Inspiring positive, systemic change through mindfulness—in our own backyards and beyond
Learn techniques to manage and lower stress and burnout.
Improve your focus and bring intention to each day.
Expand the skills that promote positive, healthy relationships.
“Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now.”
– Jon Kabat-Zinn
Through our proprietary approach, Mindful Connections™, we offer essential, evidence-based mindfulness trainings designed to meet many needs—from individuals looking to deepen their practice, to educators, to public safety teams and others working in high-stress professions.
Improve your personal wellness, find a meditation session, and join others in mindfulness practice.
Family & Communities
Trauma sensitive programs designed for pre-K educators, families, and those who support families.
Teams & Organizations
Designed to support wellness for educators, helping professionals, public safety, and other workplaces.
Inspired by mounting neuroscientific research that mindfulness training can reduce stress and increase well-being, we customize Mindful Connections™ programming for a range of audiences.
We work with educators, social workers, therapists, helping professionals and others in high-stress positions, with an emphasis on those under-represented in mindfulness circles. Awaken Pittsburgh’s curriculum reflects current protocols and methodologies. We also contribute to the growing body of mindfulness through comprehensive program research, evaluation, and reporting.
Who we Are
Live fully. Mindfulness in action. Putting powerful tools into the hands–and minds–of those most in need. These are the goals of Awaken Pittsburgh.
Awaken Pittsburgh is a secular organization that draws upon the wisdom of mindfulness and meditation to serve a broad public. Our programs serve social service, public safety and mental health professionals, educators, corporations, and any other individual or organization seeking to gain clarity, focus, renewal, and decrease stress.
“Mindfulness has given me a whole different perspective on self-care. I’m a lot more gentle with myself. I’ve also learned to slow moments down in the classroom; to put anxious moments into slow motion so I react in a much more relaxed and thoughtful way.”
Environmental Charter School
Environmental Literacy Teacher, 2nd and 3rd grade
“Our students have so much stress and trauma in their lives, so we want to make mindfulness a catalyst for their success. For me, I believe that every day, I’m mindful. Mindfulness brings a sense of reality about what I see and hear. It creates accountability and helps me reflect and make the best decisions. It helps me understand that I am a solution.”
Co-Founder, Executive Director
“Learning these skills allowed me to notice more of what others are going through. It was a big eye-opener for me. In my job, it’s easy to yell. It’s harder to take a deep breath and see things through a different lens. Adding that “moment” or “pause”, even in my everyday life makes such a difference.”
Environmental Charter School
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Getting Started with Mindfulness: A Quick Guide for Beginners
Many people come to find mindfulness when they are experiencing a crisis in life. Grief, nonstop stress, the loss of a job, a new medical diagnosis…these are all common reasons why people think, “there must be a better way to get through the day.”
Mindfulness can help. Starting right now can help you lower anxiety, decrease your blood pressure, develop clearer thoughts, and regulate your mood.
Making mindfulness a practice every day, even when you have a good day, can help you manage the crisis of a bad day so much easier.
More Ways Mindfulness Can Help
Awaken Pittsburgh, a 501c3 non-profit organization, relies on the generosity of our community to achieve our mission of fostering well-being, empathy, and compassion for all. Your donation helps mindfulness practitioners reach individuals across the Greater Pittsburgh Area through evidence-based programs, activities, and events.
Are you interested in supported our mission as a volunteer? We are always seeking new team members who are looking for a rewarding way to get involved with mindfulness, support Pittsburgh communities, learn new skills and have fun doing it!
Awaken partners with more than a dozen organizations in Western Pennsylvania to foster well-being and deliver mindfulness. Get in touch to explore how we can work together!