Spread calm

this May

#mindfulinmay
SPEND A MONTH TRAINING YOUR MIND AND STEP INTO GREATER CALM

Spread calm

this May

#mindfulinmay
SPEND A MONTH TRAINING YOUR MIND AND STEP INTO GREATER CALM
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Give me 4 weeks, I'll give you changes for life!

In times like these, we really can't afford to lose our mind. Spend a month training your mind and step into greater calm.

Mindful in May is the world’s largest online mindfulness fundraising campaign. The idea behind it is simple: we provide education, tools and support so you can build a sustainable meditation practice to become mentally fit in one month. Research shows it only takes 10 minutes of meditation a day to see significant positive benefits to your life.

And as you strengthen your mind, you can also opt to better the world by raising funds to bring clean, safe drinking water to those who most need it.

$800,000

Total raised

16,000

people given clean water

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GUEST EXPERTS

FEATURED IN THE MINDFUL IN MAY PROGRAM:

(Roll over to find out more about each expert)

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Dr Elise Bialylew

Elise Bialylew is the founder of Mindful in May, author of The Happiness Plan and mindful mama to two daughters. A doctor trained in Psychiatry, turned meditation teacher and social entrepreneur, she’s passionate about...

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upporting individuals and organisations to develop inner tools for greater wellbeing and flourishing. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times and on Australian Television. Her research on Mindful in May in collaboration with Monash University revealed that the Mindful in May program through 10 minutes of meditation a day over the month can bring measurable benefits to participants.
 
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Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn is a world-leading pioneer of mindfulness, who helped catalyse the mindfulness movement. He created the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR) and is internationally known for his work...

Jon Kabat-Zinn

... as a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He is professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and author of numerous books, including Full Catastrophe Living, Wherever you go there you are, and Coming to Our Senses.

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Kelly McGonigal

Her latest book, The Joy of Movement, explores why physical exercise is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness. Her TED talk was one of the most viewed TED talks of all times...

Kelly McGonigal

... with over 20 million view neuroscience and modern psychology research into practical strategies for better health, happiness, personal success, and relationships. She is the author of The Upside of Stress, The Willpower Instinct. Her Ted Talk How to make stress your friend has reached nearly 20 million people.

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Daniel Goleman

Dan Goleman is an internationally known psychologist and science journalist. He is co-founder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning at the University of Illinois in Chicago…

Daniel Goleman

... member of the Mind & Life Institute. He currently co-directs the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations at Rutgers University. As a science journalist, Dr.Goleman was awarded the Washburn Award. He was also awarded the Lifetime Career Award from the American Psychologists Association and was made a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has authored many books, the most lauded of which is Emotional Intelligence in 1995 which was on the New York Times Bestseller List for a year and a half. His latest book is Altered Traits: science reveals how meditation changes your mind, brain and body.

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Tara Brach

Tara Brach is as an internationally recognised meditation teacher and clinical psychologist, and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC...

Tara Brach

She has practiced and taught meditation for over 35 years and successfully published three bestselling meditation and spiritual awakening books, True Refuge, Radical Acceptance and most recently Radical Compassion. Her podcasts are also downloaded over one million times per month.

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Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing and Mother Nurture...

Rick Hanson

Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and on the Advisory Board of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkley, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.

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Patricia Jennings

Patricia Jennings, Ph.D., is an internationally recognised leader in the fields of social and emotional learning and mindfulness in education. A teacher and teacher trainer by...

Patricia Jennings

... background she is now a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on fostering healthy mental, emotional, and behavioral development among children and youth, and has authored numerous peer-reviewed studies on student engagement, classroom management, and teacher well-being. She is the author of Mindful Schools, Trauma-Sensitive Classrooms, and Mindfulness for teachers.

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Elissa Epel

Elissa Epel, Ph.D, is a Professor at University of California, San Francisco. She studies how chronic stress can impact biological ageing (such as the telomere/telomerase system) throughout the lifespan, including pregnancy...

