Our Programs

To fulfill our mission, Flourish Foundation offers a wide variety of programs that focus on developing heathy habits of mind across the entire span of our communal life.

Mindful Awareness Program

• Mindful Awareness Program
• Clear Mind Caring Heart

Compassionate LEaders Program

• Compassionate Leaders Program

Flourish U

• Cultivating Emotional Balance
• Mindful Parenting
• Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting
• Understanding the Art and Science of End of Life

 

Learn more about our programs below
 

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Mindful Awareness
Program

Promoting Life Skills

Current scientific research has shown strong evidence that suggests Mindful Awareness programs, when effectively integrated within the educational system, promote positive qualities that empower students to become more attentive and caring world citizens.

Flourish Foundation offers school-based programs that introduce different forms of Mindful Awareness training to students and teachers in a classroom setting. The goal of the Mindful Awareness Program (MAP) is centered on broadening the scope of education to include social and emotional skills, attentional training, and the development of other virtues that support personal, social, and environmental health and well being. The MAP program uses secular, age appropriate exercises and games to develop a relaxed, stable, and clear way of being in the world that is motivated by kindness and compassion due to an understanding of interdependence and the equality of all beings.

When students were asked "How do you use mindfulness Practices?", they frequently responded:

• To calm down and relax

• Before and during a test

• When I'm angry or sad

• To pay attention and focus

• When communicating with others

Filmed over the course of a year, we highlight the core concepts of the Mindful Awareness Program through class excerpts, and interviews with students from Jennica Alexander's 5th grade class at Hailey Elementary.

 
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Clear Mind Caring Heart

Exploring Human Experience

 

Adolescents growing up in the 21st century are faced with an unprecedented amount of global challenges involving environmental degradation, social injustice, economic distress, and political corruption. These challenges are further compounded by school, extracurricular, and social pressures that have created a society of stressed out teens, who are now susceptible to a wide array of mental disorders that hinder their human capacity to learn, thrive, and constructively engage with the world. It is now estimated by the National Institute of Mental Health that 20% of 13-18 year olds either currently or in the past have experienced a severe debilitating mental disorder. Unfortunately in an attempt to cope, young people often turn to drugs, alcohol, violence, and other destructive behaviors that exacerbate the experience of distress and dissatisfaction.

To address these issues and to promote a nurturing environment for learning, the Clear Mind and Caring Heart Project offers a sequential middle school and high school contemplative methodology for cultivating the heart and mind in ways that impart relaxation, focus, inner resiliency, inner-contentment, kindness, compassion, and understanding of self and others. The aim of this project is to engage students in a six year daily practice regimen spanning from 6th to 12th grade.

 

 

Compassionate Leaders Program

Engaging From the Inside Out

Having effective young leaders is an essential component for maintaining a vibrant world community in the future. They are the next generation policy makers, environmental stewards, innovators, and parents. The Compassionate Leaders Program prepares them to humanely fill this role by empowering their creativity to research, plan, and implement community service projects within our local community and abroad.

Apply to the Compassionate Leaders Program

The Compassionate Leaders Program runs from October – June

If you have questions, please contact Noah Koski:
Compassionate Leader Program Coordinator
noah@flourishfoundation.org
208-720-1138


Watch the Compassionate Leaders go through a year cycle. It was an action packed year of private retreats, literature, and trips to Mississippi and India.

Through my experience with Flourish Foundation, I was introduced to the incredible vastness of the world and methods to cultivate my own mentality, balance, and compassion.
— Colby Werley, Alumni
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While this program did not open my eyes to something I had not seen before, it allowed me to remove the sunglasses I had been wearing. Life did not change, but my perception of it did. By removing my shaded sun glasses, I could see the sun. Through the contemplative practices, community service work, and discussions we had at our Compassionate Leaders meetings, I began to see the connection between every living and non-living being in the world. There is a unity between everything in life. As a Compassionate Leader, I witnessed with my own eyes the similarities between children in the Wood River Valley, New Delhi, and Mexico. I learned that we share the same needs for love, care, growth, and community. We are all human; we all have strengths and weaknesses, and we are on this adventure together.
— Lena Roebuck, Alumni
 
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Cultivating Emotional Balance
Mindful Parenting
Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting
Understanding the Art and Science of End of Life

Rigorous scientific research by Neuroscientists and Geneticists have shown that the structure and function of our minds and bodies change in relationship to the quality of our lived experience.  These scientific insights parallel discoveries made by the world’s contemplative traditions that demonstrate the possibility of extraordinary human development throughout the course of our lives. The cultural myth, so prevalent in modern society, that there is little or no opportunity for us to grow as adults in positive ways, that we are “stuck,” or “hardwired” is simply not true. Profound positive change is possible at any age and there are well examined practices, both new and ancient, that aid us in this transformation.

With a deep reverence for our capacity to thrive and flourish throughout our lives Flourish U offers an educational platform focused on life long learning opportunities designed to cultivate inner resources that nurture individual, collective and environmental well-being and invigorate our passion as adults to be relentless in our resolve for personal growth.


Cultivating Emotional Balance

Restoring Meaning & Purpose

Cultivating Emotional Balance is an adult training which arose from a dialogue between biobehavioral scientists studying emotion and the Dalai Lama, Buddhist monks, and scholars at the Mind and Life Institute in Dharamsala, India in March of 2000. This meeting was one in a series sponsored by the Mind and Life Institute to foster an interchange between Contemplative traditions and Western science.

At this meeting, the Dalai Lama asked scientists if they could conduct research to determine whether or not secularized Buddhist practices would be helpful to Westerners dealing with “destructive” emotional experiences. In response to this request, Dr. Paul Ekman and Dr. B. Alan Wallace, developed a 42 hour evidence based training program that integrates contemplative practices with Western techniques for dealing with negative emotional experiences.

The goal of the CEB training program is to impart skills for reducing emotional responses that are destructive to self and others, while enhancing positive mental states of serenity, kindness, compassion, altruism and pro-social behavior.

I think it is the most beneficial class/material I have ever taken. This is so important for the welfare of all beings.
— CEB Participant, 2014
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Mindful Parenting

Fostering Caring Relationships

Becoming a parent is perhaps one of life’s greatest responsibilities. The Childbirth Preparation and Parenting programs are designed to support parents in creating essential life skills that can assist them as they embark on one of life’s most significant, joyous, and challenging journeys — giving birth to and nurturing the next generation. Through contemplative practices, participants will be supported during pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.

Mindful Parenting is designed to engage parents in formal Mindfulness practices, meaningful parenting topics and lively group discussions. In this 6 week course parents are provided tools and resources for developing positive relationships with their children through a relaxed, stable and clear way of being.

Mindfulness-Based Childbirth Classes

Inspiring Conscious Birthing & Living

Through the practice of mindfulness, expectant parents will develop tools for managing emotional and physical stress during pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, and daily life.

Participants will learn how to engage the mind to deal with pain and fear associated with childbirth and how to access deep physical and mental relaxation to greatly assist the natural process of childbirth and ease the way into parenthood. By practicing mindful awareness, expecting parents are able to adjust through this transition with greater confidence, wisdom and joy.


 

Understanding the Art and Science of End of Life

Embracing Life and Death

Given we all face the certainty of death in our lives, it is surprising how little attention is paid to this reality. This course offers us an opportunity to thoughtfully and heartfully explore death in relationship to ourselves and others by increasing our everyday understanding of end of life and exploring the art of developing ease, presence, empathy, and openness.

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