From the Founder

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Three years ago, a small group of educators were inspired by the idea of bringing mindfulness into the lives and work of musicians and teachers and the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Wellness and Pedagogy (MBWP) was born. Focused on building a world-wide community of mindful artists and educators, our research-based, personalized, and ethical approach has been transformative for the many groups and individuals we have been privileged to serve.

At MBWP, we provide workshops, one-on-one instruction, teacher certification, and consulting for an increasing number of individuals and groups across the country. Our instructors are experienced artist-educators committed to helping you bring mindfulness into your life, work, and organizations. We are passionate about our mission, and inspired by the potential for mindfulness to bring about a kinder, healthier, and more compassionate culture within performing arts and education.

And yes, we are a small and scrappy institute with a humble website and small staff, but we stand by the quality of our instruction, and by our hype-free and personalized approach to teaching mindfulness. We hope you will come back and visit us as our institute expands its services, personnel, and outreach. In the meantime, please let us know how we can be of service to you.

Frank M. Diaz, Ph.D.

Founder and Director

 

The initial stages of MBWP are focused on developing physiological regulation and embodied grounding as a means of aiding meditative practice and artistic expression. Working with our breath and bodies helps to calm our nervous system, facilitating our ability to anchor our awareness in the present moment.

During the middle stages of the curriculum, concentration and awareness are cultivated through mindful and deliberate exploration of our senses, emotions, and patterns of thought, leading to greater clarity, stability, and equanimity.

As we non-judgmentally examine our habitual ways of feeling, thinking, and acting, we gain insight into how our perceptions color reality, giving us the opportunity to let go of unfruitful ways of experiencing and responding to ourselves and others. We then work on reframing our experiences such that they are aligned with our personal values.

During the final stages of MBWP training, after reducing our reactivity through mindful awareness, we develop the capacity to act intentionally in the world, using our experiences, aspirations, values, and ethics as a compass for wise and compassionate action.

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