Resources

Some valuable mindfulness-related resources for residents of southwest Virginia include:

Action for Happiness Action for Happiness: Sign the pledge to try to create more happiness and less unhappiness in the world around you, and then let this site show you how!
AMRA AMRA: More is being discovered about the effects of mindfulness all the time, and the American Mindfulness Research Association is at the forefront of that research.
Appalachian Dharma & Meditation Center Appalachian Dharma & Meditation Center: A nonsectarian Buddhist center that offers weekly programs in Vipassana, Zen, Tibetan, and Western Buddhism.
Art & Being Art & Being: Art & Being believes that everyone can be mindful and creative, and uses the Zentangle® Method to relax, build confidence, and recognize each person’s unique talent.
The Art of Living Retreat Center The Art of Living Retreat Center: This international center for meditation and well-being in Boone, NC, hosts events and programs that help strengthen individuals and relationships, and contribute to individual and world peace.
Blacksburg Meditation Group Blacksburg Meditation Group: Led by active members of the group, this group is free and open to members of the community, and inclusive of people from any religious or meditation tradition.
Blue Mountain School Blue Mountain School: A contemplative-progressive school right here in southwest Virginia! You don’t find too many schools where mindfulness is a central focus of the curriculum.
Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine: Immerse yourself in the internal martial arts, such as Xing-Yi and Ba-Gua. Mindfulness for the whole body!
Bodhi Path Natural Bridge Bodhi Path Natural Bridge: Teaching Buddhist philosophy and meditation to all who are interested in Rockbridge County, on 45 acres of hilly forested land.
Bridge of Compassion Sangha Bridge of Compassion Sangha: An engaged practice community, following the Bodhisattva path in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.
Broken Earth Darga Broken Earth Darga: A divine association of hearts exploring advanced Sufi meditative practices, the all-important heart connection, and plenty of enlightened conversation with new local friends.
CASEL CASEL: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning is the home of social-emotional learning.
The Center for Creative Change The Center for Creative Change: Based in Blacksburg, this group of experienced health care practitioners are dedicated to healing mind, body and spirit, through a wide variety of holistic modalities.
Center for Mindfulness & Justice Center for Mindfulness & Justice: Providing non-sectarian mindfulness instruction, keynote presentations, and organizational consulting and training for criminal justice professionals and employees in all arenas.
Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society: The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society is the home of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.
Contemplative Life Contemplative Life: A central hub that brings many different practices under one umbrella, to easily find what’s right for you and connect with others of like mind.
Contemplative Sciences Center Contemplative Sciences Center: This University of Virginia center explores contemplative practices, values, ideas, and institutions, with a mandate to engage the whole institution in mindfulness.
Creative Coaching Creative Coaching: Mindfulness-based coaching in Bluefield, VA from Dr. Assaad Mounzer, a well respected Physician and Surgeon who is transitioning from Urology to Coaching.
Dharmapala Kadampa Buddhist Center Dharmapala Kadampa Buddhist Center: Located in Roanoke, the center provides meditation classes and teachings, in order to cultivate those states of mind that are conducive to peace and well-being.
Do The Work Helpline Do The Work Helpline: The Work is a powerful tool that can help you find peace in any situation. Trained facilitators are available to Work with you for free at almost any time. Jamie used to be one of these.
Floyd Yoga Jam Floyd Yoga Jam: Join thousands of others in a weekend of mindfulness, yoga, and music, each Labor Day weekend.
Garrison Institute Garrison Institute: Helping teachers, caregivers, human service providers, environmentalists and others succeed through their Contemplative Teaching and Learning, Transforming Trauma and Transformational Ecology initiatives.
The Healing Catalyst The Healing Catalyst: A Chiropractic clinic with a difference, also offering CranioSacral therapy, Laughter Yoga, and regular meditation sessions.
Heart of the Blue Ridge Sangha Heart of the Blue Ridge Sangha: A mindfulness practice community based in Roanoke that meets weekly, for practice, meetings, mindful movement, family hikes, and other social events.
Honey B Reiki Honey B Reiki: Offering a range of holistic natural and/or energy based services to both people and animals, including Reiki, Aura Clearings, Color Therapy, Home Clearings, workshops, group meditation sessions, Reiki Shares, Canine and Equine Massage, and Animal Communication.
The Human Kindness Foundation The Human Kindness Foundation Bringing kindness to some of the people who need it the most – prisoners.
iBme iBme: Inward Bound Mindfulness Education is dedicated to improving the lives of teens, parents, and professionals, through mindfulness retreats. You may even find someone from InStill staffing one!
it: the mindfulness movement it: the mindfulness movement: A traveling workshop facilitated by Certified Meditation Instructor (C-MI), Chelsea Green, that teaches students mindfulness-based practices for use in managing stress and regulating emotions in workshops and classes throughout Southwest Virginia.
