The Mindfulness Center

Charitable Programs

Through our charitable and educational community wellness programs such as Mind-Body for Cancer, the Helping Hands Fund, and Mind-Body Week DC, we promote health and self-healing and empower thousands of community members to heal and embrace optimal wellness. 

*  Thousands experienced relief from chronic stress, pain, grief, depression and suffering through wellness programs for Cancer, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Diabetes, Back-Pain, Stress-Management, and Addiction Recovery.

Every Child Thrives

The Every Child Thrives Fund brings mindfulness and other mind-body practices to children.  The Mindfulness Center is currently working with Montgomery County Public Schools and other schools throughout the region to empower children with mindfulness skills.  Mindfulness practices have proven to improve social skills, emotional well-being, physical health, and academic achievement, along with mental health, quality of life, leadership skills, and general overall well-being.  This Fund was established to support children/students to thrive in all circumstances of life.  Funds support mind-body programs such as meditation, yoga, retreats and one-on-one services for children in crisis.  Programs are offered at The Mindfulness Center, in schools, hospitals and to families, including:

*  Montgomery County Public Schools after-school meditation and yoga programs for students.

*  Children's National Medical Center clinical trial evaluating fast-acting mind-body interventions for treating children in pain.

*  Mindfulness Retreats providing professional development for Montgomery County Public School faculty, staff and administrators to learn mindfulness techniques.

One example of our program in action is at Damascus High School where over 65 students, from a community plagued by student heroin and opiate addiction, participated in Yoga and Meditation classes provided by The Mindfulness Center to promote student empowerment and addiction prevention.

Mind Body For Cancer

The Mind-Body for Cancer program is dedicated to empowering individuals with cancer and their caretakers in lifestyle practices to improve health and wellness in cancer patients before, during and after treatment. After decades of research, the data is compelling; lifestyle changes can make a difference in the well-being of people with cancer.  Research shows that lifestyle practices can affect quality of life and rates of survival for individuals coping with cancer. Dozens of cancer patients found hope and improved quality of life through the Mind-Body for Cancer group.

Helping Hands Fund

Helping Hands FundHelping people in our community whose lives are touched by cancer and other health concerns is a top priority at The Mindfulness Center. The Mindfulness Center is reaching out to our community through our Helping Hands Program, to support individuals with chronic illnesses, buy providing free and reduced-rate health care services to those in need. Services include medical massage, acupuncture, stress management, hypnosis, preparation for surgery and more. 

*  The Helping Hands Fund provided one-on-one therapies to directly and immediately relieve suffering of community members in need, such as oncology massage, meditation counseling for grief and acupuncture for addiction recovery. 

Veteran Reintegration Program

Veteran Reintegration ProgramThe Mindfulness Center has developed the Veteran Reintegration Program to provide instruction in Mindfulness based practices to veterans. Mindfulness meditation, yoga and other mind-body practices are foundational to physical, mental and emotional well-being, providing the opportunity to greatly improve quality of life for U.S. veterans.Veterans within 2 years of returning from deployment are invited to take classes at The Mindfulness Center for free.  Other free and discounted wellness services are also available for active-duty members of the armed services.  To sign up for this program, please contact Jessie Norris.  To make a donation, click here.


The Sue Marcum Meditation Fund

Sue Marcum Meditation FundDr. Sue Marcum was a professor of accounting at The American University from 1999 to 2010 where she was Director of the Master's in Accounting program. Dr. Marcum believed in the importance of meditation as a pedagogical practice and as a practice for students to use to cope with the ever-increasing stressors of modern life. Dr. Marcum was a member of the Board of Directors at The Mindfulness Center in 2010.  Proceeds from this fund support Meditation Teacher Training, and other mindfulness meditation programs.


Lori's Fund

Sue Marcum Meditation FundLori's fund was affectionately created by Lori's classmates in The Mindfulness Center Yoga Teacher Training Program, to support Lori's belief in the importance of yoga and meditation in one's life.  Lori's Fund supports students in the Yoga Teacher Training and the Meditation Teacher Training programs, and it supports individuals with cancer who seek treatment at The Mindfulness Center.  Contributions may be made as direct monetary contributions; and students and teachers of yoga and meditation may conduct community classes to raise donations for Lori's fund.