P.O. Box 2429
Ketchum, ID 83340
Description of Organization
Flourish has partnered with the Blaine County Public School District and local private education institutions to incorporate contemplative practices into classrooms to address individual challenges and larger societal injustices. Beginning with just one fifth grade classroom in 2009, their mindfulness education programs have grown to span offerings for all phases of life -- from mindfulness-based childbirth and parenting to mindfulness programs for senior citizens. The mission is to impart contemplative based practices in communities for cultivating healthy habits of mind and promoting personal well-being, benevolent social action, and environmental stewardship. Their programs aim to build inner resiliency and understanding within students -- expanding the traditional education experience to include the universal Buddhist values of compassion, mindfulness and wakefulness. The impact of their work has inspired other communities and a broadening of their reach occurs through training and the sharing of their skillsets.
In early 2018, a grant in the amount of $7,500 was awarded to Flourish Foundation to support Flourish's growing Mindful Awareness Program, one of their school-based programs that introduces various forms of mindful awareness training to students and teachers in a classroom setting. During the 2017-2018 school year, this program is supported nearly 1,200 students and teachers on a weekly basis. The importance of the program grows more and more evident as news headlines continue to be dominated by stories of young people struggling with issues like bullying, violence, low self-esteem, and stress. Through this educational program, Flourish aims to create a new approach to these persistent challenges by giving students the opportunity to discuss and practice methods that empower them to recognize their self-worth and become more attentive and caring world citizens.