Elissa Epel

... and how meditation interventions may buffer stress effects and promote psychological and physiological thriving. She also studies stress, food addiction, and the opioid system, and whether self-regulation interventions and mindful eating can improve metabolic health. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Epel wrote The Telomere Effect: A revolutionary approach to living younger, longer with Nobel Prize winner Dr Elizabeth Blackburn, a New York Times best seller.

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Amy Saltzman

Amy Saltzman, MD, is a holistic physician, mindfulness coach, scientist, wife, mother, devoted student of transformation, longtime athlete, and occasional poet...

Amy Saltzman

Her passion is supporting people of all ages in enhancing their well-being and discovering the Still Quiet Place within. She's the author of a number of books including A Still Quiet Place for Teens, and A Still Quiet Place For Atheletes

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Cortland Dahl

Cortland has practiced meditation for twenty-five years and has studied Buddhism around the world. He has spent time on retreat in monasteries and retreat centers throughout...

Cortland Dahl

... Japan, Burma, India, and Nepal and for eight years lived in Tibetan refugee settlements near Kathmandu. He has a Ph.D. in Mind, Brain and Contemplative Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was mentored by renowned neuroscientist Dr. Richard Davidson. Cortland is actively involved in scientific research and has published articles on the impact of meditation practices on the body, mind, and brain. He has also published twelve books of translations of classical texts on Buddhist philosophy and meditation.

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Kristin Neff

Kristin Neff, Ph.D. is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on self-compassion, being the first one to operationally define and measure the construct over a decade ago...

Kristin Neff

In addition to her pioneering research into self-compassion, she has developed an eight-week program to teach self-compassion skills in daily life, co-created with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, called Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). Her book, Self-Compassion, was published by William Morrow in April, 2011.

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VIdyamala Burch

Vidyamala sustained spinal injuries as a young woman which required multiple surgeries and left her with partial paraplegia and severe chronic pain. She began to explore mindfulness...

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... and meditation in her twenties to manage her pain and found them profoundly life-changing and transformative. She founded Breathworks with Sona Fricker and Gary Hennessey in 2004, to share these tools to help others cope with pain and suffering. Breathworks has grown into a flourishing international organisation with 500+ accredited teachers in over 35 countries.

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Shannon Harvey

Shannon Harvey is the award-winning director of two internationally acclaimed documentaries – My Year of Living Mindfully and The Connection, which about the link between our...

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... mind, body, and health. Her book The Whole Health Life is about finding good health after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. As a journalist and filmmaker she spent many years working for leading news organisations such as the ABC and Fairfax. She’s the recipient of the National Press Club of Australia’s “Health Journalist of The Year” award and now produces a popular blog, whilst balancing her health and being the mother of two adventurous boys.

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David Treleaven

David Treleaven, Ph.D, is a writer, educator, and trauma professional whose work focuses on the intersection of mindfulness, trauma, and social justice..

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He is author of the book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing. He received his master's in counseling psychology at the University of British Columbia, and a doctorate in East-West psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies.

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Emiliya Zhivotovskaya

Emiliya Zhivotovskaya is a leading voice in the world of positive psychology and the science of flourishing. She is the CEO and founder of The Flourishing Center...

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... and creator of the acclaimed Certification in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) program which has been offered in 13 cities across the U.S, Canada and online worldwide, which has trained over 1,200 across 38 countries.

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Jeremy Hunter

Dr. Jeremy Hunter is the founding director and associate professor of practice at the Executive Mind Leadership Institute at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont...

Jeremy Hunter

... Graduate University. For over a decade, he has helped leaders develop themselves while retaining their humanity in the face of monumental change and challenge, designing and running leadership development programs for a wide variety of organizations, including those in the aerospace, banking and finance, accounting, the arts, and civic non-profit industries.

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Sarah McKay

Dr Sarah McKay is a neuroscientist and science communicator who specialises in translating brain science research into simple, actionable strategies for peak performance, creativity, health...

Sarah McKay

... and wellbeing. She is the author of The Women's Brain: the neuroscience of health, hormones and happiness which explores the female lifespan through the lens of neurobiology. Sarah hosted an episode of ABC's Catalyst exploring brain health, bio-hacking and longevity and is the director of The Neuroscience Academy, which offers professional development program in applied neuroscience and brain health. She features in the media regularly, including the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and Body & Soul.

