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Mindfulness Collaboratory

A group of people meditate in a room while sitting on the floor. There is a colorful rug in the center of the room
Photo from Pratt Seed Grant project

We’re curious about the role of contemplative practices, mindfulness, and self-care as a creative leadership tool. Our team of artists, cultural leaders, and meditators came together with the shared purpose of bringing these practices into artistic communities with the goal to build sustainable avenues for self-care at an individual and organizational level that can be tailored to fit communities.


The Mindfulness Collaboratory: Leading by Intention

The Mindfulness Collaboratory: Leading by Intention launched in January 2023 as a continuation of our previous grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. The Leading by Intention program focuses on contemplative leaders setting intentions to create resilient artistic communities through individual meditation skill share, collective support, and mindful leadership. Participants will meet periodically over the course of 2023 to learn, meditate, discuss, grow, and lead together. 

The Mindfulness Collaboratory: Using Contemplative Collectives to Foster Adaptive Change in a Time of Adversity and Promote Workforce Development in the Creative Economy

In our previous grant, we offered communities across the US 10 hours of training in mindfulness, meditation, and visualization. Each of these communities were called collectives. They met with us 4 days a week over the course of 3-weeks to engage in the training. Following the training, each group created their own continuity plan. We were excited to see how many groups continued, but also learned more about what was needed for continuation.

Get in Touch

We are always excited to talk about how this work might fit into your community. If you’re interested in learning more, please email the team:

  • Rhonda Schaller –
  • Esmilda Abreu –
  • Sam Harvey –
  • Mackenzie Adriance –