Joyful Mind Project embraces the Kingian model of Beloved Community.
“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Beloved Community is a global vision, in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.” – from The King Center
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. nominated Thich Nhat Hanh, founder of the Plum Village Mindfulness Practice Centre, for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967, saying “I do not personally know of anyone more worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize than this gentle monk from Vietnam." Joyful Mind Project practices are deeply influenced by the teachings of these visionary leaders.
When we come together as a community of practice, we are able to support one another, to reflect and learn together in a way that helps individuals and society experience lifelong benefits. The following agreements can help us form a community of practice and ensure that our programs are available to the community for a long time.
NO ONE TURNED AWAY FOR A LACK OF FUNDS. Priority enrollment is given to at-risk youth, families currently experiencing financial or personal hardship, and schools with a high percent of students from low-income families. Scholarships and work-trade are often available. We are happy to work with schools to secure grant funding.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVENESS. We welcome children, young people, and families of all backgrounds, genders, gender expressions, and identities. Joyful Mind Project does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status. We believe in an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.
FORMAL vs. INFORMAL PRACTICE. A period of formal practice is shared in every class.
“Formal Practice” is the time we designate each day specifically for mindfulness, typically a “mindful sit,” or mindful walking. We encourage you to incorporate 1-30 minutes of formal practice into your daily routine at home.
“Informal Practice” is everything else that we do in mindfulness, from household chores to how we communicate with others. Tips for Informal Practice can be found here in the document titled, “On the Go Mindfulness.”
MINDFUL EATING. In each of our programs, we enjoy a period of mindful eating. We often begin by settling into silence, inviting the bell, and sharing a poem, or reading the the Plum Village Food Contemplations.
Eating mindfully means we are fully present to enjoy the nourishment of our food. We notice our cravings and aversions and discover that, with mindfulness, we can choose how we act in response to those impulses.
Eating mindfully also means that we take time to make thoughtful choices about what foods we purchase and grow. These choices can help us cultivate compassion and sustain the health of our planet. By choosing local, organic, whole foods, we support our community, local farmers, our health, and the health of future generations.
For these reasons we ask families to refrain from bringing packaged, processed, or genetically modified foods, sugary drinks, and factory farmed meats to our programs. Please help care for our planet by choosing fresh, local, organic foods — whole grains, fruits and veggies whenever possible. We also encourage you to use reusable packaging and avoid using plastic bags to help our programs remain zero-waste.
MINDFUL MEDIA CONSUMPTION: When we read, watch television or movies, when we use the internet, even when we listen to others, we are consuming. What we bring into our being can contain toxins such as craving, aversion, violence, anger, and despair. What’s more, what we consume through our sense impressions manifests in our interactions with others.
For these reasons, we encourage parents to help their children consume mindfully and to consider limiting exposure to electronic media — particularly on the day of and day prior to a child’s participation in our programs. We also invite teens and parents to use media skillfully. What we bring into our being shines through us and into the world.
“Mindful consumption is the way to heal ourselves and to heal the world.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen teacher, poet, scholar, and peace activist
MINDFUL DRESS: Clothing choices also feed our sense impressions. Corporate logos and messages on graphic tees can promote an industry-driven culture and water the seeds of greed and sadness. For these reasons, when attending any programs or events, we invite you to wear comfortable clothing that has no media or advertising images, logos, symbols or words.
With respect to respect to those with allergies, we hope you will refrain from using perfumes or scented lotions during our programs.
DEPOSIT REFUND POLICY: For many of our programs and classes, a 50% deposit is due before the start date . This deposit will be: (a) applied towards the cost of the program, (b) forfeited if you cancel. All forfeited deposits become part of our Scholarship Fund.
PROGRAM REFUND POLICY: Due to the non-profit nature of our programs and services, all contributions are non-refundable. If you are uncertain if Joyful Mind Project is the right fit for your school or family, please inquire about sitting in on a class. You are also invited to meet with the instructor and supporting teachers. Thank you very much for your understanding.
SCHOLARSHIP POLICY: If you receive a scholarship, or if Joyful Mind Project is securing grant funding for your school, and you decide not to proceed with a program, please let us know immediately. Schools and participants receiving scholarships may be invoiced for the full amount of the program, should they cancel less than 30 days prior to the first class. This policy helps ensure that schools and families in need will have access to our programs. Please see your contract for cancellation terms if Joyful Mind Project is seeking grant funding for your school.
PRIVATE SESSION CANCELLATION POLICY: Because the scheduling of an appointment involves the reservation of time and preparation of materials specifically for you, a minimum of 72 hours (3 days) notice is required for re-scheduling or canceling an appointment. Unless we reach a different agreement, the full fee will be charged for sessions missed without such notification.
DANA or TEACHER SUPPORT: “Dana” is an ancient word for generosity. Generosity is a practice of giving with an open heart. Dana is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is a gift that helps keep these valuable teachings alive in the world. It supports the teachers, the community, and our mindfulness practice.
We sincerely hope that you will take up the way of giving generously. Teachers appreciate dana at the close of a program, as an expression of your practice and appreciation for their time and teaching. No gift is too small. You can read more about dana here.