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Gil Fronsdal

Gil Fronsdal is a internationally renowned American Buddhist teacher, writer and scholar based in Redwood City, California.

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He has been practicing Buddhism of the Sōtō Zen and Vipassanā schools since 1975, and is currently teaching the practice of Buddhism in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Elizabeth Lesser

Elizabeth Lesser is the author of several bestselling books, including Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow and Marrow: Love, Loss & What Matters Most...

Elizabeth Lesser

She is the cofounder of Omega Institute, recognised internationally for its workshops and conferences in wellness, spirituality, creativity, and social change. She has given two popular TED talks, and is one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, a collection of a hundred leaders who are using their voices and talent to elevate humanity.

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Michael M. Merzenich

Dr. Michael Merzenich is the brain behind BrainHQ and the author of Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life. 

Michael M. Merzenich

For nearly five decades, he has been a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research. As co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Posit Science, Dr. Merzenich heads the company’s science team.

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Dan Harris

Dan Harris is a co-anchor the weekend edition of Good Morning America on ABC News, as well as a correspondent for such broadcasts as Nightline and World News Tonight. He is also the author of 10% Happier  a #1 New York Times best-selling book...

Dan Harris

about a fidgety, skeptical news anchor who stumbles upon meditation. Recently, Harris launched an app specifically designed to teach meditation to doubters and busy people. This ancient practice – too long associated exclusively with hippies and robed gurus – has been shown by modern science to boost resilience, focus, creativity, emotional intelligence, and overall mental and physical health. With meditation and mindfulness now being embraced by executives, athletes, educators and entertainers, Harris has become a leading voice for pushing for the practice into the mainstream, using plain English and dry humor. He has spoken in front of a variety of audiences—corporations, health and wellness organizations, and schools and universities.

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Set aside 10 minutes a day and transform your life

with the mindful in may program

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MAKE A POWERFUL DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD...

If you've ever felt despairing or helpless about the state of our world, this program offers you a chance to take positive action and make a difference to people's lives.

During Mindful in May, not only will you learn inner tools that will transform your life, but you'll have the chance to fundraise or donate to improve the lives of those living in poverty. For every $50 you raise, you'll be bringing clean, safe drinking water to one person – for life.

Past participants have raised $800,000, bringing drinking water to 16,000 people!

Mindful in May is a social enterprise that partners with the not for profit, charity: water, based in the USA. They use 100% of donations to build water projects in developing countries. (Donations are only tax deductible if you are based in the USA.)

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This is our impact so far…

Clear mind for you,

clean water for others.

Learn from world leading mindfulness teachers this May and make a positive difference in the world.

PROGRAM BEGINS MAY 1ST - BUT EARLY BIRD OFFER ENDS APRIL 3!

Join now for early bird $49 (normally $69)

(+$4.90 GST for Australian Residents)

10 minutes of meditation a day. A stronger mind for you. A better world for others.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE THIS MAY

Join now for our early bird price of $49

(+$4.90 GST for Australian Residents)

Take the 10 minute a day meditation challenge and make a positive difference in the world by making a donation or fundraising with your community.

WHAT PAST PARTICIPANTS SAY about Mindful in May...

 

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“Being guided through mindful in may to meditate for ten minutes is very doable in this busy life and you still get the benefits…”

I think Mindful in May is fabulous! Anything that promotes peace of mind and benefits people who are in need at the same time is a brilliant idea. I am prone to shocking anxiety and meditation has really helped with that. I just passed my 300 day mark since I started meditating regularly with Mindful in May. That really kick started it for me — consistency has always been my problem. Being guided through Mindful in May to meditate for ten minutes is very doable in this busy life and you still get the benefits

- Magda Szubanski

“The content is fantastic, I was worried I would get lost in it being a beginner but I’ve been so engaged and got a lot out of each one.”

I have found greater calm, an awareness of myself & those around me and a space to clear my mind when days are stressful. I’ve loved & appreciated your guidance, the guided meditations have been great and the interviews have been so informative & valuable. The content is fantastic, I was worried I would get lost in it being a beginner but I’ve been so engaged and got a lot out of each one. I like to know how things work, so the approach has been brilliant.

