Reaching Out to the Community
The Mindfulness Mentors believe the many physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits of mindfulness should be available for all. Meditation students from the Earth and Spirit Center formed this group to extend the opportunity to experience mindfulness to a broader community. It is the intention of the Mindfulness Mentors to reach those who might have barriers to accessing classes on mindfulness practices.
Mindfulness Mentors are volunteers acting out of the compassion gained from a regular meditation practice. Mentors partner with organizations focused on helping people live a more balanced, healthier life. The goal is to share how a mindfulness practice can cultivate an enriched life of presence, empathetic relationships, and a deeper connection to the natural world.
Programs are tailored to introduce small groups to basic mindfulness practices that enable self-knowledge, cultivate compassion for self and others, reduce stress, increase the capacity to learn, and facilitate making healthy choices.
Classes are offered to clients and staff of partner organizations at no charge. Some of the many partners are Americana Community Center, Choose Well/Project Thrive, Family Health Centers, Family Scholar House, Louisville Urban League, Mariposa, Maryhurst Alternative School, Nativity Academy and The Healing Place.
The Mindfulness Mentors program is made possible by a grant from the Trust for the Meditation Process, a charitable foundation encouraging meditation, mindfulness and contemplative prayer, as well as the Brown-Forman Corporation.
St. Vincent de Paul Family Success Center
“We are grateful to the Earth & Spirit Center of Louisville for providing this invaluable experience for our kids. Armed with new coping strategies and better focus, our kids are one step closer to obtaining the skills necessary to grow into successful adults.”
Betty J. Fox, Director, Center for Workforce Development, Louisville Urban League
“The structured, non-judgmental Mindfulness Mentors program has been beneficial for the League’s Kentuckiana Builds participants. Mindfulness techniques and tools have helped reduce the stress our participants experience related to work and relationships. One KY Builds participant shared that the breathing techniques learned from the mentors helped him stay calm during a frustrating situation at work, keeping him from reacting in a way that might have caused him to lose his job.”
Interested in becoming a Mindfulness Mentor?
To become a Mindfulness Mentor, you must:
- Complete one or more mindfulness meditation courses at the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center (or equivalent)
- Maintain a personal meditation practice for at least two years
- Demonstrate experience with or willingness to learn teaching skills
- Complete an application and background check
- Complete the Mindfulness Mentor 3-hour orientation
- Serve as an intern for at least one Mindfulness Mentors course, alongside experienced mentors
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Mindfulness Mentor expectations:
- Instruct at least one long-form class per year
- Attend a monthly meeting for program feedback and ongoing training
- Report the number of the hours contributed and number of individuals participating
- Complete an annual self-evaluation and re-commitment process
Interested in bringing the Mindfulness Mentors to your community?
We can provide a series of lessons (generally four to six), offer a one-time overview of mindfulness, or tailor a program to your needs. We also offer instruction in mindful parenting and connecting mindfully to the natural world – all free of charge. We’re looking for organizational partners who:
- Work in and serve under-resourced communities and neighborhoods
- Will recruit and support a group of participants (minimum 6 to 12 per class)
- Will provide a reliable staff liaison to coordinate logistics with the Mindfulness Mentors
- Want to learn more about bringing mindfulness practices into their organization
- For more information contact Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp: email@example.com