Mindfulness and Social Justice Pilot Project

The Centre for Mindfulness Studies received a one-year grant for a pilot project to develop and launch a program for racialized individuals that explores mindfulness, social justice, anti-oppression, and their connection.

The pilot project consists of three phases:

  • Co-development of program curriculum with Training Leads and Advisory Team (September 2021 to February 2022)
  • Delivery of pilot program (March to May 2022)
  • Evaluation and further development/refinement of program curriculum

(May to July 2022)

We are delighted to announce that the delivery of the 10-week online pilot program: Mindfulness and Social Justice: Practice and Reflection Series started on March 8, 2022 with 16 participants and will run until May 17, 2022.

The pilot program is being run in partnership with SKETCH Working Arts and is intended for racialized young adults (18 and older) who are navigating living on the margins.

In the 10-week program, participants will:

  • Develop personal resources when addressing barriers
  • Learn mindfulness and somatic tools for well-being
  • Practice in a space of ease, safety, and support with other racialized people
  • Support the further development of the program by providing feedback

    The program is divided into three modules and follows a participant-led model of facilitation where the curriculum will be shaped and collectively created as the facilitators and participants move through the ten weeks together. The approach is one of an adult-education style of learning, wherein everyone teaches and everyone learns.

    The program will continually evolve, and the participants’ insights and feedback, together with the Advisory Team’s input, will help shape the further development of the program.

    This pilot project is made possible by the generous support of The Catherine Donnelly Foundation. The grant is in support of Phase 1 of the Centre’s development of a mindfulness and social justice training strategy.