- Melanie Duve

“By bringing mindfulness into my daily routine, I have seen significant improvements in my overall wellbeing”

I confess I was a cynic about meditation and mindfulness. But after my husband died suddenly in 2014, and I was confronted with night after night of terrible insomnia, when a friend suggested I give mindful in may a go I thought “what have I got to lose in committing 10 minutes a day to something?” and the charitable element of the project meant that someone out there had something very big to gain! What I found was that far from losing anything, I gained back not just the capacity to sleep but also an awareness of the extraordinary power in mindfulness and meditation to promote both good physical and mental health. My sleep improved, symptoms of a chronic physical health condition improved and I felt more alert and capable to deal with the craziness of everyday life. Using the Mindful in May’s practical and accessible programming provided me with not just a daily mindfulness tool but also an awareness of the scientific research that provides the evidence for it. By bringing mindfulness into my daily routine, I have seen significant improvements in my overall wellbeing.

- Fiona Grimwald

I think the daily practices made a big difference to my wellbeing and enabled me to reduce my anxiety...”

I signed up for MIM 2015 without quite knowing what to expect exactIy. I had started meditating at work with some colleagues, but it was only a weekly practice. I think the daily practices made a big difference to my wellbeing and enabled me to reduce my anxiety (in particular work-related). I found that I was looking forward to that quiet time in my sometimes hectic days. The meditation tracks were great – my favourite is the breath and sound meditation. I use this technique by myself very often – in the train on my way home from work for example. And I really liked the interviews. Whilst I couldn’t quite keep up with them (there are a lot), I have since watched all but 2 I think. They are extremely informative and inspiring. Unfortunately life just tends to get in the way and I am really looking forward to MIM 2017 for a renewd daily dose of inspiration, quiet and energy.

- Katia Bratieres

“Being guided through mindful in may to meditate for ten minutes is very doable in this busy life and you still get the benefits…”

I think Mindful in May is fabulous! Anything that promotes peace of mind and benefits people who are in need at the same time is a brilliant idea. I am prone to shocking anxiety and meditation has really helped with that. I just passed my 300 day mark since I started meditating regularly with Mindful in May. That really kick started it for me — consistency has always been my problem. Being guided through Mindful in May to meditate for ten minutes is very doable in this busy life and you still get the benefits

- Magda Szubanski

“The content is fantastic, I was worried I would get lost in it being a beginner but I’ve been so engaged and got a lot out of each one.”

I have found greater calm, an awareness of myself & those around me and a space to clear my mind when days are stressful. I’ve loved & appreciated your guidance, the guided meditations have been great and the interviews have been so informative & valuable. The content is fantastic, I was worried I would get lost in it being a beginner but I’ve been so engaged and got a lot out of each one. I like to know how things work, so the approach has been brilliant.

- Melanie Duve

“By bringing mindfulness into my daily routine, I have seen significant improvements in my overall wellbeing”

I confess I was a cynic about meditation and mindfulness. But after my husband died suddenly in 2014, and I was confronted with night after night of terrible insomnia, when a friend suggested I give mindful in may a go I thought “what have I got to lose in committing 10 minutes a day to something?” and the charitable element of the project meant that someone out there had something very big to gain! What I found was that far from losing anything, I gained back not just the capacity to sleep but also an awareness of the extraordinary power in mindfulness and meditation to promote both good physical and mental health. My sleep improved, symptoms of a chronic physical health condition improved and I felt more alert and capable to deal with the craziness of everyday life. Using the Mindful in May’s practical and accessible programming provided me with not just a daily mindfulness tool but also an awareness of the scientific research that provides the evidence for it. By bringing mindfulness into my daily routine, I have seen significant improvements in my overall wellbeing.

- Fiona Grimwald

I think the daily practices made a big difference to my wellbeing and enabled me to reduce my anxiety...”

