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

  • The Other Way

    Breathworks teacher in training Alison shares, in her blog, how during an internet trawl in the middle of another sleepless night stumbling upon Vidyamala Burch’s work changed her life. Read more

  • The Story of Breathworks Research

    In this week's blog Shannon, who is currently studying towards an MSc Advanced Psychology degree at the University of Leeds, introduces herself and shares her journey with The Breathworks Foundation. Read more