OUR VISION: A world where people find and share joy, peace and understanding through their practice of mindfulness
Our network was established in 2001 by a group of educators, students of Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Master and peace activist nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Collectively we saw mindfulness as an antidote to the growing stress, conflict and confusion in educational settings as well as an invaluable gift to give students. The purpose of our network is to facilitate communication among all educators, parents, students and any others interested in promoting contemplative practice (mindfulness) in educational settings.
MiEN offers conferences and Days of Mindfulness designed to support educators at all levels in their practice. Our emphasis is on building a supportive and inclusive community where all voices feel honored, accepted, and nourished by the support and care of one another.
Members are invited to share ways in which they use mindfulness practice with students and teachers and how the practice enhances their role in educational settings. We are also encouraged to raise areas of concern, towards which others might be able to suggest mindful approaches.
Our Experience Tells us That:
–Mindfulness fosters concentration, understanding, learning, peace, happiness and well being
— Mindfulness helps us honor and hold space for a diversity of experiences, identities, and lived truths
–To effectively teach mindfulness requires a solid mindfulness practice
–Working collaboratively is essential to accomplishing our mission