I signed up for MIM 2015 without quite knowing what to expect exactIy. I had started meditating at work with some colleagues, but it was only a weekly practice. I think the daily practices made a big difference to my wellbeing and enabled me to reduce my anxiety (in particular work-related). I found that I was looking forward to that quiet time in my sometimes hectic days. The meditation tracks were great – my favourite is the breath and sound meditation. I use this technique by myself very often – in the train on my way home from work for example. And I really liked the interviews. Whilst I couldn’t quite keep up with them (there are a lot), I have since watched all but 2 I think. They are extremely informative and inspiring. Unfortunately life just tends to get in the way and I am really looking forward to MIM 2017 for a renewd daily dose of inspiration, quiet and energy.

- Katia Bratieres

WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR MINDFUL IN MAY YOU’LL RECEIVE...

WEEKLY MODULES

Weekly modules including video interviews and audio guided mindfulness meditations

DAILY LESSONS

Access to a private membership platform to listen to the teachings 24/7 across the month of May

Science-backed tips

Tips from the latest in science, from both Dr Elise's own research, as well as 18 experts' research.

SIMPLE EXERCISES

Simple mindful exercises that you can squeeze into the busiest day to create more calm and focus

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS

with some of the world’s best experts in mindfulness and wellbeing bringing you wisdom to transform your life

GUIDED MEDITATIONS

To use throughout the month

DIGITAL JOURNAL

A digital meditation journal to keep track of your progress

COMMUNITY

Access to the facebook community to connect with other MIMsters

DAILY EMAILS

Daily reminder emails to keep you on track

Want a taste of what Mindful in May has to offer?

Elise interviews New York Times Bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence Daniel Goleman.

Watch 10 minutes of the interview here:

This program is ideal if you...

  • Want to become more confident, courageous and calm
  • Have a tendency to get stressed or have racing thoughts that can overwhelm you
  • Want to control your emotions and not get so easily triggered
  • Want to reduce the worry and reduce "mind chatter"
  • Have tried meditation but haven’t been able to make it a regular habit and feel the long-lasting benefits of a calm, clear mind
  • Need more support than a meditation app can give you and value being part of a community
  • Want to learn a tool that is sustainable, long-lasting and will strengthen your resilience and ability to cope in the most stressful situations
  • Lead a busy life & have no more than 10 minutes a day to meditate
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"Mindful meditation has brought me much joy – I’m far happier, more loving and kind. I can’t recommend this program more highly to kick start your practice."

- VICTORIA STRONG

about the HOST AND FOUNDER OF
MINDFUL IN MAY:

DR ELISE BIALYLEW

Elise Bialylew is the author of the bestselling book, The Happiness Plan, and founder of Mindful in May, the world’s largest online global mindfulness fundraising campaign.

A doctor trained in psychiatry, turned social entrepreneur and mindfulness expert, she’s passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to develop inner tools for greater wellbeing and flourishing, and offers workshops and training at The Mind Life Project.

Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times and on Australian Television. She was recently recognised by the Australian Financial Review as a 2019 AFR Women of Influence.

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"If we wish to be healthy, happy and clear-minded, we need to upgrade our “inner technology”of attention to meet the demands of our increasingly complex world. That's where mindfulness comes in.."

- DR ELISE BIALYLEW

 

"If we wish to be healthy, happy and clear-minded, we need to upgrade our “inner technology”of attention to meet the demands of our increasingly complex world. That's where mindfulness comes in.."

- DR ELISE BIALYLEW

IN THE MEDIA

Hear Elise talk to ABC News about Mindful in May

Listen to this ABC Radio interview with Elise

Listen to Elise talking about Mindful In May & the latest science around mindfulness

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WHAT PAST PARTICIPANTS SAY about Mindful in May...

10 minutes of

meditation per day

to transform

your mind

and the world

for the better.

It’s easy to get started...

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Register before April 3 to get our early bird offer of $49 (+10% GST for Australian residents) and get full access to the one month Mindful In May meditation program online.

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Donate if you can and/or fundraise with your community. Just $50 brings clean safe water to one person – for life.

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Tell your friends about Mindful in May so we can build a stronger world together by improving mental health while raising money to improve the planet.

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You absolutely can make a difference

...your donation will help build wells to provide clean, safe drinking water for children and their families living in impoverished communities around the globe. In giving what we take for granted, we can bring better health and a brighter future to so many.

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