Mindfulness for chanbgemakers

Mindfulness For Changemakers

A Community of Practice exploring the power of mindfulness as a driving force for positive change.

Course dates & times: 

Starting September 14th, 2023 
Every second and fourth Thursday of the month
9:00-9:45 am ET | 3:00-3:45 pm CET

About the learning journey

In this virtual "Mindfulness for Changemakers" series we explore the transformative power of mindfulness in increasing the quality of our lives and driving the change and transformation many of us want to bring about in the world.

You will gain valuable insights from experienced facilitators specializing in mindfulness and leadership, as well as access essential tools and practices tailored for changemakers. You will learn stress management techniques, resilience building, and self-care practices to prevent burnout. And you will deepen your emotional intelligence, focus, and productivity.  

These bi-monthly gatherings will also provide a unique opportunity to learn and connect with like-minded individuals from around the world who are committed to creating positive change. 

This offer is not directly led by Ashoka. It is an initiative that emerged through the Ashoka Community and is hosted by Ashoka Fellow Adam Molyneux-Berry, Integral Coach Shreya Awargal and Ashoka staff member Luzette Jaimes. It integrates the advice, wisdom, and support of many community members and experts in the field.  

Learning objectives:

  • Discover effective stress management techniques, nurture resilience, and embrace self-care practices to prevent burnout.
  • Deepen your emotional intelligence, enhance your focus and productivity, and cultivate mindful communication for better collaboration and teamwork.
  • Explore the art of mindful decision-making, while embracing mindful leadership principles to inspire and empower others.
  • Foster meaningful connections and expand your professional network, connecting with changemakers from diverse backgrounds.
  • Access ongoing support by joining a supportive community integrating mindfulness practices into daily life and changemaking endeavors.

Who this is for

This series is open to experienced changemakers who are passionate about driving positive change in their respective fields.

Whether you are an entrepreneur, activist, nonprofit worker, or a changemaker from any discipline, this series is designed to enhance your leadership skills through the lens of mindfulness.

Practical information


Bi-monthly virtual sessions (45min)


Starting September 14th, 2023 
Every second and fourth Thursday of the month
9:00-9:45 am ET | 3:00-3:45 pm CET


This series intends to create a community of learning and practice. We encourage you to register if you can join most sessions. If you can only join a few sessions, please mention it in the registration form. 


Module 1 - Introduction to Mindfulness and Mindfulness of Thoughts

September 14th, 2023 at 9:00-9:45 am ET | 3:00-3:45 pm CET 

This module provides an overview of mindfulness as a practice of being fully present in the moment without judgment. It introduces the concept of observing and understanding one's thoughts without attachment or criticism. 


Module 2 - Mindfulness of Emotions

September 28th, 2023 at 9:00-9:45 am ET | 3:00-3:45 pm CET 

In this module, participants learn to observe and acknowledge their emotions without reacting impulsively. They develop skills to navigate and manage emotional responses more effectively through mindfulness. 


Module 3 - Mindfulness of Body

October 12th, 2023 at 9:00-9:45 am ET | 3:00-3:45 pm CET 

This module focuses on cultivating awareness of bodily sensations, movements, and physical experiences. It encourages participants to connect with their bodies to enhance self-awareness and well-being. 


Module 4 – Forgiveness

October 26th, 2023 at 9:00-9:45 am ET | 3:00-3:45 pm CET 

Forgiveness is explored as a practice to release resentment and negative emotions towards oneself or others. It involves understanding and accepting past experiences while moving toward emotional healing. 


Module 5 – Gratitude

November 9th, 2023 at 9:00-9:45 am ET | 3:00-3:45 pm CET 

Gratitude is discussed as a mindfulness practice that involves appreciating and acknowledging the positive aspects of life. Participants learn to cultivate a sense of thankfulness and enhance their overall well-being. 



Module 6 - Power of Pause

November 23rd, 2023 at 9:00-9:45 am ET | 3:00-3:45 pm CET 

The "Power of Pause" module emphasizes the value of taking mindful breaks and moments of stillness in our busy lives. It helps individuals pause, reflect, and respond to situations rather than reacting impulsively. 


Module 7 - Default Mode Network (DMN) and Mindfulness

December 7th, 2023 at 9:00-9:45 am ET | 3:00-3:45 pm CET 

The Default Mode Network is a network of interconnected brain regions that are most active when an individual's mind is at rest and not focused on the external environment or a specific task. It's often associated with self-referential thinking, mind-wandering, daydreaming, and introspection. The DMN is involved in processes related to autobiographical memory, envisioning the future, and the sense of self. It can also contribute to rumination and worry when overactive. Mindfulness practices often involve intentionally shifting one's attention away from the default mode of mind-wandering and rumination and towards a more present-focused awareness. When individuals engage in mindfulness meditation, they activate brain regions associated with attention and awareness while deactivating the DMN. This can lead to reduced mind-wandering, decreased self-referential thinking, and increased present-moment awareness, thus altering the brain's default mode of operation. 


Module 8 - Cultivating Loving-Kindness (Metta)

Date to be announced. 

This module introduces the practice of Metta, or loving-kindness meditation. It involves generating feelings of love and compassion towards oneself and others, promoting positive interpersonal relationships. 


Module 9 - Developing Emotional Awareness and Self-Regulation (Equanimity)

Date to be announced.  

Equanimity is explored as a state of emotional balance and resilience. Participants learn to cultivate emotional awareness and self-regulation, allowing them to respond to life's challenges with calmness and equanimity. 


Explore Other Wellbeing Opportunities


A free weekly offering led by Ashoka Fellow Bart Weetjens and open to any member of the Ashoka network worldwide interested in practicing meditation. All levels are welcome.

Dates & times: 

Every Tuesday 9:00 - 9:30 am ET | 3:00 – 3:30 pm CET. 


20min of practice plus 10min of Q&A

Register here!


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You created a wonderful container and facilitated the engagement so gracefully. What a great sense of solidarity to be in this conversation with others across the world. Yet, at the same time it felt like an intimate and "close in" space to me.

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