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Mindfulness and Education Working Group
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Mindful Thoughts

  • Thoughts01_Thich Nhat Hanh

    “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”
    ― Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

About Us


The Mindfulness and Education Working Group’s (MEWG) mission is to explore and promote the role of mindfulness and contemplative practices in education through innovative interdisciplinary research, theory, and practice. 

Building Personal and Community Practice
MEWG embraces multiple perspectives and approaches to provide guidance, resources, and opportunities for the Teachers College community to deepen self-awareness, personal growth and resilience.  Through the application of mindfulness and contemplative practices, MEWG empowers individuals to lead more fulfilling, meaningful and healthy lives. MEWG also strives to develop a supportive community for practice and reflection.

Mindfulness and its Application in Educational Contexts
The nascent field of study on the potential benefits of mindfulness related to health and well-being has important implications for the field of education.  Educators and administrators, both nationally and internationally are introducing mindfulness techniques into professional development, classrooms and, in some cases, throughout entire schools.  MEWG supports and participates in the research and application of mindfulness in educational settings to foster an environment that promotes health, happiness and the transformation of school culture.