Our mission is to reduce human suffering and promote well-being. We passionately believe that building greater levels of compassionate connection within individuals and communities is key to enabling positive transformation.
We recognise that the mindfulness world is not truly representative and diverse. We are committed, though, to being part of the solution to this problem by ensuring that our services are as accessible and inclusive as possible. By removing financial barriers, as much as we can, people from all socio-economic backgrounds will be able to afford to train to be mindfulness-based teachers, receive supervision and attend mindfulness retreats. Widening access in this way is vital to the integrity of our field.
Your donation would help us widen access by creating three bursary funds (for supervision, teacher training and retreats) and lowering the costs of our events. We will give particular priority to those who can demonstrate that their work will support equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), in line with our EDI Policy.
Christina Feldman, one of the leading founding mindfulness teachers in the West, has endorsed our appeal:
The Mindfulness Network is doing a sterling job of providing mindfulness training of the highest standard. Supporting the bursary funds is an invaluable contribution in ensuring these trainings are available to all, regardless of their backgrounds or financial struggles. Those who train will go on to touch the lives of many in meaningful ways. Your contribution significantly supports the networks aim to be fully inclusive.
There are four funds that you can donate to:
This fund will help mindfulness-based teachers access supervision, which is required to meet the good practice guidelines for teachers who offer mindfulness courses. Your donation will support teachers financially at the start of their teaching, or at critical points in their development, or to support equality, diversion and inclusion. Please visit our supervision website at www.mindfulness-supervision.org.uk/bursaries to read more about the Cindy Cooper Bursary Fund.
Retreats are an essential requirement for teachers of mindfulness-based approaches (MBAs) to meet good practice guidelines. This bursary fund is used to support MBA trainees and teachers at key stages in their development to attend retreats.
This fund will help those training to become mindfulness-based teachers. It will be aimed at those who would otherwise not be able to train as mindfulness-based teachers, and particularly to support equality, diversity and inclusion.
If you want to make a donation to The Mindfulness Network and let us decide how best to use the money, then this is the fund to choose. This Fund will be used, for example:
- to support special projects that help us develop services for MBA teachers (e.g. developing an online community for teachers).
- to offer additional bursaries that do not fit neatly into the Supervision, Retreat or Teacher Training Bursary Funds (e.g. to support a trainer to develop skills that meet a training need we have that is not readily available).
- to allow us to price some events below cost where we think there is a special need (e.g. a retreat or training event for teachers that supports our EDI policy).
- to create an emergency reserves fund to support unforeseen events (e.g. an event cancellation for reasons beyond our control).
- to cover the costs of administering these funds, if we cannot do so from surpluses on events.
Our Donations Policy explains further how we use your donation and the requirements for people to access bursaries.