The Center for Mindful Living provides innovative outreach programs for schools, businesses, and community groups to help people respond to the flow of everyday life in a resilient and peaceful manner. Initial community outreach efforts will focus on partnerships with local schools. We will be creating a curriculum of mindfulness training that incorporates the arts, including music, kinesthetic movement, and visual arts. If you have questions or suggestions, or if you are interested in joining the Center for Mindful Living’s Outreach Committee, please email Julie L. Brown.
Recent Outreach Programs
Howard High School
Even before the Center for Mindful Living opened in September of 2013, the Center's outreach program volunteers began sharing mindfulness practices with various groups in our community.
During the fall of 2013 the Center partnered with Lookout Mountain Conservancy to work with Howard High School students in a land reclamation project. Our Center volunteers taught the students mindful practices tied to sound and nature. They also worked along side the students to clean up land at the base of Lookout Mountain that was covered in kudzu, english ivy, and trash. This property will be eventually connected to the city's riverfront park for the community to enjoy.
Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts
Center for Mindful Living facilitators took mindfulness to 6th and 7th grade students and teachers at CSLA during an 5-week program in March and April 2013. Volunteers taught 6th and 7th graders mindful practices in their classrooms over a 6-week period during the spring of 2013. The students were surveyed before and after the series for focus/awareness, compassion for themselves, and compassion for others. The student's teachers were also asked to report changes in these three areas. An early morning mindfulness program was also provided for the teachers.
We defined mindfulness as "paying attention with kindness." The schedule included:
We returned to CSLA in 2014 to teach the 7th and 8th grade students Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a mindful technique to promote focus and relieve test anxiety and stress.
Kindergarten through 5th grade students and their parents enjoyed an introduction to mindfulness and a sound meditation offering in the Center's meditation room during winter of 2014.