Once referred to as the missing piece in education, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions. The mastery of these essential skills enhances health and wellness, strong character, ethical development, and caring, respectful interactions. These, in turn, can help individuals to become effective communicators, collaborators and engaged citizens who shape a safe, just and sustainable world.


On any given day, we confront emotional ups and downs that accompany life’s twists and turns. As mindfulness grows out of paying attention to moment-to-moment experience, on purpose and without judgment, we learn to deliberately slow down to notice what is happening inside us (our thoughts, feelings and body sensations) and outside of us, in our environment. The idea is to shift out of living on autopilot and into living life with more openness and curiosity. The intention is to train our mind, over and over again, to bring our attention back to the present moment and strengthen the connections in the brain to help manage emotions, enhance critical thinking and achieve our goals.

Leading-edge neuroscientist Richard Davidson has demonstrated that our brains are constantly growing and evolving. He coined the concept neuroplasticity: the notion that our brains change throughout our lives in response to experience, suggesting that positive changes can be nurtured through mental training. Davidsons’ research demonstrates that mindfulness practice (attention training) can change the brain and lead to a number of positive outcomes, such as stress reduction, clearer thinking, better self-management and increased immunity.

Listen and Learn from Leading Experts

Dr. Richard Davidson explains the impact mindfulness practices have on the brain.


  • Build Focus
  • Regulate Emotions
  • Reduce Reactivity
  • Increased Wellbeing
  • Clearer Thinking
  • Perspective-Taking
  • Stress Management
  • Compassion Cultivation

What People Say

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Wendy Novia, Vice President Sales, Polaris Pacific, San Francisco

“Thanks to the MWB workshop, it was the very first time that we had 65 high-energy sales associates in the same room, silent and ‘in the moment!’

Peter Block, Author, Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used

"Mindfulness Without Borders is creating miracles. The trainings, materials, support system and structure they have created are changing lives. Their work represents the best of what we can be to each other."

Emmanuel Ivorgba, founder of Creative Minds International Academy, Jos, Nigeria

“On the part of the students, to whom the future of our nation and the world belongs, MWB mindfulness skills and practices have developed a new standard of behavioral excellence. Our students have hopes to become agents of social change and role models to their peers in school, to their parents at home and to members of their communities.”

Daniel Kharlas, Mindful 365 Online Participant

"The program itself is a masterpiece of distilling the often tough to describe concepts in mindfulness combined with the simplicity of social emotional learning activities. I am thankful for the work that Mindfulness Without Borders is doing and look forward to the good I will be able to do using their program."

Facilitator Certification Participant, Jesse’s Place Employee

"I really enjoyed the Facilitator Certification course! I liked how it really went into depth about how to facilitate the Mindfulness Ambassador Program, and how to create a welcoming and safe environment for participants to share within." 

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine Emeritus and founding director, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Medicine, HealthCare and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School

"The Mindfulness Without Borders curriculum and resource team offers educators of every level a unique opportunity to raise students who are well-educated spiritually, intellectually, and with core skills to function in our ever-changing society."

Richard Davidson, PhD., Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, founder Center for Healthy Minds

'The extraordinary work of Mindfulness Without Borders to bring mindfulness and positive character development to conflict and post-conflict communities is inspiring and so important in our world today where the capacity to cultivate compassion in our daily lives can help to bring about a more peaceful world."

Joan Halifax, PhD, Anthropologist, Ecologist and Civil Rights Activist

“Mindfulness Without Borders is an exceptional and wise initiative in bringing the heart/mind into the education of young people and those who support them, through mindfulness training and council process. This is a much needed project that will contribute to the positive social change that our world so needs today.”

Dianne Banasco, Toronto Catholic District School Board Guidance Counselor, Special Education and Student Success Teacher

“The Mindfulness Ambassador Program for youth speaks a universal language that engages students from all of our diverse school communities regardless of race, colour or gender, enriching the ethos of a classroom and school community.”

David Schlanger, Professor, Entrepreneurship & Strategy Department, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

"As a career teacher for 40 years who has taken part in so many professional development programs, I can honestly say that your professional competency is second to none. It is an incredible skill to be so clear, so in tune and so aware while role modelling superb facilitation and imparting such valuable material with such fluidity and insight."