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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  • Liverpool NightRider

    A night cycle ride on Saturday 13th July to help raise funds for The Breathworks Foundation. Five gallant volunteers ranging from 38-70 will be riding through the streets of Liverpool. See how you can support them. Read more

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  • Our Impact


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


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


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


  • Sona Liverpool NightRider

    Ensuring the benefits of mindfulness and compassion training are available to everyone, regardless of their circumstances. Read more

  • Deb's Breathworks Liverpool NightRider

    I am doing this Bike Ride to support my amazing twin sister Vidyamala's charity The Breathworks Foundation so more people hear about what she has shared with the world. Read more