Discover Mindfulness is a non-profit organization helping to create communities, tools and awareness to bring mindfulness, well-being and mental health to Canadian schools.
We educate people about the benefits and applications of mindfulness, including evidence-based mindfulness programs for students, educators, parents, and others who work with children and teens.
We are based in Ontario, Canada, and include people from all walks of life who have discovered the benefits of mindfulness. We all recognize the value that mindfulness has brought to our lives.
If you support our goals, we invite you to join us. Doing so means we’ll add you to our email list and allows your support to be counted when we engage the public and decision makers. The more people we represent, the stronger our voice.
Be a hub for information and a catalyst for the integration of mindfulness into education as a means to overall well-being for students, educators, families and society.
Board of Directors
Theo Koffler – Founder and Executive Director of Mindfulness Without Borders, which has facilitated mindfulness programs for adolescents in Canada, the U.S., Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria, Botswana, Jamaica, and Israel.
Karen Davis – Vice-Principal of Bracebridge Public School, implemented MindUP program throughout school and now introducing to entire school board.
Heidi Bornstein – Founder of and Teacher at Mindfulness Everyday, which offers the Mindful Edge program for adolescents, MBSR, and SMART mindfulness training for teachers.
Peter Chaban – Teacher in Community Health Systems group at the Hospital for Sick Children, extensive knowledge of kids’ mental health issues.
What We Do
Discover Mindfulness builds communities, tools and awareness to bring mindfulness, social and emotional learning, well-being and mental health to Canadian schools. Here’s what we’re doing:
- Creating a community of people dedicated to bringing mindfulness to schools
- Mapping the use of, and interest in, mindfulness, mental health and well-being programs for schools
- Demonstrating the different ways in which mindfulness may benefit students, teachers and society
- Acting as a resource to allow people to see where innovation is happening and to connect with others, as well as being a showplace for ideas and a link to resources
- Engaging key decision makers to include mindfulness in their policies & practices
- Developing strategies to mobilize knowledge about the benefits of mindfulness
- Respect. We will honour the dignity and innate worth of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with justice, equity and respect.
- Kindness and Compassion. We will cultivate kindness, compassion, joy, peace, love, and understanding in ourselves and others. We will act and speak out of kindness and compassion, never denigrating others—even those who speak or act against us.
- Openness. We will avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. We are committed to being open to other’s insights and experience and are aware that the knowledge we presently possess is not changeless, absolute truth. We will practice deep listening to really hear what others are saying, and what they are not saying.
- Freedom of Thought. We will not force others to adopt our views. We are committed to respecting the rights of others to be different, to choose what to believe and how to decide.
- Nonviolence. We will practice nonviolence and non-harming and will promote peace and reconciliation within families, communities, ethnic and religious groups, nations, and in the world.
- Selflessness. We will do our best to act as a cell in the body of the community, acting in a way that promotes the good of the whole, taking into account both our own interests and the interests of all who are affected.