Life in Balance Life in Balance: A counseling and wellness center dedicated to serving the New River Valley and surrounding communities with Mental Health, Wellness, Education, Mindfulness, and Mind, Body, and Spirit Enhancement.
Life Without a Centre Life Without a Centre: With compassion and humor, Jeff Foster speaks about the journey of healing and spiritual awakening in an unassuming and practical way.
Lifestream Lifestream: A nonprofit learning center offering classes, workshops and programs that give people opportunities to practice well-being, do inner personal work and take responsibility for their own health and well-being.
Light Morning Light Morning: A practical, contemplative, and welcoming intentional community that is open to visitors and interns during the warmer months of the year.
Living Light River Studio Living Light River Studio: A Yoga & Wellness center in Floyd, Virginia, dedicated to providing a sacred space for education and practices that promote a life in balance. It even has a bed and breakfast onsite!
Mind & Life Institute Mind & Life Institute: Fostering interdisciplinary dialogue between Western science, philosophy, humanities, and contemplative traditions, to build a scientific understanding of the mind as a way to help reduce suffering and promote human flourishing.
Mindful Mindful: If it’s related to mindfulness, they’re talking about it at Mindful.
Mindful Schools Mindful Schools: Providing courses designed for under-resourced public schools, and offering educators practical skills for self-care, facilitation, and connecting with youth, with simple, effective mindfulness practices that can be integrated into the school day and adapted for diverse environments.
Mindfulness in Education Network Mindfulness in Education Network: A network was established to facilitate communication among all educators, parents, students and any others interested in promoting contemplative practice (mindfulness) in educational settings.
Mindsight Institute Mindsight Institute: The home of Dr. Dan Siegel’s Interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB), an interdisciplinary field which seeks to understand the mind and mental health.
Naropa University Naropa University: Integrating traditional academics, contemplative practice, and experiential learning, Naropa University is this country’s first contemplative university.
New River Zen Community New River Zen Community: A group of people who support each other in Zen practice, with an emphasis on strong zazen and the integration of Zen in daily life.
Omega Institute Omega Institute: A place to explore the extraordinary potential that exists in all of us as individuals and together as a human family.
Parallax Press Parallax Press: Publishing books on mindfulness in daily life with a committment to making these teachings accessible to everyone and preserving them for future generations.
PassageWorks Institute PassageWorks Institute: Providing K-12 educators with innovative practices and principles that integrate social, emotional and academic learning, promote mindfulness, and assist teachers to develop and sustain their own authentic and reflective teaching practice.
Pinterest Mindfulness Board Pinterest Mindfulness Board: Hundreds of articles about mindfulness.
Positive News Positive News: How you look at the world determines what you see, so read some good news for a change.
Prison Mindfulness Institute Prison Mindfulness Institute: Providing prisoners, prison staff and prison volunteers with proven effective mindfulness-based interventions.
Radford University Department of Counselor Education Radford University Department of Counselor Education: Offering a unique blend of courses designed to provide the skills and knowledge necessary for becoming a knowledgeable, thoughtful, skillful and caring counselor, including a course on Mindfulness and Counseling.
Shanti Community Meditation Shanti Community Meditation: A beautiful meditation center in Floyd, Virginia, that is open to anyone in the community almost any time they may want it.
Sounds True Sounds True: Disseminating spiritual wisdom since 1985.
Stone Mountain Zendo Stone Mountain Zendo: A place where people can learn about Zen Buddhism, find support for their own home practice, and connect with a teacher in a fully established Zen Center.
Studio 221 Yoga, Wellness, & Community Studio 221 Yoga, Wellness, & Community: A yoga studio in Floyd, VA offering several types of yoga, meditation and mindfulness classes, and massage therapy.
UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness: A multi-faceted program of clinical care, professional training, education, research and outreach intended to further the practice and integration of mindfulness into all aspects of society.
UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center: Fostering mindful awareness across the lifespan through education and research, to promote well-being and a more compassionate society.
Whitetop Yoga Whitetop Yoga: Yoga studio in Abingdon offering a comprehensive array of classes, including short free guided meditations.
Yogaville Yogaville: The home of Integral Yoga® synthesizes the various branches of Yoga into a comprehensive life style system in a residential setting.
YouTube Mindfulness Playlist YouTube Mindfulness Playlist: We are compiling the most comprehensive playlist of mindfulness-related videos on the web. Choose from dozens of insightful talks and meditations from masters of the mindfulness universe, or simply put the playlist on Random, and see what happens! Either way, keep coming back – we are adding new videos all the time.